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UK Trade with EU

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 117168, tabled on 18 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish an assessment of the effect on produce traded between the UK and the EU which has been processed from developing country products, in the event of a trade deal between the EU and the UK not being concluded by 31 December 2020; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

25 November 2020

We continue to negotiate with the European Union (EU) at pace to work to get an agreement, but we are preparing for all outcomes.

We are on track to provide continuity for developing countries to the fullest extent possible. We have announced the Generalised Scheme of Preference (GSP) recently and provide regular updates on progress on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).

The EPAs and GSP will allow for developing countries to cumulate with the EU to preserve existing supply chains. Goods that transit through the EU on their way to the United Kingdom will still be eligible for preferential treatment, subject to the requirements set out in these agreements.