UK will set out tariff plan after no-deal Brexit: Minister

Published: March 06, 2019 13:54:27 | Updated: March 10, 2019 10:56:52


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Britain will set out its approach to tariffs on imported goods only if it has taken a decision to leave the European Union without a deal, business minister Greg Clark said on Wednesday.

Britain currently has tariff-free access to EU markets and it benefits from EU trade deals with other countries. But its exports will automatically face tariffs if it leaves on March 29 without a transition deal.

Businesses have been waiting to find out whether the government will then impose reciprocal tariffs on imports from the EU. Parliament is due to hold votes next week to determine whether it will accept an agreed divorce deal with the EU, leave with no deal or ask for a delay, says a BBC report.

“This would only arise if we leave without a deal on March 29,” Clark said.

“So in those circumstances the work is continuing on developing and finalising those tariff schedules but they will be published...once we knew that we were leaving without a deal on March 29,” he said.

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