Thank you for contacting me about the trade relationship between the UK and EU.
Both parties have agreed that they will seek a free trade agreement with no tariffs, fees, charges or quotas across all goods sectors. Modern customs facilitation techniques will help to ease the movement of goods at the border.
The Government has been clear, however, that the UK will not align with EU rules in the future. Doing so would mean accepting EU rules on EU terms without any say and continuing to be governed by EU institutions.
The Prime Minister has explained that the UK will instead uphold high standards independently of the EU and I fully support this approach. The UK does not need to follow EU rules on workers’ rights, environmental protection or consumer safeguards to uphold standards in these areas. The UK already goes further than the EU, for instance, on maternity leave and statutory holiday entitlement.
This approach may mean changes at the border but by not copying the EU rulebook, the UK will be able to adapt more easily to the changes and technological innovations of the coming decades. We will be able to set regulations for new sectors to encourage investment and new ideas far more quickly than the EU. The EU has already agreed a similar deal with Canada.
Further provisions on services, including financial services, will seek to provide balanced and reciprocal market access across all modes of supply. The UK will also seek a separate agreement on fisheries taking into account that it will be an independent coastal state and will determine access to its resources on its own terms.
If no agreement is reached, the UK will trade on terms similar to Australia.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP