Thank you for contacting me about improving the UK-EU trade deal.
Five years after the referendum, I believe it is important that we all accept the result of that vote and the change to our relationship with the EU that the British people voted for.
The trade deal reached between the UK and the EU avoids tariffs and quotas in trade between goods. I believe that this is an historic achievement and of significant financial benefit to companies in the UK and across the continent. I want to make it clear, however, that the Government will not be returning to renegotiate the deal.
Ministers have always been clear that leaving the single market and the customs union would mean change for businesses and some frictions. That it is why I am glad that £20 million is being provided to help SMEs adjust to new customs, rules of origin and VAT rules when trading with the EU. This fund pays for practical support including training and professional advice.
Ministers are also engaging with hundreds of businesses across the country including through the Business Brexit Task Force to find solutions to outstanding issues and develop a shared vision for the future. I am aware of the UK Trade and Business Commission run by the Best for Britain campaign group but I am concerned about its independence given that the Best for Britain group was formed with the intention of keeping the UK in the EU.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP