Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:40

BREXIT SECRETARY “HADN’T QUITE UNDERSTOOD” IMPACT ON TRADE

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has made the stunning admission that he “hadn’t quite understood” the impact any barriers to trade with Europe could have on the availability of goods for UK consumers. 
 

Speaking last night, Mr Raab said: “I hadn’t quite understood the full extent of this, but if you look at the UK and look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing.”
 
He continued: “I think probably the average consumer might not be aware of the full extent to which the choice of goods that we have in the stores are dependent on one or two very specific trade routes.”
 
Commenting, SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson said:
 
“This is a stunning admission that shows just how clueless the Tories are about their Brexit plans. 
 
“A Tory Brexit could have a catastrophic impact on trade with the continent and leave supermarket shelves empty. 
 
“And that scenario could also mean Scottish exports, such as seafood, stuck in lorry parks at Dover rather than reaching their export markets in a timely manner. 
 
“It’s not good enough for the Brexit Secretary to say he ‘hadn’t quite understood’ these risks. The Tories need to urgently change tack and back our place in the single market – which is around 8 times the size of the UK market alone.”
 

 
Raab said:
“I hadn’t quite understood the full extent of this, but if you look at the U.K. and look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing. And that is one of the reasons why we have wanted to make sure we have a specific and very proximate relationship with the EU, to ensure frictionless trade at the border. I don’t think it is a question so much of the risk of major shortages, but I think probably the average consumer might not be aware of the full extent to which the choice of goods that we have in the stores are dependent on one or two very specific trade routes.”
https://www.politico.eu/newsletter/london-playbook/politico-london-playbook-last-ditch-diplomacy-trump-unleashed-women-mps-descend-on-parliament/

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