Philip Dunne questions the Government about the implication of a WTO-terms Brexit

10th January 2019

Philip Dunne questions the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the implications on sheep meat exports of a WTO-terms Brexit which would see tariffs of at least 40% on day one.

My right hon. Friend is being generous in giving way. I want to pursue his argument about the sheep meat implications of a WTO-terms Brexit. He referred to the introduction of tariffs of more than 40%. Will he confirm that that would apply on day one of moving to WTO terms?

Yes, I am afraid that it absolutely would, and a tariff of 40%—it is just above 40%—is one of the lower ones. For example, there are tariffs on some meat exports of more than 140%, and in one case there is a tariff of more than 200%.


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