Ben Howlett, the Member of Parliament for Bath, today encouraged the Prime Minister to consider the impact a zero tariff trade deal on goods and services would have on the European Union as well as the United Kingdom. Since Britain voted to leave the EU last year Ben has been a strong advocate against a no deal scenario where Britain has to rely on World Trade Organisation rules.
Speaking in the Commons Ben said:
“Following the last few months of debate I am assured by the Prime Minister and her Government that they are striving towards a zero tariff trade deal on goods and services with the European Union as we enter formal negotiations, but would the Prime Minister outline the potential impact to European Markets of not agreeing to a trade deal with the UK following departure from the European Union?”
The Prime Minister replied:
“My honourable friend raises a very important point because all too often people look as if somehow we are just the supplicant in this relationship and that anything that is decided is only going to have an impact on the United Kingdom, of course, the nature of the trade deal will have an impact on companies within the remaining 27 member states as they want to trade with and operate within the United Kingdom and that is why I am confident that when we come to the negotiations people will see the benefit to both sides of getting a deal that is a good trade deal”
Upon leaving the Chamber Ben said
“As we begin negotiations with our European friends it is important we consider the mutual benefits to both the United Kingdom and the European Union of a strong, tariff free trade deal on good and services. I am pleased the Government recognises this and are confident of getting a good trade deal”