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Harriett Baldwin urges Government to remove non-tariff trade barriers in future US trade deal


21st October 2019

Harriett Baldwin urges the Government to champion the cause of defence sector exporters and ensure that non-tariff barriers are removed in any trade deal with the United States.

Leaving the EU: Defence Exports

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

14. What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on potential defence exports after the UK leaves the EU. [900014]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Anne-Marie Trevelyan)

Defence exports will continue to be supported, not just by the Ministry of Defence but by other Government Departments including the Department for International Trade, after the UK leaves the EU. Work is ongoing to explore how to strengthen the competitiveness of UK industry and to support exports, both to the EU and globally. My right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary has regular conversations with the Secretary of State for International Trade, including through the defence security and exports working group.

Harriett Baldwin

I congratulate my hon. Friend on her appointment. I know that she is a fervent champion of the tremendous exporters that we have in the defence sector. She will know that they often face non-tariff barriers when they export to the United States. Can she reassure me that she will be championing their cause and ensuring that those non-tariff barriers are broken down when we have a new trade deal?

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

I thank my hon. Friend for her kind words. I reassure her that, through our long-standing bilateral relationship with the US, we work closely across the full spectrum of defence, including on issues of shared economic interests such as reducing barriers. Free trade agreements are not used as a means of increasing defence exports. For non-sensitive and non-warlike defence goods and services, the UK may pursue greater access to US public procurement opportunities through the free trade agreement.

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