Britain says 88pc of imports to face no tariffs in no-deal Brexit

Reuters . London | Published: 00:00, Oct 09,2019


Britain on Tuesday revised the tariff regime that would come into force if it leaves the European Union without a deal, making 88 per cent of total imports by value eligible for levy free access.

Seeking to balance the need to keep consumer prices down without destroying domestic producers, Britain also said that under a new ‘exceptional review process’ it could make changes to the regime from day one if needed.

‘The UK is a free trading nation and British business is in a strong position to compete in an open, freetrading environment,’ trade policy minister Conor Burns said.

With just 23 days to go before the United Kingdom is due to leave the world’s largest trading bloc - and with no divorce deal in sight - prime minister Boris Johnson’s government is stepping up preparation for a potentially chaotic exit.

London first published a temporary tariff regime before its original leaving date in March, as part of its preparations to leave a bloc it joined in 1973.

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