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UK overseas trade in goods, September 2019

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) collects the UK’s international trade in goods data for Non-EU and EU trade with the UK. These are published on a monthly basis and figures for September 2019 have recently been released. (11 November 2019).

UK overseas trade in goods statistics: September 2019

A summary is provided in a document available at

UK Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics Commentary: September 2019


Total exports of goods for September 2019 were £31.0 billion.

Total imports of goods for September 2019 were £50.3 billion.

The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £19.3 billion.

For EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £9.1 billion.

For Non-EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £10.2 billion.

Imports to the UK

EU Imports for September 2019 were £23.6 billion.

Non-EU Imports for September 2019 were £26.7 billion.

Germany accounted for 12.0% (£6.0bn) of the total value of imports to the UK. The USA had the second largest proportion of the total value of trade, accounting for 8.7% (£4.4bn) followed by China 8.2% (£4.1bn), the Netherlands 6.9% (£3.5bn) and Switzerland 6.7% (£3.4bn). The top five partner countries accounted for 42.5% of total UK import value this month.

Exports from the UK

EU Exports for September 2019 were £14.5 billion

Non-EU Exports for September 2019 were £16.5 billion.

The USA accounted for 15.7% (£4.9bn) per cent of the total value of goods exports from the UK. Germany had the second largest proportion, accounting for 10.1% (£3.1bn), followed by China with 7.4% (£2.3bn), France with 6.8% (£2.1bn), and the Irish Republic at 6.0% (£1.9bn). The top five export partners accounted for 46% of total exports in goods this month.

Spreadsheets are available which show the figures in more detail.

UK overseas trade in goods statistics September 2019: import and export data

The following tables contain EU and Non-EU import and export data for September 2019.

UK overseas trade in goods statistics September 2019: imports

UK overseas trade in goods statistics September 2019: exports

Speaker of the House of Commons

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An election for a new Speaker of the House of Commons was held on Monday 4 November following John Bercow’s last day as Speaker on Thursday 31 October 2019.

Should candidates be asked to undergo an “impartiality” test ?

The position was contested by 7 Candidates as follows:

  • Chris Bryant
  • Harriet Harman
  • Meg Hillier
  • Sir Lindsay Hoyle
  • Dame Eleanor Laing
  • Sir Edward Leigh
  • Dame Rosie Winterton

The election started at 14:30 with statements from each candidate followed by the voting process which completed at 20:30

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Deputy Speaker, Chair of Ways and Means, and Labour MP for Chorley was elected by MPs as the next Speaker following four rounds of voting.

Vote Details
Candidate 1st Ballot 2nd Ballot 3rd Ballot 4th Ballot
Sir Lindsay Hoyle 211 244 267 325
Chris Bryant 98 120 169 213
Dame Eleanor Laing 113 122 127 -
Harriet Harman 72 59 - -
Dame Rosie Winterton 46 30 - -
Sir Edward Leigh 12 - - -
Meg Hillier 10 - - -

On being appointed as Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle said:

It is a true honour to be elected as 158th Speaker of the House of Commons.

As an impartial, fair and independent Chair, I intend to maintain public trust in this most vital of institutions.

I believe that MPs provide an essential service and I will make sure they are properly supported in this challenging role.

Equally, I will ensure that parliamentary debate is often robust but always respectful.

Of course, the honour of becoming Speaker will never surpass the honour of representing the wonderful constituency of Chorley in the County Palatine of Lancashire, and my commitment to my constituents will not change.

MPs who won’t be standing at the General Election

The following (76) MPs have announced that they won’t be standing at the next General Election due to held on December 12 2019.

last update: 14 Nov 2019

Conservative (37)

Henry Bellingham – North West Norfolk
Richard Benyon – Newbury
John Bercow – Buckingham and Commons speaker
Alastair Burt – North East Bedfordshire
Glyn Davies – Montgomeryshire
Mims Davies – Eastleigh
Alan Duncan – Rutland and Melton
Michael Fallon – Sevenoaks
Mark Field – Cities of London and Westminster
Bill Grant – Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Andrew Griffiths – Burton
Philip Hammond (deselected) – Runnymede & Weybridge
Richard Harrington – Watford
Peter Heaton-Jones – North Devon
Nick Herbert – Arundel and South Downs
George Hollingbery – Meon Valley
Nick Hurd – Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
Margot James – Stourbridge
Jo Johnson – Orpington
David Jones – Clywd West
Seema Kennedy – Ribble South
Mark Lancaster – Milton Keynes North
Jeremy Lefroy – Stafford
David Lidington – Aylesbury
Nicky Morgan – Loughborough
Sarah Newton – Truro & Falmouth
Sir Patrick McLoughlin – Derbyshire Dales
Claire Perry – Devizes
Mark Prisk – Hertford & Stortford
Amber Rudd – Hastings and Rye
Hugo Swire – East Devon
Keith Simpson – Broadland
Sir Nicholas Soames – Mid Sussex.
Caroline Spelman – Meriden
Ross Thomson – Aberdeen South
David Tredinnick – Bosworth
Ed Vaizey – Wantage

Labour (21)

Adrian Bailey – West Bromwich West
Kevin Barron – Rother Valley
Roberta Blackman-Woods – City of Durham
Ronnie Campbell – Blyth Valley
Ann Clwyd – Cynon Valley
Jim Cunningham – Coventry South
Gloria De Piero – Ashfield
Paul Farrelly – Newcastle-under-Lyme
Jim Fitzpatrick – Poplar and Limehouse
Kate Hoey – Vauxhall
Helen Jones – Warrington North
Ian Lucas – Wrexham
John Mann – Bassetlaw
Albert Owen – Ynys Mon
Teresa Pearce – Erith and Thamesmead
Stephen Pound – Ealing North
Geoffrey Robinson – Coventry North West
Owen Smith – Pontypridd
Stephen Twigg – Liverpool West Derby
Keith Vaz – Leicester East
Tom Watson – West Bromwich East

Liberal Democrats (3)

Heidi Allen – South Cambridgeshire
Vince Cable – Twickenham
Norman Lamb – North Norfolk

DUP (1)

Thomas David Simpson – Upper Bann (NI)

Independents (12)

Ian Austin – Dudley North
Guto Bebb – Aberconwy
Nick Boles – Grantham
Kenneth Clarke – Rushcliffe
Louise Ellman – Liverpool Riverside
Justine Greening – Putney
Sylvia Hermon, Lady Hermon – North Down
Kelvin Hopkins – Luton North
Oliver Letwin – West Dorset
Jared O’Mara – Sheffield Hallam
Rory Stewart – Penrith and The Border
John Woodcock – Barrow and Furness

Change UK (2)

Ann Coffey – Stockport
Joan Ryan – Enfield North

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill

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The Prime Minister will present a Bill to Parliament today, 29 Oct 2019, to make provision for a Parliamentary General Election to be held in December 2019.

The passage of this Bill requires a simple majority and overrides the requirements of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.

The Government has confirmed that it will not bring back the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill for further debate.

MPs have 6 hours of debate allocated with the Government wanting to complete all stages of the Bill in a single day.

Labour have just announced that they will back the call for a General Election in December with Jeremy Corbyn stating

“I have consistently said that we are ready for an election and our support is subject to a no-deal Brexit being off the table. We have now heard from the EU that the extension of Article 50 to 31 January has been confirmed, so for the next three months, our condition of taking no deal off the table has now been met. We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen.”

This means that it becomes more or less certain that an election will be held in December.


The Bill as introduced:

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill 2019-20

Early General Election Bill (pdf)

Early General Election Bill Notes (pdf)

The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Tuesday 29 October 2019. This stage is formal and takes place without any debate.

MPs will next consider the Bill at Second Reading, to be followed by Committee of the Whole House and Third Reading. All to be completed in 6 hours.

(Expect the usual unrelated jibber-jabber – this is a vote on whether to hold an early General Election … so lets include as much unrelated stuff as possible to keep it going and show we are earning our salaries )

Update: 2nd Reading

The PM opened the debate on the 2nd reading of the Bill at 14:23. The debate proceeded until around 17:40 when it formally passed the 2nd Reading. The Bill now entered the next stage of its passage through Parliament, the Committee Stage, where each clause (part) and any amendments (proposals for change) to the Bill are debated.

A number of Amendments were selected from the many proposed.

Committee of the Whole House Amendments as at 29 October 2019 (pdf)

Chairman of Ways and Means’s provisional grouping and selection of Amendments

Selected amendments were

Amendment 2: This amendment would change the date of the proposed general election to Monday 9 December.

Amendment 3: This is a consequential amendment changing the title of the Bill if amendment 2 was made.

Amendment 14: This amendment has the effect of aligning the registration deadline for Scotland with the registration deadline in the rest of the United Kingdom, by removing the need for the St Andrew’s Day bank holiday in Scotland to be taken into account.

Rejected amendments varied from the attempt to allow 16-17 year olds to have a vote in the election, allow non-uk EU citizens to have a vote, a 2nd referendum etc. and can be read in the attached documents.

Further inconsequential debate continued until 20:00 when a vote on the amendments to the Bill were taken: For amendment 2, the result was 295 votes in favour with 315 votes against, so that the amendment was rejected.

Amendment 14 was accepted together with changes to Clause 1 and Clause 2 as it stands and made without a further vote.

The Committee Stage was completed and proceeded through the Report Stage and to 3rd Readin.

A further vote was taken on the 3rd Reading of the Bill which passed by 438 votes in favour with 20 votes against.

The Bill now goes to the House of Lords for approval and passes through the same process sequence in the House of Lords.

Update: House of Lords

The Bill completed all stages through the House of Lords on 30 October 2019.

Both Houses agreed on the text of the Bill which now waits for the final stage of Royal Assent This is when the Queen formally agrees to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law). Royal Assent is scheduled for 31 October. This is when the Queen formally agrees to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

Update: 31 October 2019

The Early Parliamentary General Election Act was given Royal Assent and became Law.

There will now be a General Election, to be held on Thursday 12 December 2019.

Under provisions in the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, Parliament is dissolved automatically 25 working days before a general election. The date of the next general election is 12 December 2019, accordingly this Parliament will dissolve on 6 November 2019.

Following the general election on 12 December 2019, the next general election will be scheduled to take place on the first Thursday of May 2024 – 2 May 2024, Parliament will be dissolved on Tuesday 26 March 2024.

Parliament rejects call for General Election

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Today, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, called for an early General Election to be held on 12 December 2019.

Because of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the motion requires 2/3 of all MPs to agree in order to pass. Following debate, a vote was taken with the result 299 votes in favour and 70 votes against. Although there was a majority in favour, the numbers did not reach the majority required under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act and thus fails.

Following the vote, the PM notified Parliament of the Governments intention to present a short (one-line) Bill calling for a General Election to be held on Thursday 12 December 2019. If this Bill is passed, only requiring a majority of votes, it will circumvent the requirements of the Fixed Term Parliament Act and allow a General Election to be held.