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Open letter to business on the Implementation Period

David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, Chancellor Philip Hammond, and Greg Clark, Business Secretary have written to businesses setting out the UK’s ambitions for an implementation period following Brexit.

In the joint letter, the three Cabinet Ministers outline the Government’s commitment to providing businesses with the certainty and clarity they need to plan ahead.

Dear business leaders,

The Government is determined to support businesses and the economy, and is committed to implementing the Government’s Industrial Strategy, building a Britain fit for the future. As this new year gets underway, we are also conscious that many businesses are examining the implications of our withdrawal from the EU for themselves and their supply chains. Businesses have been clear that they need time to adjust to the terms of our new relationship with the EU – and are therefore following closely negotiations on the Government’s proposal for a time-limited implementation period.

The purpose of such a period is to give people, businesses, and public services in the UK and across the EU the time they need to put in place the new arrangements that will be required to adjust to our future partnership. This is why, during the implementation period, we are clear that the UK’s and the EU’s access to one another’s markets should continue on current terms, meaning there will only be one set of changes at the end of the implementation period, as we move into our future partnership. The period’s duration will be strictly time-limited, and should be determined simply by how long it will take to make these changes – as the Prime Minister has previously set out, this will be around two years.

We know this proposal has been warmly welcomed by businesses up and down the country, and in the EU, promising the certainty and clarity needed to plan ahead. We are therefore pleased that at the December European Council, EU leaders endorsed this proposal, and agreed guidelines that will enable our teams to discuss and confirm at pace the detailed arrangements, giving them legal form in the Withdrawal Agreement.

David Davis – Teesport Speech

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Speech in Teesport by David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Implementation Period – A Bridge to the Future Partnership between the UK & EU

Welcome everybody to tropical Teesport.

When the Cabinet meets next week and various of my colleagues moan about how cold it was in Davos I’ll suggest they try the North Sea in January.

Teesport – this is the export capital of England really. Teesport handles more than 40 million tonnes of cargo a year, importing and exporting goods that are used in sectors right across the economy. It acts as a gateway to the world for businesses not just in the North East, but also across the UK and Europe. And as we get on with the job of leaving the European Union — a move backed overwhelmingly by the people of Teesside — there will be new opportunities for ports like this, as you actually outlined in your speech, and for businesses like the ones in this room to cast their sights beyond Europe, to new markets around the whole world.

Today I want to talk specifically about the bridge that we plan to build, to smooth the path to our new relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

A strictly time limited implementation period, which forms a sound basis for the UK’s future prosperity. That allows us to grasp the benefits of Brexit by setting in place the fundamental building blocks for the country as we leave and a bridge that will give more certainty and clarity for ports like this, and businesses right across the United Kingdom and Europe.

EU Exit Preparations

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Published communications from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) indicate the proposed EU Exit readiness activities considered necessary in preparation for leaving the EU.

  • Delivery of a new national import control system for animals, animal products and high risk food and feed. Scheduled to commence building: mid-January 2018
  • Delivery of new IT capability to enable registration and regulation of chemical substances placed on the UK market. Scheduled to commence building: February 2018
  • Delivery of systems for the licensing and marketing of veterinary medicines. Scheduled to commence building: end-January 2018.
  • Development of a new catch certificate system for UK fish and fish products being exported to the EU on Exit. Scheduled to commence: building end-January 2018.
  • Development of a UK system to manage the quota of fluorinated gases and ozone depleting substances required under the UN Montreal Protocol. Scheduled to commence: March 2018
  • Development of data exchange arrangements to identify the movement of EU and third country vessels in UK waters and the movement of UK vessels in EU or third country waters. Scheduled to commence: April 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-exit-preparations-ministerial-direction

Future trade with the EU

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The Department for International Trade (DIT) today (5th January 2017) released a White Paper Preparing for our future UK trade policy.

This paper follows on from the Trade White Paper published in October and asked for views both on the specific legal powers and
the broader developing approach for the future Trade policy. The request for input, generated almost 8000 responses from a cross-section of business and society and this is the response and follow-up actions from the DIT.

It covers the following topics

  • Supporting a rules-based global trading environment
    • Schedules (WTO)
    • GPA
  • Boosting our trade relationships
    • Trading with the EU
    • Trading with the rest of the world
    • Transitioning EU-Third Country trade agreements
    • Negotiating and implementing new trade agreements
  • Supporting developing countries to reduce poverty
    • UK trading arrangements with developing countries
  • Ensuring a level playing field
    • Trade remedies
    • Conducting trade disputes
  • Trade that is transparent and inclusive
    • Transparency and scrutiny
    • Inclusiveness
  • Auxiliary Submissions
  • Conclusion

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trade-white-paper-preparing-for-our-future-uk-trade-policy-government-response/trade-white-paper-preparing-for-our-future-uk-trade-policy-government-response

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/671953/Trade_White_Paper_response_FINAL.pdf (pdf)

PM Statement 18 December 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement to Parliament on 18 December 2017 about the EU Council meeting held on 14-15 December 2017.

The statement covers topics on

  • Russia
  • Jerusalem
  • Migration
  • Education
  • Brexit Negotiations

On Brexit Negotiations, as far as I’m aware, this is the first time that the PM has formerly acknowledged that the bill for leaving the EU, demanded by the EU, is between £35 billion and £39 billion.

With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on last week’s European Council.

Before turning to the progress on our negotiations to leave the EU, let me briefly cover the discussions on Russia, Jerusalem, migration and education.

In each case the UK made a substantive contribution – both as a current member of the EU and in the spirit of the new, deep and special partnership we want to build with our European neighbours.

Russia

Mr Speaker, Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea was the first time since the Second World War that one sovereign nation has forcibly taken territory from another in Europe.

Since then human rights have worsened; Russia has fomented conflict in the Donbas and the peace process in Ukraine has stalled.

As I said at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, the UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and to work with our allies to do likewise – both now and after we have left the EU.

So we were at the forefront of the original call for EU sanctions. And at this Council we agreed to extend those sanctions for a further six months.

Jerusalem

On Jerusalem, I made it clear that we disagree with the United States’ decision to move its embassy and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement. And like our EU partners, we will not be following suit.

But it is vital that we continue to work with the United States to encourage them to bring forward proposals that will reenergise the peace process.

And this must be based around support for a two state solution – and an acknowledgement that the final status of Jerusalem must be subject to negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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