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UK overseas trade in goods, June 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 June 2019 have recently been released. (9 August 2019)

UK Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics June 2019

A summary is provided in a document available at

UK Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics Commentary: June 2019

Summary

Total exports of goods for June 2019 were £29.8 billion.

Total imports of goods for June 2019 were £40.0 billion.

The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £10.2 billion.

For EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £6.9 billion.

For Non-EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £3.2 billion.


Imports to the UK

EU Imports for June 2019 were £20.3 billion.

Non-EU Imports for June 2019 were £19.7 billion.

Germany accounted for 11.6% (£4.6bn) of the total value of imports to the UK. The USA had the second largest proportion of the total value of trade, accounting for 9.8% (£3.9bn) followed by China 8.8% (£3.5bn), the Netherlands 7.9% (£3.1bn), and France 5.5% (£2.2bn). The top five partner countries accounted for 43.6% of total UK import value this month.


Exports from the UK

EU Exports for June 2019 were £13.4 billion

Non-EU Exports for June 2019 were £16.4 billion.

The USA accounted for 14.2% (£4.2bn) per cent of the total value of goods exports from the UK. Germany had the second largest proportion, accounting for 9.6% (£2.9bn), followed by China with 6.9% (£2.1bn), France with 6.6% (£2.0bn), and the Netherlands at 6.0% (£1.8bn). The top five export partners accounted for 43.3% of total exports in goods this month.


Spreadsheets are available which show the figures in more detail.

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

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

UK overseas trade in goods statistics June 2019: imports (xls)

UK overseas trade in goods statistics June 2019: exports (xls)

Article by Dominic Raab – 11 August 2019

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph on 11 August 2019, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab outlines his vision for a truly global Britain.

As we strive for a better deal with the EU, we need to view that relationship in the context of our wider vision for the UK after Brexit. Fifteen years ago, when I was posted as a Foreign Office lawyer to The Hague, I remember my counterparts from Japan, Australia, South Korea and Brazil lamenting the introverted perspective of the EU and the UK at the expense of the rest of the world.

It was a salutary warning. Today, the UK wants a strong relationship with our European partners. But Brussels isn’t the only game in town. It’s time we broadened our horizons, and my first visits as Foreign Secretary to the US, Canada, Thailand and Mexico, have shone a light on the opportunities for a truly global Britain.

In the US, President Trump told me how much America values its close friendship with Britain, his high regard for our Prime Minister, and his enthusiasm for a free trade deal with the UK. How serious are they? After our meeting, secretary of state Mike Pompeo told reporters that the US was poised “at the doorstep, pen in hand”, ready to sign a deal, which would boost business and enhance consumer choice on both sides of the Atlantic.

I also met vice president Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton, reflecting the fact that our relationship goes far beyond trade. Crucially, we work together to defend our shared values and to respond to security threats, whether by protecting international shipping from the menace of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard or striving to secure North Korea’s denuclearisation.

Few countries have been a better friend than Canada, which I visited earlier in the week. I spoke to business representatives, who committed to investing more in the UK, and discussed with Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland the need for a smooth transition on our trade as we leave the EU.

Our vision for global Britain also involves promoting values. Ms Freeland and I pledged to work together to protect media freedoms globally. I heard about Canada’s experience of adopting a Magnitsky Act to impose visa bans and asset freezes on those responsible for gross human rights abuses. Once we’ve left the EU and regained control of our own sanctions rules, this government will implement the “Magnitsky” provisions of the UK Sanctions Act. That means human rights abusers anywhere in the world will face consequences for their actions, with any assets they hold in the UK frozen and a ban on travelling here. We will ensure that global Britain is not a safe haven for those who profit from torturing others.

Beyond old friends, we must deepen our ties with the world’s growth markets from Asia to Latin America. So last week, I was delighted to take up an invitation from the Association of South-East Asian Nations to attend their meeting of foreign ministers in Bangkok. In fewer than 20 years, the total GDP of the 10 nations in this club has expanded almost sixfold to nearly $3 trillion today. Scarcely anywhere in the world could match this rate of growth. Now is the time to bolster our commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, develop stronger trade, and work together to ensure the stability that allows us all to prosper.

The final leg of my trip again reflects the opportunities of the future. Mexico has a population of 126 million and an economy of over $1.2 trillion. UK exports to Mexico totalled £2.3 billion in 2017, up 18% in 1 year. Red London buses, built by a Scottish manufacturer, now ride along Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City.

But we can do better in Latin America. Here’s one example. Two thirds of Mexicans have no bank accounts but half of them have a smartphone. That’s a great opportunity for innovative British businesses. With a bright future outside the EU, we will help Mexican firms trade more freely with the UK.

Wherever I travel, I take the Prime Minister’s message of optimism. We will remain strong European partners. But there is a wider world out there for us to re-discover. By the end of my first fortnight as Foreign Secretary, I have met the foreign ministers of 22 countries across the world. I am struck by how much they want to strengthen their ties with us. They too see the great benefits offered by Brexit to deepen our partnerships around the world.

Together there is more that we can and will do to enhance global prosperity and stability and defend our shared values of freedom, democracy and tolerance. So, let’s raise our game, rediscover our national self-confidence, and grasp the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead.

By-election Brecon and Radnorshire – 01 Aug 2019

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A by-election was held in Brecon and Radnorshire on 01 Aug 2019, following the conviction for a false expenses claim by the Conservative MP Chris Davies. Under the Recall of MPs Act 2015, the conviction triggered a recall petition, which was successful and caused the by-election.

The election was contested by Conservative Christopher Davies (the deposed MP), Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds, Brexit Party Des Parkinson, Labour Tom Davies and representatives from the UKIP and Monster Raving Loony parties.

In order to achieve maximum support for a candidate who supported a 2nd referendum on Brexit, the candidate for the Liberal Democrat party, Jane Dodds, was supported by the Green and Plaid Cymru parties who decided not to field their own candidates. In addition, Dodds was also supported by Change UK and the Renew Party.

The previous result for this constituency, from the General Election held in 2017, elected Christopher Davies as MP, representing the Conservative Party, with a majority of 8,038 votes. The turnout was 76.9% (41,334 voters from an electorate of 56,010)

General Election 2017
Candidate Party Votes %
Christopher Davies Conservative 20,081 48.6
James Gibson-Watt Liberal Democrat 12,043 29.1
Dan Lodge Labour 7,335 17.7
Kate Heneghan Plaid Cymru 1,299 3.1
Peter Gilbert UKIP 576 1.4

The candidate Jane Dodds, representing the Liberal Democrat Party, won the by-election held in Aug 2019, with a majority of 1,425 votes. Turnout was 59.72% (31,814 voters)

By-Election Aug 2019
Candidate Party Votes %
Jane Dodds Liberal Democrat 13,826 43.46
Christopher Davies Conservative 12,401 38.98
Des Parkinson Brexit Party 3,331 10.47
Tom Davies Labour 1,680 5.28
Lady Lily the Pink Monster Raving Loony 334 1.05
Liz Phillips UKIP 242 0.76

Other interesting comments –

The total votes for candidates representing the Conservative and Brexit parties was 15,732 (49.45%) vs the total for candidates representing the Liberal Democrats and Labour was 15,506 (48.74%) Perhaps Boris and Nigel should take note.

The total votes cast for Jane Dodds (13,826) is almost identical to number of votes cast for the Liberal Democrat candidate and the Plaid Cymru candidate combined (13,342) in the previous General Election 2017.

The number of votes cast for Tom Davies, representing the Labour Party (1,680) 4th place, is fewer than that achieved by the Brexit Party (3,331) which finished in 3rd place.

Article by Michael Gove – No-deal is a very real prospect

No-deal is a very real prospect. We must ensure we are ready” is an article by Michael Gove, originally published in The Sunday Times on 28 July 2019.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/no-deal-is-a-very-real-prospect-we-must-ensure-we-are-ready-article-by-michael-gove

Last week, I was honoured to be asked by our new prime minister to lead on this government’s No 1 priority preparing the country to leave the EU, come what may, on October 31. Three years after an historic and decisive referendum vote by the British people, the United Kingdom is finally on the cusp of leaving the European Union.

With a new prime minister, a new government, and a new clarity of mission, we will exit the EU on October 31. No ifs. No buts. No more delay. Brexit is happening.

It’s our aim to ensure we can leave with a deal. We want to continue with warm and close relations with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. We will do everything in our power to conclude a good agreement that honours the referendum result and secures a brighter future for us outside the single market and the customs union.

What we can’t do, however, is simply present parliament once again with the same withdrawal agreement it’s already rejected three times. You can’t just reheat the dish that’s been sent back and expect that will make it more palatable.

So we need a new approach and a different relationship. Critically, we need to abolish the backstop and ensure we find a different way to handle trade, and other important relations, on the island of Ireland.

PM Statement – Priorities for the Government

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement, made on 25 July 2019, in the House of Commons on the priorities for the government.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-priorities-for-the-government-25-july-2019

Mr Speaker, I with permission, shall make a statement on the mission of this new Conservative Government.

But before I begin, I am sure the whole House will join me in paying tribute to my Rt Hon Friend the Member for Maidenhead, for all that she has given in the service of our nation. From fighting modern slavery to tackling the problems of mental ill-health, she has a great legacy on which we shall all be proud to build.

And our mission is to deliver Brexit on the 31st of October for the purpose of uniting and re-energising our great United Kingdom and making this country the greatest place on earth. And when I say the greatest place on earth, I’m conscious that some may accuse me of hyperbole. But it is useful to imagine the trajectory on which we could now be embarked.

By 2050 it is more than possible that the United Kingdom will be the greatest and most prosperous economy in Europe, at the centre of a new network of trade deals that we have pioneered.

With the road and rail investments we are making and propose to make now, the investment in broadband and 5G, our country will boast the most formidable transport and technological connectivity on the planet.

By unleashing the productive power of the whole United Kingdom, not just of London and the South East but of every corner of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we will have closed forever the productivity gap and seen to it that no town is left behind ever again; no community ever again forgotten.

Our children and grandchildren will be living longer, happier, healthier, wealthier lives.

Our United Kingdom of 2050 will no longer make any contribution whatsoever to the destruction of our precious planet brought about by carbon emissions, because we will have led the world in delivering that net zero target.

We will be the home of electric vehicles – cars, even planes, powered by British made battery technology being developed right here, right now.

We will have the freeports to revitalise our coastal communities, a bioscience sector liberated from anti genetic modification rules, blight-resistant crops that will feed the world and the satellite and earth observation systems that are the envy of the world.

We will be the seedbed for the most exciting and most dynamic business investments on the planet.

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