Brexit deal

Stephen Hepburn, MP for the Jarrow Constituency, has questioned Cabinet Ministers on what preparations the Government have made for businesses in the North East in the event that no Brexit deal is reached with the EU. 

During a question time session in Parliament to Government Ministers, Mr Hepburn asked the Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox MP: 

“Given that more than 60 per cent of the North East’s exports go to the EU, what preparations have the Secretary of State and his Department made for there being no Brexit deal, which could lead to firms in the north-east being hit with tariffs of up to 80 per cent overnight?”

The International Trade Secretary replied with: “As the Hon. Gentleman knows, the Government have already published a number of papers in preparation for no deal. I have just left a Cabinet meeting, to which I shall return later, at which we are looking into that very subject. The best thing that we can do is to get an effective comprehensive trade agreement with the European Union so that all the countries of Europe—the EU27 and the UK—can continue to get the benefits of free and open trade.”

The Government are in the middle of publishing ‘technical notices’ on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal. There are 25 documents in total which cover a range of sectors such as aviation, shipping, and Safety standards for goods. 

Labour has said that if they were in power, the party would fight for a Brexit deal that protects jobs, the economy and our rights by seeking to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU trading relationship that would allow access to the Single Market, after the UK leaves the EU.


Stephen Hepburn MP said: 

“It would be a total disaster for our region if the Government failed to reach a Brexit deal and allowed our businesses that export to Europe to be crippled with tariffs. It is the worst-case scenario.”

“The Government must support exporting and manufacturing businesses in our region or ensure that goods can travel across borders without delays or tariffs after Brexit.”

“Given that we are set to leave the EU on the 29th March 2019 and that the Brexit talks are scheduled to conclude at the European Council on the 18th October, it is very worrying that the Government still has no credible plan for Brexit and risks a no deal.”

“They are now at a crucial stage of the Brexit process. Theresa May needs to get on with the job of negotiating a deal that works for jobs and the economy in the North East.”


Notes to Editors:

Link to Stephen Hepburn MPs question and answer exchange with the International Trade Secretary, House of Commons, Thursday 13th September 2018:


Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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