Barry Gardiner, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, commenting on EEF’s briefing paper UK Trade with the EU: a new trading order for the manufacturing industry said:
“I welcome the EEF's clarity around a new trading order. ‘No deal’ with the UK’s single biggest trading partner is simply not an option for UK manufacturing.
“The manufacturing industry needs clarity and the Government is failing Britain's exporters by refusing to publish the White Paper on International Trade that I have repeatedly requested.
“It is extraordinary that Liam Fox should have leaked news of a Trade Bill in the Queen’s Speech to the Sun newspaper but refused to set out a clear trade policy for industry in a Trade White Paper. Manufacturing industries, need the opportunity to feed into and scrutinise the government’s proposals.
“Government must set out its guiding principles for trade negotiations and its strategic plans for issues vital to our manufacturers. Among other things, they must tell us how they plan to overcome customs barriers, if they will liberalise our WTO schedules, and whether they intend to implement trade defence measures to safeguard core British industries such as steel and ceramics.
“‘No deal’ is a bad deal for trade with the EU and ‘no policy’ is a bad a policy for our future trade with the rest of the world.”
Notes to editors
1) EEF, UK Trade with the EU: A New Trading Order for the Manufacturing Industry, 27 March 2017.