In the event of a Brexit hard, London promises a massive drop of customs duties

En cas de Brexit dur, Londres promet une baisse massive des droits de douane

While the prospect of “Brexit” no agreement has never seemed so realistic, London has announced that, in this hypothesis, the country would exempt 87 percent of its imports from customs duties in order to avoid an economic shock.

This looks like a map of the last chance, a little hastily, to avoid an economic catastrophe in the event of a Brexit, “hard”, i.e. without economic agreement governing the exit of the Uk from the european Union. The british government announced this Wednesday, 13 that in the event of Brexit without agreement –an assumption increasingly likely– the customs duties on 87% of the uk imports will be purely and simply deleted, at least for 12 months.

The secretary of State for trade Policy, George Hollingbery, has confirmed that except for “the industries most sensitive“, the customs duties would be removed. The sectors that remain subject to a taxation of imports would be mainly in the field of agriculture: beef, pork, lamb, poultry, or dairy products in particular.

The government has also indicated that the plan would remain unchanged for the countries with which the Uk already has a free trade agreement, and 70 States for which London had already put in place facilities for access to its market.

Another announcement: customs officials in the uk will not control on the goods they bring into the country via the border with northern ireland. The situation in case of a Brexit on the line that separates the Ireland (EU member) and Northern Ireland (which is part of the United Kingdom and will therefore get out of the EU) was a point of tension in the negotiations between Brussels and London.

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This announcement is intended to ensure that in the event of Brexit hard, especially if the date of 29 march is maintained, the English economy would not be a price spike in seeing taxes increase the cost of imports, or even worse: a collapse of exports made with imported parts and taxed, making it the production uk less competitive.

Tuesday 12, british mps largely rejected the second agreement negotiated by Theresa May with the european Union. Wednesday 13, these same members must vote on the possibility of leaving the EU without any agreement. If the answer is positive, the fear of a Brexit “hard” to become a reality at the end of the month would be almost no doubt.

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