John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the Falkland Islands retains tariff free access to the EU after the UK leaves the EU.
Robin Walker: The Government has always been clear that we are committed to engaging the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories as we exit the EU, to ensure that their interests and priorities are properly taken into account.
We are seeking a bold and ambitious economic partnership with the EU and want to have the greatest possible tariff- and barrier-free trade with our European neighbours, so that British companies, including Falkland Islands companies, have the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within European markets.
I most recently met Hon. Teslyn Barkman, the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly Member leading on Exit issues, at the 4th Joint Ministerial Council Overseas Territories (EU Negotiations) held on the 14th of June. Through discussions in this forum, supported by official level contact, the Government understands the importance to the economic wellbeing of the Falklands Islands of their access to the EU market for fish and meat.
We also welcome the substantive input we have received from the Falkland Islands’ Government as the UK prepares to exit the EU.