Chris Grayling 'convinced' of tariff-free trade deal after Brexit

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Chris Grayling 'convinced' of tariff-free trade deal after Brexit

A Cabinet minister has said he is “convinced” Britain will have tariff-free trade with the EU post-Brexit because it is in the interests of both sides.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling also played down concerns a troubled trade deal between Brussels and Canada casts doubt on the UK securing an agreement after leaving the bloc.

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Frantic efforts have been under way to salvage the EU-Canada trade pact, which has been seven years in the making, after the proposals were blocked by a regional administration in Belgium.

The hold up has been caused by the parliament in Wallonia, although the region’s leader has indicated the impasse could be resolved within days.

Backers of Brexit and those against have both highlighted the protracted negotiations to support their own positions.

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Mr Grayling, a prominent Leave campaigner and Tory MP, argued Britain’s relationship with the EU was different because it is the union’s most important export market.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme: “Nobody in continental Europe benefits from a reduction in the ability to trade with the United Kingdom.”

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He said the UK bought a “whole load of produce” from farmers in Belgium’s Wallonia, so it would not be in their interests to see tariffs imposed.

Mr Grayling added: “This is why I have always been convinced we will have tariff-free trade, we will have sensible trading arrangements, because it is in both our interests that that should happen.”

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Published at Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:29:22 +0000

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