Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, today responded to the Government’s draft import tariffs in the event of a no deal Brexit. Mr. Carmichael raised the new figures, which were published today, in a debate on Brexit and the fishing industry.
Speaking in the debate, Mr. Carmichael said:
“In the guidance published by the Government this morning, ‘Frozen shrimps of the genus “Penaeus” even smoked or whether in the shell of not - including shrimps in shell cooked by steaming or by boiling in water’ will be subject to a 12% tariff. Now if that is what we are levying as a tariff on imports, why would the EU not levy something similar in relation to our exports to them?”
Commenting, Mr. Carmichael added:
“The tariffs announced by the Government today are the first significant glimpse of what will happen if the UK goes through a hard Brexit. The economic reality is that these import levies will be matched by the EU countries to which we expect to export. The 15% import levy on frozen fish fillets, or the 24% on types of tuna, will likely be matched or raised by the EU.
“The tariffs, which go beyond fishing, are yet more proof that a no deal Brexit will be bad for our economy and rural communities.
“The Government have an opportunity this evening to take no deal off the table, and that is what I will be voting for. I very much hope that many of my colleagues will do likewise, and provide the country with the certainty we need, and avoid the damaging tariff war which is being prepared by the Government.”