Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP
House of Commons, LONDON, SW1A 0AA
16 July 2020
RT HON DAME CHERYL GILLAN MP URGES THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT AFTER BREXIT THE UK WILL MOVE FORWARD MORE UNITED THAN EVER
During Cabinet Office Questions on Thursday 16 July, the Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham & Amersham and the first woman to hold the office of Secretary of State for Wales, urged the Government to ensure that after Brexit “the UK will move forward more united than ever and resist any new trade barriers emerging between the four nations of the United Kingdom?”
Dame Cheryl’s Question to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Minister for the Cabinet and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, asked:
“ Mr Speaker, it was an honour to serve as the Secretary of State for Wales where I saw everyday the benefits of the Union brings. Research and development in Wales is used through the UK. Welsh businesses trade without barriers in Scotland, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and, indeed, our Welsh Guards train to protect and defend the rights of us in the Union. Will my Rt Hon Friend assure me that the values of the Union will remain at the forefront of the Government's mind and he will ensure that after Brexit we move forward more united than ever before and will he resist any new trade barriers emerging between the four nations of the United Kingdom?”
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP answered:
“ My Rt Hon Friend is absolutely right. It’s vital for example that Welsh lamb should be able to be sold across the UK. It’s vital also that we recognise that the labelling requirements that relate to Welsh mineral water which enable Welsh firms to sell a superior product with confidence across the UK are respected as well, so making sure that we work hand in glove with the devolved Administrations strengthens the Union for all its citizens.”
Dame Cheryl asked her question on the day the Government published its plan on the UK Internal Market, outlining its plans to ensure continued seamless trading between all four nations of the union - boosting the powers of the devolved administrations and protecting jobs and livelihoods in every part of the UK.
She said, “The UK’s internal market has functioned seamlessly for centuries. As we exit the transition period in December, we will ensure the most successful union of nations in the world continues to thrive.”
The plans will ensure businesses in all parts of the UK can continue to trade across the country as they do now, avoiding new burdens in order to protect jobs and support our recovery from coronavirus. This surge of power to the devolved nations marks both the return of powers from the EU and building on existing powers.
These proposals will ensure the four nations can continue to cooperate across the UK to overcome coronavirus together and preserve the frictionless trade essential to our economic recovery.