The Office for National Statistics have today released figures showing that UK exports to the European Union are up, while exports to the rest of the world have fallen.
UK exports to countries in the EU increased by 2.0% between the first and second quarters of 2017, while UK exports to non-EU countries fell by 1.4% in the same period.
Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“Brexiteers breathlessly claim that our trade with the EU is falling but rising with the rest of the world. Today’s trade figures show the opposite is true.
“The EU are our largest and closest trading partner and no matter how many times Liam Fox visits the Philippines, no new trade deals are going to make up for the loss of trade with Europe by leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union.
“Today’s figures show exactly why Britain needs to stay in the Single Market and Customs Union. Ministers should sit up and take notice.”
Notes to editors:
The UK trade figures, released by the ONS today, are available here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/uktradejune2017