Quarterly Report - March 2019 QR

Quarterly Report

SUPPORTING BRITISH MANUFACTURING

Confidential - Members Only March 2019

Brexit

Representation and campaigning on Brexit remains our top priority as your trade association

The confederation is using every possible means to engage with politicians and press home the need for a deal. The ongoing uncertainty leaves key issues like trade and energy policy hanging in the balance and the impact is being felt by members. We are communicating with politicians on all sides, including the newly established Independent Group. In recent months, the Prime Minister visited Portmeirion, and we and our members have met Liam Fox, George Hollingbery, John McDonnell, Jonathan Reynolds, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Barry Gardiner, Bill Esterson and Judith Cummins. Continuity of trade agreements is the main concern for many members, of the 40+ agreements the EU currently has with more than 60 countries, the Government has finalised just a handful - the Faroe Islands, Switzerland, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Eastern and Southern Africa and Chile.

Japan and Canada, key markets for ceramic exports. The duties which Government levies on imports from other WTO nations, known as most favoured nation tariffs are also causing alarm. If we leave Europe with no deal, Government is considering dropping these to zero, which could flood the domestic market with goods from around the world, and make it difficult to do trade deals. The confederation is campaigning to stop this, with political engagement and high profile media relations, including this coverage on Channel 4 News. A letter has been sent to the Prime Minister and a social media #StopZeroTariffs campaign is ongoing, highlighting the danger this poses to ceramic and other areas of British manufacturing. Thank you to members who have supported this campaign in variety of ways, from hosting media visits to contacting their MP. There is still time to do so, please engage on social media or get in touch with Laura Cohen to find out more.

In a distinctly different area of trade policy, Government has announced the trade remedies measures which it will apply post-Brexit. These additional tariffs, on top of

The confederation is drawing attention to the importance of continued market access for many of the outstanding agreements, most notably South Korea,

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