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Businesses and the UK-EU Trade agreement: Evidence session

19 February 2021

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee will examine emerging issues faced by businesses following the UK’s departure from the European Union and the establishment of a new trading relationship between the UK and EU. The session will focus specifically on issues which have arisen in the automotive, manufacturing, aerospace and haulage sectors.


Tuesday 23 February

At 10.45am

  • Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT
  • Ian Howells, Senior Vice President Honda Motor Europe
  • Simon Peckham, Chief Executive, Melrose Industries Plc
  • Paul Everitt, Chief Executive, the ADS group

At 11.45am

  • Fergus McReynolds, Director of EU Affairs, MakeUK
  • Duncan Buchanan, Policy Director, England and Wales, Road Haulage Association Ltd
  • Joe Marshall, Senior Researcher, Institute for Government
  • Jessica Sargeant, Senior Researcher, Institute for Government

Purpose of the session

The Committee will hear from witnesses including the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT), MakeUK, the Road Hauliers Association, ADS Group, Honda Motor Europe, Melrose Plc and the Institute for Government.

The session is likely to examine issues arising for UK firms since the trade agreement was reached, initial business experiences post-Brexit, including on cross-border trade, and reports of concerns around red tape and border disruption.

The session is also likely to examine the Government’s approach to post-Brexit trading issues.

It will look at what approaches the Government and businesses should take to mitigate against immediate impacts of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and to secure, in the long-term, an effective trading relationship between the UK and the EU in the future.

Background to the inquiry

Previously the Committee held a session on businesses and Brexit preparedness, hearing from witnesses from sectors including:

  • Food and drink
  • Financial and related professional services
  • Plastics
  • The automotive industry and Senior Researchers from the Institute for Government

Further information

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