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Parliamentary questions
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29 October 2019
E-003534/2019
Question for written answer E-003534/2019
to the Commission
Rule 138
Antony Hook (Renew)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Negative impact on the export to the EU of UK-grown potatoes and potato seeds in the event of Brexit

In April 2019, EU Member States granted third country status to meat products from the United Kingdom in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, thereby offering some degree of future certainty to UK companies and their EU partners in that sector.

However, no such agreement has been reached regarding the export of grown potatoes and potato seeds from the UK to EU partners. The current unlisted status of this crop will result in an existential threat to the business of UK exporters whose trade is principally conducted with partners in the EU.

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Does the Commission recognise the importance of providing businesses in this sector with the clarity that they need to facilitate future planning?

Will the Commission confirm third country status for grown and seed potatoes exported to the EU by UK companies, and how long might this confirmation take?

Would potatoes from the UK be subject to additional phytosanitary certifications in the event of Brexit?

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