Out of Africa: the facts about EU tariffs on African exports
The EU has schemes in place with the majority of African countries that mean that they can import almost all of their goods into the EU tariff-free.
The UK has posted record export figures, but that’s not very remarkable
In August the UK government launched its new export strategy and made a number of claims about the UK’s recent export performance.
Irish border: how much trade?
We look at the volume of trade across the Irish border.
Beer mat Brexit: do the facts stack up?
The pub chain JD Wetherspoon has recently distributed beer mats in its pubs making a number of claims about the EU.
Everything you might want to know about the UK's trade with the EU
Does the EU need us more than we need them? Ultimately, future trade between the EU and us depends on what kind of agreement, if any, we reach with them after we leave.
This viral image showing the cost of different Brexit deals is wrong in a lot of ways
It misreports figures which are themselves based on highly uncertain analysis.
Is the UK going to become the EU’s tax collector?
The UK government has put forward proposals for a “facilitated customs arrangement” to replace the relationship we have with the EU through the customs union. We took a look at how it could work.
Does most UK trade happen outside of the EU and trade agreements?
Most of the UK’s trade is with the EU or countries we have EU trade agreements with, not under World Trade Organisation rules.
Post-Brexit trade deals: the Norway and Canada options explained
It’s a choice between a higher level of EU market access, or a lower level of EU regulation.
What is a trade deficit and do we have one with the EU?
The UK was sold just under £70 billion more in goods and services by countries in the EU than it sold to them.
Trading places: Who are the UK and Germany’s biggest trade partners?
The UK’s biggest export market is the USA. We exported 18% of our goods and services there in 2016, followed by Germany which took 9% of our exports. Our biggest trade deficit is with Germany.
Post-Brexit customs: Max fac and the customs partnership explained
The government are debating two post-Brexit customs options. We look at what “max fac” and a customs partnership mean.
How the EU works: what is the customs union?
The customs union simplifies trade between its members, but it doesn’t mean by itself that border checks are removed.
Lorries at Dover
The Port of Dover has previously said that between 1% and 3% of lorries arriving at Dover are not from the EU, but we haven’t been able to confirm the source of the figure.
Over half of UK exports were via EU trade agreements in 2016
Just over half of UK exports were done via EU trade agreements in 2016. 43% of exports went to EU member states.
Trade across the Irish border
Trade across the Irish border was worth at least £5 billion in 2016.
Trade with America: are we getting a good deal?
The UK’s trade surplus with the USA is about £34 billion. We have a trade deficit with the EU of around £80 billion.
Is the EU becoming less important to the world economy?
Although the EU’s GDP is growing, the rest of the world’s is growing faster.
Will getting rid of EU tariffs help the worst off?
Higher tariffs make what we buy from other countries more expensive.
Could there be a new temporary customs union after Brexit?
The Department for Exiting the EU has today set out the government’s hopes for the UK’s future customs arrangements.
Does the EU say it's safe to eat chicken rinsed in chlorine?
The EU's food standards arm says there are "no safety concerns" with the process of washing chicken with chlorine, but has raised other concerns about hygiene.
Can you be in the single market without being an EU member?
It’s technically possible for a non-EU member to be in the single market. But this arrangement means accepting rules set by the EU.
Could leaving the European nuclear club put cancer patients at risk?
We don't fully know how leaving Euratom - the European common market in nuclear materials - will affect our access to them.