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.
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.
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.
Trade with the Commonwealth
Exports to the other 50 or so Commonwealth nations were 9% of the total in 2015.
An introduction to the World Trade Organisation
The World Trade Organisation, or WTO, comes up again and again in the Brexit debate. Here’s our quick, expert guide to what it does.
The UK’s trade deficit with the EU
What’s the UK trade deficit with the rest of the EU - and what might that mean for our negotiating position?
Post-Brexit trade tariffs
We have a voluntary choice about import tariffs, but not the tariffs on our exports.
How much would a hard Brexit cost?
It's not unorthodox to say that trading with the EU under terms set by the WTO would be bad from an economic perspective, but putting an exact cost on it is tricky.
Trade with the English-speaking world
It’s correct that the UK trades much more with the rest of the EU than with English-speaking countries further afield - at the moment.
Do two thirds of Welsh exports go to the EU?
The headline figure is correct for goods exports. The way Wales’ trade is calculated has changed significantly in recent months.
About 1 in 7 German cars are sold in the UK
On its own, that doesn’t tell us who needs to trade with the other more.
Free trade outside the EU customs union
Can the UK be partly in and partly out of the EU customs union?