Will the UK remain part of the "Everything but Arms" initiative after Brexit?

Published: 5th Dec 2018

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Yes. The UK has said it will seek to maintain the EU’s existing preferential agreements, including the ‘Everything But Arms’ scheme with developing countries after Brexit.

‘Everything But Arms’ is a scheme that provides tariff free access to the EU customs union for products from places that the UN judges to be the “Least Developed Countries”. As the name suggests, it applies to everything but weapons. This is a unilateral scheme: meaning that the EU drops these tariffs without asking these countries to do the same in return.

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