Darren Jones MP asks the Government about Brexit’s effect on health funding

Darren asked:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on forecasted funding for his Department in the event that the UK leaves the EU and only operates as a member of the WTO in its trading relationship with the EU.

Philip Dunne, a Minister of State for the Department of Health, replied:

The Government has already said that it is in the process of carrying out a programme of rigorous and extensive analytical work across departments. This programme will contribute to our exit negotiations with the European Union and inform our understanding of how EU exit will affect the United Kingdoms’s domestic policies and frameworks. This Department’s interests will fully be considered as part of this process.

In the negotiations with the EU, the Government will prioritise securing the freest and most frictionless trade possible in goods and services between the UK and the EU. We want to see zero tariffs on trade in goods and to minimise the regulatory and market access barriers for both goods and services.

The Government is committed to ensuring leaving the EU is a success for the health and social care sector as well as the UK as a whole.

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