Elizabeth Truss

UK 'trade continuity' with six African nations

The UK has signed an economic partnership agreement with the Southern African Customs Union and Mozambique (SACU+M), which the government says will allow business to keep trading freely after Brexit.

It allows businesses to continue to trade on preferential terms with South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini and Mozambique, to which the UK exports machinery and mechanical appliances worth £409m, some £335m of motor vehicles, and beverages including whisky worth £136m.

Those figures are for 2018.

Liz Truss, international trade secretary, said: "This is a major milestone as the UK prepares to become an independent trading nation once again, and we are helping businesses get ready to trade with the most exciting markets around the world."

The UK imports fruit and nuts worth £547m and motor vehicles worth £409m from these nations, the government said.

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