A Dutch report has urged for strong trade ties to remain with the UK
The paper written by two members of the Dutch parliament said that Britain is the Netherlands’ second-largest trading partner and accounts for nine per cent of exports.
It said: “Any restriction on free trade with Britain would inevitably be at the cost of Dutch exports, prosperity and employment.
“The rapporteurs plead for keeping the tight and free trade relationship between Brtain and the 27 EU members by means of a secure relationship to the European internal market.”
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Brexit could cost the Dutch economy billions of euros
Any restriction on free trade with Britain would inevitably be at the cost of Dutch exports, prosperity and employment
The Dutch report
One of the authors, Pieter Omtzigt, said: “Of course that would go for the Brits who are now living in the Netherlands.
“They should not be used as bargaining chips.”
Theresa May is facing calls to keep trade, financial and political relations with EU member states as close as possible.
The report said that EU states could examine various option including going back to European trade agreements or creating a new agreement for Britain.
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Theresa May has said that she will trigger Article 50 next week
The report said: “There is no reason at all to allow Britain to cherry pick but there’s also no reason to prevent Britain from receiving trade advantages.
“Why would we offer nice deals for Ukraine and Turkey and not to Britain? I’m willing to fight for that.”
The report said that the Netherlands should not allow Britain to leave the EU with no agreement in place because the trade tariffs would damage the Dutch economy.
Mrs May has said that she would start the process of leaving the EU on March 29, which would begin two years of negotiations before Britain’s final departure.
A recent study has revealed that Brexit would cost the Dutch economy 10 billion euros each year, which is 1.2 per cent of the GDP, by 2030.
However, this figure could be slashed by 20 per cent if the UK reaches and agreement with the EU that cuts trade tariffs in half.