Latest EU trade figures for 2019 show the UK separately for the first time

Graham Charles Lear
2 min readFeb 16, 2020


You won't find the BBC or Sky news showing you this, however, I will.

Now we have the EU’s own admissions on trade for the very first time

These new EU trade figures give a huge Brexit boost to Boris’s tough trade stance

The new figures were released yesterday by the EU’s official statistics agency, Eurostat. As usual with anything which might be helpful to the Brexit cause, they came out on a Friday afternoon in Brussels and have gone unreported by the BBC.

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EU27 goods trade figures for 2019 show UK as a massive customer, second only to the USA

Total EU27 goods exports to the UK: €319bn

This is 15% of global EU27 goods exports in 2019

It’s 61% more than the EU27 sold to China

It’s 42% of the EU27’s entire sales to all non-EU European countries

EU27 trade surpluses — the value of EU27 exports minus imports

The EU27 earned a €125 billion trade surplus from the UK in 2019

That’s a staggering 62% of the EU27’s total global trade surplus in goods last year

The EU27 made more from the UK than from the next five countries COMBINED

It’s 7 TIMES MORE than the EU did with Canada, whose trade deal the EU talks about constantly.

Many readers have been exasperated at the failure of organisations like the BBC — and indeed many Leave organisations — to present the simple facts about the EU27’s trade with the UK.

For far too long the public has been left with the impression that the UK is ‘small beer’ for the EU when it comes to doing business.

Here, at long last, are the EU’s own figures for last year (2019) which show the UK as a ‘third country’. No longer can Remainers (or Rejoiners) accuse anyone of manipulating data. The above data comes directly from the horse’s mouth, showing the UK as a separate country at long last. Clearly the UK was still a full member of the EU last year, but the EU has now separated out the UK from the EU27 when presenting the data.

[ Sources: EU Commission official statistics agency ]



Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.