The UK is 28th out of 28 when it comes to selling goods within the EU’s Single Market

Graham Charles Lear
2 min readNov 17, 2019


On Friday the EU’s official statistics agency released its figures for international trade covering the first nine months of this year, 2019. As these went unreported by the BBC, I have analysed the information and summarised it for readers.

  1. The UK is 28th out of 28 when it comes to benefiting from trading goods within the EU

2. So far this year the UK has lost £70 BILLION from trading with the EU27

3. Germany has made £30 BILLION — a net gain over the UK of £100 BILLION

4. In the 9 months to Sep 2019, Germany is £100 BILLION better off than the UK

5. The UK had the worst DEFICIT in goods trade with the EU out of all EU28 countries

The EU27 refers to the United Kingdom as “Treasure Island”. And we can all see why

Despite this, time and again Remainer politicians have stood up in the House of Commons and talked of all the benefits of Single Market membership. Not once have they quoted any facts.

Sadly, we never hear pro-Brexit MPs rebutting the nonsense with the real figures. The Office of National Statistics discusses the difference between imports and exports as what the country “earns”. When it comes to the goods trade with the EU27 the UK doesn’t earn, it loses. In the first nine months of 2019, the UK lost £70 billion.

Pro-Brexit politicians could also mention that since the EU Referendum, the EU27 have sold over £¼ TRILLION more goods to the UK than we have sold to them. Over 160 countries trade with the EU — and so can the UK — without membership of the Single Market.

What about services?

It is well-known that the UK is a services-based economy, with only around 20% attributable to the trade in goods.

Once again we must remind Remainer politicians that the Single Market doesn’t work for services — by the admission of the EU Commission itself.

“The Single Market — this jewel that is all too often taken for granted — does not function properly for services”

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for the Single Market, 2017

The general election and the Single Market

In this election campaign when Remainer politicians talk of “protecting jobs” by remaining in the Single Market, we hope that journalists and pro-Brexit politicians will ask them to justify their claims with facts.

Now THAT should be interesting

[ Sources: Official EU statistics from the EU Commission ]



Graham Charles Lear

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