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British exports to the European Union, in value, fell by 18.2% during the first six months of the year, compared to the same period in 2020. By contrast, exports from the European Union to the United Kingdom increased by 5 , 5% year-on-year in the first half of the year, according to Eurostat.
Brexit and the implementation of its post-Brexit trade deal on January 1 have weighed on British exports to the European Union. Eurostat, the body in charge of official European statistics, indicates a collapse of imports from the United Kingdom, of around 18% in one year in the first half of the year.
A result that clashes with the British performance presented this Thursday by the British National Statistical Office, which announced exports to the European Union, excluding precious metals, higher in May and June than their pre-Brexit level. This divergence is explained by a different calculation method on each side of the Canal.
Among the top ten trading partners of the European Union, only the United Kingdom is in decline. All the others, on the contrary, have increased the amount of their exports. The same is true of the European Union, which has seen its exports to these ten countries soar. In June, more than a year, they jumped a little more than 22% to 188,000 million euros.
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