This infographic map shows how UK trading compares between the EU and non-EU. As a whole, the EU is the UK’s major trading partner, as in 2015 it accounted for 44% of our exports and 53% of our imports of goods and services – with our largest trading partner being Germany.
Some key facts from the article are:
- The UK exported £223 billion of goods and services to other EU members in 2015; which makes up 43.7% of total UK exports.
- The sum of imports from the EU were worth £291 billion leaving the UK with a trade deficit of £68 billion with the EU.
- UK had a trade surplus of £31 billion with non-EU countries
- Exports to the US and China were £95.1 billion and £15.9 billion respectively, meaning the EU as a bloc is by far the largest trading partner for the UK. .
- The government have also stated that over three million jobs are linked to exports to the EU, although the methodology behind this estimate has come under scrutiny.
The infographic data has been compiled using data from the House of Commons Library which can be seen here.