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Backbench Business — Iran (UK Foreign Policy)

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 2:36 pm on 6th November 2014.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Chair, House of Commons Governance Committee 2:36 pm, 6th November 2014

The truth is that EU trade with Iran has more than halved overall, and ours has absolutely plummeted. Meanwhile, from a base of close to zero 10 years ago, the United States has been pushing up its trade in a straightforward, ruthless and mercantilist way. It has not allowed diplomatic niceties to get in the way when its trade is legal, but it has discouraged legal trade by UK entities.