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UK’s Relationship with the EU

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:36 pm on 2nd February 2016.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe 12:36 pm, 2nd February 2016

I think that if my hon. Friend looks at the detail of the Iceland-China agreement, he will see that it provides more political opportunities for China to develop the relationship with Iceland, rather than any opportunities for Iceland to sell goods or services on the Chinese market. When negotiating trade access with a country of 1.3 billion or 1.4 billion people, we get more leverage as part of a market of 500 million people than as a single country of 65 million. That is the message we get from global trading partners such as China and the United States.