New Partnership with the EU

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:51 pm on 17th January 2017.

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Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Labour, Wolverhampton South East 1:51 pm, 17th January 2017

Today’s speech is a result of what you get when you allow immigration policy to dictate economic policy rather than considering these crucial questions of immigration and economics together. The Prime Minister set out a plan to leave the European Union but did not set out a plan to keep anything like the current access to our biggest single market for jobs, businesses and trade. During the referendum campaign she said that pulling out of the single market would mean a loss of investors and going backwards on international trade. So what economic assessment did the Government make of the impact of today’s speech on jobs, trade and prosperity— or was the speech made without any such assessment at all?