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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 14th March 2017.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee 12:43 pm, 14th March 2017

No deal may be a bad deal for both the EU 27 and for the UK, but it is very far from the worst deal for the UK if there were no route to a future free trading arrangement with the EU. The deal is in the gift not of the Prime Minister’s Government, however hard they are trying to deliver it, or of this Parliament, but of the European Parliament and our partners. So no deal remains a real possibility. It seems that her Government and Departments are now preparing for it. Will that preparation include the opportunity for individuals and businesses to make their own dispositions for that possibility?