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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 Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 12:43 pm, 14th March 2017

Not everyone shares the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for the imminent application of the EU-Canada agreement, not least because the comprehensive economic and trade agreement’s new investment court system still fails to address serious concerns about the investor-state dispute settlement process. Does she regard CETA as a blueprint for the trade deals that she thinks the Government can so easily agree, once the UK has left the EU? What reassurance can she give us about protecting key social and environmental standards and our public services if that is the case?