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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 Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham 12:43 pm, 14th March 2017

In recent discussions I have taken part in, it has been clear that there is no support among any of the parties represented in the German Parliament for the UK to retain barrier-free access to the single market if we no longer operate free movement. The Prime Minister has asserted her optimism, but does she recognise that that is the reality of the starting point we are at?