Brexit and Foreign Affairs

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:42 pm on 26th June 2017.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Conservative, Harwich and North Essex 6:42 pm, 26th June 2017

It is realistic to imagine that we will not get a comprehensive trade agreement with the EU when we leave and that interim arrangements will persist under WTO rules, which may well be zero-tariff rules, but we would have to believe the EU was seriously insane if it wanted to ground all flights between the UK and the EU, if it refused to offer the products and standards arrangements it has with 100 or more other countries—whether or not it has a free trade deal with those countries—or if it wanted to check every Mini exported to the EU to see whether it fits the EU’s definition of a car. Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman really think the EU is so insane that it would want to do that?