Customs duties

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 20th December 2017.

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Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Labour, Penistone and Stocksbridge 4:15 pm, 20th December 2017

My hon. Friend is being generous in giving way again. This morning, the Secretary of State further entrenched his position, which will make it very difficult to complete a US trade deal involving food and food products. The other evidence that we have received in the Select Committee has indicated, week after week, that many parts of the agricultural sector believe that the UK Government over many generations—not just this Government, but previous ones—have never done the political or diplomatic brokering work necessary to build our export trading position with third countries outside the European Union. What on earth makes us think that we can now pull off this magic trick of building trade around the world to replace that which we have had with the European Union?