Customs duties

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:30 pm on 20th December 2017.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham East 4:30 pm, 20th December 2017

I will not give way; other Members want to speak.

The Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade has said, “These can be grandfathered; they can be cut and pasted and we will just sort all those out,” and junior Ministers at the Department for International Trade have said in the past, “Those countries have all agreed to roll them over.” That is not the case. Maybe a bit of dialogue has begun, but those other countries might want to take the opportunity to reopen some of those long-standing agreements—who knows? The Minister will give us the answers when he winds up the debate.