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[Day 2]

Part of Burma – in the House of Commons at 1:33 pm on 15th March 2018.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union) 1:33 pm, 15th March 2018

The hon. Gentleman is right to talk about the difficulties that would be faced, and there was naivety on the part of the Government in assuming that these deals can just be rolled forward. This is one of the arguments behind our approach and our policies on the customs union. We want to face the hard truths that the Prime Minister talked about at Mansion House and it is why we believe, along with the CBI and the EEF, that a new customs union with the EU is best for manufacturing and for our economy, and it is the only way of resolving the Northern Ireland border.