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Topical Questions

Part of Exiting the European Union – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th October 2018.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 12:00 am, 25th October 2018

The Secretary of State has now published 106 technical notices relating to no deal. The analysis by the Institute for Government shows that, taken together, his own technical notices commit the Government before next March to the creation or expansion of 15 quangos, further legislation in 51 areas, the negotiation of 40 new international agreements either with the EU or other countries, and the introduction of 55 new systems and processes. That is a huge legislative task for any Government, let alone this troubled Government. That is his own analysis. On a scale of one to 10, can the Secretary of State indicate how confident he is that this can all be done in the next 22 weeks?