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Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 11:51 am on 6th December 2018.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 11:51 am, 6th December 2018

Before the Chancellor started giving way, he made the point that just being in the customs union was not replicating what we have at the moment, but does he accept that, were we to join Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein in the European Free Trade Association and, on top of that, agree a customs union that we would need to keep the Irish border open, we could keep a very high proportion of the economic benefits of membership, even if the House insists on proceeding to give up political membership and other aspects of the EU?