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Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:42 pm on 6th December 2018.

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Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Conservative, Cheltenham 12:42 pm, 6th December 2018

In fairness, the right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and it is perfectly legitimate to shine a light on the issue of the backstop, which causes a lot of us concern, but can he help me to understand something? Under his proposal, if the United Kingdom were to remain in a customs union, would there not still need to be a backstop in any event, because we would be outside the single market? Is there not a concern that it does not really solve the issue? I ask that respectfully and in a spirit of inquiry.