EU Withdrawal Agreement

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 2:44 pm on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry Conservative, Broxtowe 2:44 pm, 18th December 2018

I am very grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way; it is good of him to take so many interventions. By the way, I would like publicly to congratulate him on his appointment.

The difficulty with the argument about the so-called deal and trade is that we do not have the promised deal on trade. The promised certainty, particularly in relation to frictionless trade, is not in the withdrawal agreement, which is fixed in law and will be in the treaty, but in the political declaration, which can be ripped up by either side once we have left. The certainty that business is crying out for is unfortunately not delivered by the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement.