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Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Act – in the House of Commons at 12:59 pm on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Geoffrey Cox Geoffrey Cox The Attorney-General 12:59 pm, 15th January 2019

No, I must now make progress.

Secondly, there will be an independent trade policy. One cannot have a customs union—certainly one that is not bespoke—while having an independent trade policy. The Labour Front-Bench team say that they want a customs union with a say. That would be the first time—if it were ever negotiable—that the European Union had allowed a third country to have any say in over commercial policy. Therefore, it is a fantasy, a complete fiction.

The Labour Front-Bench team also say that they want a strong single market deal, forming the exact same benefits—