Brexit Negotiations

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:44 am on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Matthew Pennycook Matthew Pennycook Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich 11:44 am, 3rd October 2019

As with the Malthouse compromise and the Brady amendment, it is difficult to look at these proposals and not conclude that those on the Government Benches are almost exclusively talking to themselves. But taking the proposals at face value, does the Prime Minister accept that even if they do form the basis—however unlikely—for a deal, there is no way that the arrangements set out in this new protocol can be put in place within 14 months, so the logic of what he is proposing is an extension to the transition period beyond December 2020, with all the financial implications that that entails?