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Preparations for Leaving the European Union

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:32 pm on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Conservative, North Shropshire 6:32 pm, 21st October 2019

Following on from the comments made by my right hon. Friend John Redwood, I entirely agree that there is no such thing as no deal; there is not leaving with a formal withdrawal agreement and with a whole lot of side deals. Will my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster make a point of publicising those deals to educate the Opposition? Will he inform the House of what further meetings he has planned with the French authorities? They have been bullish that traffic at Calais/Boulogne will flow and that they have made the necessary preparations. Contrary to what Hilary Benn said in his question, the lorries do not need paperwork; it is all done electronically.