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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:08 pm on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Conservative, Maldon 4:08 pm, 22nd October 2019

I am grateful to my hon. Friend, because I was about to say why I regarded this Bill as being a considerable improvement on the previous agreement, and he is right to point that out. The agreement that we are considering this afternoon does address the principal concerns that a number of us had, particularly about the so-called backstop and the risk that this country could be locked indefinitely into membership of the customs union, which would prevent us from achieving one of the great prizes offered by Brexit, the ability to negotiate our own trading agreements.