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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:05 pm on 9th January 2020.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 1:05 pm, 9th January 2020

I notice that today, the President of the European Commission is reported as saying that it will be virtually impossible to conclude a trade deal within a year. Given that we start off with exactly the same regulations and tariffs, I am mystified as to what the problem is. What does the Minister think the problem is, given that we are going to protect workers’ rights? Unless they want to shackle us forever with business rules, what is the problem?