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Topical Questions

Part of Exiting the European Union – in the House of Commons on 9th January 2020.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

It is not so much a question of whether those discussions need to start; they have started. In our contingency planning for an exit without a withdrawal agreement, there was a lot of discussion on how we would manage frictions at our borders, and much of that can be taken forward, such as the Treasury’s commitment to driving productivity and improving connectivity and flow through our ports. There is work on this already; my hon. Friend is quite right to draw attention to it, and we intend to build on it.