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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 must be a happy day, and one to celebrate, when there are so many Lancastrians in the House. My hon. Friend is right to draw attention to the achievements of officials within the Department who have worked so hard to support the Government in getting this deal. It is an important moment, and in part, the closure of the Department will enable us to take the expertise built up by officials over the past three years into those Departments that will be front and centre in the trade negotiations.