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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:03 pm on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Bob Seely Bob Seely Conservative, Isle of Wight 5:03 pm, 13th January 2020

The gravity school of economics argues that we always trade more with those closest to us, but does my right hon. Friend agree that the history of the past 200 years suggests the opposite? We have taken beef from Argentina, we have had a closer economic relationship with the United States than with any other single country, and we have incredibly close relationships with India, to which we sold cotton, and with Australia and Canada. Does he agree with me—this is the point he is making—that the gravity school of economics is really rather flawed?