EU-UK Partnership: EU’s Mandate

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:13 pm on 4th June 2020.

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Photo of Duncan Baker Duncan Baker Conservative, North Norfolk 4:13 pm, 4th June 2020

I shall have to be quick. It is an honour to speak as quickly as that, especially with my hon. Friend Sir William Cash here—or, as my family like to call him, the godfather of Brexit.

Funnily enough, the obstacle here is not time—although I know it is for me. It is a fundamental difference of opinion. We have form on this one. We had it before with the EU, when they would not get over the backstop, and we managed to achieve that. I say to our EU negotiators from my experience in business, “Never walk into a negotiation you’re not prepared to walk away from.” I think with that in mind, we will get a deal, there will be no extension and we will see Brexit done.