EU-UK Partnership: EU’s Mandate

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:14 pm on 4th June 2020.

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Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Paymaster General 4:14 pm, 4th June 2020

I can give the hon. Gentleman those assurances. I will just say, as a quick plug, as it is my Department, that the work that the civil service did last year in terms of those preparations was incredible and has made this country very resilient. We have drawn on much of the work that they did at that time to help us with the covid response. They are stellar individuals and I pay tribute to them for what they did then and for what they are doing now.

Finally, I just want to mention my hon. Friend Andrew Griffith, who gave an extremely confident speech and reminded us why all this will come to pass. It is because it is good for us and it is good for our partners with which we are trying to get trade deals, and, as a consequence, I remain optimistic about our future.