UK Internal Market Bill

Wales – in the House of Commons on 14th October 2020.

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Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme

What assessment he has made of the potential economic effect on Wales of the provisions in the UK Internal Market Bill.

Photo of David Davies David Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Assistant Whip

The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill will protect seamless trade across the United Kingdom, which will benefit people in all corners of the UK and, indeed, of this House. Our market access guarantee will provide certainty for Welsh businesses as the transition period ends and provide a firm foundation upon which businesses may flourish.

Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Obviously, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the whole of Staffordshire, and indeed the whole of the west midlands, there are a number of businesses that both source from and supply to Wales. Those businesses need the certainty that standards will be observed and that what they produce will be able to be sold into different markets around the United Kingdom, and particularly in Wales. Will my hon. Friend confirm that the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill will deliver on that?

Photo of David Davies David Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Assistant Whip

I can absolutely confirm that. I hope all Members of this House are listening to the wise words of my hon. Friend. The Bill provides a vital guarantee that businesses in his constituency, and in all constituencies across the UK, will be able to continue to trade confidently within our internal market as the transition period ends.