Topical Questions

Part of International Trade – in the House of Commons on 10th June 2021.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

The International Trade Secretary described her new deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein as a “major boost” for our trade, but the Norwegian Government were more realistic. They said that the deal is “not as comprehensive” as our previous arrangements, that trade would be

“more bureaucratic and less dynamic” and that without a veterinary agreement, there will be

“a number of trade barriers” that we did not previously face. Does the Secretary of State recognise that more honest description of the deal, and will she take steps to reduce the barriers to trade that she has created for our exporters and importers?