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Brexit: North-East of England - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 9th May 2018.

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Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union) 3:07 pm, 9th May 2018

Of course, I share with the noble Baroness ambitions for the north-east of England. I thought she was being unduly pessimistic. She might have recognised that unemployment in the north-east is down to 5.2%, the lowest rate for 40 years. The north-east economy is doing extremely well. It is an exporting area: exporting to Europe, yes of course, but also to other parts of the world. We are committed to getting the best possible deal for frictionless trade. The analysis that she referred to was an incomplete analysis. Importantly, it did not analyse the type of deal we are seeking, which is a full and comprehensive free trade agreement, the most ambitious anywhere in the world, with the EU.