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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 Shipley Lord Shipley Liberal Democrat 3:07 pm, 9th May 2018

My Lords, is the Minister aware that a few days ago the Business Secretary spoke in the north-east of England and said that he favoured,

“a soft Brexit that does not hurt businesses in the region”.

He advocated a trading relationship free of tariffs and free of frictions. Does the Minister agree with the Business Secretary? Will he tell the House how the Government plan to achieve this outside the single market and a customs union?