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Brexit: Negotiations - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 am on 6th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union) 11:15 am, 6th September 2018

I thank my noble friend for his questions. Of course the Government share his desire for Brexit to be the success that we know it can be. We remain committed to the Chequers proposals and are negotiating on them. As the Prime Minister has said, the problem with a CETA-style arrangement is that it would mean a significant reduction in the access that we currently enjoy to each other’s markets. Crucially, of course, it would mean customs and regulatory checks at the border, particularly the Northern Ireland border. So we remain committed to our proposals and to making Brexit a success.