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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

We have never said that it is a choice between the two. Our ambition is to do both. Of course we can trade with the rest of the world. The question is whether we can do it more efficiently with trade deals with our partner allies across the world. The EU has been uniquely bad at negotiating trade deals with many of the other big economic blocs across the world—for instance, China, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and so on.