Trade Bill - Second Reading

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:29 pm on 11th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Hannay of Chiswick Lord Hannay of Chiswick Crossbench 9:29 pm, 11th September 2018

I thank the Minister for allowing me to speak before she sits down. It is very helpful. Could she clarify the point on Northern Ireland and the interrelationship of WTO rules? If there is no deal—and I accept that that is not the Government’s first choice—then, under WTO rules, we will have no alternative but to place tariffs on imports from the south to the north at the border if we do not want to have zero tariffs to the whole world. Is that the case?