EU Council - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:25 pm on 17th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Howarth of Newport Lord Howarth of Newport Labour 7:25 pm, 17th December 2018

My Lords, when the noble Baroness the Leader meets her Cabinet colleagues tomorrow to discuss preparations for no deal, will she encourage them not to waste their energies on trying to conjure political rabbits out of the House of Commons hat, to dismiss the lurid propaganda about cliff edges and catastrophes, to apply themselves vigorously to preparing for an orderly transition to WTO rules and to embark at the earliest possible moment on negotiations for a free trade agreement with the EU?