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Trade Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:15 pm on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Goss Moor Lord Taylor of Goss Moor Liberal Democrat 9:15 pm, 23rd January 2019

If my noble friend will allow me to intervene, there is a really important point here. Many Members of both Houses have assumed that the WTO can be relied on as a backstop arrangement. But the Americans’ unwillingness to appoint new judges means that the WTO mechanisms are effectively being brought to an end, and that no reliance can be placed on the WTO as an alternative to the European Union mechanisms that she is describing.