Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Davies of Stamford Lord Davies of Stamford Labour 4:30 pm, 30th January 2019

I am sorry to interrupt the noble Lord again, but I will just correct him on this matter. If he looks at the figures, he will see that France and Germany have increased their trade at a much faster rate than we have while being in the single market. The reason is that, sadly—we know that it is a big handicap for us all—productivity in this country has risen much less fast than that of Germany, France and other members of the EU.