Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:30 pm on 30th January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development 7:30 pm, 30th January 2019

I have been on the Front Bench long enough to see a curveball lumbering down the crease. If the noble Lord will forgive me for not taking a swing at it, at such a delicate time, I do that in all seriousness because I want to get the wording precisely right in relation to this. The noble Lord has heard the remarks that I made in relation to the annexe to the Northern Ireland protocol, and that is the position. If we have more to say, I will certainly say that ahead of Report, but even in the worst scenario—