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Trade Bill - Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:00 pm on 4th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour 5:00 pm, 4th February 2019

There has been a lot of concern in the past that the position of the Commonwealth, relative to that of the EU, has been bad—that EU citizens and EU goods can come to this country without let or hindrance, whereas people and goods from the Commonwealth are unable to do so and have to take their place with the rest of the world. As I understand it, following our departure from the EU, our Commonwealth will be in the same position as people from the EU, and indeed the rest of the world. Can we be assured that the Government’s future policy in relation to the Commonwealth will ensure that it will have equal access?