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Trade Bill - Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:30 pm on 4th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour 5:30 pm, 4th February 2019

That is the central point. The reason we could not do it at national level, whether in Europe or the wider world, is that our employer would say we will be uncompetitive. However, in a big bloc like the EU where we negotiated at Brussels level under the Social Chapter, they cannot say that—at least for the most part within the family of the European Union. That is the point that the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart, has not answered.