Amendment 22

Part of Trade Bill - Report (2nd Day) – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hain Lord Hain Labour 4:30 pm, 13th March 2019

Perhaps I may conclude with something that might help the noble and learned Lord, Lord Mackay. It is what this amendment does not say that is important. This amendment does not tie the Government’s hands, except in terms of the exact requirements for the future, because that is not appropriate in a clause of this kind, which I hope will be accepted and put into the Act. It spells out for new trade the principles that the Government have already accepted in the withdrawal agreement. So it is already in statute, and I am therefore puzzled as to why the Government are not accepting this agreement by approbation.