Amendment 59

Part of Trade Bill - Report (2nd Day) – in the House of Lords at 7:33 pm on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe Conservative 7:33 pm, 13th March 2019

My Lords, I rise simply to say that I do not particularly agree with Amendment 60. It is necessary to have expertise in the TRA. As I said on an earlier occasion, I am not convinced that having a completely separate authority is sensible. The European Union seems to do a very good job on trade negotiations. That, as I recall from my experience as a civil servant, a Minister and a businessperson, was done in-house. I ask the Minister to pause before agreeing to these amendments without thinking about them a little further.