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Brexit: Preparations - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:11 pm on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union) 7:11 pm, 21st October 2019

I thank the noble Lord for his comments. It is indeed common sense that we prepare for that eventuality. It seems to be a common sense that escapes a number of Members in this Chamber, but it is the sensible thing to do. I indeed want to pay tribute to the many officials who are working extremely hard, up and down the country, seven days a week. As I walked into a meeting in the Cabinet Office on Sunday morning to discuss these matters, I thought of that very fact.