Implementation of international trade agreements

Part of Trade Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Opposition Whip (Commons) 11:30 am, 25th June 2020

My hon. Friend is making an extremely important point. Hiroshi Matsuura, the Japanese lead negotiator, is saying that their only focus for the next six weeks is the UK, whereas the UK is trying to negotiate with the US, the EU, Australia, New Zealand and so on. Yet we do not even have the full complement of Department for International Trade trade negotiators in the policy group: we are about 10% down on where we should be.