Implementation of international trade agreements

Part of Trade Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (International Trade) 11:45 am, 25th June 2020

I have to take the opportunity to congratulate my hon. Friend on the moment in our deliberations. The lines he just delivered cannot be improved on, and I would not wish to do so. Does he remember Nick Ashton-Hart, in giving evidence to us this time, reminding us of his evidence to us last time that trade agreements inevitably take a lot longer than expected, and that trade agreements between parties fall in favour of the bigger party? We are now a smaller party than when, as part of the EU, we made agreements with all the countries he mentions. That is one reason why these things will take a lot longer—those countries want to renegotiate a better deal, which they think they can get because of the power they have.