Future International Trade Opportunities

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:13 pm on 1st May 2019.

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Chair, International Trade Committee 5:13 pm, 1st May 2019

My hon. Friend was very kind, when he started his speech, in agreeing with Craig Tracey. I am sure there is much to agree with, but I would like to pull the hon. Member for North Warwickshire up on the point he made about Scottish independence and the SNP. Scotland is not talking about walking out of trade blocs or ripping up trade agreements; it is talking about completing the process of political devolution, which would be independence. A country that has done that already and devolved from the UK—namely Ireland—is now in a trading bloc that represents about 22% of global GDP and it has an equal voice, while Scotland is stuck as a hostage in a little place that represents only 4% of global GDP.