26/01/2017 House of Commons


26/01/2017

Live coverage of questions in the House of Commons to the Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union David Davis and his ministerial team.


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Good morning and welcome to BBC Parliament's live coverage of the

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Commons. The SNP will be asking an urgent question on the current

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humanitarian situation in Yemen. After that, the Commons leader will

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be answering questions on the forthcoming parliamentary matters

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and the main business today are two backbenchers debates, on the pubs

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code adjudicator and secondly, on breast cancer drugs. Over in the

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committee rooms, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will be

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giving evidence to the Lords International relations committee on

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the Middle East. You can watch that live from 10am on the website. And

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around 5:30pm. Joined Christine for the best of the day in both Houses

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of Parliament at 11pm. First it questions to David Davis, the Brexit

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secretary. Minister Dave Jones. We fully recognise the importance of

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the farming sector also in leaving the EU, we have the opportunity to

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take the British farming sector forward and ensure it thrives. As

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highlighted recently by my honourable friend the Secretary of

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State for DEFRA, we be bound by rules and can consequently design

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and agricultural system which works for us. While Brexit may dread

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uncertainties in the short-term cut it opens up exciting new markets and

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opportunities for farmers and food manufacturers across the country.

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What steps are the Government taking to help the sector sees those

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opportunities going forward? My honourable friend is right. The food

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and drink sector is in fact the largest manufacturing sector in the

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country and there are huge opportunities to be seized. The

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Government is addressing this by the creation of the Department Boynton

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at a trade, which is working closely with DEFRA on a plan to boost our

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food Drink exports by ?3 billion over five years. UK farmers face a

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triple jeopardy with the loss of CAP subsidies, potential new tariffs on

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trade which is currently free with the EU, and the prospect of trade

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deals with bigger countries like the USA flooding the UK with cheap

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imports, lower food safety and standards. The Secretary of State

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said he would do everything necessary to protect London, so can

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you give the same assurances to UK farmers who make up 25% of UK

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businesses? Well, Mr Speaker, she is right, the farming sector is

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extremely important. The Government has already put in place measures to

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ensure that the level of EU funding is protected until 2020, the end of

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the financial framework period. Furthermore, I think she should have

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more confidence in the sector. Kurdish agriculture produces some of

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the finest products in the world and I have no doubt, whatever

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arrangements are put in place, they will continue to thrive in the

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international market. How will the Government approach the regulations

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and directives that have been created and implemented between now

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and the date we leave the EU when we probably have no intention of

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keeping those regulations or directives? Such as the ban on

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glyphosate. This will be very damaging to British agriculture, so

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will we have to implemented before we leave? Mr Speaker, the Government

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has made it absolutely clear that until the date of our departure, we

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will continue to play a full part in the European Union which means

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observing all the regulations that are implemented. The great repeal

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bill, of course, will absorb the body of EU law into British law full

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stop once we have left the European Union, we will be in a position to

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review that legislation and take the decisions which are best for British

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agriculture. At this moment, the UK Government is withholding nearly

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?200 million of convergence uplift which is meant to go to Scottish

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farmers. Does he agree the Government should pass that on to

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Scottish farmers to show they won't be left high and dry after a Tory

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Brexit? I don't recognise that description by the honourable

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gentleman. The British Government is engaging extremely closely, not only

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with a Scottish Government, but the Scottish farming unions and I can

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assure him that whatever deal we do will be in the interest of Scotland

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as much as the rest of the United Kingdom. Some studies looking at the

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future of agricultural policy rather downplay the importance of food

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security such as this one from the Central policy studies, so could he

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reassure the House that food security remains at the top of the

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Government agenda because a shock to the system could completely

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destroyed existing trading links and could leave the country and could

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leave the country in a vulnerable position. My honourable friend makes

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an extremely important point. British agriculture standards are

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amongst the highest in the world and I can assure him that this

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Government will do nothing that would jeopardise the reputation that

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British farming enjoys. Almost 40% of EU funds are spent on the common

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agricultural policy so it clear that supporting farming is a central aim

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of the EU. Will he comment on what schemes the Government are

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considering as replacements which will reflect the importance of

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farming to the UK? The honourable lady will know that the Government

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has already guaranteed the current level of CHP funding until 2020. I

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can assure her that the Government will make sure that the interests of

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agriculture are at the forefront of their calculations. British

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agriculture is a huge asset to this country and we intend to protect it.

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I ask the House to forgive my voice. It is where inter, not emotion.

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LAUGHTER -- wear and tear. We have a plan

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which includes all negotiating objectives. The primers to confirmed

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yesterday that we will be publishing this plan in a White Paper. In

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answer to our approach to the customs union, the trading

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relationships we are seeking, it had been widely welcomed as a series and

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ambition vision for a new positive and constructive partnership for

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Britain and the European Union. That would be good for Britain and the

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rest of Europe. I thank the Secretary of State for that answer

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but can he explain it to the aerospace industry the health

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service and other major employers in my constituency accounting for

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thousands of jobs, how they should have confidence in this country's

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ability to negotiate beneficial trade deals when we have barely any

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specialist trade negotiators and no experience of negotiating trade

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agreements for decades? Well I'm afraid, it doesn't help her own

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industries which are very important that you talk them down herself. Let

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me say to the opposition, this is not just as that think this is an

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eminently achievable deals a former EU trade commissioner said a trade

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deal between the UK and the EU can be done in a very reasonable period

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of time. Let me get to the point. He said, I am reading everywhere it

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takes five or six or seven years to do a trade negotiation. Yes, that's

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true but it's not for technical agreements because you can't get

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agreement. Technically you could make an agreement within a period of

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time because you know each other. It's not a technical constraint.

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There are quite enough negotiators in Whitehall to do the job are

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talking about. Will White Paper highlight the words of Article 50,

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which say that the union must negotiate and conclude an agreement

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taking account of the framework for its future relations between the

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union and the UK? It is therefore impossible to start negotiations

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unless one has an outline agreement on what that framework should be.

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There are only two frameworks that are possible, continuation of free

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trade and a move to favoured nation terms. Will we get that

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clarification right the beginning of the negotiations? We already have

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done. In my one meeting with Mr Barnier, when he was talking about

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this sequential quote which seems to be not practical, it isn't possible

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to come to an outcome on either negotiations without a clear idea of

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the trade aspect in the negotiation and his description is pretty

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accurate. I've said in terms, we intend all this to be concluded

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within two years. The Government says it wants nothing further to do

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with the European Court of Justice, but as the Secretary of State well

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knows, in any new free agreement with the 27 member states, there

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will have to be a legal arbitration mechanism whose rulings will be

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obliged to prevent. In the European Court of Justice is not acceptable,

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what court would be? It would not necessarily be a court. Most

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international... Listen to the answer. In most international trade

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agreements, there's an arbitration mechanism, normally preceded by a

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mediation mechanism which is used more often. In the case of Canada

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one for example, you've got one person from each side and one

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neutral appointed by agreement. That agreement cannot be reached, there

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is a fallback and there's all the different and will between the civil

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trade arbitration mechanism and accord which reaches into every look

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cranny of your society. Can I thank the Secretary of State very much for

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the party played in securing the White Paper? That has been welcomed

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across the House and is good news. Does he know when it might be

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published and how much time this place will have two debated? Of

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course, this is a decision based solely on the Prime Minister to

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publish the White Paper and it's nice to agree with myself from six

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months ago. LAUGHTER

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In terms of timing... Sorry, my voice on the microphone together, in

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terms of timing, the Prime Minister said in due course yesterday it will

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be as expeditious as we can be. She has been in Government and these

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things have a proceed and it takes time to do that we won't waste time

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producing it for the House. I wish the secular state would get his

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voice back because I know he will lead it in the next couple of weeks.

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To think we should be able to see the White Paper before we consider

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legislation? With respect, there will be lots of legislation, I

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assume, he's affirming to Article 50? Yes, here's. The Article 50

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legislation is about carrying out the will of the British people, the

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decision was taken to the 23rd. There will be much more legislation

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after that am which will relate to policy, the maintenance of European

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law, that's the great repeal bill, but also the other new rights from

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that, so it's certainly going to be before all that, and as I said, I

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will be as expeditious as is reasonable.

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You will be aware of how helpful the House of Commons website is, policy

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documents by the government set out their proposals for future

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legislation, given Article 50 is a significant piece of legislation and

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this house deserves to scrutinise it, will he commit to publishing the

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White Paper for the committee stage? I will give the next week, but

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before the committee stage? As I said, we will be as expeditious as

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we can be. I reiterate to him this point, the Article 50 legislation is

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about putting in place the beginning of the procedure, only the beginning

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of the procedure as decided by the British people last year that is not

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really conditional on the other policy experts of this. I will be as

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expeditious as I can. I'm welcoming this decision, can I ask my right

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honourable friend, which, if any select committee chairman has

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expressed an interest in having this White Paper published with an

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intention of scrutinising it. Well, I am pretty sure the "Brexit"

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committee, edging out the chairman, but he's not paying attention(!)

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LAUGHTER ... I'm pretty sure the "Brexit"

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committee have done. I cannot account for the others. I am

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concerned by some of the responses from the Secretary of State,

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seemingly bursting with enthusiasm about this White Paper, now it seems

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we may not get it as soon as we need it. Given the level of interest in

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the legislation and the amendments to be tabled, we need this White

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Paper before committee stage of this bill, will he make sure we get it?

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Powered EU deal with an opposition that will not take yes for an

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answer...? LAUGHTER I have said, I have said... We will

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deal with it, I will produce it as expeditiously as possible, as

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quickly as possible, what can you do faster than that?! Work as fast as

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he can, I suppose, but we need it before. Will it be a cut and paste

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of the Prime Minister 's speech, when we get it, or instead, will we

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have a sense of the financial impact on this country of different

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options? As I said at the beginning, the

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Prime Minister 's speech, one of the clearest acquisitions of

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international policy I have heard in many years, answered all of the

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questions that the opposition and the "Brexit" committee raised, other

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than those which would actively undermine our negotiating position,

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the opposition put up a motion which said that we will not undermine our

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negotiating position. It is quite right that they expect us to obey

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the rules of the house, but they should as well. A lot of questions

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on the paper, which I am keen to reach, but the exchanges at the

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moment are quite ponderous... We do need to speed up a bit! Sir Henry

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Bellingham. Mr Speaker, with your permission, I will answer questions

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four and a team together, unprecedented opportunity here to

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ensure agriculture industry is competitive, productive and

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profitable, and that our environment is protected for future generations.

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I regularly meet farmers representatives from all over the UK

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as well as my ministerial colleagues. Post "Brexit", two key

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priorities for agriculture, devise a system of support for the economy

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which does not contain the current levels of EU Beller n Chrissie that

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are so expensive, and if we're cheap that, we agree that we could

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maintain the current levels of support for our own economy? -- EU

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bureaucracy. My honourable friend makes extremely appalled in point,

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once we have left the European Union we will be able to redesign policy

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to suit the needs of British agriculture, which will lead to a

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significant reduction in red tape and as he says, in costs. When the

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Prime Minister spoke, she did not mention the agriculture sector, when

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they publish their White Paper Commonwealth the guarantee that the

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farming sector is a key element, because once we have left the, the

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sector needs a show of support. I can assure the honourable gentleman

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that the agriculture industry is at the forefront of calculations, as I

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said earlier we consult regularly with farming unions from all over

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the UK, including Wales, and we will be meeting the farm is union of

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Wales on Saturday of this week full of any suggestion we are not

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listening to farming industry is completely unfounded. Will the

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Minister ensure that the new system of farm support rewards the highest

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standards of animal welfare? Another extra important point, the United

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Kingdom is noted throughout the world for its high standards of

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animal welfare, and I have no doubt that the government will wish to

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maintain that reputation in the forthcoming legislation. Farmers are

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worried that crops will rot in the ground without a seasonal worker

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scheme, will this be included in the promised White Paper? The honourable

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gentleman makes another important point, farming industry is reliant,

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to a certain extent, on seasonal agricultural workers, there was a

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scheme which existed until fairly recently. That is one of the models

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that the government is giving consideration to. The department is

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working with officials across government continuing wide-ranging

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analysis, covering the entirety of the economy and trading

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relationships with the, looking at 50 sectors including cost-cutting.

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We want to ensure that British businesses have the maximum freedom

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to trade with and operate within European markets and let European

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businesses do the same in Britain, we believe that a good deal of

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market access and a strong relationship is in the interest of

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both parties. While bringing in more immigration controls, the ability of

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keys sectors like financial services and aerospace to bring in and

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relocate talent from different countries is important. What

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reassurances can my honourable friend give such businesses? My

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honourable friend is a champion for the aerospace businesses on the M5

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corridor and helps in his role as a global trade envoy, as she said, we

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want the UK to be a secure, prosperous and tolerant country, a

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home for pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead, we will

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continue to attract the brightest and best to work and study in

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Britain. Openness to international talent must remain one of this

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country's most distinctive talents. Can you ask the minister what he's

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doing to ensure that research leaders from the UConn trees can to

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receive positions at UK research institutions after we leave the EU?

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The honourable gentleman raises a very important question, I have had

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a number of valuable meetings with my honourable friend for pension and

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is higher education Council to address this issue, we recognise the

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concerns of the sector and we recognise we need to continue

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focusing on having an immigration sector which attract the brightest

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and the best. Can I urge my right honourable friend to address the

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issue about incoming individuals and the controls as soon as, one of the

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big issues which my honourable friend has already touched on is the

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concern about access to global, global talent, and the sooner that

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we can reassure the city and others that the high added value, low

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volume numbers that come in are very welcome, it is the low skill, using

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British benefits, which are not very welcome. My right honourable friend

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is right about the importance of attracting global talent for key

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industries such as the financial services and the Finn tech

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industries. Manufacturing companies in aerospace and automotive are

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worried about potential delays at the border when we leave the, and

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possible customs duties. It was suggested that associate membership

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of the customs union might be possible. Will the Minister confirm

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that unless that associate membership covers most sectors of

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the economy, it will fall foul of the WTO rules? The Prime Minister

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has talked about aiming for a frictionless system and one which we

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can agree to not have tariffs and not have barriers in place, that is

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what we should all be aiming for in a new partnership between the UK and

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the EU. In light of the very clear statement by the Prime Minister and

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the observations of the member for Chingford, doesn't Prime Minister

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think it might be useful to set out at an earlier date these rules for

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attracting talent into the UK? In light of the Prime Minister's beach

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and ability to create certainty from this process, the sooner we can come

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forward with that, the better. The Prime Minister's appeal for some

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form of hybrid customs arrangements with Europe, far from being a clear

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expedition of policy, raised more questions than it provided answers,

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will the forthcoming White Paper expand upon the Prime Minister's

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remarks and provide businesses across the country with the clarity

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they need about the range of positive alternative arrangements

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and how that may affect? The Prime Minister's statement has given very

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welcome clarity, welcomed by many business groups. We would expect the

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White Paper to set up more detail around that but we should also make

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sure that we are not doing what the house has repeatedly instructed us

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to do, protect interests through this process. Flexibility is

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important in a complex negotiation such as this, requiring imagination

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on both sides. Not everyone will be able to know everything at every

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stage. That is why we have the set out the strategic aim for new

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partnership in a bold and ambitious trading arrangement. That is also

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why we will not get drawn into setting out every bit of our

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negotiating strategy in detail and laying out red lines. Doing so would

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tie the hands of the government, and make it harder for us to achieve the

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right deal for the UK, I presume that is what every once. I thank the

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Secretary of State for the answer, the right honourable member for

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Hitchin and Harpenden reminded the house that Article 50 requires the

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European Union to take account of any future relationship that an

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independent Britain may have with it as we negotiate the declaration of

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arid independence. Would my right honourable friend agree with me that

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at the same time as we negotiate independence, we should show

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generosity to the 27 by continuing to offer them access to our market

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on a free-trade basis? Well, he's exactly right, and that is our

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intention, we made it clear, and it is, I believe, one of the reasons

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why the Prime Minister's beach has been received with such applause,

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frankly, around the rest of Europe. Actually, let me quote, if I can

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find it... In fact, in that case, I won't find... It is rather a long

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quote, I will leave it! LAUGHTER. I agree with my right honourable

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friend. The Secretary of State has

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repeatedly said that he can maintain flexibility and give the house a say

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through the great repeal Bill. That only covers things in legislation.

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At what point is the house going to be able to look at the value of the

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agencies and the cost of setting up new UK ones? Well, that is precisely

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the sort of thing that I welcome up in legislation -- that might well

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come up in legislation. In dealing with these new agencies we will be

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seeking the best outcome in each case for the relevant sector. And

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when we are doing that, we will of course be talking to the house about

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the cost benefit of various options at the point it is appropriate, not

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whilst still in the middle of that details bit of negotiation but when

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it is appropriate for the house to know. In seeking a clean "Brexit",

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we would want to be as flexible as possible in negotiating our

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mentorship of a free-trade area, nevertheless, will the Minister

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agree that such an agreement is not forthcoming and therefore, we need

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to be prepared for a situation where we may have to have some form of

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duties, will he agree with me that it is perfectly possible that with

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digital technology, to have the border as part of the journey rather

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than a hard border of old. Given my honourable friend's constituency he

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will know this better than most people, I can see where you are

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going and he is right. There will be a ten station for the government to

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think this is just about government to government conversations,

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wouldn't it be really useful for the government to look at this as a

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parliament to Parliament negotiation as well, so that... So that we all

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start lobbying together, so that we all secure the best possible deal

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for this country? INAUDIBLE

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I'm not going to say definitely no to the honourable gentleman. On the

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contrary, he knows, my prejudices in this is probably the right word, but

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it is for Parliament to decide what Parliament wants to do. The

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essential responsibility of the negotiation is quite properly the

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government and the opposition will hold us and everybody to account but

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nevertheless, he is quite right, there is a role for Parliament to

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talk to other parliaments about the joint interests of their

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constituents. In that respect, he has my support.

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An important part of a partnership we seek with the EU will be the

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pursuit of the greatest possible market access to the single market

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on a fully reciprocal basis. This'll be a high priority in the

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negotiations and we believe that the benefit of both sides and the people

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of Scotland. We want to get the best deal for people including Scotland.

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Exports from Aberdeen to Norway, over ?750 million in 2015, and a

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vital part of anchoring the world class oil and gas trade. Can he

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ensure that in this process the oil and gas industry will be taken into

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account and access will not be lost as a result of a harder Tory Brexit?

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He's right to raise the importance of the oil and gas industry in his

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constituency and the entire UK. The Secretary of State held a roundtable

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with industry leaders which included oil and gas representatives and I'm

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looking forward to visiting them in Scotland in the coming weeks. Does

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he agree with me that selling into the single market is much preferable

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to being a member of it because it is in fact a highly regulatory

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bureaucratic mechanism and 87% of British businesses does not rely on

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it. He makes his case very strongly as ever. I believe the best market

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access to a single market for UK businesses and European businesses

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to the UK market will be in all our interests. I recently met with a

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very good manufacturing company who employs people in my constituency

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and they told me they hope the Government understands the concerns

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of industry in terms of Brexit and the customs union. Wires? THE

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industry across the country to make industry across the country to make

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sure we take on the concerns and they see the opportunities. Many

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businesses I have met are excited about the opportunities for the UK

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to go out and make trade deals and trade around the world. If he has

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liberating effect of escaping from liberating effect of escaping from

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the external tariffs, as a former economic speed, I'm happy to give

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him 45 minutes on the subject. I look forward to the lesson. What a

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fortunate fellow he is. Lord Bromfield. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

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The Secretary of State provided some clarity on his priorities for access

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to the single market in response to questions on Tuesday statement. He

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said he is seeking, "A comprehensive free-trade agreement, a

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comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits

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as we have." Being inside the single market? Would he confirmed that is

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his negotiating position so we can measure the success against it? It

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is up to the opposition to get the best market access and as we've

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repeatedly said, for British businesses to trade in the single

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market. The Department for exiting the European Union has been

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undertaking a thorough analysis of over 50 business sectors. We have

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been speaking direct lead to manufacturer such as those in the

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automotive and chemical factors to understand what they need from us so

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we can continue to thrive after the European Union. Within that work,

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has established how many British manufacturing factories are actually

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in competition internally with other factories in France, Germany,

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forward that companies going to be manufacturing and does he therefore

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realise how catastrophic it would be for our manufacturing industry if

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there were tariffs on products made in the UK that France and Germany

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didn't have. He's entirely right. Manufacturing industry is highly

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integrated across the EU and that's why the Prime Minister has made it

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clear that watches G6 is customs arrangements which will cater for

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those arrangements, but I think we have to remember that when we have

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left the European Union, the UK will be the biggest export market for the

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European Union. It is therefore in our mutual interest we have proper

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arrangements relating to customs. Can he confirm that two

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manufacturers in Caterham, there export prospects are far brighter

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outside the EU because whilst we are a member, we are forbidden from

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entering international trade agreements of our own. He is right

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to point that out for the once we've left the EU, we will be in a

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position to strike free-trade agreements around the world and that

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is precisely what the Department for it and trade is doing right now.

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70,000 jobs are created in the food sector in Northern Ireland. 1.1

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billion basic prices. What will he provide for this massive employer

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and what support and advice has been offered? He is right to point out

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the importance of the agri- food sector not only in Northern Ireland

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but throughout the UK. We having gauged closely with the food Drink

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Federation. In Northern Ireland there are specific circumstances,

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and he will know that the Government is committed to ensuring that there

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is as little impact as possible on the sector in Northern Ireland. Is

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he aware that both Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover are currently planning

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for how the export market may well change if we have free-trade

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agreements with India, China and the United States? Does he agree with me

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that they are right to say this is an opportunity for manufacturing,

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not a disadvantage? He is entirely right and I really think that we

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have a duty, rather than talking down British manufacturing industry,

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to point out the benefits which will flow from Brexit. There is a world

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out there and we should seize the opportunity. My Livingston

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constituency was built on manufacturing and many other

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companies in Livingston rely on EU workers. What can he do to assure

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me, those workers and companies in my constituency that they will stay

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and work in Livingston in Scotland? The issue of EU residence in the UK

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is one that we believe should be settled very early in the

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negotiation, similarly the issue of British residents in the continuing

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European Union. I can tell the honourable lady I have already

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discussed this issue with ministerial counterparts and they

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are agreed that this is a matter of priority. My department is working

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closely with the Department for Education to understand their

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interests. A global button must look to the future and it means being one

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of the best places in the world for science and innovation. The UK laws

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like those with the skills and expertise to make our nation greater

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still. The university sector is one of the largest contributors to our

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economy so it does need to think carefully about its position post

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Brexit, so is there an appropriate point of contact, start and a

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significant way, so that sector can feel confident its issues will be

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dealt with? The ministers for universities and science, who I

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joined this week with the university sector to engage on precisely this

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issue, we were both delighted to the prominence universities and science

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played in the prime ministers speech. I taught in the university

:35:09.:35:15.

sector for many years and saw first-hand the benefits that

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overseas students bring to the universities both financially,

:35:20.:35:23.

culturally and socially. What assurances can he give that overseas

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students will continue to come in the same numbers and more post

:35:27.:35:30.

Brexit? I have been clear we should continue to welcome the brightest

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and the best of the UK. The UK continues to be a great place to

:35:35.:35:39.

study. We have world-class teaching and innovative research carrying out

:35:40.:35:42.

some of the most culturally and intellectually diverse academic

:35:43.:35:46.

environment in the world. 18 universities in the top 100 and I

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will visit the highest ranked in the world tomorrow. Given the migration

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of these issues will be close to the negotiations for any future trade

:35:57.:36:01.

deals with India, America, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, can

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he give an assurance that a new British immigration policy will be

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sufficiently well-developed and can demand public support in time for

:36:09.:36:11.

those negotiations to begin in a meaningful way? I absolutely agree.

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I think this is a challenge for the whole of Government. We need to work

:36:18.:36:21.

across Whitehall and other departments, the Treasury, Home

:36:22.:36:24.

Office, to come up with a best system for a global Britain. Has he

:36:25.:36:32.

any plans to seek an accommodation of the Republic of Ireland to

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achieve reciprocal processes for staff and students that move

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backwards and forwards across the border? We have been very clear in

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the Prime Minister speech about our commitment to the Common travel area

:36:48.:36:50.

with Ireland and continuing to engage on cross-border issues of the

:36:51.:36:54.

Republic of Ireland as regards to universities is absolutely vital and

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apply Mr will meet with their leader next week. -- the Prime Minister. UK

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nationals in EU and vice versa are a priority for negotiations. This is a

:37:13.:37:15.

right and fair thing to do. The Prime Minister has already set out

:37:16.:37:18.

that we try to achieve an early agreement on this issue with our EU

:37:19.:37:23.

partners. We will continue to do so. We also want to ensure our future

:37:24.:37:27.

immigration framework operates in the best interests of all part of

:37:28.:37:31.

the UK and we are working closely with devolved administrations to

:37:32.:37:36.

achieve this. The committee I'd share carefully considered the

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Scottish Government paper last week. We were clear it is our intention to

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it detect the existing rights enjoyed by Irish and UK nationals

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when in the other state and to maintain existing border arrangement

:37:50.:37:52.

of the Common travel area. Immigration is a reserved matter

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nonetheless. If the Government is not going to guarantee residence

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rights for EU nationals, what assessment have made on public

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services and the economy and the return of thousands of retired

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British immigrants? We don't intend to pursue a policy which will lead

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to that. I think there is a real issue at the heart of this but it's

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not helped I holier than thou stance of the SNP. I think the House should

:38:24.:38:30.

be reminded of the words of Nicola Sturgeon during the independence

:38:31.:38:38.

referendum in 2014. She said, "We have set down a robust and

:38:39.:38:43.

common-sense position for that there are 160,000 EU nationals from other

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states living in Scotland, including some in the Commonwealth city of

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Glasgow. Of Scotland's outside Europe, they would lose the right to

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stay here." I will deal with the issue properly. Can he explain why

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so many EU nationals who start off in Scotland end up in England? No.

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The Prime Minister will today meet an American president who champions

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torture and who is proud to discriminate against Muslims. Will

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he therefore agree with me that it's even more important as Government

:39:28.:39:33.

sends a strong moral message, bargaining chips are not human

:39:34.:39:39.

beings. Will he confirmed the residency rights of EU nationals?

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The honourable lady knows my stance on torture down the years. Better

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than most, I suspect. The British Government's stance on torture is

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very painful that we don't agree with it under any circumstances

:39:54.:39:59.

whatsoever. At the conference in Berlin on Brexit at the weekend, the

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uncertainty facing EU nationals residence to the UK was made very

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clear. The Prime Minister's comments were immensely welcomed, and would

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be possible for this issue to be resolved as rapidly as possible in

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negotiations? The primers and made it plain she is trying to get

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agreement amongst the member states -- the Prime Minister for the most

:40:22.:40:25.

of them agree that one or two don't. We have two keep pressing to resolve

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this as quickly as possible but I hope EU nationals currently here

:40:31.:40:33.

will take heart from what we are saying, what our intention is, to

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give them the guarantees that will also apply to British citizens

:40:38.:40:38.

abroad. The Prime Minister speech said at

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the negotiating priority to ensure the UK is one of the best places in

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the world for science and innovation. As part of the

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negotiations, the Government will discuss EU member state to continue

:40:57.:41:00.

co-operation in the field of clinical trials. With a spectre

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directly to his question, the UK's successfully brought to reform the

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current directive and is in the best interests of business. We will

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follow the UK, EU rules and to the point of exit and those new rules

:41:16.:41:19.

come into effect shortly. The great repeal bill will convert the law on

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Brexit including EU regulations and if need be we can reform them after

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that. Given the harmful effect of EU directives on clinical trials and

:41:30.:41:33.

science in the UK, when the time comes to write our own rules, can he

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give an undertaking to listen to some of the chemical scientists, not

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just the big corporate vested interests from Brussels? The short

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answer is absolutely. Here's right. The original clinical trials

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directive was a very poorly drafted piece of EU regulation and certainly

:41:56.:41:58.

has increased the of undertaking such trials and if I remember

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correctly from my own constituency background, particularly small

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trials. Those are exactly that other people I think he's talking about.

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Those views will be taken very seriously indeed in a new regime

:42:12.:42:17.

after Brexit. Boat the US biotech company and GlaxoSmithKline have

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announced they are making very substantial investment into the UK.

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Does he agree that this demonstrates that, even after we leave the

:42:27.:42:31.

European Union, we will still be a very competitive place for biotech

:42:32.:42:37.

companies to do business? Yes, he's exactly right. I went to see some of

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those companies in Cambridge recently. One of the problems for

:42:44.:42:48.

people who do talk the country down if I underestimate the extent to

:42:49.:42:53.

which pharmaceuticals, life sciences, finance, software, are

:42:54.:42:59.

fantastically powerful industries in which we already have a huge

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critical mass of talent which will continue into the future.

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This is the trouble with being Taylor and Charlie. The Prime

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Minister was clear that she wants to guarantee the status of EU citizens

:43:17.:43:23.

already in Britain. -- tail end Charlie. She has tried already to

:43:24.:43:28.

reach an agreement and we will continue to try to get her to reach

:43:29.:43:32.

an agreement. Will my right honourable friend accept that that

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answer will be extremely welcome because there is genuine and

:43:36.:43:38.

widespread concern on this issue. Could he tell the house what are the

:43:39.:43:44.

problems that he is encountering with a few member states that is

:43:45.:43:50.

stopping a reciprocal agreement from being arrived at now? Well, truth be

:43:51.:43:58.

told, I'm not 100% sure, on what the actual problems are, in the running

:43:59.:44:04.

to these negotiations of course the commission and some member states

:44:05.:44:08.

have taken a very stern stance on no negotiation before notification and

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may think it is trying to pre-empt that, that is not the intention. The

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intention is to act in the interest of principal citizens. Those

:44:19.:44:25.

problems notwithstanding, there are many talented people from the

:44:26.:44:27.

European Union in this country making enormous contributions to the

:44:28.:44:31.

economy and the cultural life of the country, and surely he agrees that

:44:32.:44:35.

it is not need agreement with other EU member states, there is going to

:44:36.:44:39.

be won, and he would get a lot of goodwill from the public and

:44:40.:44:43.

partners across European Union if he unilaterally made that commitment

:44:44.:44:47.

today. I thank the honourable member for the tone in which he put the

:44:48.:44:51.

question but we have a dual responsibility, responsibility

:44:52.:44:54.

within our own country to maintain a moral stand in what we did and that

:44:55.:44:58.

is what I see this as, immoral question, and on the other hand, a

:44:59.:45:03.

responsibility to citizens abroad. Legal as well as moral. We will get

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this resolved, and we will resolve it as fast as we can. Question 15,

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Mr Speaker. Recognise the large majority of trade agreements

:45:21.:45:27.

involving 40 mechanism or trades dispute resolution. -- involve

:45:28.:45:43.

the Prime Minister has said that she wants a conference free-trade

:45:44.:45:48.

agreement with the UN and that in future, our laws will be interpreted

:45:49.:45:51.

by British judges in British courts, but every comprehensive free-trade

:45:52.:45:58.

agreement has some sort of intended trade dispute resolution mechanism,

:45:59.:46:02.

does the Minister agree that this sort of inconsistency needs to be

:46:03.:46:09.

ironed out by rigorous Parliamentary scrutiny of the Prime Minister's

:46:10.:46:14.

plan. It is not an inconsistency, it is a lack of understanding on the

:46:15.:46:18.

part of the opposition, as I said in response to an earlier question,

:46:19.:46:21.

there is a range of models but a large number of international trade

:46:22.:46:24.

agreements with arbitration mechanisms but they are that, agreed

:46:25.:46:29.

arbitration mechanisms, they are not mechanisms that bring the influence

:46:30.:46:33.

of the European court into all parts of British society and that is what

:46:34.:46:37.

will be resolved by leaving the European Union. Mr Speaker, Britain

:46:38.:46:43.

has played a key role in protecting Europe's security and Prime Minister

:46:44.:46:47.

is clear that we will continue to with European partners on Warren

:46:48.:46:51.

defence policy as we leave the European Union. Does my right

:46:52.:46:54.

honourable friend agree that as a global player in areas such as

:46:55.:47:00.

counterterrorism, we have much to benefit both EU partners and

:47:01.:47:02.

ourselves as a cooperation agreement in our interest? I agree entirely

:47:03.:47:08.

with my honourable friend, indeed, this was an issue I discussed with

:47:09.:47:11.

several of my European counterparts earlier this week, they fully

:47:12.:47:17.

understand the strength that Britain brings to the table, in terms of

:47:18.:47:22.

intelligence, for example, and they understand the value that they bring

:47:23.:47:25.

to the table after they leave the EU. Surely the Minister understand

:47:26.:47:29.

that across Europe as we talk to other parliamentarians, they are

:47:30.:47:33.

deeply worried that the knock on effect of us leaving the European

:47:34.:47:37.

Union on stability and future of Nato. That is the truth. They get

:47:38.:47:40.

what is happening in the United States with the new president, can

:47:41.:47:45.

you assure the house that the Nato commitment of this country will be

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redoubled rather than diminished? Mr Speaker, we are absolutely committed

:47:51.:47:54.

to Nato and I can assure the house that commitment will continue after

:47:55.:47:55.

"Brexit". As the Prime Minister said, we will

:47:56.:48:09.

put the final deal to a vote, we have always said that we will

:48:10.:48:12.

observe the constitutional legal obligations that apply to the final

:48:13.:48:16.

deal and as I have said many times, we will keep the house informed

:48:17.:48:20.

through the process. Will my right honourable friend confirmed that

:48:21.:48:22.

both Houses of Parliament will have a number of opportunities to vote on

:48:23.:48:26.

a wide range of legislation determining substantial policy

:48:27.:48:31.

decisions as we exit the EU? My right honourable friend is

:48:32.:48:34.

absolutely right, we will have the Article 50 Bill, introduced

:48:35.:48:38.

imminently, a great repeal Bill, to be introduced in the next session,

:48:39.:48:41.

that is an important piece of legislation which will ensure that

:48:42.:48:47.

all EU laws can be voted into UK law, including workers' rights and

:48:48.:48:50.

environmental regulation, which I would think would be of interest to

:48:51.:48:54.

the opposition. There will be the deflation on those and other issues,

:48:55.:48:59.

those are just the beginning, exiting the European Union

:49:00.:49:00.

this Parliament back control over this Parliament back control over

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its own laws. Decisions on policy will be taken here, not the European

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Union, and we will go back to being a free country again. Extraordinary

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fellow... Mr Speaker, during the prime and is the's beach... I'm

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sorry, I'll do... -- during the Prime Minister's speech, and... I'm

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sorry, I will do... Yes... The question is not whether we should

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leave, that decision was taken on June 23 last year, it was a question

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of respect in the referendum result and doing the majority of -- doing

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the job that the majority want, making a success of our new position

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in the world. The Prime Minister has set out a old ambitious plan to

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build a global Britain and one which everybody can get behind. In her

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speech at Lancaster house on the 17th of this month, she has promised

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to put the preservation of our press is union at the heart of everything

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we do, given that we are told this is a union of equals, what form of

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role will be given to the devolved administrations when the UK

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renegotiate its new relationship with the EU. Formal role is already

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in place, we have a joint ministerial committee of which a

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Scottish Government represented, along with representatives of the

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Northern Ireland executive and Welsh government, three meeting so far,

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another meeting on Monday in Cardiff, and another in early

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February, we are taking formerly the paper submitted by the Scottish

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Government and the Welsh government, and we will take them on board. The

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point we have made throughout all of this is that this is a sophisticated

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and complex negotiation, difficult to do, it has to be done under a

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single banner, but it will be done in a way that reflects the interests

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and reflect the interests of all parties in the United Kingdom. With

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the UK being a net importer of agricultural goods from the EU and

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the EU being the agriculture Mark's biggest market, what assurances can

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be given that a key part of negotiations will be to remove

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agricultural tariffs on both the UK and EU sides as it is in both our

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interests? My honourable friend is entirely right, there is a

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significant two-way trade in agricultural products, food and

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drink products, and I would imagine that it is just as much in the

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interests of the EU and the UK that sensible arrangements continue.

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Thank you, we have a commitment now to a White Paper, the role of

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Parliament in the Article 50 process is to be determined. That is why

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Labour will seek to table an amendment to the proposed Article 50

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Bill to require Secretary of State to lay periodic reports at intervals

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of no less than two months -- every two months. Will the Secretary of

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State now to the principle of who are big report? Well, from behind me

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I hear, like he's not going to do that...! Every two months?... Since

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September, in five months I have done five statements in front of

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this house, ten debates, appeared in front of a number of select

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committees, and that process will continue, I suspect two months will

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be rather an unambitious aim. Thank you. The role at the end of the

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exercise for parliament will also be important, the Prime Minister has

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said that MPs will have a vote on the final agreement. Can the

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Secretary of State today state categorically that MPs in this house

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will have no less involvement in the process and no less a say over the

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final Article 50 agreement then MEPs in the European Parliament? I

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cannot... I have to say... The role of the MEPs will be somewhat limited

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and peripheral in many respects, use of offset will be allowed at treaty

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negotiations, but I don't think you will be making a decision. European

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citizens in this country and British citizens in the EU make valuable

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contributions to their countries. Pension, health and the rights of

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children have been mentioned, I wonder if he and his colleagues have

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been working on this with counterparts across the European

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Union? My honourable friend again makes an important point, the

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interest of British residents in the continuing European Union are at the

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top of their agenda, in fact, I had a discussion early on Monday with

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representatives of the British residents in Malta, he can be

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assured that we will continue to reflect the interests of British

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residents as negotiations commence. Will the government publish an

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impact assessment of the effect that leaving the single market will have

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on jobs and conversely the impact of the resulting skills shortage on key

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industries and the NHS? These are certainly important matters, and

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certainly matters that we are addressing, but she will understand

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that we will not be publishing impact assessments, that might be

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useful to those with whom we would be negotiating. The seafood

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processing sector is of vital importance to the local economy in

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the Cleethorpes constituency, can the Minister assure me that their

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interest will be at the forefront of consideration during Brexit

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negotiations and will he meet with business leaders from that sector to

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pass on their assurances? Yes, my honourable friend is entirely right,

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this is an important sector of the economy, and it may well be that we

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have already met with those representatives since we have been

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having extensive engagement with the agricultural food industry. The

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Health Secretary told us this week that "Brexit" would mean Britain

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leaving the European medicines agency 's, this move is likely to

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send Britain to the back of the queue for innovative new drugs, make

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regulation more complex, and threaten jobs in the thriving

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pharmaceutical sector, will the Secretary of State tell us why his

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government have so readily given up membership of this vital body and

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will he explain the measures he will introduce to ensure that people

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across Britain will have the same access to medicines as European

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neighbours? Is already well that the complete premise of -- it's all very

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well, but the complete premise is wrong. That has been misinterpreted.

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What I will say to her is this, what we will be doing with this is first

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putting the clinical safety of the British people at the front of the

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queue, the front of the priority list, and then the interest of

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British industry, particularly Biosystems, and life sciences, in

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which of course we are a world leader and we will remain one after

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we leave. As the all-party Parliamentary group, the clinical

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trials issue is a big one for patients, they are concerned that

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exiting the EU means that nothing will replace them, and my right

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honourable friend assure the house and those patients that that will be

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replicated as soon as we end up leaving the EU? I can assure my

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honourable friend that we are in extensive discussions with the bio

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Pharma industry, on this particular issue, and those discussions will

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continue. This week the kingdom of Fife is

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placed to welcome many students from around the world. When will the

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university be given guarantees that nothing about Brexit will jeopardise

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its reputation as the most international of universities? We

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need to engage with the university sector about what makes Britain such

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an appealing place to come. I believe that leaving the European

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Union will be a good thing for the steel industry. This week the steel

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APPG published its 2020 vision report. Would you like me to send a

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copy to you so you can have a look at its recommendations as part of

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the ongoing debate? We would be delighted to receive that. The

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society of Moti motor manufacturers reported today that car production

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is at a high but investment in manufacturing is falling because of

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uncertainty over Brexit. How long does he think the current

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uncertainty is going to be undermining investment in British

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economy? We should absolutely welcome the fact that we've seen the

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highest level this century of car production and car exports from the

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UK. We continue to see key investments by the automotive

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industry, such as Land Rover expansion in Coventry. We want to

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work with the industry to make sure they have the best access to

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European markets and indeed global markets as we move ahead. About 9

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million written is will visit France this year and 15 million will visit

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Spain. About foreign half million French and about two and a half

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million Spaniards will visit the UK. We be seeking Visa free travel for

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Europe post Brexit and we were making it clear that it is now you

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are praying friends's interest to do so? He is hot right to highlight the

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importance of the two-way tourist industry in Europe. We are

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considering this but I'll aim is... Via protocol three, when we exit the

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European Union does it mean the Crown dependencies will also exit

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the customs union? I met with Chief ministers of Crown dependencies

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yesterday as part of the formal process of ongoing meetings we're

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using stakes have use into account and following the Prime Minister's

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speech I spoke to them and they are pleased with the direction of travel

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it is at. Higher education is one of the UK's greatest exports. As we

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seek to grow our export markets post Brexit does the Minister agree we

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needed an approach that plays to our strengths and builds on them?

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Wholeheartedly. In response to an earlier question, the secretary of

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states said we needed both flexibility and imagination in

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tackling these context negotiations. My manufacturing sector, my

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university, want competence. That is what they are worried about, the

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competence of the team sitting on the front bench during negotiations

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thoroughly. I'd better deal with this one. The interesting thing is,

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if you look at the response around Europe to the Prime Minister's

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speech talking about confidence, the Spanish secretary of state for

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foreign affairs who I saw only a couple of weeks ago welcomed it

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widely and said it was an eminently achievable aim, in everybody's

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interests. In my constituency we are lucky to see the excellent L bus 400

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M as it flies from Brize Norton. Does my honourable friend agree that

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it is an excellent example of defence cooperation and such

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cooperation will continue when it leaves the European Union? I visited

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the hour bus factory just before Christmas and saw the wonderful work

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they are doing. He is right to say that into grated manufacturing

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across Europe is important and I have no doubt we will be putting in

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place arrangements to ensure it continues. An RAF Typhoon flown from

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my constituency have more marked a rusting Russian aircraft carrier as

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it made its journey back from raids on Aleppo. Does this demonstrates

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the important role in the United Kingdom must play after our exit in

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ensuring the defence and security of Europe as a whole? As my honourable

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friend is right. Britain is a leading power in Nato and will

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continue to be after we leave the EU. Will my honourable friend come

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to Dorset to speak to our businesses and hear their concerns, and discuss

:01:58.:02:01.

the great opportunities Brexit provides? Delighted to. We are

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talking to businesses all across the country and I look forward to

:02:07.:02:11.

visiting those in your constituency. Urgent question. We make a statement

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please on Yemen? Thank you. UK supports the Saudi Arabian lead

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military intervention which came at the request of the legitimate

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president and we are clear

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