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this evening. First we have

questions for the Secretary of State

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for Exiting the European Union David

Davis and his team of ministers.

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Order. Questions to the Secretary of

State for Exiting the European

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Union.

With permission, I will answer

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question one and 12 together. We

continue to work closely with the

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Secretary of State for environment,

food and rural affairs. We want to

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maintain stability for farmers as we

grow our world leading farming

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industries in a sustainable way.

Where printer consulting on policy,

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seeking views on a range of possible

paths to a brighter future for

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farming.

I've provide financial support in

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Wales and for the rest of the UK

after Brexit. Does the Minister

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agree that the commitment will

provide the stability to allow

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farmers to continue providing

high-quality produce without having

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a negative effect on the

environment?

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I agree, British food has a

reputation for quality that has been

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built on high animal welfare

standards and strong environmental

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protections. Proposals will support

farmers to grow more, sell more and

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export more British food and ensure

we are the first generation to leave

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the environment in a better state

than we inherited it.

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Recently I met with local NFU

farmers Hugh were frustrated by the

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delays of the basic payment scheme

from the EU. Can you encourage a

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more simplistic system that sees

farmers paid on time once we leave

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the EU?

Yes, we will give that

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encouragement. I know my colleague

has listened to concerns and is

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consulting on arrangements to

simplify and improve the delivery of

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the common agricultural policy

whilst we participate in it. Outside

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of that with a simpler effective

rules, we can support farmers to

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sell, and grow more.

Why won't the Minister respect the

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desire of NFU Scotland to see the

powers over agriculture devolved in

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fall and then for the UK...

Yesterday I attended the GMC session

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and the First Minister's tone was

very constructive and I am sure we

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will work with her to take forward

the discussions and I hope

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satisfactorily.

Going forward, farmers need to know

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the position of what will look like

-- trade deals will look like. Why

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won't it be the listened to do the

NFU Scotland that the powers go to

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Scotland's said the Scottish

Government can sign a policy to suit

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Scottish farmers?

We are listening, and as we run into

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the economic Council, we have the

concern of the devolved governments'

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in mind. With those two tensions in

we will go forward.

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Staffordshire constituency has one

of the largest areas of soft fruit

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growing meaning we have less reliant

on imports. They are very concerned

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about the great workers who, and

harvest the crop is. What assurances

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can he give that he is working with

his counterparts in deference to

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make sure that the supply of people

to choose those produce is still

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available when we leave?

We have commissioned a committee to

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give us advice on immigration policy

and we have always said to the vote

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was not to pull up the drawbridge

and we will ensure that policy

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reflects the needs of the UK's

economy.

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Wittering about Strawberry and

December or something like that. We

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look forward to hearing his views.

Before I answer this question, can I

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take the opportunity to express my

condolences to Warren Hawksley, a

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colleague of hours, and despite him

being a master rebel, a great

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friend, he was very energetic in his

pursuit of reviews, sometimes too

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energetic, but I would like to

express my condolences to his

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family. With permission, I will

answer question two, four and five

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together. Our immediate goal is to

agree a strictly time-limited

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implementation period by the match

European Council next week. This is

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crucial to building a bridge from

where we are to where we want to be

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on the exit. We are also working

hard to codify it into legal text.

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We believe that is in reach. The

matter being Council will... We are

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seeking to ensure the guidelines are

as broad and open as possible to

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allow the most constructive

negotiation to gain a close

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relationship and what we are aiming

for.

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It could be the making of us,

couldn't it?

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I could be just as pithy as my

honourable friend and say yes!

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Does he foresee a scenario where the

deal negotiated is so

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mind-bogglingly positive that all

the other states want that sort of

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relationship as well and the EU

itself explodes. Orders he believed

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the best religion should be can have

is membership and any new settlement

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will be disadvantageous to what we

have now?

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Firstly, the people who made the

decision on the last part of his

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question where the British people,

millions of them, and they decided

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it was not the case. Let me pick up

on the first point because he has a

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serious point. There are certainly,

certainly in the institutions of the

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union, and in some of the member

states, concerned that if we are too

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successful, it will be tempting to

others. I do not believe that is a

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real fear because we have unique

circumstances, the English-language,

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our traditions, our world a network,

our law, all the advantages that the

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countries do not have. No fault of

their own. And that will allow was

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macro to make the best of this.

I'm aware some in his own party have

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accused others in his own party of

fantasy politics, he believe that

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any transition period can be based

on WTO principles?

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It is fascinating to have a lecture

from the SNP on fantasy politics.

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What we are posing is a transition

period based on the testing

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arrangements and rules in order that

the British people and the British

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companies and European people and

companies have won transition to

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make.

It was disappointing to see the

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aggressive line in last week's you

document on maintaining full access

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to the fishing waters. Could the

Secretary of State for Exiting the

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European Union say he is being

robust for fishermen in my

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constituency to make sure we we gain

control of our fishing waters before

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deciding who to allow to fish in

them?

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It was a very odd linkage to make.

The truth is that when we leave the

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EU, we will be an independent

coastal state. We will control our

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own waters. We will be continuing

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negotiations with neighbouring

states because fish move, about

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catching quotas and the rest of it.

But we will control our own destiny.

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There are around 40 trade agreements

and negotiated by the EU which the

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UK is party to, but we now know that

two of those countries that they

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will can seek concessions from the

UK in return for rolling over those

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agreements during the transition

period. Can the Secretary of State

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for Exiting the European Union

insurers macro that they can

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continue to trade with those

countries on the same basis as now

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with the exact same benefits and we

will not end up in a situation where

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those countries will continue to

have preferential access to our

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market whilst others lose it?

It is fascinating that that is the

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stance he takes because if you look

at the customs union proposal that

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the Labour Party came up with

reached the main -- recently, it

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gives that risk that people have

access to our markets without us

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necessarily having the cop entry

access to their own. That was by

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their own international trade

secretary not long ago.

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I wish my friend backing of the

success the negotiations which will

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reach an important stage next week.

Could he confirmed that it remains

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the Government's position that no

deal is better than a bad deal and

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can he confirm also that all

necessary resources will be continue

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to be displayed -- to be deployed?

This link to the first question from

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the SMP, that some people think that

letting us get a good deal would be

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bad for the EU. Yes, of course we

are absolutely abdicated the

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resources necessary as the

Chancellor has said.

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Given that the Government own impact

assessment points to every sector

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and region of the UK being alleged

by Brexit, what discussions has the

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Secretary of State had up with

different sectors about the extra

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damage a short transition period

could inflict on jobs and which

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sectors and companies have told him

that a 21 transition period is

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acceptable Burr there was a call for

a three-year transition period and

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eight two year tradition period.

Firstly, there is no official

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Government document that makes the

forecast he says. It is a work in

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progress, but that is not the

official forecast. We do not believe

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it. The simple truth is we need the

most important priority is to

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establish an implementation period

as soon as possible so the companies

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can have certainty. That is the view

of the CBI, the commerce, the

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Institute of directors and pretty

much every other group varies.

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The Prime Minister reaffirmed her

commitments to the Northern Ireland

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and Ireland border in her speech at

Mansion House, recognising the

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unique circumstances of Northern

Ireland and our shared commitment to

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avoiding a hardboard. The joint

report agreed in December, also made

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clear it is our intention to avoid a

hardboard and physical

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infrastructure or related checks and

controls between Northern Ireland

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and Ireland. We have always been

clear that we will not agree

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anything that threatens the

constitutional or economic integrity

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of the UK.

Given the government have said that

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the border will remain friction

free, or frictionless, and there

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will be no border in the RUC, the

question many of us continue to ask

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is, how can this happen?

Well, government has made clear its

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unwavering commitment to three

guiding principles in relation to

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Northern Ireland and the republic.

They should be no hardboard, North

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and south, the Belfast agreement

must be honoured, and the

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constitutional economic integrity of

the UK remains unimpaired. The Prime

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Minister set up most recently in her

Mansion House speech how that might

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be achieved. And also, building on

the options set out in the August

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papers which set out practical

options how we might take this

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forward.

How does the government expect to

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avoid a hardboard? -- hardboard? --

hard border?

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It is the unwavering commitment of

this government that the economic

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integrity of the UK remains intact

and therefore if the UK is leaving

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the customs union, so is Northern

Ireland.

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I am certain that my honourable

friend has seen the paper, Smart

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Boarders 2.0, that was prepared for

the constitutional affairs

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committee. It does not provide the

whole solution but it does show how

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technology will help solve this

problem and does she agree that will

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solve and ensure the integrity of

the UK?

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I thank my honourable friend for his

question. The report which she

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refers to is an interesting document

but it does not go as far as the

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United Kingdom has committed. Our

unwavering commitment is to not

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introducing any physical

infrastructure at the border and we

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have explicitly ruled this out.

While the report is interesting, it

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doesn't go all the way.

Will the Minister recognised that

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this is much more than just the

movement of goods or services, it is

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about a cultural issue, it is about

the movement of people, it is about

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all of that, and the symbolism of

this is enormous, and the minister

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needs to make sure that is

recognised time after time in all

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the talks she has to reassure the

people of all parts of Ireland.

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The Common travel agreement is

absolutely fundamental to any future

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arrangement, which ensures and

enables the free flow of people

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across the border. It is vital that

that forms part of any future

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arrangement.

I just don't think that ministers

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quite appreciate the level of

concern that there is across the

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House on this issue. Whenever I have

visited the Irish border, I have

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come face-to-face with the reality

of what the installation of any

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cameras or any infrastructure would

mean, and it would not last a day.

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It would not last a day. Why won't

be Secretary of State even visit the

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border so that he can appreciate why

people are so concerned? I don't

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know if she has been but will she

encourage the Secretary of State to

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do so?

We don't underestimate the

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importance of this issue. My fellow

minister, has been to the border and

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indeed regularly with members from

Northern Ireland and those involved

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in this issue. The Secretary of

State has also been to the border

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prior to his appointment to this

position and it is very much a price

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of the sensitivities and importance

of this critical issue.

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I think that says all we need to

hear. How... How can we ensure an

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open border without a customs union?

We have looked everywhere that we

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can think of to identify a border

anywhere on earth where there is an

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open border and no customs union.

The Prime Minister referred to the

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border between the United States and

Canada. Can she confirmed that the

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Prime Minister has ruled that out as

an option and can she tell us where

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on earth there is such a border that

is open with no customs union?

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The honourable member really needs

to go back and listen to what the

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Prime Minister said at Mansion

House. She has spent a lot of time

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looking at this issue and is very

much interested in finding

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solutions. There are many, many

proposals on the table which would

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be viable and workable and the

government is in the process of

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considering them. A trusted Trader

scheme, exemptions, all of these

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options are on the table and they

are subject to the negotiations.

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Question number six.

It is a topic of frequent interest.

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Leaving the EU allows us to consider

how our economy is shaped and

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presents an opportunity to deliver

procompetitive, pro-innovative

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industrial strategy and stands the

test of time so we have a resilient

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economy ready for the future.

To ensure that trade is there as

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well as free, there are only over 40

trade defence instruments in place

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regarding steel at European level.

The behaviour of the US

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administration at the moment may

well mean that rises. Can the

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Minister give confidence to be steel

industry that these trade defence

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instruments will remain in place at

the point of moving out of the

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European Union?

This government is very disappointed

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by the President's intention to

place tariffs on steel and

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aluminium. The UK supports free

trade and measures to tackle unfair

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trade practices. As part of

preparations for the UK's exit from

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the EU, we are committed to creating

a trade remedies framework. When the

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UK leaves the EU, we will remain a

member of the World Trade

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Organisation, we will play a full

part in promoting compliance and if

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necessary make use of the World

Trade Organisation's procedures in

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defence of our national interest.

What I would say is, if we adopted

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Labour's position, all of our trade

remedies would be the policies of

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the European Union and not of the

United Kingdom.

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The chief Executive of the body

which represents companies in the

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aerospace sectors has said "A

customs union with the EU is a

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practical solution that would put

businesses in the best possible

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position to compete after Brexit".

If the government cares about

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manufacturing, will it reconsider

its position on the customs union?

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Of course we are concerned about

aerospace and it is one of our

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greatest industries but may I remind

the honourable gentleman of what was

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said by his honourable friend, the

honourable member for Brent North,

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he said maintaining membership of

the customs union would be deeply

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unattractive. He said "As a

transitional phase it might be

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thought to have some merit, however

as an end point it is deeply

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unattractive. It would conclude us

from making trade agreements with

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our five largest export markets

outside the EU". For all he says,

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his party is at sixes and sevens.

If China is illegally dumping steel

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into the UK, would the Minister

agree with me it is better that the

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British government decides what the

remedy is, rather than the European

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Union?

I would agree that we should have

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our own trade remedy the policies in

place and what we should be doing is

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not standing against free trade, we

should be embracing free trade, but

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we must stand against unfair,

anti-competitive practices.

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If the Secretary of State and the

government would consider the

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customs union, what specific support

will they give to the aerospace

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sector, that employs so many people

in Bristol?

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I have got good news for the

honourable lady and that is that

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both sides have agreed in principle

we should have a free-trade

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agreement covering all sectors with

zero tariffs. With a good agreement,

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we can achieve a mere frictionless

trade. I believe these things will

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ensure that our manufacturing

industries will have an ever

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brighter future.

The voice of UK manufacturing and

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engineering as well as the CBI, the

Institute of directors and trade

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unions welcomed Labour's call for

the negotiation of a new, copper

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offensive UK, EU customs union post

Brexit. Can the Minister name any

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significant manufacturing

organisation or association that is

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on record as stating that either of

the two government's negotiating

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positions are remotely credible or

workable?

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I will just remind him that his

honourable friend said that

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remaining in a customs union would

be a disaster. What we need to do is

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stand up for the consumer interest

and that means taking control of our

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tariff policies while ensuring free

and frictionless trade.

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Question number seven.

We have committed to continually UK

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participation in the Erasmus +

programme until 2020. No decisions

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have yet been made about the post

20/20 participation since the scope

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of that programme has not been

agreed. The Prime Minister said we

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will seek an ongoing relationship

with regard to education and

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cultural programmes to enhance

shared values and enhance our scope

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in the world.

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Will he speak with European

counterparts to discuss the Erasmus

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+ programme?

Yes, and I recognise his

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considerable expertise when it comes

to the European Parliament. We have

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met with members of the cultural,

educational committee to discuss a

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range of issues. We will continue to

seek opportunities to meet with this

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committee. The Department for

Education's officials are in regular

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touch.

Scotland has benefited from 64.8

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million euros of funding since 2014.

Coming out of Erasmus + will mean

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not only a loss of money but a loss

of opportunity for young people in

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Scotland. How does he intend to

replace this?

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The Prime Minister said there are

many areas where the UK has an

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ambition to develop future

participation and the UK has a wide

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range of international programmes

which we can look at how we can

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extend in the years to come.

Number eight.

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As I said in my speech, and

implementation period will be

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mutually beneficial to the European

Union and the United Kingdom. It is

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in no 1's interest to see businesses

rushed through contingency plans

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based on on a future deal.

Businesses have been clear on the

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importance of an implementation

period which will allow time to

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build new structure, set that new

systems to support our future

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partnership and to allow for as free

and frictionless trade as possible.

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And implementation period will allow

them to make those decisions on the

0:24:200:24:23

basis of knowledge of what a future

deal will look like. That will make

0:24:230:24:27

sure our businesses are ready, will

only have to are just once, and will

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allow the European government to do

the same.

0:24:310:24:35

I thank the Secretary of State for

that answer. Two thirds of people in

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Middlesbrough... Can my right

honourable friend ensure voters that

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any instrumentation period will be

time limited and pave the way for a

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small exit?

A time limited in limitation period

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will ensure a orderly exit from the

European Union. The UK and the EU

0:24:560:25:01

will continue access to each other's

markets on current terms. Businesses

0:25:010:25:08

will be able to continue to operate

on the same terms as now. It will

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provide vital certainty and

stability as we move towards a

0:25:130:25:17

future partnership. Let's be clear,

we are leaving the European Union in

0:25:170:25:20

2019 and only when the UK is no

longer a member state can we take

0:25:200:25:25

advantage of our status as an

independent trading nation.

0:25:250:25:29

Number ten.

The manufacturing sector is of

0:25:290:25:35

course a frequent topic of

discussion between Cabinet members

0:25:350:25:40

across government. As the Prime

Minister set up, the UK will see the

0:25:400:25:43

broadest and deepest agreement with

the EU, covering more sectors and

0:25:430:25:47

cooperating more fully. I am

especially encouraged by the

0:25:470:25:53

Chancellor's Spring statement

yesterday which confirmed that the

0:25:530:25:55

Manufacturing sector is enjoying its

longest unbroken run of growth in 15

0:25:550:25:59

years.

Why every time we have mentioned

0:25:590:26:04

manufacturing question, the

Secretary of State hides behind his

0:26:040:26:10

junior team? That is the fact of the

matter. He doesn't want to confront

0:26:100:26:14

manufacturing. Isn't it the truth

there is a secret document in the

0:26:140:26:17

business document -- in which shows

puts Brexit, London will survive and

0:26:170:26:22

thrive and the rest of the country,

the North of England, manufacturing

0:26:220:26:27

is going to be in dire straits. That

is the truth, why doesn't the

0:26:270:26:30

Secretary of State defender

manufacturing?

0:26:300:26:35

'S I'll amend the honourable man

determination to talk down this

0:26:350:26:41

country. -- I lament. It has been

shown that the choosing to locate

0:26:410:26:50

its two fastest growing divisions in

this country safeguarding 7300 jobs

0:26:500:26:55

and £1 billion a year of investment

stock that is the company itself has

0:26:550:26:59

made clear its decision to transport

a small number of jobs to the HQ in

0:26:590:27:05

the Netherlands is part of

restructuring and are not connected

0:27:050:27:07

to the UK's departure from the EU.

On the basis that it is subject to

0:27:070:27:15

negotiation, the Government has

refused to implement the replacement

0:27:150:27:19

to the regime for the inadequate

2004 clinical trials directive. This

0:27:190:27:23

is essential for our pharmaceutical

trade because we face going off a

0:27:230:27:27

cliff and not being able to

participate in cognitive clinical

0:27:270:27:30

trials with EU research

institutions. When will he implement

0:27:300:27:36

that directive?

As part of the

negotiations, the Government will

0:27:360:27:42

discuss how best to continue

corporation in the field of clinical

0:27:420:27:45

trials. The UK has walked towards

the new regulations and it was

0:27:450:27:51

agreed in 2014. The application date

of the CTR will be set by the

0:27:510:27:56

European Commission and if it is

after our exit, then it will not be

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part of the withdrawal bill.

Number 11.

0:27:590:28:05

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I will take

questions 11, 16 and 19 together. If

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we were to remain in the customs

union, we would not be able to

0:28:110:28:14

implement our own trade deals set

our own tariffs. The EU would be

0:28:140:28:20

able to access other countries to

our market, but we would not get

0:28:200:28:24

access in return. This would not

give us control and would not

0:28:240:28:28

respect the referendum result. We

have a great chance to develop for

0:28:280:28:32

the first time in decades a new

trade policy by leaving the EU

0:28:320:28:35

Customs Union.

Will she make sure that the final

0:28:350:28:40

deal allows the UK to deal new trade

deals around the world on day one

0:28:400:28:46

when we leave Castres?

That is one of the big prizes of

0:28:460:28:54

Brexit, the freedom and a chance to

develop and design new free trade

0:28:540:28:59

deals around the world outside the

European union and it is our

0:28:590:29:03

commitment that once we leave the EU

that we enjoy that to its fullest.

0:29:030:29:09

If the minister aware that in

Norfolk where there are a large

0:29:090:29:14

number of SMEs, dynamic companies,

can you tell us further what

0:29:140:29:23

progress is being made with the EU

to make sure we are able to

0:29:230:29:28

negotiate the bilateral treatments

during the transition?

0:29:280:29:35

It has been the clear commitment of

the Government that during the

0:29:350:29:38

fermentation period we will be able

to take concrete steps forward in

0:29:380:29:43

negotiating and signing new

free-trade agreements with other

0:29:430:29:46

countries outside the EU, though

they would not come into force until

0:29:460:29:50

after the end of the implementation

period. My friend Mike is right,

0:29:500:29:54

leaving the union and farming a new

policy is a chance to open up to

0:29:540:29:59

businesses new markets which they

haven't previously had access to and

0:29:590:30:04

that will help consumers, increase

investment and only lead to

0:30:040:30:11

prosperity.

I thank my honourable friend for her

0:30:110:30:13

answers. India currently enjoys a

growth rate of 7.5% and is on course

0:30:130:30:18

to become the 50 biggest economy in

the world. Given our cultural links

0:30:180:30:22

and shared history, does my

honourable friend, get agree with me

0:30:220:30:33

that we have an opportunity to forge

a trade deal with India that will be

0:30:330:30:38

excellent news for the UK and India?

My honourable friend is absolutely

0:30:380:30:44

right. India represents a great

opportunity for Britain and British

0:30:440:30:50

consumers and Indian counterparts in

the name of trade. It is no

0:30:500:30:56

coincidence that the Prime Minister

made an appointment to visit India

0:30:560:31:00

very early on in her premiership.

There has recently been a trade or

0:31:000:31:07

did with India looking at the

particular barriers and the joint

0:31:070:31:12

economic committee that has been set

up has decided to look at four

0:31:120:31:17

sectors- food, life sciences, IT and

services to seek where opportunities

0:31:170:31:20

can be explored.

At a recent meeting, with the

0:31:200:31:26

director-general of the CBI, she

highlighted how Germany sells 4.7

0:31:260:31:31

times more than the UK to China, so

being in a customs union does not

0:31:310:31:35

prevent extending trade with global

partners. Does the Minister agree?

0:31:350:31:44

Being in the customs union also puts

up prices for consumers in food,

0:31:440:31:50

footwear, clothes, and do not

understand why the other party does

0:31:500:31:56

not celebrate the benefits of

leaving because communion as we are.

0:31:560:32:03

I don't often cite the international

trade Secretary favourably, but he

0:32:030:32:08

was right in China in the robbery

with the Prime Minister when he

0:32:080:32:14

accepted that a customs union with

the EU does not prevent us with

0:32:140:32:24

bilateral trade agreements with

China. What assessment has the

0:32:240:32:27

Government made of the comparative

benefits for the UK of being in a

0:32:270:32:31

customs union are not being in a

customs union on trade with

0:32:310:32:36

non-union-mac countries?

As we have a trade deficit with the

0:32:360:32:43

EU which is increasing and at £70

billion, and a trade surplus that is

0:32:430:32:47

growing with the rest of the world,

it is clear that our prospects for

0:32:470:32:52

increased demand, lies with the rest

of the world where smoke

0:32:520:32:56

fastest-growing economies live. Our

future prosperity lies with trade

0:32:560:33:00

both with the EU but with countries

outside of the youth. -- outside of

0:33:000:33:07

the EU.

The UK Scottish and Welsh Government

0:33:070:33:13

have agreed to a set of principles.

We have made progress in talks of

0:33:130:33:20

what future framework should look

like. These have been guided by

0:33:200:33:24

principles agreed in October and a

report GMC. I'm sure it will be

0:33:240:33:32

welcomed the substantial amendments

we have enacted.

0:33:320:33:43

I do indeed welcomed the amendment

to clause 11 that has appeared and I

0:33:430:33:46

am grateful to have this opportunity

to agree with the honourable man.

0:33:460:33:53

Can he ensure the House that Brexit,

far from undermining the devolution

0:33:530:33:59

settlement will in fact lead to a

significant increase in

0:33:590:34:03

decision-making powers in Holyrood

and other devolved administrations

0:34:030:34:08

question mark my honourable friend

is right and I know he has pressed

0:34:080:34:12

us hard on this issue will stop we

are looking at legislative

0:34:120:34:18

frameworks in a small month of areas

and may only be required to review

0:34:180:34:23

specific owners.

With Scotland, it shows that 83 out

0:34:230:34:28

of 107 powers returning to borstals

will go to Edinburgh on exit, and

0:34:280:34:34

was similarly slow to Cardiff and

Belfast.

0:34:340:34:40

It is interesting it took six months

to come up with a single amendment

0:34:400:34:43

to a bill but threatens to destroy

the devolution. Given a question was

0:34:430:34:54

on the mechanisms to agree common

policy, could the Minister clarify

0:34:540:34:58

what the procedure will be if the

bill goes through with the

0:34:580:35:03

Government's chosen amendments to

section 11? Does it still give the

0:35:030:35:13

UK Government the power to impose

those against the devolved nations?

0:35:130:35:22

I congratulate our Scottish

colleagues on their workrate. We are

0:35:220:35:26

seeking consent for the bill and

discussions continue to achieve

0:35:260:35:30

that. The UK has not responsible to

two protect the Common Market and we

0:35:300:35:35

cannot have our abilities restricted

so we do not believe it is right for

0:35:350:35:41

the devolved ministration to have a

veto on those. We have been clear we

0:35:410:35:45

need common frameworks when we leave

the EU to make different businesses

0:35:450:35:49

be able to trade with each other and

the UK to the its UK's International

0:35:490:35:58

relationships.

I hope the criticism of the SNP,

0:35:580:36:07

Scottish Labour Party, the Scottish

Government, the Welsh Government and

0:36:070:36:11

the Parliament of Northern Ireland

for all failing to fall into step

0:36:110:36:14

with the UK Government. The

Government has preferred legislation

0:36:140:36:20

to allow a power grab by Westminster

against the devolved nations will

0:36:200:36:26

stop it looks like a power grab and

reads like a power grab. It is a

0:36:260:36:30

power grab.

I would say it is clear there is not

0:36:300:36:36

a single power the devolved

administration currently have that

0:36:360:36:39

will be taken away or affected by

the bill. We're looking at the

0:36:390:36:44

increasing powers as they from

Brussels to each of the devolved

0:36:440:36:47

administrations. They should all

welcome that.

0:36:470:36:50

Yesterday following the. We cannot

have powers reduced restricted. My

0:36:500:36:59

honourable friend see the irony here

seeing that the SNP are the ones...

0:36:590:37:10

My honourable friend makes an

excellent point. I continue to help

0:37:100:37:13

we will be able to come together in

ensuring the powers of each of the

0:37:130:37:19

devolved administrations are

increased and we can work together

0:37:190:37:21

to secure prosperity of the UK,

Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales

0:37:210:37:25

and England.

Mr Speaker, as the Secretary of

0:37:250:37:33

State explained, we want to ensure

that you could just have the maximum

0:37:330:37:36

freedom to trade within European

markets and allow European produced

0:37:360:37:41

do the same in the UK. We have a

unique opportunities support a

0:37:410:37:44

thriving and self-reliant farming

area. To help protect and give

0:37:440:37:56

stability to farmers as we leave the

EU.

0:37:560:37:59

I thank the Minister for that reply.

One third of British land is

0:37:590:38:03

exported, a lot to EU markets. Well

my honourable friend be able to

0:38:030:38:10

reassure the House about these

markets will continue to have

0:38:100:38:15

friction and tariff free access post

Brexit?

0:38:150:38:17

I will seek to provide about. At the

Mansion House speech, we wanted deep

0:38:170:38:25

and special partnership with the EU

which gives the best trading goes.

0:38:250:38:30

We do not want to see the

introduction of any tariffs are

0:38:300:38:33

quotas and we will want to ensure

open markets for each other's

0:38:330:38:38

products, including agricultural

products. We are confident it is in

0:38:380:38:43

our mutual interests to agree to a

such an agreement.

0:38:430:38:47

Number 17.

We continue to work closely with the

0:38:470:38:53

Department of Health and social care

on delivering a smooth exit that

0:38:530:38:56

works for the health and adult

social care sectors will stop we

0:38:560:39:00

value the huge contribution that EU

nationals make to our public

0:39:000:39:06

services. We will provide them with

certainty about their rights going

0:39:060:39:09

forward.

With likely effects on workforce,

0:39:090:39:19

data-sharing, health research and

drug access, does the Minister not

0:39:190:39:22

agree that there should be a formal

impact assessment of leaving the U

0:39:220:39:26

on the health and social care

sector?

0:39:260:39:30

I should remind her that the latest

figures show there are over 3200

0:39:300:39:36

more EU nationals working in the NHS

than before the referendum result

0:39:360:39:41

and when it comes to formal impact

assessments, they will be produced

0:39:410:39:45

in the normal way in connection with

legislation.

0:39:450:39:54

Mr Speaker, we have been working

closely with our colleagues, the

0:39:540:39:59

marine management organisation is

working with the management, Navy,

0:39:590:40:05

and the inshore fisheries and

conservation authorities and other

0:40:050:40:08

organisations to deliver fisheries

protection and regulation.

0:40:080:40:13

Irrespective of agreement when we

leave the common fisheries policy.

0:40:130:40:17

The remainders and levers are united

over the common fish and piracy. And

0:40:170:40:25

when we leave, we leave the common

fisheries policy the stop on that

0:40:250:40:30

day, the armada of EU trawlers that

have been plundering Britain's

0:40:300:40:34

historic fishing ground since 1973

and not going to be happy that their

0:40:340:40:38

best years are behind them. Will you

ensure the Royal Navy has the wee

0:40:380:40:42

sources it needs to protect our

sovereign waters and ensure the

0:40:420:40:47

rebirth and Renaissance of the

British fishing industry?

0:40:470:40:50

My honourable friend makes an

important point. We do hope to agree

0:40:500:40:59

and reach an agreement and mutual

interest. As it was made clear, we

0:40:590:41:04

are leaving the common fisheries

policy, the UK will regain control

0:41:040:41:09

of our domestic fishing and access

to our waters. With enforcement, we

0:41:090:41:13

will strengthen our surveillance

capability and make sure the

0:41:130:41:16

appropriate capacity is in place to

control our waters and enforce

0:41:160:41:20

regulations as required. This will

be underpinned by a robust approach

0:41:200:41:25

stop.

We got through every question.

0:41:250:41:31

Over recent weeks, the Prime

Minister set out in more detail do

0:41:360:41:39

to keep the lives of our future

partnership with the European Union.

0:41:390:41:43

In Munich, the Prime Minister set

out our clear decided to continue

0:41:430:41:47

working closely. Add Mansion House,

the Prime Minister set a clear path

0:41:470:41:57

towards a conference of future

economic partnership. One that

0:41:570:42:02

recognises our unique starting

point, our shared history and our

0:42:020:42:06

common values. But one that also

respect the result of the referendum

0:42:060:42:09

and ensures that as we leave the EU,

we return control over our money,

0:42:090:42:14

laws and borders to this House. Over

the coming months we will be using

0:42:140:42:18

the negotiations to deliver that.

Is my right honourable friend able

0:42:180:42:24

to reassure the House that following

next week's EU Council meeting, the

0:42:240:42:28

negotiations will be able to move

beyond the transition arrangements?

0:42:280:42:34

We have made significant progress in

a number of areas, on the Internet

0:42:340:42:40

age and period, and while

negotiations are still ongoing, we

0:42:400:42:46

are confident we can reach an

agreement on that next week. Article

0:42:460:42:50

50 is clear that the withdrawal

agreement should be agreed in line

0:42:500:42:54

with a future relationship. We

expect new European Union guidelines

0:42:540:42:59

about our future relationship to be

agreed at the march council as set

0:42:590:43:03

out by the European Union in

December. The Prime Minister set out

0:43:030:43:06

a vision of the breath of the future

in a number of speeches and we hope

0:43:060:43:11

the European Union guidelines will

be flexible to allow the European

0:43:110:43:16

Union to think creatively and

imaginatively about our future

0:43:160:43:18

partnership. I would say to him that

at least half of the effort in the

0:43:180:43:23

last three months has been aimed at

making sure that we get that

0:43:230:43:27

flexible, open and broad guideline

by addressing that very issue to the

0:43:270:43:33

27th who make up the council as well

as of the commission.

0:43:330:43:40

In January last year, the Secretary

of State stood at the dispatch box

0:43:400:43:43

and assure the House, and I quote,

"What we have come up with is the

0:43:430:43:50

idea of a con pensive free-trade

agreement and a copper offensive

0:43:500:43:54

customs agreement that will deliver

the exact same benefits as we have

0:43:540:43:57

now. -- comprehensive". Then the

Prime Minister's Mansion House

0:43:570:44:06

speech downgraded the ambition is to

reduce access to European markets.

0:44:060:44:11

What has the Secretary of State got

to say for himself now?

0:44:110:44:15

I will say two things. Of course, in

a negotiation, you go in with the

0:44:150:44:22

highest possible aspiration.

Incidentally, he should read his own

0:44:220:44:26

policy, which has the same

aspirations. What we are about is

0:44:260:44:30

getting the best possible outcome

for this country and that is what we

0:44:300:44:33

will do.

We will have -- we have had a lot of

0:44:330:44:40

non-answers this morning. In

addition to downgrading the ambition

0:44:400:44:45

for the final deal, the government

are also delaying vital registration

0:44:450:44:47

in this House. We were expecting a

third reading. They have apparently

0:44:470:44:57

been parked until May because of the

government fears losing key votes.

0:44:570:45:01

But there is no sign of other vital

legislation coming down the track.

0:45:010:45:04

This should have been a busy period

in Parliament. General debates on

0:45:040:45:10

the EU are always interesting but

meaningful votes are better. What is

0:45:100:45:13

going on?

I must say, I thought business

0:45:130:45:18

questions going after this. However,

if they continue to try to thwart

0:45:180:45:26

the will of the British people by

blocking votes at every turn, I am

0:45:260:45:31

afraid that is their responsibility.

Does my right honourable friend

0:45:310:45:36

agree with me that remaining in a

customs union after Brexit would

0:45:360:45:39

prevent one of the major

opportunities that leaving the EU

0:45:390:45:45

presents, taking control of our

trade?

0:45:450:45:47

That is exactly right and as my

honourable friend, the Parliamentary

0:45:470:45:53

Secretary, said earlier, this is one

of the great prizes that will come

0:45:530:45:56

out of the departure from the union.

On the issue of the customs union, I

0:45:560:46:01

am rather sorry that the honourable

spokesman for the opposition didn't

0:46:010:46:05

raise that explicitly, because I

know he has this is -- difficulty

0:46:050:46:09

with his own leadership on this

matter. Tony Blair said the

0:46:090:46:15

following on customs union. "The Way

I look at it is that the Labour

0:46:150:46:19

Party position is that they have

pulled up the anchor that they would

0:46:190:46:29

be very unwise to drop anchor at the

customs union because the truth is

0:46:290:46:32

it doesn't really solve your

problems"

0:46:320:46:35

it doesn't really solve your

problems". By the way, it doesn't

0:46:350:46:37

resolve your problems in Northern

Ireland either.

0:46:370:46:41

Vital services for people suffering

domestic violence, hate crime,

0:46:410:46:46

discrimination and Labour

exploitation are funded from the EU

0:46:460:46:51

equality and citizenship programme.

When the consultation eventually

0:46:510:46:54

begins for the UK prosperity fund,

will this programme be part of it?

0:46:540:47:02

I have had extensive discussions

with my honourable friend the

0:47:020:47:05

Secretary of State for communities

on the prosperity fund, I will take

0:47:050:47:08

up the points with him.

Last weekend, the Secretary of State

0:47:080:47:16

for DEFRA released a joint statement

on the future of fisheries post

0:47:160:47:21

Brexit. Does my right honourable

friend agree with them that the UK

0:47:210:47:25

must on the 29th of March next year

leave the Common Fisheries Policy,

0:47:250:47:30

which means the UK will decide

annually who catches what, where,

0:47:300:47:35

when, in our exclusive economic

zone?

0:47:350:47:38

My honourable friend has become a

relentless champion of this cause of

0:47:380:47:41

fisheries. He is an undoubted

champion of his constituents and the

0:47:410:47:47

fishing cause more widely. The

government shares his impatience to

0:47:470:47:52

leave the Common Fisheries Policy.

The view of the House has been made

0:47:520:47:57

clear today. We will take that in

patients to leave forward to our

0:47:570:48:01

negotiations. As an independent

coastal state, we will have control

0:48:010:48:04

of our exclusive economic zone, we

will be responsible for the

0:48:040:48:10

management of natural marine

resources in this area and we will

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manage access to UK waters.

In the government document released

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by the Brexit Select Committee last

week, it stated that the business

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department is coordinating analysis

of the impacts of a potential loss

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of a 48-hour working week. Why is

the government seeking to use Brexit

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as an excuse to steelworkers'

rights?

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We have been very clear from the

start that we will be protecting all

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workers' rights.

Leaving the common agricultural

0:48:420:48:47

policy gives the farming industry

and historic opportunity to take

0:48:470:48:50

back control of our farming policies

but does my right honourable friend

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agree with me that it is essential

that we protect the interests of the

0:48:540:48:57

family farmer, as in my farming

constituency in Brecon and

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Radnorshire, by continuing direct

payment of subsidies?

0:49:020:49:07

The government recognises the

importance of supporting smaller

0:49:070:49:10

farms, including family farms, as we

leave the common agricultural

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policy. Our consultation paper sets

out our detailed proposals for a

0:49:150:49:18

gradual transition in which we

continue direct payments while

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applying reductions. For example,

starting with those receiving the

0:49:210:49:26

highest payments. The government is

currently seeking views on these

0:49:260:49:30

proposals and is inviting all those

affected to contribute to the

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discussion. I hope my honourable

friend will ask his constituents to

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play their part.

The Minister talking about Northern

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Ireland earlier made a very

significant statement when she said

0:49:410:49:43

that the report by Mr Lars Karlsson

did not meet the government's test

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of no physical border

infrastructure. Could the Secretary

0:49:510:49:55

of State repeat that statement and

say in his roots it doesn't need

0:49:550:49:59

that test either?

I will certainly say it is not meet

0:49:590:50:06

all our criteria. We want to

maintain no physical structures at

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the border and no visible border. I

will remind him, however, that the

0:50:100:50:17

border does exist as a financial

border. There are different fiscal,

0:50:170:50:24

excise policies north and south of

the border and we have to manage

0:50:240:50:26

that now. If we do it without the

border being visible, we will do

0:50:260:50:30

that in the future.

When we leave the single market, we

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will also leave the passport

anguishing. What steps are being

0:50:360:50:39

taken to discuss successor results?

We are working closely with the

0:50:390:50:48

Treasury to prepare for the

ambitious arrangement on financial

0:50:480:50:50

services. The Prime Minister

indicated that in his Mansion House

0:50:500:50:55

speech and we are very clear that it

should be interests of the UK and

0:50:550:50:58

the EU to reach agreement in this

area, not least to protect the

0:50:580:51:02

financial stability of Europe.

We very much welcome the Secretary

0:51:020:51:07

of State's answer just now. It would

be helpful to understand if all the

0:51:070:51:12

government's requirements can be met

without any infrastructure

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whatsoever. Last night, my

honourable friend made a generous

0:51:140:51:19

offer to take him to the Irish

border to see for himself how it

0:51:190:51:24

works now. I actually support her in

that offer. Will he join us in a

0:51:240:51:28

visit to see how it works?

I won't take the offer, I'm afraid,

0:51:280:51:33

but I will say this, the purpose of

a visit before the Belfast agreement

0:51:330:51:46

was to look at the issue of

smuggling. So this is an important

0:51:460:51:55

issue. When Martin McGuinness was

alive, the last conversation I had

0:51:550:52:01

with him was about that, and the

simple truth is, this border issue

0:52:010:52:08

is resolvable if we have a free

trade agreement and if we have a

0:52:080:52:13

customs agreement. It is resolvable

by technical means as well.

0:52:130:52:19

Can I applaud the government's

sensible decision in terms of

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expressing an intention to remain

part of the European aviation safety

0:52:230:52:27

agency post Brexit. Can we expect

similar discussions around open

0:52:270:52:31

skies?

He can expect similar discussions

0:52:310:52:37

around open skies and I was

reassured that President Tusk, in

0:52:370:52:43

his remarks, mentioned aviation is

one of the key things he wishes to

0:52:430:52:45

address.

There are seven Everest Beluga

0:52:450:52:51

flights every day between Hamburg

and Toulouse and Chester and that

0:52:510:52:55

obligated supply chain is going to

be put at risk unless we get

0:52:550:52:59

regulatory certainty soon. When will

we get that detailed regulatory

0:52:590:53:02

certainty?

This is why we wish to move quickly

0:53:020:53:07

to agree on in the limitation period

and to discuss our future economic

0:53:070:53:11

partnership. As we have said, we

hope to be in a position to give

0:53:110:53:15

certainty on a future relationship

by the time we get to October.

0:53:150:53:18

I have to confess that... Don't have

many fishermen in the community. But

0:53:180:53:32

the important matter is the

fisheries and agricultural policies

0:53:320:53:37

of the European Union. Will the

Secretary of State confirmed that

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the country of Norway has complete

control over its agriculture and

0:53:400:53:43

fisheries policy as a member of the

EEA and a successful member of the

0:53:430:53:49

single market?

Yes, but they are a rule taken up

0:53:490:53:55

with an economy substantially

different to our own and they are

0:53:550:53:58

outside the customs union. I think

we just need to make sure that we

0:53:580:54:01

follow a path which suits our

economy and that is the path set out

0:54:010:54:05

by the Prime Minister.

On what they were officials first

0:54:050:54:13

instructed to begin drafting

amendments to clause 11 of the

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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill?

We have been working on clause 11

0:54:160:54:22

for some weeks and months. We have

been discussing our approach with

0:54:220:54:28

the devolved administrations. It was

always our ambition to achieve

0:54:280:54:32

agreement with the devolved

administrations.

0:54:320:54:35

Last week I met with the chief

Executive of the land Cumber chamber

0:54:350:54:38

of commerce and he expressed support

for the concept of exploring

0:54:380:54:47

Freeport speakers for the Humber

port. -- Freeport status. Is this

0:54:470:54:55

something we could have post Brexit?

While it is a very interesting

0:54:550:55:08

opportunity that flows from taking

control of our trade policy, it is

0:55:080:55:12

one of many options the government

is considering.

0:55:120:55:16

Can I ask the Secretary of State

directly, has he seen this

0:55:160:55:20

investigation from the business,

energy and industry Department that

0:55:200:55:26

apparently shows the disastrous

effect that Brexit will have on

0:55:260:55:29

manufacturing all over the country,

particularly in the North? Has he

0:55:290:55:36

seen it and is he colluding with

keeping a private?

0:55:360:55:41

What is he talking about? I don't

recognise the document he is talking

0:55:410:55:45

about.

On the issue of our fishing waters,

0:55:450:55:51

when we leave the European Union,

will my right honourable friend

0:55:510:55:56

confirm that it is going to be our

policy to control our fishing waters

0:55:560:56:00

and not give free and unfettered

access as is demanded currently by

0:56:000:56:04

the European Union?

As I think we have said, we will be

0:56:040:56:11

leaving the common fisheries policy

and taking control of our waters. I

0:56:110:56:14

think that they do wish to have

access to European markets and I

0:56:140:56:21

think we need to approach the

fisheries negotiation in the same

0:56:210:56:25

constructive spirit as other parts

of our negotiation.

0:56:250:56:34

Will the Government may get its

policy to fully implement the

0:56:340:56:36

International code of marketing

substitutes to following Brexit to

0:56:360:56:43

protect our most vulnerable

companies?

Didn't quite hear the

0:56:430:56:49

full detail of the question, but I

spoke at a conference earlier this

0:56:490:56:54

week to show how we are going to put

consumer rights as part of our

0:56:540:56:57

approach to Brexit.

Does the

promotion of leaker in chief and

0:56:570:57:12

Brexit phobic marten Selmeyer hinder

our progress, Michael Dawson is at

0:57:120:57:22

all?

As a matter of diplomatic

policy, we never comment on internal

0:57:220:57:31

operations of other governments.

As

we all know, in 379 days, we will

0:57:310:57:39

leave this dreadful European Union

superstate, but what you might not

0:57:390:57:42

know was that it will also mark the

end of the Secretary of State's

0:57:420:57:46

grand tour of Europe. And he is in a

unique position to advise the

0:57:460:57:53

British people what countries like

ours and what countries do not, so

0:57:530:57:57

we know what countries to go to

after we leave. Could the Secretary

0:57:570:58:01

of State tell us the answer?

I am

very tempted to give a list of the

0:58:010:58:07

last three weeks, which would take

about five minutes. One of the

0:58:070:58:11

things that has struck me throughout

talking to all of our European

0:58:110:58:14

opposite numbers is to make things.

One, most of them are sad we are

0:58:140:58:20

going. And two, they all want a

strong future relationship and wants

0:58:200:58:26

to remain our friends and allies,

which is what we will deliver.

Just

0:58:260:58:31

before we come to the business

question, I have to notify the House

0:58:310:58:35

in accordance with the Royal assent

Act 1967 that Her Majesty has

0:58:350:58:40

signified her royal assent to the

following acts. Finance Act, 2018.

0:58:400:58:46

Supply and appropriation brackets

anticipation and adjustments close

0:58:460:58:55

brackets 2018. Space industry Act

2018. City of

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