Leslie – International Trade Minister couldn’t provide any evidence new trade deals will make up for lost EU trade

The parliamentary International Trade Committee today put questions to Greg Hands MP, a minister from the Department for International Trade. It follows today’s publication of a report by the International Trade Committee analysing the Government’s efforts to ‘roll over’ the existing trade deals from which the UK currently benefits as an EU member state.

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, member of the International Trade Committee and leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The UK risks losing so many crucial trade deals if we crash out of the Single Market and the Customs Union. The report by the International Trade Committee is putting it mildly when it says that Government policy ‘may be failing’. And the International Trade Minister today couldn’t provide any evidence that new trade deals will come close to making up for lost trade with the EU.

“The report is also clear and unequivocal that the best way to avoid a return to a hard border in Northern Ireland is to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union.

“If the cost of Brexit is losing our existing trade deals from which we benefit as an EU member state, and undermining the peace process in Northern Ireland, then everyone is entitled to ask whether Brexit is the right path for the country.”

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Notes to editors:

The full report by the International Trade Committee can be read here.