30 January 2019
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown calls on the Opposition to back a UK free trade policy post-Brexit

Speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown outlines the choice between remaining in the customs union or a fully functioning UK trade policy and calls on the Opposition leader to accept the will of the British people and back a free trade policy.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con)

Q11. There is a clear choice between remaining in the customs union or a fully functioning independent UK trade policy. Does my right hon. Friend think it is time that the Leader of the Opposition altered his red lines—repeated twice in this question time—accepts the will of the British people and allows businesses to thrive in a post-Brexit world by having a free trade policy? [908909]

The Prime Minister

My hon. Friend is absolutely right about what we are aiming to ensure that we get from leaving the EU, which is the ability to have that independent trade policy. That is so important for us as we leave the EU. Yes, I want to have a good trade relationship with the EU, but I also want to ensure that we are able to have an independent trade policy and have trade deals around the world. This country should be a champion for free trade around the world. That is the way not only to enhance our economy and prosperity and to bring jobs to this country, but to benefit countries around the world, including some of the countries whose economies need to be helped and improved. Some of the poorest people in the world would be helped by those trade arrangements. That is what we are going to deliver and that is our commitment to the British people and, as my hon. Friend says, it delivers on the result of the referendum.