European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill DebateFull Debate: Read Full Debate
Joseph JohnsonMP Main Page: Joseph Johnson (Conservative - Orpington)
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(8 months, 3 weeks ago)Commons Chamber
Obviously I have a vision of this country having a very close friendship and partnership with the EU, but also being able to engage in free trade deals around the world. I think that those objectives are compatible, and I think that the way in which they can be made compatible is evident in this great new deal that we have done, but it is of course open to the hon. Lady to work with us to take it forward.
I give way with pleasure to the right hon. Member for Orpington. [Laughter.]
I thank my right hon. Friend and brother very much for what he has said. He has worked tirelessly in that sphere himself. I know how much he values such co-operation, as, indeed, I know how much Members throughout the House value it. We will protect, preserve and enhance it, and, as I have said, Members throughout the House will be involved in that process, but, as I have also said, under clause 31 Parliament is given a clear role.