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Dominic Raab MP tells MPs of plans for a 'Global Britain'

3 February 2020


Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, made a statement to the House of Commons on the Government's proposals for a 'Global Britain'.

Following the Prime Minister's written statement, released earlier on UK/EU relations, the Government's plans for 'Global Britain' have been released. 

The proposals outlines Britain's future place in the world, including details of potential trade routes post-Brexit and our relationship with the EU after the transition period.

Dominic Raab: "a new chapter"

Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, told the House that the 'Global Britain' proposal had three pillars: Britain as an ally in Europe, Britain as a "champion" of free trade, and Britain as a "force for good" in the world.

Mr Raab told MPs that the transition period, during which the UK remains in both the EU customs union and single market, will not be extended. He stated that the Government would seek a free trade agreement similar to the one recently agreed between the EU and Canada or continue to trade with the EU in a manner similar to Australia.

He also said that the UK would seek free trade deals with countries such as the United States. 

The Foreign Minister concluded:

"Let us join together and embrace a new chapter for our country. Let's move forward united and unleash the enormous potential of the British people."

Paul Blomfield: "open and accountable"

Responding on behalf of the Opposition, Paul Blomfield, Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union) told the House that the Government's proposals for the UK's new relationship with the EU were driven less by a desire to get the best economic deal, than by an "ideological commitment to break with the European social model". 

Mr Blomfield stated that negotiations must be conducted in an "open and accountable way", referencing the Government's decision to ban certain journalists from 10 Downing Street earlier today, and the fact that Mr Speaker's role in providing accountability was "stripped" from the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

He said that, according to the Government's own analysis, a Canada-style deal would lead to a 6.7 per cent reduction in GDP and a WTO Brexit a 9.3 per cent reduction.

The Shadow Minister told MPs:

"We can either form a new and close relationship with our biggest trading partners, or we can open the door to lower our standards with the damaging trade deal with Donald Trump."

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