Greg questions the Prime Minister over trade policy implications of the Withdrawal Agreement

22nd November 2018

Greg Hands (MP for Chelsea and Fulham): The Prime Minister mentioned that there is an explicit and welcome reference in the document to the UK pursuing an independent trade policy, including the ability to sign new trade deals with the rest of the world. Does that include specifically the ability to conclude free trade agreements?

The Prime Minister, Theresa May: Yes. We will have the opportunity to conclude free trade agreements with countries around the rest of the world. As I hope my right hon. Friend sees, this aspect has been inserted in the full political declaration to make absolutely clear that we will have an independent trade policy.