EU Negotiations

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The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union updated Parliament on the negotiations that have taken place during the summer recess. I asked him about how the chaotic and shambolic way the negotiations were impacting on economic growth.

Stephen Kinnock: The Secretary of State will have noted that the United Kingdom registered the lowest rate of economic growth in the entire European Union in the first quarter of this year. Does he think that the chaotic and shambolic way these negotiations are going may have contributed to that level of growth?

David Davis: I am lost for words as to where to start on the logical impossibilities. First, I do not recognise the hon. Gentleman’s economic numbers. We have a country that has had sharp increases in exports and sharp increases in manufacturing. Vast numbers of good things are happening on the economic front, including the highest employment ever and the lowest unemployment for 42 years. So I simply do not recognise his rather interesting barb.