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Leaving the UK: Human Rights

Volume 622: debated on Tuesday 7 March 2017

Human rights have been protected in the UK since long before our membership of the EU, and leaving the EU will not change that.

What assurances can the Minister give that any future trade deal that is agreed by the UK Government and the EU during negotiations will contain a commitment to human rights?

As the hon. Gentleman will know, the Joint Committee on Human Rights is looking at that issue. The Department for International Trade has given evidence on this, saying that it is constructing its approach to such agreements at the moment. This country has always been a strong supporter of human rights, and I cannot see that changing.