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Volume 649: debated on Monday 12 November 2018

EU Customs Union and Draft Withdrawal Agreement: Cost

The following is an extract from proceedings on an urgent question on EU Customs Union and Draft Withdrawal Agreement: Cost on 22 October 2018.

The Minister has been asked five times to identify the figures for unemployment if we leave the customs union, so let us make it easier for him: will unemployment go up or will it go down?

What I can say is that unemployment in this country is at a record low, demonstrating the coherence of this Government’s economic policy.

[Official Report, 22 October 2018, Vol. 648, c. 32.]

Letter of correction from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury:

An error has been identified in my response to the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray).

The correct response should have been:

What I can say is that the unemployment rate in this country is the lowest since 1975, demonstrating the coherence of this Government’s economic policy.