The lawyer who recently negotiated Canada’s trade deal with the EU has ridiculed Jacob Rees’ Mogg claims about the benefits of a hard Brexit.
Christophe Bondy, who was the senior counsel to Canada on the CETA negotiations, couldn’t contain his contempt for Rees-Mogg’s bid to take Britain out of the Single Market and Customs Union during an interview with Sky News today.
Bondy didn’t mention Rees-Mogg by name but made reference to an exchange with an MP during his appearance in front of the Commons Brexit committee on Wednesday.
“I heard an MP on Wednesday say: ‘Well, one of the reasons to trade outside of the Common Market – to enter into trade deals – is that we’ll have access to cheaper tropical fruit.’
“I sat there thinking to myself: Is it better for the UK economy to have access to cheap tropical fruit or to have unhindered access to the EU market?”
A quick check of the record of Wednesday’s committee hearing shows Bondy is referring to this exchange in which Rees-Mogg:
Rees-Mogg’s made the choice in the next phase of Brexit negotiations very clear.
It’s workers’ rights, food and environmental standards, freedom of movement and tariff-free trade with our neighbours that maintains more than million jobs or a couple of pence off the price of oranges.
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