Sir Nicholas Soames question to the Prime Minister on leaving the EU

Statement by the Prime Minister on leaving the EU

House of Commons

Tuesday, 14th January 2019

Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) (Con)

Will my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister reconfirm to the House that whatever the future trading relationship that the United Kingdom wishes to have with the European Union, the withdrawal agreement is clearly absolutely necessary to securing it?

The Prime Minister (Mrs Theresa May)

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. The point is that there are two issues: how we leave the European Union and what our future relationship will be. Any trade agreement that we would wish to agree with the European Union will require us to have agreed the details of the withdrawal agreement. As I have said previously, any withdrawal agreement will include a backstop.