Sir Julian Lewis: May I ask the Secretary of State to underline a point that I think she briefly made just now, which is that a welcome difference between the late – and not very much lamented – EU and the CPTPP is that the latter has no ambitions to create a politically unified superstate?
[The Secretary of State for Business and Trade (Kemi Badenoch): I wholeheartedly endorse my right hon. Friend’s comments. He is correct: this is purely a trade deal. I did not have the opportunity to say so in answer to the hon. Member for Gordon (Richard Thomson) earlier, but to call this a “low standards agreement” is to forget its genesis. This deal was signed by the US, when it was called the trans-Pacific partnership, in 2016. The person who did not want it was President Donald Trump, so it is interesting to find that the hon. Gentleman and President Trump both disagree with the benefits of this deal – he is in interesting company. This deal is about the future of global trade and, as my right hon. Friend has just said, it is exactly the sort of deal we should be doing, rather than more political integration with other countries.]