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Once again I sought clarification on how the UK Government will know what is being transported between the different parts of the UK and countries outside of our borders when we leave the Customs Union and Single Market.

The Prime Minister gave a short and unhelpful answer just asserting that you don’t need a Customs Union or Single Market. But this fails to take into account British businesses need to know if items coming into the UK meet our standards or how products leaving the UK to our EU neighbours meet their standards once we leave. Once again we have muddled thinking from the UK Government.

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On Wednesday, I asked the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP, about the future of the steel industry.

When the Prime Minister visited the Indian Government we learnt that she failed to raise steel. As Tata, the Indian based company, is the company responsible for the steel works in Shotton it beggars belief that she did not think it necessary to ask the Indian Prime Minister, or any of his Ministries about how we can go forward and secure the thousands of jobs in the vital steel industry.

I asked the Secretary of State what steps he will take in the near future when he meets trade unions representing the steel industry to discuss the impact of the loss of single market access. Losing access to the single market will see our industry being hit with tariffs, making steel production become more expensive in the UK and threatening jobs.

The Secretary of State changed the subject of the question to discuss the cost of energy to this sector. As important as this is, under the current circumstances the costs imposed through losing access to the single market will be far more damaging. I was disturbed that the Government did not seem to have an answer to my specific question. I will continue to raise the steel industry within parliament until we get a plan that secures jobs for the long-term.