JOHN Humphrys clashed savagely with Theresa May's top ally this morning when the latter attempted to justify the withdrawal deal as a means of making future trade deals with non-EU nations.
They fought over a clip of Andrew Cahn, former director of UK Trade and Investment, explaining that a trade deal with the US under the current deal would not be feasible. Mr Cahn said that, due to the enormous trading limitations imposed on the UK during the transition period, no tenable trading agreements could be made.
David Lidington MP responded on BBC' radio: “I don’t think it was terribly unexpected really.
“I think Andrew Cahn in the clip you just played pointed to the fact that we can go ahead - even in the transitional period we can negotiate trade agreements with the US or any other country around the world.”
The MP for Aylesbury confusingly continued: “There’s delay over what you can implement whilst the transitional arrangements are in place, but those arrangements are temporary.
“He said it wouldn’t cover the things we want to send to America, many of our products, so in the end - and I’m quoting him verbatim - there just wouldn’t be a deal.”