MP FOR South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe, rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask a question on the Irish border.
Stephen Metcalfe: Anyone with any business experience knows that complex and sensitive negotiations are not best conducted in public or with the input of those who may want an entirely different outcome to the purpose of those negotiations. Anyone claiming otherwise is in my view motivated by a desire to undermine Brexit rather than a desire for greater detail.
James Duddridge Chair, High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons) , The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
“I know it to be true because, before my hon. Friend came to this House, I had to negotiate the cost of my printing requirements at elections, and I know that he is a very canny negotiator who knows all the tricks. I listen to him carefully when he says what happens in business negotiations. I have great respect for his position.