SNP MP torn apart in brutal Japan Brexit deal slap down: ‘Scottish Whiskey is protected!’

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SNP MP Stewart Hosie was torn apart by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss who lambasted the MP for labelling £50billion a “small gain”.

Liz Truss launched an attack on the SNP in a furious Commons row when Mr Hosie insisted that the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal Japan would not help the UK accede the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The Cabinet minister explained that with the deal, Scottish whiskey will be protected.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Hosie said: “The Secretary of state will want to confirm that even with that if all goes according to plan, in GDP terms this deal will be worth less than one-tenth of one percent of UK GDP; barely denting the losses anticipated from Brexit.

“The elephant in the room is the UK’s state of intention to breach international law and break legally binding treaties.

“And that’s important because the Japan deal is primarily significant to pave the way for CPTPP accession.”

He added: “Would it not be better to win the big prize of CPTPP accession if the secretary of state stood up today and announced the withdrawal of the internal market side rather than boasting about very small gains in this Japan deal?”

But Ms Truss hit back: “I think it’s only the SNP who could say that £50billion of extra trade is insignificant.

“This Japan deal isn’t just economically in itself.

“It is important as he talked about for accession to TPP, a trade area worth £110billion and that is vitally important.

“One of the key things we’ve secured is strong agreement from the Japanese acceed to TPP.

“I hope the honourable gentleman is also pleased by the extra protection we’ve secured for scotch whiskey because there have been issues in Japan and the Japanese government have agreed to work with us and the industry in the development of support mechanisms for locked codes on wines and spirits meaning Scottish whiskey will be even better protected in the Japan market.”

Labour MP Cat Smith added: “Once the details of this trade deal are published, the Japanese parliament will get the opportunity to debate and vote on this. Can (Ms Truss) be very clear about whether or not parliamentarians in this Parliament, in both Houses, will get the same rights as their Japanese colleagues?”

Ms Truss said: “So once we have the fully legally scrubbed deal, that will go to the International Trade Select Committee on a confidential basis for them to be able to analyse it.

“We will also undertake independent analysis on the key points outlined earlier – environmental impact, social impact, impact on animal welfare standards – that will then be debated by Parliament and through the CRAG process, if Parliament is not happy, Parliament will be able to not ratify that deal.”

Ms Truss said in her opening statement that the UK-Japan trade deal goes “faster and further” than the EU’s deal with Japan.

She noted: “The UK-Japan comprehensive economic partnership agreement is a major moment in our national history.

“It shows that economic powerhouses like Japan want ambitious deals with the UK and it shows the UK can succeed as an independent trading nation.

“It shows that we can strike deals that go faster and further than the EU.”

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