MPs begin line-by-line debate on EU withdrawal bill – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including MPs debating and voting on the first day of the EU withdrawal bill’s committee stage

One of the highlights of the debate so far was this exchange between two Labour MPs, the pro-leave Frank Field and the pro-remain Hilary Benn. Proposing his amendment, NC49, Field said he had never bought a house “without having in the contract the date when it’s mine”.

Benn, son of the late Labour cabinet minister and sometime hereditary peer Tony Benn, intervened, saying:

I think his analogy about buying a house falls down at the first hurdle, because nobody commits to a date to buy a house before they know what it is that they’re buying.

As my right honourable friend was kind to me about the house analogy, I’ve always bought my houses, never inherited them.

Turning away from the debate for a moment, my colleague Dan Roberts has been covering the business select committee hearing with the motor industry. He has posted these on Twitter.

Honda UK telling MPs it imports 2 million components a day from Europe on 350 trucks and holds 1 hours worth of stock. It would take 18 months to put customs admin in place but every 15 minutes of delay would cost £850,000 a hour. That’s not including WTO tariffs of 10% and 4.5%.

Oh, and if there’s a divergence in regulatory standards, Honda UK cites research showing cost of converting a EU car to match US standards is equivalent to another 26% tariff increase. 40% of extra workers hired to build new Civic at Swindon were EU workers, 30% at Bracknell HQ.

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