European Communities (Amendment) Bill (Programme) (No. 2)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:36 pm on 11th July 2001.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 3:36 pm, 11th July 2001

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way. He is addressing the House with that combination of charm and understatement for which he is renowned in all parts of it. Does he agree that there can never be any justification in any circumstances for the abandonment of self-government by legislative default and by what amounts to parliamentary truancy from the Government Benches?