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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:48 pm on 22nd February 2016.

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Photo of Peter Grant Peter Grant Scottish National Party, Glenrothes 3:48 pm, 22nd February 2016

While the referendum campaign is in progress in the United Kingdom, Europe will continue to host and witness the worst humanitarian crisis we have seen in the past 70 years. Last summer, shameful attempts were made in the media and elsewhere to link that crisis to our membership of the European Union. Will the Prime Minister give us an assurance that whatever happens in the Mediterranean over the next three months, the United Kingdom’s response will be based solely on humanitarian necessity and will not be influenced by how it might impact on the referendum campaign?