Article 50

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:39 pm on 24th January 2017.

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Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Conservative, North East Bedfordshire 12:39 pm, 24th January 2017

As one who campaigned to remain in the European Union, I welcome the decision of the Court today, which gives me the opportunity to say that I accept the result of the referendum and I will vote for the Bill triggering article 50. Let me also say, at the risk of repetition, that it would help still further the authority of the House, and the authority with which the Prime Minister goes into the negotiations, if the Secretary of State would take on board the unanimous view of the Select Committee, and the view expressed by the Chairman of the Select Committee and others, that the way in which the Prime Minister set out the plan, with her clarity of expression, is only enhanced, and the work of the House, which is endorsed by the Supreme Court judgment, is equally enhanced by the publication of a White Paper, with the opportunity to debate and cover a number of things that the Bill cannot itself cover.