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 Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 12:39 pm, 24th January 2017

The Bill should be brief and the outcome simple; that is a point of principle. Is the Secretary of State aware that if the Opposition parties combine to constrain the Government’s negotiating hand—for instance by insisting on staying in the single market, which would mean effectively remaining in the EU—many of us believe that we should have an immediate general election and put the matter to the people? That might concentrate the minds of those in the Labour party.