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 Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham East 12:39 pm, 24th January 2017

The Secretary of State can see the phenomenal interest in the House in this issue, and he should not be afraid of scrutiny. My hon. Friend Helen Goodman asked how many days he would commit to proper scrutiny on the Floor of the House of all the issues surrounding article 50. Can he accept that this Bill is more important than the Bills on the Lisbon treaty and the Maastricht treaty, and that any attempt to curtail the opportunities for this House to scrutinise the issues would betray the Government’s fear of proper debate?