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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:11 am on 26th January 2017.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham East 11:11 am, 26th January 2017

Does it not beggar belief that the Government are so afraid of proper debate that they have allocated only a pathetic three days to the Committee on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill? That is less time than we had on the Lisbon treaty, on the Amsterdam treaty or on the Single European Act, and a tiny fraction—an eighth—of the time we had on the Maastricht treaty. Does it not speak volumes about the deficiency of the Government’s plan that they are trying to gag Parliament in that way?