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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 Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Labour, Streatham 11:11 am, 26th January 2017

The late Lord Hailsham, a former Conservative Lord Chancellor, described government in this country as an “elective dictatorship”. This Government seem determined to prove him right with their timetabling of the EU withdrawal Bill. Whether Lord Hailsham was right or wrong, it was in the name of democracy that people campaigned for us to leave the European Union, so I repeat the question asked by my hon. Friend Chris Leslie: why are this Government trying to muzzle the voices of people in Parliament with their timetabling of the Bill?