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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 Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South 11:11 am, 26th January 2017

The Leader of the House and I were both first elected in 1992, and he will recall the many, many days we spent on the Maastricht treaty. Will he tell the House how much consideration he has given to previous debates on such matters, not only in ’92 but in the 1970s, when we joined the European Union? What discussions were there at that time and what consideration was given to what the Opposition parties said then, compared with now?