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[2nd day]

Part of European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 1st February 2017.

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[Relevant document: First Report from the Committee on Exiting the European Union, The process for exiting the European Union and the Government’s negotiating objectives, HC 815.]

Second Reading

Debate resumed (Order, 31 January).

Question proposed (31 January), That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Amendment proposed (31 January): to leave out from “That” to the end of the Question and add

“this House declines to give a Second Reading to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill as the Government has set out no provision for effective consultation with the devolved administrations on implementing Article 50, has yet to publish a White Paper detailing the Government's policy proposals, has refused to give a guarantee on the position of EU nationals in the UK, has left unanswered a range of detailed questions covering many policy areas about the full implications of withdrawal from the single market and has provided no assurance that a future parliamentary vote will be anything other than irrelevant, as withdrawal from the European Union follows two years after the invoking of Article 50 if agreement is not reached in the forthcoming negotiations, unless they are prolonged by unanimity.”—(Stephen Gethins.)

Question again proposed, That the amendment be made.