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Part of European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:43 pm on 1st February 2017.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk 4:43 pm, 1st February 2017

The local paper did speculate on this matter, and when asked about my wife’s views, I said, “Well, she is my father-in-law’s daughter”—[Interruption.] Not just in biology and spirit, obviously. On the morning after the referendum, I purchased her a bottle of champagne and congratulated her as she was on the winning side.

Yes, we do have to unite, and we have to show a positive and open spirit in our negotiations with Europe. We have to have a deal that is in its interests too, and that is why this is about openness, free trade and a positive Brexit. We can and should all get behind that, and we do that by voting for this Bill tonight.