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Part of European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:47 pm on 1st February 2017.

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Photo of David Jones David Jones Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union) 6:47 pm, 1st February 2017

Given the time I have available, I will not give way; I hope the hon. Gentleman will forgive me.

A number of themes that I would like to touch on emerged in the debate. The first is the referendum itself. Parliament voted overwhelmingly to put this historic question to the people, and we must trust the people’s decision. There must be no attempt to remain inside the EU, no attempt to rejoin it through the back door and no second referendum, as a few hon. Members have urged. This country has voted to leave the European Union, and it is the duty of the Government and of this House to make sure we do precisely that.