Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 8:00 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull 8:00 pm, 6th February 2017

I understand what my hon. Friend is saying about her constituency surgeries. I have had a similar experience and it is deeply upsetting in many respects, but will she join me in reflecting that the EU and Chancellor Merkel could have come to a deal on this earlier? The reality is that they have point-blank refused to discuss it before we trigger article 50.