Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Natascha Engel Natascha Engel Deputy Speaker (Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means) 8:45 pm, 6th February 2017

Before I answer the hon. Gentleman’s point of order, I should say that any further points of order will bite into the next group of amendments.

The Chairs, the Temporary Chairs and the Clerks spent a long time looking at every amendment in detail over three days, and we decided that we would put the lead new clause to a Division today and then move on to the second group. I also just want to take this opportunity to say that the Committee will vote on the issue of EU nationals on Wednesday. It is not for the Chair to explain why a decision has been taken. It has been taken, and there will be no explanation of it.