Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 5:15 pm, 6th February 2017

I do not. I will put my cards on the table: I was on the remain side, but I am a democrat, so I accept the result. As a participant, I listened closely to the arguments in the referendum campaign and when David Cameron, then Prime Minister, and my right hon. Friend Mr Osborne, then Chancellor, were leading the remain campaign, they were clear that if the country voted to leave the European Union, we would leave the single market. Both David Cameron and my right hon. Friend the Member for Tatton thought, erroneously as it turned out, that that argument would be the slam dunk. They thought that the British people would see that being in the single market was absolutely critical and therefore would vote to remain in the European Union.