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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:43 pm on 14th March 2017.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 12:43 pm, 14th March 2017

Is it not clear from the European negotiations that a lot of the detail will not be finalised until the end of the process, and therefore that the timetable set out yesterday by the First Minister for a premature second independence referendum is an excuse, not a reason? Should we not listen to Alex Salmond, who referred to the last independence referendum as a “once in a generation opportunity”?