Article 50

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:50 pm on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Conservative, North East Bedfordshire 12:50 pm, 29th March 2017

Like millions of others in the United Kingdom, I am proud of the European Union and the contribution that the UK has made to it during my political lifetime, and I am a little sad about today. However, I stand unequivocally with the Prime Minister as she calls for a united approach to a new future. Does my right hon. Friend therefore agree that in order to make that national endeavour meaningful, her door and those of her Ministers should always be open to all parties in the House, from all sides of the discussion, because a new script for the relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom should be written as much by those who value the EU as by those who campaigned to leave it?