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 Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Labour, Wolverhampton South East 12:50 pm, 29th March 2017

I remind the Prime Minister that defence is about more than weapons; it is about values and collective solidarity.

There are two kinds of future stemming from the process triggered today. The first is that we spend two years desperately trying to secure, in the Secretary of State’s words,

“the exact same benefits as we have”,—[Official Report, 24 January 2017;
Vol. 620, c. 169.]

while gaining control of immigration, which, as Ministers have suggested, may make little difference to the numbers. In which case, people will ask, “What is the point?” Or there is another future where we crash without an agreement, defaulting to WTO rules with all that would mean for industry, agriculture and services. In which case, people will ask, “What is the price?” So which future does she think is the more likely: “what is the point” or “what is the price”?