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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 James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk 12:50 pm, 29th March 2017

Today, we are embarking on a journey that is undoubtedly motivated in part by a desire to control immigration, but is not the reality that as we sit here, the public services and economy in entire swaths of our country are dependent on very hard-working EU migrants just to function? Does the Prime Minister agree that in seeking to control immigration, many people in this country want to see it at significantly lower levels? Does she also agree that in practice that will not be possible until such time as we reform our welfare state and education system so that we can replace our reliance on foreign labour with more use of local talent?