2nd Day

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:50 pm on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 3:50 pm, 11th September 2017

My hon. Friend and I rarely agree totally on European matters, but I actually agree with him that we need a practical Bill, not a policy Bill, that enables us to have a smooth transition. Would he therefore not agree that the whole issue under debate could be solved if the Government agreed to amend the Bill so that they gave themselves only the powers the Secretary of State explained to us yesterday that he requires, and so that it achieves only the ambitions that his letter to all MPs set out? Surely no one would miss the rather sweeping powers in clauses 7, 9 and so on if they were removed, because the Government express no intention of using them in the way everybody fears.