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2nd Day

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:45 pm on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 4:45 pm, 11th September 2017

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that there have been a lot of arguments in the past about Henry VIII powers and about the Executive taking power away from Parliament, and that it has all steadily gone in one direction? The danger now is not only the consequences of this Bill and of the details of Brexit, but that if the House does not challenge this Bill and change it, it will be quoted as a precedent for years to come. I have no doubt that if the Labour party ever gets back into power, a future Labour Government will start lecturing a Conservative Opposition that there are clear precedents for taking powers of this kind.