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2nd Day

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:09 pm on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Richard Graham Richard Graham Conservative, Gloucester 7:09 pm, 11th September 2017

Today and last Thursday, a number of speakers on both sides of the House stated that this Bill is not about whether we leave the EU, but about how. That should be something on which we can all agree, although today we have heard speeches from those who clearly take a different position. For example, Mr Lammy made it absolutely clear that he was fighting against leaving the EU at all. Heidi Alexander made an equally passionate speech, saying that she was voting to stay in the European economic area, and Stuart C. McDonald started his speech by stating that he would not vote for the Bill this evening, and then looked for reasons as to why he would not do so, which is broadly the position of almost all his colleagues.

If we look at the Bill objectively, surely everybody can agree that we are where we are, and that we must have arrangements in place that suit every organisation in this country, including the prospect of knowing what the law of the land is at the end of March 2019.