Customs duties

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 20th December 2017.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 5:00 pm, 20th December 2017

My right hon. and learned Friend has been consistent all the way through our consideration of this Bill in agreeing with me on only the subjects of process, rather than substance, but I quite respect his view and always have the highest respect for his legal and political skills. Does he agree that if amendments actually went beyond the Bill, they would have been ruled to be beyond the scope of the Bill? It is entirely a voluntary decision on his part that he refuses to be drawn into the substance of Government policy, or the stance that the Government are taking on the eve of their starting the first serious negotiations on our future after we withdraw. It is a pity that he has made this self-sacrificing concession.