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Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 20th December 2017.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 7:30 pm, 20th December 2017

When that was said—it probably was said by one or two campaigners on the remain side during the referendum campaign—it was used as an argument against voting to leave. The reaction of leave campaigners was to dismiss it, saying it was the politics of fear, that people were being alarmist in talking about leaving the single market and that in fact our trading arrangements would remain absolutely unchanged, because the Germans had to sell us their Mercedes. That was the role it played in the referendum campaign.