It is a huge pleasure to speak in this debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend Hywel Williams on his speech, which opened the debate. He set out the case in his usual forensic style, providing great clarity and detail about what is being proposed. I also thoroughly enjoyed the speeches from Stephen Gethins, who once again proved why he is one of the superstar performers of this Parliament, my hon. Friend Ben Lake, who again showed why he is one of the rising stars of Welsh politics, and my parliamentary leader, my hon. Friend Liz Saville Roberts, who spoke with her usual great authority, concentrating on the example following the independence of Ireland at the beginning of the last century. She gave us a fantastic history lesson in her contribution.
On the morning after the referendum, on
My apology was based on being part of the political class that had allowed a set of circumstances that would reduce their life chances and opportunities compared with those that had been available to me and the generations before me—primarily the right to travel, live, work, receive healthcare and reside in any other part of the European Union, among other rights. We have had powerful contributions from several Members, and that is the crux of what we are trying to grapple with today.