Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 1:30 pm on 12th June 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee 1:30 pm, 12th June 2018

I hope that our Whip’s Office is kinder than the Government’s Whip’s Office will be in getting this measure through.

Mr Speaker, I hope to catch your eye in a moment to talk about what the effects on the Labour vote will be in those constituencies that voted to leave, but on this crucial issue, is it not true that if we pass what the Lords want us to do, we, as Aneurin Bevan said, will be sending our negotiators back naked into the negotiating room? The European Union will know that the Government are beaten and that it can then impose any terms whatsoever on them.