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Leaving the Eu: Negotiations

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:34 pm on 10th July 2018.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Blackley and Broughton 4:34 pm, 10th July 2018

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Earlier in the debate, I asked Sir Vince Cable why, if he was so keen on referendums, the Liberal Democrats—and he in particular—had not voted for a referendum on the Lisbon treaty in 2008. He said that they had.

Since then I have had the opportunity to check the Official Report, and I can tell the House that on 5 March 2008—this is in column 1868—a small number of Liberal Democrats did vote for a referendum, but the right hon. Member for Twickenham did not. Nor did the then leader of the Liberal Democrats or the vast majority of the Liberal Democrats, because it was against their official policy. I should like your guidance, Madam Deputy Speaker, on the fact that the right hon. Gentleman misled the House of Commons.