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Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Act – in the House of Commons at 9:10 pm on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union 9:10 pm, 4th December 2018

I completely agree with the right hon. Lady. That is a nonsensical argument that the Government have advanced for the last two years. Ministers know that we cannot leave with no deal: they know that we are not ready. I do not think that any responsible Government would allow this country to leave the EU with no deal, but they are unwilling to say that, because no deal must be kept alive as the bogeyman to frighten the House of Commons into voting for the Prime Minister’s deal.