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Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Act – in the House of Commons at 9:27 pm on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Leader of the Liberal Democrats 9:27 pm, 4th December 2018

That is absolutely right, and none of us should be under any illusion that this issue is going to die in March next year. As my hon. Friend points out, we will have five or 10 years of continued negotiation about what type of trade relationship we have, and there will be bitter divisions around that. We will have a great deal of disillusionment with the costs that Brexit will inevitably entail and continued demands to return to the issue. Let us agree to have another vote on Brexit now that we know what it is. That is the least damaging and least hurtful way that we can proceed as a country.