EU Exit: Article 50

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 10th December 2018.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham East 7:30 pm, 10th December 2018

The Government fought against this case tooth and nail, every stage of the way. Will the Minister now accept that it is clear to the British public that they have the right to stay in the EU if that is their choice, with no Schengen, no euro—they can keep the opt-outs. We can keep all our current privileges of European Union membership. Is it not wrong that Ministers fought against Joanna Cherry, Tom Brake and myself, as petitioners in this case, for which we had to take significant personal financial risk? We put our necks on the block to prove to our colleagues that they have the right to make this decision on behalf of our constituents if they seek to do so. Will the Minister now at least acknowledge that the Government expended public money to contest this case and they were wrong to contest it?