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 Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 7:30 pm, 10th December 2018

First, let me pay tribute to the hon. Lady for her work as Chair of the PAC, for which she is respected across the House, and for her consistency on this point. She rightly says that she did not vote for article 50, and I understand her position. As the Prime Minister set out this afternoon, the Government have done a huge amount of no-deal planning to prepare, but not all of that is within their control. For example, it relies on the response of businesses to technical notices and on the response of other member states. The Government, through the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, my hon. Friend Chris Heaton-Harris, the no deal Minister, have done a huge amount to prepare for no-deal planning, but obviously some of these issues are outwith the Government’s control.