Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:46 pm on 11th December 2018.

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Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Conservative, Chelmsford 4:46 pm, 11th December 2018

During the 2016 referendum many Members of this House on the leave side told leave voters that, if we left, we would be voting to leave the EU, not voting to leave Europe, and they promised that co-operation on trade and in areas like science, student exchanges and security would all continue. It is precisely that deal that the Prime Minister has sought to negotiate, but when she brought the deal to this House, many colleagues raised the issue of the backstop. It was not just the former Foreign Secretary, my right hon. Friend Boris Johnson who raised the issue of the backstop; it was also raised by my right hon. Friend Mr Harper, the former Chief Whip, and my right hon. Friend Sir Michael Fallon, the esteemed former Defence Secretary. They all raised the issue of the backstop. [Interruption.]

Hello, Father Christmas. [Laughter.] Actually this is not a time for laughter. [Interruption.] Mr Speaker, Father Christmas was behind you. [Interruption.]