European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:43 pm on 17th December 2018.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union 3:43 pm, 17th December 2018

The Prime Minister went to the European Council seeking legal assurances and returned with none, and the next Council meeting scheduled is in the third week of March. Now that Cabinet Ministers are openly speculating about what should happen when her deal is defeated, can she tell the House what purpose it serves to continue to pretend that we might leave the European Union without an agreement, when she knows better than anyone else how damaging and disastrous that would be, and when she told the House just now that it would risk the “jobs, services and security” of the people?