EU Withdrawal Agreement

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 3:09 pm on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union 3:09 pm, 18th December 2018

My right hon. and learned Friend is making a most forceful case. I agree that the Government understand the risks just as well as we do. Given that, what possible purpose does he think is served by the Government continuing to pretend that they are prepared for the country to go over the edge of a cliff at the end of March? Would it not help, in this crisis we face, if the Government said, “We’re not going to let that happen”? Then the alternatives that we will have to consider if the deal is defeated would become even clearer than they can be for as long as no deal appears to exist as a possibility when every single one of us in this Chamber knows that it cannot happen.