[6th Allotted Day]

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Act – in the House of Commons at 12:08 pm on 10th January 2019.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 12:08 pm, 10th January 2019

Well, it was vegan, but the Secretary of State had cheese.

There is definitely a consensus that no deal would be absolutely disastrous for the farming community. The Secretary of State is totally focusing on the risks of no deal, and to me that is something of a red herring. We could easily avoid no deal—it is entirely in the Prime Minister’s power to avoid no deal either by extending or revoking article 50 if we get to that cliff edge. Can the Secretary of State now talk about the deal that is being put before us for the meaningful vote and try to persuade us of the merits of that deal, rather than talking about no deal?