European Union (Withdrawal) Act

Part of Leaving the EU – in the House of Commons at 7:56 pm on 14th January 2019.

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Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow Conservative, Taunton Deane 7:56 pm, 14th January 2019

My right hon. Friend is making some good points, and he has a great deal of experience from his previous Department, the Department for Work and Pensions. I put it to him that this money is important for keeping our relationship with Europe going and for getting the negotiations that we want. I would not call £39 billion small fry, but I did a calculation last night and found that it equates to just 74 days of DWP spending. So in the grand scheme of things, it is not a huge amount of money for what we are getting out of it and for the relationship that we need to build.