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Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Act – in the House of Commons at 5:12 pm on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Conservative, Basildon and Billericay 5:12 pm, 15th January 2019

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Passing amendment (f) would encourage both parties to negotiate constructively when it comes to the transition period and the trade deal, because if the EU knows that it cannot trap us in the backstop, it is more likely to constructively negotiate a trade deal for the benefit of both parties. The Prime Minister could then go back to the EU, which has a long track record of eleventh-hour deals. The amendment would go a long way to helping to unite our party, which is terribly, terribly important. If the amendment is not passed, unfortunately and reluctantly I will have to vote against the withdrawal agreement.