European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:37 pm on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union 4:37 pm, 29th January 2019

I am concluding.

We pass private Members’ Bills every year and there is nothing wrong about that. We need to take control of the process because the Government have clearly lost control of it. The moment will come when we have to decide what we want, and not just how we get to the point of decision. For any progress to be made on that in future, what we will need more than anything else—Sir Oliver Letwin alluded to this in his intervention—is open minds, rather than minds that are closed to the risks that are now facing our country.