UK’s Withdrawal from the EU

Part of Business of the House (Today) – in the House of Commons at 12:19 pm on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 12:19 pm, 14th February 2019

I am going to come on that exact issue. The hon. Gentleman cited at the start of his intervention the premise that the European position, as stated, is that there will be no movement. Well, actually, the European Union has also stated that it wants to avoid no deal, which is hugely damaging. The European Union has also stated that it wants to be clear what the will of this House is and what is required in order to secure a deal. It is self-evident that there is a degree of ambiguity between those positions. Indeed—I will come on to this—the discussions we have been having with European leaders are absolutely on that issue. That is why we need some time, in terms of the vote this evening, to continue with those discussions.