European Union (Withdrawal) Act

Part of Business of the House (Today) – in the House of Commons at 5:04 pm on 12th March 2019.

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Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah Conservative, East Surrey 5:04 pm, 12th March 2019

In the brief time I have available, I do not wish to re-litigate the 2016 referendum. I take the view that whatever their reasons, people knew why they voted the way they did and that those reasons should be accepted. But there is a difference between where we all were during the referendum campaign and where we are now: today, we all now know what is negotiable. I certainly did not know what was negotiable in 2016, and none of our manifestos talked about the issue of Northern Ireland, which has dominated the negotiations so much. Given that we now know what is negotiable, what is the way forward?