Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:54 pm on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 3:54 pm, 13th March 2019

I am going to make some progress.

For all those reasons and more, Labour will act tonight and oppose no deal. We support amendment (a), tabled by Dame Caroline Spelman and my hon. Friend Jack Dromey, because we believe that it is the cleanest and clearest way for the House to express its opposition to no deal.

We recognise, however, that simply opposing no deal is not the end of the story. It is necessary but it is not sufficient. The House needs to have a chance to debate the steps necessary to move forward, and I think there is growing consensus that that needs to happen. The Labour party supports a close economic relationship with the EU and, as I have just said, we also support a public vote.