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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:19 pm on 27th March 2019.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union 1:19 pm, 27th March 2019

The right hon. Gentleman is making a powerful case for giving the House the chance today to express its views. Further to the point just raised by the Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Dr Murrison, the truth is that we do not know what this will produce. It is called indicative votes for a reason: it is intended to give an indication of what the House thinks. But is not the most powerful point that the uncertainty is not an argument for not trying, bearing in mind that we are potentially 16 days away from leaving with no agreement, if the Prime Minister’s deal does not pass and if the EU were, heaven forbid, to refuse us a further extension? We should really get on with it.