Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:10 pm on 27th March 2019.

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Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour, East Lothian 2:10 pm, 27th March 2019

I associate myself with my hon. Friend’s comments on Sir Oliver Letwin.

My hon. Friend makes a powerful point about how future generations will look back at this time, and they are going to judge us by events such as we are seeing in this House today. It is important to remember that the House was pushed and pushed before it decided to take these almost unique steps, and it does so with trepidation, but this is a time when something must happen to remove the logjam of a dysfunctional Government.

I draw my hon. Friend’s attention to the question I asked the right hon. Member for West Dorset. What would look like success in the votes this afternoon? He made a very good point that today is about seeing a larger picture of where the opinion of this House lies. Does my hon. Friend agree that today is about finding that overall picture, and that steps taken on Monday may draw it down to a closer point? That is why I support the business motion.