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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:51 pm on 27th March 2019.

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Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Conservative, Mid Norfolk 2:51 pm, 27th March 2019

Although it may be a few years before the House thanks him, my right hon. Friend Sir Oliver Letwin is doing this House, democracy, the Government—although I do not think they see it yet—and Brexit a favour, by helping us to reach a resolution. Does my hon. Friend agree that there are three dangerous canards in the House this afternoon: first, that this sets a dangerous precedent, but the House has always controlled its own time; secondly, that this is a remainer conspiracy, but all of us who signed up to this support the Government’s Bill and want to get it through; and thirdly, that we are tying the Government’s hands, but these are merely indicative votes to give those on the Front Bench some help to see where there might be consensus on a plan B if, heaven forbid, we need it?