Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:29 pm on 27th March 2019.

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Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Chair, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) 4:29 pm, 27th March 2019

I am sorry, but I do not have time.

As with the Good Friday agreement, whatever emerges from these complex negotiations, the outcome should go back to the people for confirmation. The people started this process. They set a desired goal. It has proved far more difficult and tortuous than predicted, but we will now soon have a potential outcome. It is the people who should choose whether, on the terms now on offer, they still wish to proceed. Theirs should be the final decision on this, which is the first stage only of our withdrawal from the EU. With a clear conscience, I can look my constituents in the eye and tell them that that is the outcome that this House has secured. The European Union needs reform. Britain could play a key role in shaping it or we can just walk away and live with the consequences. But it is the British people who should now decide what comes next.