United Kingdom’S Withdrawal from the European Union

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:02 am on 29th March 2019.

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Photo of Simon Hoare Simon Hoare Conservative, North Dorset 10:02 am, 29th March 2019

I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. It was the EU Council itself that separated these two strands of the process. Both strands have to be delivered. The letter that he referred to from Presidents Tusk and Juncker, while referring to both parts of the package, in no way suggested that they had to be voted upon on the same day or simultaneously. May I put it gently to the hon. Gentleman that he is dancing on the head of a pin to provide a fig leaf?