United Kingdom’S Withdrawal from the European Union

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:58 pm on 29th March 2019.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Conservative, North Shropshire 12:58 pm, 29th March 2019

I am sorry, but others want to speak. This is about trust and democracy.

Finally, the absolute key point is that what we are seeing today does not deliver. It does not deliver on the referendum, the manifesto commitments or the promises made throughout all the debates. When it comes to trust, I represent a leave constituency and I was clear to my constituents about what I was going to do. Given that I have voted twice against this agreement, they all think it would be perverse if I, under pressure, changed my mind today. Why on earth would I do that? I will maintain my integrity and reputation, with the intention of continuing to campaign. We may lose this battle, but ultimately, we will get back the sovereignty of this country so that people can make decisions.