Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:49 pm on 1st April 2019.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry Independent, Broxtowe 5:49 pm, 1st April 2019

As my hon. Friend knows—and he is my friend—I have made the case and voted for the single market and the customs union for almost the past two years. My difficulty with his motion is that paragraph 1(i) says that it seeks to

“renegotiate the framework for the future relationship”.

I think that he would have won more support if, like motion (C), on the customs union, he had sought to change the withdrawal agreement as well as the future framework. The problem with his motion is that it is about only the future relationship, which any Government and any Prime Minister who succeeds the current one can change. In other words, it is non-binding.