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 Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles Conservative, Grantham and Stamford 5:49 pm, 1st April 2019

I am going to make some progress.

Some of my hon. Friends supported the motion tabled by my hon. Friend George Eustice, which also supported British membership of the EEA and EFTA. Although the journey proposed by the common market 2.0 motion might take a little longer, I hope that those colleagues will recognise that the destination is, to all intents and purposes, the same and that they will therefore join my hon. Friend the Member for Camborne and Redruth in supporting our motion today.

The construction of a compromise is not easy—nor is the realisation that we may not get everything that we want, that other people’s views and interests matter and that it is better to get half a loaf than to get nothing at all. Our constituents do not send us here for an easy ride or to duck difficult choices. This evening, let us live up to the words of the parliamentary prayer and, setting aside our private interests and prejudices, lead our country out of the Brexit morass.