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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:47 pm on 3rd April 2019.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover 2:47 pm, 3rd April 2019

The hon. Gentleman says we would have to leave this as a matter of trust to the Prime Minister. The reality is that, if he had actually bothered to read it, he would see that the Bill simply makes a request to her, and she could completely ignore it. That is why this Bill is so pointless, and why it is an abuse of this House to be using the emergency legislation method. The precedent, which he acknowledges will be created, will be visited most dearly and deeply on Opposition Members when they find themselves seeking time but a Government cite this precedent, which they themselves have adopted, as to why they should not have it.