Duties in connection with Article 50 extension

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:15 pm on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Labour, Edinburgh South 9:15 pm, 8th April 2019

I start by congratulating my right hon. Friend Yvette Cooper and Sir Oliver Letwin on bringing us this Bill. I had not intended to speak this evening, but I was slightly shocked by the speech from Sir William Cash, who started by saying that everything we were doing was undemocratic and then proceeded to give us four or five clearly democratic examples that he was attempting to make undemocratic.

My right hon. Friend Hilary Benn wondered how it could be a democratic outrage, in the words of the hon. Member for Stone, to have both this House and the other place vote for a piece of legislation in the democratic fashion that we have used for many hundreds of years.