Exiting the European Union (Sanctions)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:15 pm on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Mark Menzies Mark Menzies Conservative, Fylde 3:15 pm, 9th April 2019

Let us move on with the need for sanctions against Venezuela. That regime has not entered hardship as a result of the oil price collapse; it has entered hardship because, not just under Maduro but under Chávez—[Interruption.] Helen Goodman shakes her head, as though it is all down to the oil price collapse. It is not; it is down to the fact that Maduro and Chávez played fast and loose with the constitution. They both abused their positions in order to suppress opposition, including within the press. To suggest that all this misery has been brought about by the oil price collapse is to be economical with the actualité.