European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:43 pm on 11th April 2019.

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Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Conservative, Rayleigh and Wickford 1:43 pm, 11th April 2019

The Prime Minister’s first extension was based on the fact that we would ratify the withdrawal agreement, and in what was in effect meaningful vote 3 we turned it down again. Now she has been given another extension—longer than she asked for—yet again on the basis that somehow we will ratify the withdrawal agreement. Perseverance is a virtue, but sheer obstinacy is not. [Interruption.] Prime Minister, if, as I suspect, the Leader of the Opposition strings you along in these talks and then finds a pretext to collapse them and throws in a confidence motion, what will you do then?