European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:55 pm on 4th September 2019.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Independent, Runnymede and Weybridge 3:55 pm, 4th September 2019

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I want us to leave the European Union with a deal and I voted three times to leave the European Union with a deal. I regret the fact that it has become necessary for this Bill to be brought forward now, and it is necessary now for two reasons: first, because Parliament stands prorogued, so we will not have time potentially to bring Parliament back after my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has had the 30 days that he asked for, to see whether he has been successful in getting a deal; and, secondly, because members of the Government have speculated openly that the Government may not comply with legislation even if it is passed and we therefore need to allow time for not merely legislation but litigation as well.