European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:18 pm on 4th September 2019.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan 4:18 pm, 4th September 2019

I very much welcome the Bill and the tone with which my right hon. Friend Hilary Benn introduced it. It reminded me of the famous book, “Profiles in Courage”, by John F. Kennedy, in which he said that

“there are few if any issues where all the truth and all the right and all the angels are on one side.”

We would do well to remember that in this House. Coherent, persuasive and passionate arguments and points have been made by people with every single type of view on Brexit, and we ought to respect one another and conduct the debate in that spirit.

This is not an easy thing for me to vote for, because I have spent the last few years arguing passionately that delay has consequences, that companies in my constituency need certainty and that the public cannot take much more of this. They want to see us come together, compromise and respect the 48% of people who came out and said that they wanted close ties with the EU.