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European Union (Withdrawal) Acts

Part of Prime Minister’s Statement – in the House of Commons at 11:25 am on 19th October 2019.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 11:25 am, 19th October 2019

I am listening very carefully to the debate about the timing. Is it not clear that if the Letwin amendment is defeated and we make a decision today that is actually complying with—not subverting, but complying with—the Benn-Burt Act by bringing forward a deal and winning that vote, yes, we will have to get the legislation through this House quickly, and that will probably mean sitting for long days and probably long nights, but we can get it done? However, if the amendment passes and there is an extension, my guess is that that legislation will go on and on, and we will never leave. Caroline Flint is absolutely right: if we want to get this done, vote against the Letwin amendment, for the motion today and get the legislation through by the end of October—and get Brexit done.