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European Union (Withdrawal) Acts

Part of Prime Minister’s Statement – in the House of Commons at 2:19 pm on 19th October 2019.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 2:19 pm, 19th October 2019

Not yet.

In a debate characterised by many brilliant and passionate speeches, the speech that stood out for me was that of my right hon. Friend Mrs May. She argued for remain, but she also recognises that, when the people have spoken, their verdict has to be respected. We have seen that not only from Conservative Members but from Members of all parties, such as Melanie Onn and the right hon. Members for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) and for Rother Valley (Sir Kevin Barron). They all argued that we should remain, but now they recognise that there is something more precious than being a leaver or a remainer: being a democrat.

What unites us in this House is that we are democrats, and we voted in this House of Commons to have a referendum. We voted in this House of Commons to say that we would respect the verdict of the people. We voted overwhelmingly for article 50, which honoured that referendum result and said that we would leave. How will it look to those who sent us here if we say to them now, “We made those sacred promises, but now we choose to dishonour them”?