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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (PROGRAMME)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:48 pm on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Leader of the Liberal Democrats 6:48 pm, 22nd October 2019

Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Twice in the last three days, the Prime Minister has failed to force his bad Brexit deal through the House without adequate scrutiny. He continues in an irresponsible vein to talk up the prospect of no deal. Is it not time to end the brinksmanship and replace it with some statesmanship; to seriously and respectfully engage with our European friends to secure an extension to article 50 to enable the House to pass legislation for a people’s vote; or, if he prefers, to allow proper scrutiny of his Bill or to call a general election? All of those things require a decent extension to article 50: he should be a statesman and go and secure it.