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Early Parliamentary General Election Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:11 pm on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans 3:11 pm, 29th October 2019

The hon. Lady says that there was not a referendum under the coalition as a result of the Liberal Democrats. I was here in 2008, and she said in this Chamber, “We are being gagged. Only the Liberal Democrats will offer an in/out referendum.” The Liberal Democrats were actively campaigning for that. They were saying that the Conservatives were only offering a referendum on the Lisbon treaty, while they would give the public a say. Whatever happened in coalition, she has long been a campaigner for an in/out referendum.