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Early Parliamentary General Election Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:46 pm on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Labour, Wolverhampton South East 3:46 pm, 29th October 2019

The right hon. Gentleman makes a very wise point. When hon. Members such as Tim Loughton say, “You have blocked everything”, it is worth remembering that the people who were most vociferously opposed to the deal of the previous Prime Minister, Mrs May, were Members from her party, some of whom now occupy Cabinet positions. That is important in the argument to come.

The proposals before us were published only a couple of weeks ago and they depart from the previous proposals in several important ways. First, as I said, they propose two different Brexits for different parts of the UK—one for Northern Ireland and the other for the rest of the UK. Secondly, they chart a course for the future that is much more divergent on some of the rights that hon. Members have mentioned than was the case previously.