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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:22 pm on 9th January 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion 3:22 pm, 9th January 2020

I am basing my fears on the fact that, for example, I was a Member of the European Parliament for 10 years and regularly saw how the British Government, or not necessarily the Government, but Conservative MEPs, were the ones who were watering down. [Interruption.] I appreciate it was a Labour Government; I misspoke. I meant—[Interruption.] It feels as if the Conservatives have been in power for so long that it is easy to forget that they haven’t been. What I want to say—let me say this correctly—is that what I witnessed over my 10 years in the European Parliament was Conservative MEPs constantly trying to water down the positions on the environment that the European Parliament was taking and therefore—