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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:44 pm on 9th January 2020.

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Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Conservative, Rayleigh and Wickford 4:44 pm, 9th January 2020

I entirely endorse that tribute. Under the Bill, and specifically under article 50, we will leave the European Union at 11 pm GMT on 31 January. As we leave at a precise specified time, those who wish to celebrate will need to look to a clock to mark the moment. It seems inconceivable to me and many colleagues that that clock should not be the most iconic timepiece in the world, Big Ben. Will my right hon. Friend make representations to the House of Commons Commission, whose decision it is, that Big Ben should bong for Brexit?