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I will make this clear. If agreement could not be reached on a Section 30 order, and if we ensured that the matter was kept out of the courts-which I hope would be the preference of most if not all of us-we would need to consider what other options were open to us to provide a legal, fair and decisive referendum. However, just as we were taken many times down the road of, "What if we cannot get a legislative consent Motion?", which we have now seen is possible, we should make it clear that we are confident that we can reach agreement.
We reached agreement on the Scotland Bill when some said that it would be impossible. We reached agreement that Section 30 was the preferred route of both Governments to deliver a legal referendum. When I made my Statement on