European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:00 pm on 7th March 2017.

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Photo of Lord Lexden Lord Lexden Conservative 12:00 pm, 7th March 2017

My Lords, my simple point is this. Parliament will pronounce for or against the results of the Government’s negotiations to withdraw from the European Union in due course. It may possibly be that in 2019 or whenever the negotiations are completed, Parliament will feel that it would be wise to test the opinion of the country through another referendum, but that should be determined at that final stage and in those circumstances, not now. It would be wholly contrary to our constitution and traditions to make a binding provision for another referendum at this early point.