European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:00 pm on 2nd May 2018.

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Photo of Lord Wigley Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru 10:00 pm, 2nd May 2018

I ask for one point of clarification from the Minister. Does he not accept that there is a real danger of confusion in the public mind between allowing a consent order and actually getting consent? In other words, the process can be one where consent is given, is not given or is refused, but whichever of those three outcomes it is, the process can still go on for a parliamentary resolution here by order; and we know that orders, in the House of Commons and here, go through on the nod most of the time. Is that not a deception, giving the impression that there is a consent mechanism when, in fact, it is a pretty meaningless one?