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European Council - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:37 pm on 25th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Lea of Crondall Lord Lea of Crondall Labour 4:37 pm, 25th March 2019

My Lords, the European Council says in its conclusions—I have a copy in front of me—that it,

“expects the United Kingdom to indicate a way forward”,

before 12 April 2019. This cannot simply mean that there is a contradiction with the sentence that follows, which says:

“The European Council reiterates that there can be no re-opening of the Withdrawal Agreement that was agreed … in November 2018”.

Therefore, can the Minister confirm that the European Council would be ready to look at an alternative set of proposals that could be put forward by this Parliament?