Amendment to the Motion

Part of Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 4th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Lansley Lord Lansley Conservative 3:15 pm, 4th April 2019

My noble friend argues that the Bill is therefore unnecessary, but I am afraid that it would be necessary if, for example, the European Council made a counterproposal for a significantly longer extension of Article 50. In the absence of this legislation, the Prime Minister would have to use the prerogative power to refuse that, and we might then leave on 12 April without a deal. The House of Commons, with this legislation, seeks to exclude that possibility. I am sorry; the argument that this is unnecessary does not wash.