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Amendment 4

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee – in the House of Lords at 3:13 pm on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Robathan Lord Robathan Conservative 3:13 pm, 8th April 2019

My Lords, in rising to support my noble friend, I am somewhat confused because this is a Private Member’s Bill that was absolutely pushed by the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, who is not here today, from the Labour Front Bench only on Thursday. It was then taken forward by the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, who is not here today, and now it is being taken forward by the noble Lord, Lord Robertson. I am sure that that is all normal, but this is a huge constitutional step which seems to have, as my noble friend Lord Forsyth said, no parents. This is a very important step and we seem to be drifting into it without any considered thought at all.