Amendment 2

Part of Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Report – in the House of Lords at 3:56 pm on 17th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Wigley Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru 3:56 pm, 17th July 2019

My Lords, I too support this amendment, in the context of the European dimension, which has been mentioned. It would indeed be outrageous if Parliament were not sitting when the clock is running down to 31 October. Whichever side of the referendum debate we were on, we well remember the arguments about bringing power back to this place. If this device of not allowing Parliament to sit at a crucial time is used, it would fly in the face of the assurances and pleas made at that time. We face an extremely difficult time: surely, we should be sorting this issue out within Parliament and not leaving it to others to seek remedy in the courts.