Amendment 2

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Report – in the House of Lords at 2:00 pm on 6th September 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative 2:00 pm, 6th September 2019

Perhaps it would assist the House if one could point out that there has been a general election since the referendum. The Bill is about rejecting no deal, and at the general election in 2017, 53.2% voted for parties that opposed no deal—17.1 million people—and only 14.4 million people, 45.1% of the electorate, voted for the Conservatives, the DUP or UKIP, which would sanction no deal. So the people spoke then, and in the 2019 EU election 44.4% voted for the Brexit or Conservative parties while 54.4% voted for parties that were opposed to no deal, which is what the Bill is about.