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Part of European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Third Reading – in the House of Lords at 8:30 pm on 21st January 2020.

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Photo of Lord Cormack Lord Cormack Conservative 8:30 pm, 21st January 2020

My Lords, I apologise for starting to speak from the Bishops’ Bench, and I hope I shall be forgiven. I just wanted to put it on record that the speech we have just heard is the most ill-judged I have heard for many long years. This House has behaved entirely properly. I think that it is a great pity that there were votes against this Bill, and I made that plain on Second Reading. The will of the people must, of course, prevail. But to pretend that this House has behaved improperly is wrong. We have a place in our constitution that we must honour, and my noble friend is entirely inaccurate in suggesting that what has happened in this place over the last two days has done great damage. I wish it had not proceeded as it did, but I believe behaviour has been right. The only thing that could jeopardise this place would be to return any amendments back to the other place—and that, I trust, we will not do.

Bill passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

House adjourned at 8.44 pm.