Leaving the European Union — [James Gray in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 6:21 pm on 1st April 2019.

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Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour, East Lothian 6:21 pm, 1st April 2019

I very much agree; we cannot have enough democracy. One of the questions that needs to be answered is what sort of democracy we want going forwards. We have looked at the referendum, and a group of people say, “The original referendum is sacrosanct; we can’t have another.” We have people who say, “We’ve had a general election—it’s sacrosanct, and we’re not going to change it.”

Very serious constitutional questions need to be addressed urgently. One way to do that is to create a space for that discussion to happen. The request to revoke article 50 does not mean that we will never leave the EU; it means that we can start to reconcile the country away from screaming and shouting and towards a situation in which discussion takes place and we can move forward together.