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

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 6:53 pm on 1st April 2019.

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Photo of Jenny Chapman Jenny Chapman Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union) 6:53 pm, 1st April 2019

Gosh, the hon. Lady invites me to make comments way above my station. I am sure she will understand that what happens with whipping is a matter for my Chief Whip. I do not know the exact position on how we will enforce it. But I will abstain on that motion this evening, as a shadow Minister, but I hope that she accepts in good faith what I am explaining: that I recognise—as, I am sure, do my colleagues—that that decision point might be something that we need to confront in future. It is not something that we need to do tonight, because for us tonight is about trying to find a majority for a way forward. I hope we arrive at that this evening.