The big debate: What have some of our MPs said about the Brexit bill

PUBLISHED: 19:13 31 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 02 February 2017

A full House of Commons, London during the second reading debate on the EU (Notification on Withdrawal) Bill. PA Wire

A full House of Commons, London during the second reading debate on the EU (Notification on Withdrawal) Bill. PA Wire

MPs are currently debating the Brexit bill. These are a few of the key quotes from our elected representatives on the historic bill.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis said: “Allowing parliament to scrutinise and put down red lines on key areas as I have always said - workers rights, the environment, proper scrutiny and transparency - is critical. If the government won’t accept those, it doesn’t have a mandate for a ‘cliff edge vandalism Brexit’ and I will vote against, whatever the consequences are for me with my personal position.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, a former health minister, said: “Irrespective of my views of the outcome of the referendum, there is a democratic principle at stake, and I feel very strongly about this. When we voted to hold the referendum, we did not set out any preconditions for triggering Article 50, in the event of a vote to leave the EU. I do not see how we can introduce them now. I have therefore made the difficult decision to abstain on this vote.”

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman, chairman of the Prime Minister’s policy unit and former life sciences minister, said in a speech in the House of Commons chamber this afternoong that “proper democrats can’t say that those who voted leave were ignorant we must respect them”.

He adds: “Courage is what it takes to sit down and listen ..we must take notice of the 48pc who voted to remain”.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, a former cabinet office minister who has returned to parliament from maternity leave this week to vote for the Brexit Bill, said: “Brexit is now the central issue of our times. So, I’ll be there voting for this crucial Bill to uphold the democratic result of the referendum. I’m grateful to everyone in north Norwich who’s let me know their views.”

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