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

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.”

7 comments

  • It should be obvious to anyone that the EU is not going to make things easy for the UK, as evidenced by their threat to blackmail us out of £60 billion if we leave, you can bet they will make things very hard until they can screw this money out of us, and whatever other blackmail they can think of over the next couple of years, hopefully Mrs May will tell them to shove it, we can still honour our trading contracts unless they stop us then it will be them in breach.

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    Althalus

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

  • @john bridge . You post about how the EU is spending money it doesn't have says it all . Just what is going to happen when we leave . ? The EU is finished . The migrant crisis is unaffordable and unsustainable and will see the EU collapse under a mountain of debt which member states simply haven't got to bail it out

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    exlabnowukip

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

  • Morning men, last night on newsnight Nick Watts said the EU had a shortfall of between 200 and 250 billion euros. This is a staggering amount of money, if any of the pro EU bods on here can give me a good reason for staying in this institution I would like to hear it.

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    John Bridge

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

  • I hope the electorate in Norwich South remember Clive Lewis in the next election and kick him out, and as for Norman Lamb just sitting on the fence afraid of losing his seat next time.

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    david harper

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

  • we have started the ball rolling here, the e u dictatorship is dead in the water.

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    ted

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

  • Norman Lamb has summed up the situation perfectly well. The only thing I do not agree with is his intention to vote to abstain. Good comment from Chloe Smith too.

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    andy

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

  • this is about taking our country and democracy back from the EU dictatorship . Who will be next . France ,holland ,germany ? Italy ?

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    exlabnowukip

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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