Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown seeks assurance that if the Brexit deal is approved that there is sufficient time to get the legislation through Parliament

11th March 2019

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown welcomes the Government statement late in the evening on the withdrawal agreement and the new legally binding instrument and asks if the deal is approved whether there is sufficient time to get the necessary legislation through the House.

This is an exciting moment. My right hon. Friend gave an answer to the hon. Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) that if the deal is not voted through tomorrow, we will vote on no deal on Wednesday and an extension of article 50 on Thursday, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s statement last week. Will the converse apply? If we vote for the deal tomorrow, will there be sufficient time before 29 March to get the necessary legislation through the House?

We would do whatever we could to achieve that. In that happy eventuality, discussions will open immediately through the usual channels to seek agreement on the swift passage of the Bill.

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