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Jonathan Djanogly: No deal with the Opposition will lead to long delay to Brexit

8th April 2019

Jonathan Djanogly backs the realistic and pragmatic approach taken by the Prime Minister and makes the point that failure to do deal with the Opposition will lead to a long delay to article 50.

Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon) (Con)

I very much support the realistic and pragmatic position currently being taken by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, but I was looking at her letter to President Tusk of 5 April in which she requested an article 50 extension to 30 June. In the letter she said that if she cannot get an agreement with the Opposition, “a series of votes” will be put to establish a position, but clearly that in itself will require the Opposition’s support, so could we say that not getting a deal with the Opposition will probably lead to a long delay to article 50?

Andrea Leadsom

We have to consider this step by step. The Prime Minister has said that she wants to seek a way forward that the whole House can support. If that is not possible, she intends to come forward with a small number of options for the House to consider to seek another and perhaps slightly different way forward. It remains our intention to leave the European Union with a deal that both means we leave in line with the decision of the referendum in 2016, and protects our economy, jobs and our security.


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