CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

DExEU – LEAVING EU ON 31 OCTOBER & THE LETWIN AMENDMENT – 19 October 2019

Mr Edward Vaizey rose

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Stephen Barclay): I give way to the right hon. Gentleman. [Interruption.]

Mr Vaizey: We will find out if the Secretary of State made the right decision in giving way. I have a genuine question.

Dr Julian Lewis: For once.

Mr Vaizey: Yes. I am asking for a friend. If the Letwin amendment is passed and the Bill comes in next week and is agreed to before 31 October, we will leave on 31 October, but if the Letwin amendment is not passed and the Bill comes forward next week but is not agreed to by 31 October, we will leave with no deal – yes or no?

Stephen Barclay: I say yes to this: to proceed, we need to comply with section 13 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. That is the argument that the right hon. Gentleman and many others have repeatedly made. If we are to deliver that and avoid any further delay, it is important that we defeat amendment (a).