DExEU – EUROPEAN UNION (WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT) BILL & THE HOUSE OF LORDS – 9 January 2020
Dr Julian Lewis: The Minister mentioned the fact that the [European Union (Withdrawal Agreement)] Bill will be going to the Other Place and the much more positive atmosphere that has applied in this place. Does he believe that that sends a message to the Other Place as to how they should conduct themselves, and does he have any reservations about the fact that the unrepresentative make-up of the other place, in respect of the over-representation of Remain forces, might derail the hitherto smooth progress of this excellent Bill?
[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (James Duddridge): I thank my right hon. Friend for his intervention. Just as we will be watching the House of Lords carefully next week, they have been watching us carefully during the Bill’s passage. They will have listened to the change in tone and seen the majorities by which votes were won, and I am sure that they will reflect on that in their deliberations, doing a proper job of scrutiny as part of the whole democratic process. ... Madam Deputy Speaker, this is an historic milestone – leaving the European Union with a deal on 31 January. It will soon be upon us, and I am delighted that we can then move on to other national priorities and help the country come together. I commend this Bill to the House.]