New Forest East


Mr Speaker: ... The right hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) is getting over-excited. He is a young pup – a new young Member – and I know that he requires encouragement. ...

Dr Julian Lewis rose

Mr Speaker: Oh, very well, Dr Lewis. Spit it out quickly, man.

Dr Lewis: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. As one whom you described as a relatively new Member, I was rather puzzled when the Leader of the Opposition said something about a people’s vote. Is there any way in which to register, within the rules of order, that as more than half the House of Commons voted against a second referendum tonight, the fact that so many Members abstained has nothing to do with it, and the matter is completely dead?

Mr Speaker: Well, the right hon. Gentleman has registered his view with his usual force, and we are grateful to him. I do not think that he is interested in a response from me, and he will be pleased to know that he is not getting such.