Dr Julian Lewis: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. May I, within the rules of order, just point out that a clear majority of Conservative MPs – no fewer than 159 including tellers – voted a week ago that we should leave the European Union without a deal? I find it very strange that everybody assumes that, because of the House’s position as a whole, that cannot be a way forward. If it was always going to be left to the House of Commons, dominated as it is by remainers, to have the final say, there was never any hope for a referendum to achieve anything whatsoever.
[Mr Speaker: The right hon. Gentleman has made his own point in his own inimitable way, and he gives every indication of being well satisfied with his prodigious efforts this evening.]