tv British House of Commons Debate on Brexit Bill CSPAN December 23, 2019 12:11am-1:05am EST
>> mr. speaker, i begged at the bill be read a second time and we come together as a new parliament to break the deadlock and to get this done. we leave the european union to reunite our country and allow the warmth and natural affection that we all share for our european neighbors to find renewed expression in one great new national project of building a deep, special and democratic accountable partner help is with -- with those nations we are proud to call our closest friends. it is this bill and our juncture in our national story, mr. speaker, must not be seen as a victory for one party over another or one faction over another. this is the time we move on and
discard the old labels of leave and remain. in fact, the very words seem tired to me. defunct like montagues and capulets at the end of the play. now is the time to act. now is the time to act together as one reinvigorated nation, one united kingdom, filled with renewed confidence in our national destiny and determined at last to take advantage of the opportunities that now lie before us. and the whole purpose over our withdrawal agreement is to set this in motion and avoid any further delay. and in the hope that the honorable gentleman does not have any further delay i give way to him. >> the bill continues provisions not to extend provision fees or fees to brexit, does that not in danger strengthening the harm of the european negotiations.
does he box himself into a corner? >> on the contrary, mr. speaker, i think most people looking at the negotiation believes it strengthens our negotiation. if we've learned anything from the experience over the last three years, it is that drift means more acrimony and anguish, mr. speaker. there is nothing more dangerous for the new future that we want to build than allowing the permanent possibility of extending, i think i am coming to the point members want to discuss, extending the aplementation period in torture that amounted to lucy snatching away charlie brown's theus, hisr prome liver pecked out by an eagle and growing back only to be pecked out again in the cycle repeating forever.
this bill learns the emphatic parliamenthe last unlike members opposite, and reject any further delay. it ensures that we depart from the eu on the 31st of january and at that point brexit will be done. it will be over. the sorry story of the last 3.5 years will be at an end and we will be able to move forward, mr. speaker, together. ask the bill ensures the must endation period of the 31st of december with no possibility of an extension. it paves the way for a new agreement on our future relationship with our european neighbors, based on an ambitious free trade agreement. with no alignments, no alignments on eu rules but instead, control of our own laws and some friendly relations, mr. speaker. this vision of the united kingdom's independence, a vision that inspires so many, it's this
-- if this new parliament allows, only hours from our grasp. it has set a mark. we can have it done by lunchtime or late lunch. that i new deal negotiated with our european friends will restore our great institutions to their rightful place as the supreme instruments of british self-governance. once again, this house will be the only assembly able to legislate this in the united kingdom. british courts will be the sole arbiters of those laws and above them all, the sovereign british people, masters of their own fate, controlling their own borders, laws, money and trade. and throughout our new immigration system we're not only welcoming those with talents but go out of our way to attract people of ability regardless of nationality or background. and we're only able to do this
because of the freedoms offered by our european union partners. being offered by leaving the eu, this allows us to control over and -- overall numbers and bear down on unskilled immigration with our new point based system. i would like to hear her explain -- if the honorable lady is against the new immigration, i would like to hear her explain why. >> you spoke about welcoming people to these islands. the prime minister's bill removes the governments existing with regard to heir family members in the united kingdom, the lord has described this removal of our spirited and nasty. can the government tell me, or prime minister tell me, y making this move is it mean spirited? >> i'm afraid the honorable lady who has totally misunderstood
we're doing f what here, we remain proud of our ork in receiving unaccompanied children and we'll continue to the government and the amendment but this is not he place, the governor is absolutely committed. >> there are so many other advantages of this deal, mr. course, that we'll be able to sign free trade deals markets of the world, a power that the british government has enjoyed for the past 46 years. cast off the common agricultural policy that's ourtrated and overburdening we'll release our and on the point of fishing -- fishing communities, will he guarantee he'll not make a
mistake in the 1970s, we'll not allocation of fishing resources to be a bargaining chip in the negotiations. like a norm aged pent maritime nation and conduct on an annual basis. on a typical deal for mutual advantage. perfectly understand what we need to do to restore this its advantages. that's exactly what we'll do independent e an state and i remind members one party in e is this house. they are not just reversing the handing he people but back control of scotland. what they would do and i ook forward to hearing -- i look forward to hearing them explain why they continue to object policy and
spoke underis house this bill, also regains the set the highest possible standards, and we'll new advantage of these freedoms to legislate in parallel on the environment, on consumers' rights. and i reject, i reject the fear, i think the honorable lady, she maybe wants inexplicable an fear. >> the prime minister is right, monday date to get brexit done. he hat he has not -- what as not earned is the right to shoe horn into this legislation -- a direct attack of the most vulnerable children in the world. people in s that towns like mine, who believe that we deliver brexit, want to our back on decency
and tolerance and kindness and empathy, he's wrong. will he take these measures refugees out of this bill? i understand where the coming from.y is but -- she's wrong on this point. e remain absolutely committed to ensuring that we continue, that we continue in this country receive unaccompanied children as we have done. we've received thousands already. this country has a proud, proud ecord and we'll continue to do so. and i thought she was going to i would be s -- unable to legislate on the environment superior to the e.u. what we will now be able to do. that our ct the idea proceedings must be somehow verseen and manipulated by the e.u. and measured against their
benchmarks. essence of the opportunity of breaks sit that we will no longer outsource decisions. with renewed national self-confidence we'll take them ourselves. and answer to those who sent us here. it was this parliament, this country, that s ed the whole of europe and the world in passing the act to improve the industrial working by law.ns and this house never doubted its pioneer standards for the fourth industrial we did the just as first. making epoch transformation has all the ivotal achievements of british history, affecting the combined national genius of every corner of this united kingdom and in era, our success once again will be achieved as one nation. deal, in this bill, ensures that the united kingdom
leave the e.u. whole and entire with an unwavering northern ireland's place in our union. i happily give way to the -- speaker, to the prime minister, i am pleased that he intervention. the prime minister knows he has the strength and the selection to deliver brexit. also knows that we want to deliver brexit. deliver brexit as one nation, and add that that and that phraseology has been re-injected into this needs to he understand the concerns of arrangements for northern reland, half differentials, potential -- he needs to understand the concerns we share ecause we want to ensure we leave as one nation. and we're not going to resolve will the es today but prime minister commit to proper
and thorough and reconsideration, using the strengths he has to deliver for the entirety of this country? of course, mr. speaker, i understand the point that the raises but ntleman let me remoon you, the deal commits to unfettered access, access.red to all parts of the uk with respect to territorial integrity of the uk. it ensures the northern ireland is part of the uk, customs, erritory and with full benefit immediately from any of our new trade deals as soon as they are enforced. let me just remind -- let me just remind mr. speaker, that applying l provisions the northern ireland which ensure, after all, a very important thing that there is no hard border across the the are d, northern ireland, subject to the consent of the northern ireland assembly, and assembly specifically withholds its consent, unless cotting bly insists on with this approach, then those
arrangements automatically lapse alignment with the rest of the uk. i believe that these the interest erve of northern ireland and the uk as a whole and it's a great deal whole country and we must now acknowledge and begin relationshipfuture with the e.u. our aim is to provide a close friendship between sovereign promote our common interests, inspired by pride in heritage and civilization. establishing, it parameters of an ambitious deep and flexible partnership rooted in our shared and ideals, and standing threats to inst rights and values from without or within. i'm absolutely determined that not be at project will the project of one government or
british but of the nation as a whole. so parliament, as i have said, fully informed about the progress of these negotiations. be fortified by a renewed sense, by a renewed confidence that while it quite a few times -- the policy of the liberal democrats is not to have another referendum. they now -- when they work their we cy -- we should be -- a uld be fortified by renewed -- fortified by a should be we fortified by a renewed sense of that while our democratic institutiones have been tested as never before, if now touse comes together support this bill, as i hope it
history will record that the first act of this new earliest stagets was to break the threads and new a new way through a package through to unsuspected oceans of opportunity. and so now is the moment to come together and write a new and exciting chapter in our national new , to forge a partnership with our european friends, to stand tall in the to d, to begin the healing begin the healing with the whole country. this and notice that spirit of unity commend this bill to the house. house. >> i request that the bill be read a second time. >> the honorable jeremy corbyn. thank you, mr. speaker. over the last 3 1/2 years the mishandling of brexit has delivered nothing but across and idlock,
economic uncertainty. t's paralyzed our political system, divided nations and become a national embarrassment unprecedented scale. we recognize the clear message week, he british last however they voted in the referendum of 2016, and understand, their determination end the never ending cycle of brexit debate and get back to solving the day-to-day issues their allenge them in daily lives so we listen and understand that we can't go on debating what happened n 2016, and we have to respect that decision and move on. however, mr. speaker, nderstanding all of this, doesn't mean that we as a party nd a movement, should abandon our basic principles or ever fairer the demand for a and more just society. we warned before the general election, prime minister's it deal was a terrible deal for our country and we
it's a terrible deal today. i'll give way later on. not, excuse me, it will ot protector strengthen our rights or support our manufacturing industry or our trading relationships or protect our natural world in a time of unprecedented climate crisis. neither will it address the deep nequality in our system or secure the interest of every nation and region in the united kingdom. nstead, under the conservatives, this deal will be used as a battering ram to drive the path of yet more deregulation. a toxic deal with --- --.rump and [inaudible] benefit u.s. drug corporations. >> they will take away the
essential principles we believe in. of a country that looks after everybody. protect those communities left behind by the excesses can of the free market. this deal does not bring certainty to communities or to force.s or the work in fact, mr. speaker, it does the opposite. hard wires the risk of a no year.rexit next i'm sure that will delight many opposite, the benches but not those who suffer the consequences in community and all across the country. will not labor support this bill. remain certain, as we remain certain, there is a fairer way for this country to leave the european union. one which would not risk ripping our communities apart.
public services, or sacrificing hundreds of jobs in the process. >> this deal is a road map for which kless direction in the government and our prime inister are determined to take our country. they have done their upmost to the impact and continue to use gimmicks and slogans to turn away from their real intention. people have voted in the general election. supported the prime minister's deal. he s a democrat, surely people.heed the disappointed in the member.le >> i wish him well. he hasn't listened to anything
that i have said. mr. speaker, on the question, nothing exposes the intention more clearly than the steps they already taken on workers rights. >> for all the promises over the few weeks, that they are at party to protect rights work, at the very first opportunity they have removed provisions they said would be part of this bill. not bode well for a separate bill the prime minister is now saying he'll bring on workers rights. if he wants to assure people are safe in ghts his hands, if he wants to assure their rights are safe in his hands, he should legislate, to ensure workers' rights in britain will european behind the union standards in the future.
nd support amendments to enshrine this commitment within bill. >> yes? >> i thank the opposition for giving way. e're all concerned in this house with workers rights. rights ofdeed, on the approaching retirement. >> he took his policy to the british people. as much as anyone could discern it. election.al he was sought. message does hat he not understand? [all yes] your prime minister, leader, if i may say so, mr. speaker, said the workers' going to be protected. bill.are not in this so mr. speaker --
thanks for giving way. isn't the whole point of this, be diminishing every time. worse orable -- this is than that the one we had before the election, only workers' rights are being downgraded. of the legislature to strengthen -- [inaudible] it's bad for democracy. >> thanks, my friend, for all the intervention. absolutely correct on what she says. mr. speaker, now, mr. speaker, i now move on to what i think is one of the most appalling and what f this bill the prime minister has presented to us this morning. make it clear that i see the government's removal of the protections of this bill for unaccompanied children seeking asylum is nothing short of an absolute disgrace and a piece of dishonesty towards those people who at the moment are clearly
very, very concerned. so after last parliament, i was night, my hip last good friend, lord dubs, has to ensure lessly by the worst t bed aspects of global injustice can be given sanctuary. in its first t week in office has ripped up commitments. this is a move, safe passage as quote, as trulyi shocking, saying it could have nd i quote again, potentially tragic consequences. i think they say this, mr. speaker, coming up to christmas, hame on this government for abandoning children in this way. mr. speaker, on the environment food safety standards this deal points to a complete realignment towards the far protections and standards that operate in the united
states. if this government is set on pursuing a trade deal with the president es, with trump, with precious few bargaining chips to hand, the britain ality is that will have to lower its standards. reality of it.al the european -- brutal reality of it. european union has said it will need a laying playing field the tdz and froegss so choice we now face is between eeping the highest environmental and food standard in order to get a future trade union, or the european slashing food standards to match united states where there are so-called acceptable paprica -- if members
think this is a piece of imagination, on my part, when i first told this i also thought that cannot be the case. absolutely t and it is. we're about to strike a new race with thettom in a deal united states, and i think everyone should be aware and that. of mr. speaker. turning to the arrangements with northern ireland, the prime minister has emphatically laimed, and i quote his own ords, there will be no checks g.b.en northern ireland we have a deal together as we e.u. out of the this is not true. we know in what's carried out by under his dealy, there will be, in fact, an bundance of checks and customs declarations in the irish sea. not only will this have a huge
impact on northern ireland and society it will also have implications for the rest of britain's economy and industry.ing the treasury's own analysis spells it out. the government diverges from the e.u. trading regulations in the future the disruptions that will be put in place between britain and our biggest trading partner. checks, more disruption, is deeply damaging to our trade and for our manufacturing sector. ike taking a wrecking ball to our vital supply chains on the thousands of jobs that rely on them. a ply chains will feel devastating impact from all of this. more akes it even incredible that since agreeing, the government has yet to single bit of evidence or analysis to show it will have a positive impact on our communities
in any way. say to all members, new and old, it is our job in parliament to question, to scrutinize, and government to account day-to-day. if we believe the government is approach, we ng should never be afraid to oppose. our future comes to relationship with the european union and the rest of the world, government t this act in an undemocratic and secretive way. the e.u. and th the united states or anybody else for that matter must be transparently. this country is about, mr. on a major embark change of direction. as we leave a 40-year economic an unknown for future under the terms of the ithdrawal deal, we need, mr. peaker, an approach that puts jobs and living standards first and builds the strongest cooperation with our european neighbors. based on openness, solidarity,
and internationalism. and that mr. speaker, is the approach that will bring an end crisis and bring our country together. you, mr. speaker. >> this debate is the beginning a promise fulfilled. not simply a promise fulfilled by this party, although it's certainly that. it's a promise fulfilled by this parliament to the people of this country. when we embarked on the brexit parliament a ered decision to the british people, we said that we cannot or will not make a decision about our relationship with the european union. the people of this country will decision and parliament will respect that decision. three years of the betrayal of that pact made with people.ish the previous parliament would
not honor the commitments on 80% of the last parliament elected. those who willfully signed up to a manifesto saying it would the referendum and then came to this house an betrayed enjoy the first democratic contact with their voters. so many of mythat new colleagues are taking place did not want -- [all saying yes] >> it's also an opportunity, i say, mr. speaker, an pportunity for you to repair some of the damage done to the someation, to the chair by of the decisions made, and we great u well in that historic time. can i say to my right honorable friend the prime minister he is
absolutely right not to enter into constant extensions to the limitation period with the european union nothing would give the eu less incentive to come to a final agreement with the u.k. than embarking on such a process. we have had the torture of the last few years in which there were endless increases in the timeframe, and we need not go through that again. my right: does honorable friend agree that given that us trail you negotiated trade deals with japan, south korea, and china, all within 18 months, and that we have had 47 years of integration, there is no reason we cannot negotiated trade deal with the eu by the end of next year as long as there is goodwill on its side? dr. fox: my honorable friend puts his finger on the most important point. we will face not a technical issue but a political issue. indeed, the political declaration sets out that we will have no tariffs, no fees, and no quotas in the economic
relationship. that is what normally takes at the time in trading agreements, so it is entirely possible that this agreement can be done. the debate we will embark on is not about tariffs, fees," it's, but it is about regulatory alignment. that will be the central debate in our negotiations with the european union. we need to see this issue and a wider global context. at the wto meeting in buenos aires, it became clear that there are two ways forward in the global trading system. one is the concept of harmonization -- a highly legalistic regulatory means of doing business that says this is the way we do it today, therefore this is the way we will always do it in the future. by ruling -- mr. speaker, this debate we are embarking upon is a clear choice. there was never any point in our future that we were tied to an economic unit that was utterly dependent. there are those in the forthcoming negotiations that
will save it for access to the single market, britain must accept dynamic alignment. in other words, we must automatically change our rules in line with the eu. can i say to the prime minister -- he will have 100% support from the conservative party by ruling out any concept of dynamic alignment which would leave britain in a worse place in terms of taking back the role we actually have as mentors of the european union? mr. speaker, this debate that we are embarking upon is a clear choice. there was never any point in the european debate the option of maintaining the status quo because we either had to embark on our own course, controlling our own borders, our funds, our own future, or we were tied to an economic and political model of the european union that is utterly dependent on ever closer union. i have never believed that ever closer union was in britain's national interest, and if the
bus has got the wrong destination on the front, then the best thing to do is to get off the bus, which is what the british people decided to do. agree with my right honorable friend. does he not recall that the leader of the opposition spent his time sneering at the standards in the united eights, a democratic and advanced economy? however, what of the points he makes is correct. if you look at their standards when it comes to campylobacter uriel infection and also salmonella, they have fewer debts per capita than the u.k. or the european union. they get there by different methods, and they get there better than we do, so we should stop sneering. dr. fox: i hope that my right honorable friend will forgive me if i don't take too much notice of an anti-wealth, anti-american, anti-trade, tired old lefty rhetoric that we got from the soon to be forgotten leader of the opposition.
the debate that we have, mr. speaker, is a very clear one. the prime minister is leading britain in a direction which confident,e a outward looking european union. too many of us, leaving the european union was not because europe was foreign. it is in an era of globalization, europe was not foreign enough. it spent too much time gazing at its own naval and worrying about political integration. we are embarked on an historic and correct course for our nation. i go back, mr. speaker, where i began on the question of trust. in the spirit of the season, let me say that i hope that even hugh grant will watch our seasonal offering this year, which is democracy actually. mr. blackford: thank you, mr. speaker. it is a pleasure to follow the right honorable gentleman from north somerset. i must say, when i was listening to him, you could already see the red lines that caused the
problem for the previous prime minister that are coming back. we are to do a trade deal by the end of 20/20, but at the same time, we are not to have any degree of alignment with european union. when we hear talk of writing into this bill that it's to be a matter of legislation, that there will be no extension, that is a matter of politics, and if the government can legislate for that today, equally it can legislate to remove that burden before the end of 2020, and i predict, mr. speaker, that that may indeed end up the position that we are in because the harsh reality is that by placing that deadline, that that risk of a no deal brexit that we all fear is very much back on the table again. mr. speaker, scotland could not have been clearer last week. , andd not vote for brexit snprning the s&p -- the
with a greater mandate shows that scotland still totally and utterly rejects brexit. yet the prime minister is blindly hurtling towards the cliff edge with these deeply damaging brexit plans that will leave us poorer, that will leave us worse off. this legislation will hit our economy, cost housings of jobs in scotland, sell out our food and drink sector, and harm people's livelihoods. mr. speaker, the scottish national party will not vote for this flawed and deeply damaging legislation. brexitct this toxic legislation and make the case clear that this u.k. government cannot drive scotland out of the before gaining the legislative consent of the scottish parliament. my question to the prime thester -- will he accept devolved administrations have that right to withhold their
legislative consent? will he now enter into constructive dialogue with those that seek to defend our rights -- our parliament in edinboro and our first minister? we know that the reality is that this prime minister will ignore scotland. he will keep plowing ahead despite the fact that scotland voted to remain in the european union and that last week's general election, scotland voted decisively to escape brexit and put scotland's future in scotland's hands. a prime minister -- a prime minister with no mandate to drag scotland out of the european union, it is clearer than ever that the people of scotland must have their say over their future rather than the broken brexit britain that he wishes to impose upon us. >> would you give way? speaker, our: mr. economy will be smaller, weaker, and poorer as a result of leaving the european union.
why? because of the ideology of the brexit fan boys, those in the leave eu campaign that now run this government. mr. speaker, despite the prime minister's assertions, brexit is already having an impact on our economy. chiefis in scotland's economist's state of the economy report shows that continued uncertainty is resulting in a half billion pound shortfall to business investment in scotland. that, mr. speaker, is the price of brexit. and, mr. speaker, it does not matter if it is this brexit or another brexit. the analysis shows that all forms of exit will harm scotland's economy and result in lower household income. >> thank you to the right honorable gentleman forgiving way. he will be aware that before the referendum, we were told that if the country voted to leave, there would be economic
armageddon, that there would be rising unemployment, rising interest rates, and so on. none of it -- none of it actually materialized. why does he persist in notemongering when it has materialized in the past, and it is about time he had confidence in the united kingdom? full rathercup half than being empty. look at the evidence. mr. blackford: mr. speaker, let me speak to the honorable gentleman that we have looked at the evidence and i'm just given him the facts, and the fact is -- the fact is when the brexit vote happened, that the pound fell but inflation arose, and let me just give him two examples of the stupidity of those that want to push ahead with this project. the europeanobs at banking authority. we lost the jobs of the european medicines agency. 2000 well-paid jobs lost in london, and why?
the prime ministers sits in his seat and he laughs. he laughs about the loss of these institutions centered here in london, the loss of influence that we have over the importance of new medicines coming to the united kingdom because that is what brexit is going to do. place in europe" provided detailed analysis on the macroeconomic implications of brexit for the scottish economy, outlining that membership of the european single market and customs union is the least worst option for jobs and investment. we sought to compromise with the u.k. government on that, yet, this government is here ripping us out of these markets, risking great instability and economic chaos. the members on the opposite benches are quite prepared to reduce jobs and opportunities simply on the basis of ideology. mr. speaker, membership is vital for trade. exported 14.9and
billion pounds of goods to the european union, and closing down membership of the single market and customs union is closing down opportunities for scottish businesses. .nd is not just goods the people this government is looking to lock down opportunities for. mr. speaker, approximately 200-9000 eu citizens live in scotland, bringing in new skills and expertise -- skills and expertise absolutely vital to our industries and to the local economy. now, mr. speaker, and a debate earlier on and intervention from my honorable friend from edinboro southwest, the issue of unaccompanied minors was raised. i have to say that on the basis of the response from the prime minister, he clearly has not read his own bill and explanatory notes because let me just read what it says.
subsection onese of section 17 of the eu withdrawal act 2018 to remove the obligation -- to remove, mr. speaker -- the obligation to seek to negotiate an agreement and replace it with a requirement to make a statement to parliament. iat is the harsh reality, and say to honorable and right honorable members opposite, think very carefully as to what you are about to do because you are just about to bring up the drawbridge -- bring up the draw bertsch and stop that right for unaccompanied minors coming to the united kingdom. what a disgrace. what a disgrace. real indication of who are the real separatists, who are the real isolationists in the way that they are seeking to behave, and we should be very afraid of what this conservative government is seeking to do. ministerer, the prime
is simply not interested in scotland's economy. he has made clear with his manifesto mantra that it is all about getting brexit done. getting the prime minister's brexit done will leave the united kingdom 70 pounds worse off than if it had remained in the european union. that's according to a study by the national institute of economic and social research. we know, mr. speaker, that the tories could not care less about scotland alonee of the united kingdom nations is being singled out for unfair treatment. all the united kingdom countries to be taken out of the european union against our will and with no say, mr. speaker. no say whatsoever as to our future. england and wales voted leave. england and wales will leave. northern ireland is getting a special deal and the right to
.ecide their own future the prime minister offers scotland nothing. nothing. -haw, diddlyee squat. that's what we get from this government in their so-called precious union -- nothing but disrespect for our government and our rights. mr. davies: he mentioned england and wales, but in the last election, 16.5 million people voted for remain parties and 14.5 million were leave. they remain vote was divided. does he not agree that the least of this government can do is provide democratic scrutiny and a soft exit that allows alignment with workers' rights, the environment, and scrutiny, importantly, over trade deals with united states and elsewhere? mr. blackford: well, of course there has to be effective scrutiny, but on that specific issue, the legislation offers no
guarantees on workers and environmental standards or, mr. speaker, protection from the nhs for a future trade deal with the u.s. we know it will hit jobs and living standards. it will leave scottish businesses facing competitive disadvantages with businesses in northern ireland. the prime minister can talk about trade deals all he wants, but the harsh reality is that a basic trade agreement of the type he wants to negotiate will lead to gdp being lower by the equivalent of 1600 pounds per person compared with e.u. membership. in all, people are going to be worse off and people can watch and listen to this debate, and what they hear are honorable members and right honorable members opposite laughing. that's the seriousness they show to these crucial issues. mr. speaker, is it any wonder that the people of scotland, armed with the facts, aware of the deceit from the vote leave campaign and the brexit tears in
number 10, came out in huge numbers last week and backed the scottish national party to escape this government's disastrous brexit, and escaping is now the only option to save our economy. we have tried time and time again to compromise, but the tories simply are not listening. that's why yesterday, scotland's first minister wrote to the to transfer power from the united kingdom government to scottish parliament to hold a referendum on independence. the scottish government has a clear democratic mandate from the 2016 parliament election to offer the people of scotland a choice over scotland's future within the terms of this parliament. there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, and let me just nail once and for all this issue about
once in a generation because it was made clear, and the declaration that was signed between the two governments that it did not obstruct a future independence referendum. last week, we won that mandate again. scotland must consent to its own future. westminster, in its arrogance and ignorance, has treated scotland with contempt for too long. it would simply be undemocratic to ignore the world and the voice and the ask of the scottish people. if the tories think scotland does not want independence, then give us our say. what is to be feared by more democracy? everything has changed, and that is why, mr. speaker, the scottish national party today demands if the prime minister is not running scared, give scotland its choice, it's right
to choose its own future. we have a way out of this brexit mess, and i appeal to those in scotland who have supported other parties -- come with us. complete the powers of our parliament. we can escape brexit. we can take our own response abilities. there is a better way out that will secure our economy, allow us to tackle inequality, and deal with the climate emergency. it is not the story brexit. we can save ourselves from that. -- it is not this tory brexit. it is time for scottish independence. [indiscernible] speaker: order, order! order, order.
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c-span. senator bernie sanders holds a campaign rally in the venice, california. he is one of several candidates making their way through southern california following thursday's presidential debate. joining him is representative alexandria courier cortez -- because your cortez who has endorsed senator sanders. california holds its presidential primary on march 3 on super tuesday. author and political commented to -- commentator cornell west made introductory remarks. let the word go forth here and now. we are here to ensure that our dear brother bernie sanders is on his way to the white house with his fantasticnd