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Debate: MPs to debate an e-petition about stopping Brexit if no agreement is reached

15 November 2018

MPs to debate an e-petition about stopping Brexit if no agreement is reached

On Monday 19 November MPs will debate a petition urging the Government “if there is no agreement by the deadline for reaching agreement with the EU during the talks then Brexit should be stopped.”

The debate will start at 4.30pm and will be opened by Liz Twist MP, a member of the Petitions Committee.

The petition

The petition, which has more than 109,200 signatures, states:

"Leaving with no deal will be very bad for businesses and for the Irish border issue and for EU citizens living here."
In response to the petition, the Government said:

“Whilst striking a deal with our EU partners remains the outcome we expect, ‘no deal' plans are well-developed and we stand ready to make a success of Brexit, whatever the outcome of our negotiations.

“We are leaving the EU. That's what the British public voted for and that is what we will deliver.”

Monday's debate will provide an opportunity for MPs to question a Government Minister directly on this topic.

What will the petition debate achieve?

These debates help to raise the profile of a campaign and could influence decision-making in Government and Parliament.

Petition debates in Westminster Hall cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of the petition. Creating new laws, or changing existing ones, can only be done through the parliamentary legislative process which involves a number of debates, and detailed consideration of the law in draft, in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

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