17 December 2018
Andrew Bridgen raises concerns with the Prime Minister that the backstop would really be temporary

Andrew Bridgen raises his concerns that, despite the Prime Minister’s assurances it would be temporary, if the House approved the withdrawal agreement we risk being trapped in the backstop indefinitely.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

Despite assurances from the Prime Minister that the backstop would be temporary, I remain very concerned that if this House approves the deeply flawed withdrawal agreement, we risk being trapped in the backstop indefinitely. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that income tax was introduced in 1799 as a temporary measure to pay for the Napoleonic wars?

The Prime Minister

I am interested in the historical link my hon. Friend draws on this matter. I recognise that he and others have concerns about the backstop, and I continue to work to provide the assurances that I hope would enable him to accept a deal and make sure that we leave the European Union with a deal.

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