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Monday, 21 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

  Chris Davies (Renew). – Mr President, I have heard the European Union described in Britain as an empire, a malevolent force out to control and constraint. After 15 years in this Parliament, I know that the European Union has many faults, but a malevolent empire it is not. It is a partnership that allows governments to address issues that no one country can tackle alone. It is a champion of freedom and democracy. It is proof, in a world where superpowers can impose their will on small nations, that we are better together. In a continent that has seen centuries of conflict, it embodies the conviction that this must never happen again.

A Brexit deal has been agreed between the European Council and Boris Johnson. But my voters don’t want this deal. They don’t want any deal. They want to remain European citizens and for Britain to be a leader in Europe, not a leaver. We should do all we can to resist Brexit. But if we win or if we lose, whatever, we call upon our colleagues here to build upon the strength of this European Union and live up to its aspirations to be a force for good in the world.

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