Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Lord Lilley:

    My Lords, does my noble friend recall the Prime Minister saying at the opening of the referendum campaign,

    “It will be your decision whether to remain in the EU on the basis of the reforms we secure or whether we leave. Your decision. Nobody else’s. Not politicians’, not Parliament’s. Not lobby groups’ … Just you”?

    Does he recall any of the leaders of the remain campaign dissociating themselves from those remarks?

    Noble Lords:


    Lord Lilley:

    I recall them being endorsed by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and others. Would it not be an enormous betrayal of trust and undermine confidence in our Parliament and our system if we were to ignore the result and simply revoke Article 50?

    Lord Callanan:

    As usual, my noble friend makes a powerful point. We need to respect the votes of 17.4 million people, which is a bigger number than the 5 million who signed the online petition.