Yorkshire Post - - OPINION -

all sides” to make the most of the hand dealt by the elec­torate. At last.

The sec­ond was by newly elected Tory MP Alex Burghart who said Par­lia­ment’s duty was to get Brexit right. “We should carry on sit­ting un­til our work is done; if we have to sit late, if we have to sit some Fri­days, if we have to think about the length of re­cess, we must. The im­por­tance of get­ting the Bill right goes be­yond those con­cerns. This is a job that re­quires sac­ri­fice,” he said.

Given Brexit was sup­pos­edly about ‘tak­ing back con­trol’, it should mean em­pow­er­ing – and rein­vig­o­rat­ing – Par­lia­men­tary de­bate and sovereignty (some­thing David Davis cham­pi­oned be­fore be­com­ing Brexit Sec­re­tary). It will not hap­pen, how­ever, if de­bate and scru­tiny is sti­fled like this so Min­is­ters can­not be held to ac­count. The con­se­quence will be even more politi­cians from the scripted sound­bite gen­er­a­tion ig­nor­ing per­ti­nent ques­tions be­cause they don’t know any bet­ter.

THE IM­POR­TANCE of de­bat­ing skills was

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