Exit the EU at midnight European time? Not on Frank Field's watch | John Crace

The Labour MP is fed up with the EU always getting all the good stuff, like Christmas, an hour before us

Finally the nitty-gritty. With just eight days to go line by line through 200 pages of amendments, time was of the essence as the Commons began its committee stage reading of the government’s EU withdrawal bill. So Labour’s Frank Field chose to focus on the big issue. The timing of Britain’s exit from the EU.

Field wasn’t at all happy with the fact that the government had agreed to leave at midnight European time on 29 March 2019. In fact, it was an outrage. Field was fed up with the EU getting all the good stuff, like Christmas, an hour before us. So what he wanted was to bloody well make the Europeans wait an extra hour until midnight British time for the pleasure of us telling them to sod off. That would show them.

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