Tory Brexiteer Desmond Swayne appeared to go to sleep within the Home of Commons whereas his colleague, the staunch Remainer Ken Clarke, was talking about EU citizen rights.
Swayne, the MP for New Forest West, flopped on the benches along with his eyes closed for round a minute as Clarke spoke within the largely empty chamber on 16 January.
It’s troublesome to say whether or not the Eurosceptic MP had genuinely fallen asleep or was simply mocking the ex-chancellor-turned-rebel, whose prolonged pro-EU speeches have change into an everyday function in Commons Brexit debates.
Swayne definitely has type: he has ceaselessly been captured sitting behind Clarke pulling drained and exasperated faces because the veteran MP delivers his anti-Brexit diatribes.
MPs had been at this time (16 January) debating the federal government’s flagship EU Withdrawal Invoice, which is designed to transpose EU legislation onto the British statute books as a way to keep away from any authorized black holes when Westminster severs ties with Brussels.
Clarke stated the Invoice, at present on the report stage within the Commons, would have hassle getting by the Home of Lords.
He added: “I hope that the opposite place [the Lords] will make an infinite variety of adjustments to this Invoice.
“The concept that the Invoice with all these Henry VIII clauses goes to have an untroubled passage by the Home of Lords is an phantasm. The Home of Lords, I hope, will throw again among the weird extensions of the Henry VIII precept on this Invoice but in addition among the European issues.”