Consulting Parliament

Exiting the European Union – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th January 2017.

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Photo of William Wragg William Wragg Conservative, Hazel Grove 12:00 am, 26th January 2017

What the Government’s policy is on consulting Parliament on the final agreement on the UK leaving the EU.

Photo of David Davis David Davis The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

As the Prime Minister said, we will put the final deals agreed between the UK and the EU to a vote in both Houses of Parliament. We have always said that we will observe the constitutional and legal obligations that apply to the final deal. As I have said many times, we will keep the House informed throughout the process.

Photo of William Wragg William Wragg Conservative, Hazel Grove

Will my right hon. Friend confirm that both Houses of Parliament will have several opportunities to vote on a wide range of legislation determining substantial policy decisions as we exit the EU?

Photo of David Davis David Davis The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The article 50 Bill will be introduced imminently. A great repeal Bill is to be introduced in the next session—an important piece of legislation that will ensure that all EU law is converted into UK law, including on issues such as workers’ rights and environmental regulations, which I would have thought would matter to the Opposition. There will be subsequent legislation on those and other issues. But that is just the beginning. Exiting the European Union will give this Parliament control of its own laws again. Decisions on policy will be taken here, not in the European Union, and we will be back to being a free country again.