Power to notify withdrawal from the EU

Part of European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:30 pm on 13th March 2017.

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Photo of Nick Clegg Nick Clegg Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union) 5:30 pm, 13th March 2017

Remind me, was freeing ourselves from red tape not one of the principal reasons why Mr Duncan Smith and so many others told us that we should leave the European Union? Yet this Government are going to create a tsunami of red tape, which EU citizens, including my mum and my wife, will rightly resent just as much as this Government have always resented red tape in Brussels. The particular irony is that the Secretary of State and I worked closely together in this Chamber as Opposition party spokespeople 12 years against the then Government’s attempts to impose ID cards, yet I predict that he and his Government will have to introduce something not identical but strikingly similar to the paper trail behind ID cards.