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EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:37 pm on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee 3:37 pm, 7th January 2019

First, may I endorse the comments by my right hon. Friend John Redwood about the money side of things? It is not just that the backstop is not sufficient in itself. It is a vital issue, but it is not the whole story by any means. We have the European Court of Justice, the question of control over laws, the question of the extension of time under article 132, the issue of state aid and the incompatibility of the agreement with the repeal of the European Communities 1972 Act. So many aspects of the withdrawal agreement are, if I may say so to the Secretary of State, matters that go way beyond mere reassurances. Reassurances will get nowhere. They are certainly not going to convince anybody who is thinking hard about this when it comes to the vote next week.