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UK’s Withdrawal from the EU

Part of Business of the House (Today) – in the House of Commons at 3:23 pm on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee 3:23 pm, 14th February 2019

The two previous motions, one in the name of my hon. Friend Sir Graham Brady and the other in the name of my right hon. Friend Dame Caroline Spelman, are both incorporated in the Government motion.

With respect to the first motion, there has been no realistic suggestion for a credible replacement to the backstop since the motion was passed and the EU is still saying it will not renegotiate. There is no withdrawal agreement simply because it has not been signed. In that context, the Brady motion was meaningless. Furthermore, as I said to the Prime Minister on Tuesday, article 4 of the current draft withdrawal agreement undermines control over our own laws. That will create uncompetitive havoc for businesses, and for trade unionists and for workers, as the laws are passed by the other 27 member states, as they go through the Council of Ministers, and we will not even be there. The measure also contradicts section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972.