EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:39 pm on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan Chair, Treasury Committee 3:39 pm, 11th March 2019

May I likewise welcome the Minister? Before his well-deserved promotion, he was an excellent Parliamentary Private Secretary—[Interruption.] That was before my demotion, but there we are. Has not Hilary Benn just shown us exactly what the Leader of the Opposition should have done in an urgent question that is entitled “EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes”? The nub of the matter is that we would be better served by a forensic examination of the January letter from Presidents Tusk and Juncker, in which much was conceded by the EU, and that now needs to be turned into legally binding text. Many complain about delay, dither and the consequences for workplaces, but does the Minister agree that all that could be solved if the agreement was passed tomorrow?