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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Leader of the Liberal Democrats 4:00 pm, 22nd October 2019

I entirely agree. The hon. Gentleman is right to say that this Government are acting in a nationalist way. The Prime Minister of our country should take his responsibilities to protect the United Kingdom, our family of nations, much more seriously.

We also know that this Brexit deal will be bad for environmental protections, because even the weak protections that had been agreed by the former Prime Minister have been removed from the withdrawal agreement and put in the political declaration, where they are not worth the paper that they are written on. On workers’ rights, the same is true. There are no guarantees or protections that we will retain the advantage that we have as current members of the European Union, nor indeed that we will keep pace with future regulation.