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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: I have listened to this entire debate with close interest. I think that we are all agreed that we want an orderly process for leaving the EU, which means a sensible withdrawal agreement along with a clear and detailed commitment to an EU-UK trade agreement and a period of implementation, but I also think we all agree that if no satisfactory agreement arrives, we still all voted to leave the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: I will come back to the way Parliament interacts with the process, but it would be really rather foolish for this House and the Government to premise all their plans on the basis that that request would be acceded to, because it would require unanimity. I have not heard a single public statement from the EU or a European diplomat that suggested for a moment that they would countenance...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: As I say, it is not something that we can bank on. May I just deal with this question of what is a meaningful vote? I cannot find anything clearer than the ministerial statement that was issued this morning. It says that “the Government has committed to hold a vote on the final deal in Parliament as soon as possible after the negotiations have concluded.” It continues: “This...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: The right hon. Lady knows as well as I do that the intention is to try to conclude an agreement by October 2018, but, again, there is no guarantee of that fact, in which case the resolution will be tabled soon after 2018. May I just point out that amendment 7, proposed by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield, is trying to create a meaningful vote by turning this...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: Yes, a statute has been promised, but not as a means of second-guessing the negotiations. At what stage in the passage of the statute does my right hon. and learned Friend expect the Government to use that moment and say, “Oh, well, they haven’t agreed with this bit of the agreement; we’ll have to go back.” Is it during the passage of the statute that the negotiations...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: Actually, that option is not available, because article 50 has a deadline, and when that deadline runs out, we leave. There is no requirement for a withdrawal agreement or a statute for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: It is wishful thinking that the deadline will be extended. Where I disagree with my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield is over the fact that, somehow, he thinks that the withdrawal agreement is necessary for us to leave the European Union and that the statute for the agreement is therefore necessary. Unfortunately, it is not. He voted for article 50, which triggered the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: This is not the moment to try to defeat the Government, when there is another opportunity to amend the Bill at a later date.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: This is not the moment to try to defeat the Government, when there is another opportunity to amend the Bill at a later date, if a satisfactory discussion cannot be held. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield has been very conciliatory.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: Well, continue the discussions.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: No, I will not give way. I keep hearing my right hon. Friend saying, “It’s too late.”

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: I have heard my right hon. Friend saying that.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: I will give way to my right hon. Friend the Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey).

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: I think that some people in this House might be trying to delay Brexit, some of whom may be supporting the amendment of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield, but I perfectly accept his bona fides and those of my right hon. Friend the Member for Wantage. I simply conclude that there is an opportunity for the discussions to continue. It is not necessary to bring this...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: I am listening very carefully, but clause 9 is not about implementing our leaving the European Union; it is about implementing a withdrawal agreement. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) did not vote for article 50, but my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) did. That is when he voted to leave the European Union and that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: I am listening carefully to what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but is it really that unreasonable that the Government might need to avail themselves of these powers in clause 9 while the withdrawal and implementation Bill is proceeding through the House of Commons? If the timetable is compressed, that Bill would not be on the statute book and the powers there would not be available. So clause...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on that point?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: Can the right hon. Lady explain how the timing will work? If there is to be legislation to approve a withdrawal agreement before March 2019, what happens if the agreement is reached too late to allow that legislation to go through all its stages—[Interruption]—or is this a plan to delay the Brexit date?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Bernard Jenkin: The whole point of this Bill is that it is taking back power to this country and this Parliament, so that we can decide for ourselves what will happen. All the significant powers in the Bill are subject to the affirmative resolution and those that are not will now be subject to a sifting committee. We are recovering from a situation where, as members of the European Union, we had handed over...


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