APPG Co-Chair Chuka Umunna MP says "The Government’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement Bill is totally insufficient"
Commenting on today’s announcement by the Secretary of State for the EU, David Davis, that any Brexit Withdrawal Agreement will be brought before Parliament as a piece of primary legislation, Chuka Umunna MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on EU Relations, said:
“David Davis' announcement just now that there will be an Act of Parliament to approve a final EU deal is totally insufficient: he gave no guarantee of a meaningful vote before 29 March 2019 and this doesn't cover the event of there being no deal.
“Clearly this is an attempt to see off amendments that go much further than David Davis on a 'meaningful vote' - it is vital the EU Withdrawal Bill is amended to provide for a proper, not a fake, meaningful vote before any exit day."Read more
Commenting on reports that the EU Withdrawal Bill will not return to the House of Commons next week, and may be delayed until after the November recess, Chuka Umunna MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on EU Relations, said:
“I am not at all surprised at this delay on the EU Withdrawal Bill – it is a badly drafted Bill, and badly thought through.
“The number of amendments has given Ministers a lot to think about, which shows Parliament is taking back control and is already doing its job of scrutiny well on this.”Read more
Cross-party pro-European group announces new vice-chairs to take the fight against a hard Brexit to Ministers in the House of Lords
The main cross-party pro-European group in Parliament has unveiled its new vice-chairs from the House of Lords, including a former Conservative minister and a former Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Office, who will work together to fight against a hard Brexit in the House of Lords.Read more
Cross-party MPs call for permanent Customs Union membership, warning of Brexit bureaucracy bombshell for business
MPs from across the political parties are today (Friday) calling on the Government to keep Britain in the EU’s Customs Union permanently after Brexit, as the All-Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations releases a report outlining the value of Customs Union membership to Britain, detailing the dangers to our economy and our borders that could be caused if we leave, and criticising the Government’s “irresponsible” and “vague” proposal on customs.Read more
Cross-party parliamentary group demands Parliament has its say on Government Customs Union proposals
Today, the Government has released its position paper on post-Brexit customs arrangements between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on EU Relations, said:
“As the Brexit negotiations go forward, it is crucial that Ministers take positions based on realism rather than wishful thinking. Unfortunately, such realism is thin on the ground in this position paper.
"They might promise frictionless trade, but they are offering a red tape bombshell for British business.Read more