Many people have been in contact asking me to vote one way or another on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill as it has progressed through the House of Commons.
As many people may be aware, one of my duties in the Commons is having the honour of being on the Speaker’s Panel of Chairs. This role is only given to a few MPs by invitation of Mr. Speaker himself. This position sees me chairing debates and legislation when Mr. Speaker is unavailable. When I’m selected to chair a piece of legislation it means I have to remain neutral on that Bill.
I was allocated to the EU Bill and therefore have to remain neutral on it – this is not to say that I cannot vote on other EU legislation in the future or hold the Government to account on Brexit matters. Mr. Speaker asked me to be one of the four MPs – 2 Labour, 2 Conservative – to chair this Bill.
Not many people know what this role entails so here is a short clip of one of the many divisions I called this week on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.