Labour secured an emergency debate today noting our anger that the UK Government unilaterally pulled the vote that should have taken place tonight on their UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.
I was able to intervene in the Deputy Prime Minister to put to him we could have moved a step closer to sorting Brexit if we were allowed the vote today, and noted how I have been inundated with correspondence from constituents putting forward their concerns on the UK Government’s handling of this.
It is an utter shambles which is harming our businesses – like the important agriculture sector – in Delyn. The UK Government may have saved themselves from tonight’s vote, but they are prolonging the pain for everyone else.
Last night I expressed my utter astonishment that the UK Government thought it right and proper to pull the debate on the Withdrawal Agreement.
I had told constituents that I was going to speak in the debate and I lost my chance because the UK Government knew they were going to be defeated.
The attitude of the Prime Minister and her Cabinet towards Parliament is deeply disrespectful and undermines faith in politics.
During one of the days debating the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement from the EU I was able to raise my concern that the Government have erected the barrier of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) when it wasn’t needed.
For us to have access to the European Arrest Warrant we need to be a member of the ECJ. As my colleague, the Shadow Home Secretary, stated this will prove to be a risky endeavour by the Government.
Five days of debate has now started over the Government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. This is the nearly 600 page document agreed between the UK Government and the EU nations. It is the legal basis for us leaving the EU.
Accompanying the document is a shorter ‘political declaration’. It is not legally binding and includes a wish-list of what the UK Government wants to secure in a future relationship with the EU. Neither of these documents detail how the UK will retain access to key security tools used by our police and security services.
The Home Secretary stumbled over his answer. Obviously knowing that the Government was not seeking to retain these vital tools. Let us be clear, the Government is undermining our security with their agreement and I cannot support it.