Brake – Government attitude risks turning Amendment 7 vote into a sham

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, today admitted that MPs won’t have the “full details” before them when they vote on any Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Talking to Bloomberg Television in Davos, he was asked “Do you expect the details of the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU to be laid out clearly and in full by the time Parliament votes on the withdrawal deal?” Hammond replied “Probably not the full details but we would expect the high level shape of the future relationship to be emerging by that time.”

Commenting, Tom Brake MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The Government’s attitude towards our sovereign Parliament is threatening to turn their stunning defeat over Amendment 7 into a sham.

“How can Parliament have a meaningful say over the terms of withdrawal from the EU if they don’t even know the full details about where we are heading before they vote on it? That doesn’t sound much like ‘taking back control’.

“Clearly, MPs from all political parties will have to fight to ensure the Government does not side-line Parliament from the Brexit process. Ministers must not be allowed to turn these negotiations into an executive power-grab.”

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Notes to editors:

The full story on the Chancellor’s comments is available here.