Government should heed calls on Parliamentary involvement on terms of leaving EU

Commenting after the statement to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to the House of Commons, Pat McFadden MP, of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“If the Government is serious about empowering Parliament, then they should commit to putting before Parliament the pre-negotiation White Paper David Davis has supported. And to giving our sovereign Parliament a vote on the eventual deal once the negotiations have finished.

“The Government cannot dismiss all calls for Parliamentary involvement as attempting to deny the referendum result. The result was a vote to leave the European Union. It did not give the Government a blank cheque on everything from leaving the Single Market to the potential for damaging tariffs and other trade barriers.

“Those calling for parliamentary involvement are not trying to deny the referendum result but to have a proper say on the terms on which we leave.

“Brexit is the biggest challenge facing our country in a generation. As we debate the detail of it, Parliament must be given a voice and a role. To deny it would be anti-democratic and ironic, given the claims of support for Parliamentary sovereignty by leading Brexiteers.”


Just before he became Secretary of State, David Davis wrote about his preference for seeing a ‘pre-negotiation White Paper’ published: