Leslie – Government‘s warm words on Henry VIII powers shouldn’t be taken at face value

The Government has today accepted several amendments to its own EU Withdrawal Bill relating to how Statutory Instruments (often referred to as ‘Henry VIII powers’) can be used to amend EU laws in future. 

The amendments, laid down by Conservative MP and Chair of the Parliament’s Procedure Committee Charles Walker, would allow a House of Commons committee to make a recommendation about whether a negative Statutory Instrument process is the right one for changes to EU laws adopted into British law. 

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Despite today's warm words from the Government about restricting Henry VIII powers, we have learnt from experience not to take anything this Government says at face value. Ultimately it will do little to alleviate the wider concerns about the sweeping nature of the powers granted to Ministers by the Withdrawal Bill.

“As well as urgently offering further limitations on the use of Henry VIII powers, Ministers should also accept Amendment 7, which would give MPs a genuinely meaningful vote on any Brexit deal.  

“If the terms of any withdrawal look like they could cause serious damage to our parliamentary sovereignty, our elected representatives and their constituents have every right to keep an open mind about whether Brexit is really the best path for the future of our country.”