Liam Fox appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme this morning to claim that the decision of the House of Lords to amendment the EU Withdrawal Bill to strengthen accountability of ministers was anti-democratic.
Dr Fox also refused, repeatedly, in the same interview to acknowledge that Parliament has the powers to legislate for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal as a way out of any impasse on Brexit.
Commenting, Wes Streeting MP, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Liam Fox’s fundamental problem appears to be that he is frightened of democracy and parliamentary sovereignty.
“On the Today Programme this morning he completely mispresented the decision of the House of Lords to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill yesterday.
“The amendment the Lords passed gives power to the House of Commons – and the Commons alone – to hold ministers to account on any withdrawal agreement. It doesn’t give the Lords any matching power.
“So why is Liam Fox so afraid of a more powerful House of Commons? Is it for the same reason that he repeatedly refused to admit that Parliament also has the power to give the decision about the final Brexit deal to the people?
“Brexit is a big deal, but it is not a done deal and Liam Fox needs to understand why more and more people are demanding a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal: they believe, and they are right to believe, that this decision is too big to be left to comfortable and complacent politicians like Liam Fox and has to be in the hands of the people as a whole.”