Umunna – Withdrawal Bill delay shows Parliament is taking back control


Commenting on reports that the EU Withdrawal Bill will not return to the House of Commons next week, and may be delayed until after the November recess, Chuka Umunna MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on EU Relations, said:

“I am not at all surprised at this delay on the EU Withdrawal Bill – it is a badly drafted Bill, and badly thought through.

“The number of amendments has given Ministers a lot to think about, which shows Parliament is taking back control and is already doing its job of scrutiny well on this.” 


Notes to editors:

About the APPG on EU Relations:

The APPG on EU Relations was established at the start of the newly elected Parliament in July 2017. Its members work together to campaign in and out of Parliament with the following objectives:

  1. To ensure the UK does not exit the European Union without an agreement on the terms of its withdrawal and future relations with the EU;
  2. To ensure that, in the negotiation with the UK's EU partners, all options are kept on the table; and,
  3. To secure the closest possible working with relationship with the EU and its 27 member states. 

The co-chairs of the APPG are Chuka Umunna MP and Anna Soubry MP and the vice-chairs are Caroline Lucas MP, Jo Swinson MP, Stephen Gethins MP and Jonathan Edwards MP.

The Secretariat for the APPG on EU Relations is provided by four pro-European groups: Open Britain, Best for Britain, European Movement, and Vote Leave Watch. Though the groups broadly support the APPG, the APPG speaks on behalf of its Parliamentarians and not on behalf of those groups.  

For information about the APPG, please visit our website: