07 NOV 2017
EU Withdrawal Bill
Thank you for taking the time to email me about the EU Withdrawal Bill.
I understand there are several amendments to the bill that you would like me to support and I am pleased to confirm that I have already added my name to Dominic Grieve's amendment regarding ensuring that parliament has a vote on any deal.
With regard to amendment 20, asking for a second referendum before we leave the EU, there is no point in giving the EU a direct incentive to offer a terrible deal by promising a referendum in advance.
On the matter of amendment 124, I do not think it is reasonable to back the government in to a negotiating corner by legislating that we must stay in the Single Market.
Lastly, with regard to amendment 131 and the rights of EU citizens after Brexit, I am pleased that the Prime Minister has published an open letter promising to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to obtain settled status in the UK. The letter explains that the government is in touching distance of an agreement on citizens' rights and promises that the process for EU nationals to register to stay in the UK will be streamlined – with EU citizens having a direct say over how it will work. You can read the full piece at the following website.
It is time for EU negotiators to stop using this issue as an excuse to stall progress. In my view the sticking point is almost entirely about the demand for more cash from the UK in return for opening negotiators on future trade. I'm glad however that there has been some concession in that they are now at least discussing trade amongst themselves and I remain hopeful that common sense will prevail in the end. It is clearly in the best interests of both sides.
You may also like to look at the following link which will allow you to track the bill's passage through the commons and lords and to view the text of the bill, explanatory notes and amendments.
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