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Caroline demands greater say for Commons on Brexit Stage 2 talks

PM_2_260219.JPGCaroline Flint has secured a further public commitment from the Prime Minister that Parliament will have greater involvement in decisions over the UK’s future relationship with the EU, after Brexit.

The Don Valley told the Prime Minister: “the British public, want us to come to some sort of compromise and move forward” adding “there is agreement with the Withdrawal Agreement, but there are concerns about the future relationship on trade and security going forward.“

The MP pressed the Prime Minister that if the Withdrawal Agreement was approved, “in the next stage – when we get into the detailed discussions around trade and other matters – that this House will be able to, in detail, explore what those options are, be able to debate them, and vote on them?”

The Prime Minister confirmed “in the next state of negotiations there will be a greater involvement for Members of this House than there was in the first stage of negotiations.”

Speaking after the Prime Minister’s statement, Ms Flint said;  “It became clear today, if it wasn’t before, that MPs will have good opportunity to put their case for various options, including a customs union, whilst supporting the Withdrawal Agreement.  The EU have insisted that we can only begin those talks after we leave.

“MPs can expect a greater role when Parliament while considers the future trade and single market questions over the next 21 months of the transition period.  MPs who support a customs union or a Norway option can all vote for the Withdrawal Agreement.

“That way, we avoid a No Deal Brexit; and we honour the referendum and our pledges to the public at the general election.”

Under the UK-EU Deal, only the headlines of the divorce are agreed.  The EU will only discuss the future relationship - trade, customs union, single market access and security matters – once the UK leaves the EU.

 

The full exchange was:

Caroline Flint: Thank you very much Mr Speaker. I think it’s time that we recognise that beyond those who are polarised both in this place [the House of Commons] and outside, the overwhelming number of Members across this House, but also across the British public, want us to come to some sort of compromise and move orward.

For some people, no deal is ever going to be good enough: either those who want to crash out with no deal, or those who want to overturn the referendum. It’s already been said that, in many parts, there is agreement with the Withdrawal Agreement, but there are concerns about the future relationship on trade and security going forward.

Can I ask the Prime Minister: could she assure the House today that if we do agree with the Withdrawal Agreement (and I voted for it once, because I think it’s the right thing for my constituents and the country to move on) that in the next stage – when we get into the detailed discussions around trade and other matters – that this House will be able to, in detail, explore what those options are, be able to debate them, and vote on them?

Prime Minister: I say to the Right Honourable Lady – first of all, I agree with the sentiment she’s expressed, that I think most members of the public certainly want to see this resolved and see us able to move on.

In relation to the future relationship: there are differences of opinion across this House about the nature of that future trade relationship. I have already indicated – as I did a while back – in the next state of negotiations there will be a greater involvement for Members of this House than there was in the first stage of negotiations.

Watch the exchange HERE.

 

 

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