The Exiting the European Union Committee in Parliament, made up of Labour, Conservative, SNP, Liberal Democrat, DUP and Plaid Cymru MPs, has requested five days to debate the final Brexit deal.
If you thought the Queen’s approval of the EU Withdrawal Act was the end of the story, then I’m sorry to disappoint you.
The committee has published a report, entitled ‘Parliamentary scrutiny and approval of the Withdrawal Agreement and negotiations on a future relationship’. The report outlines the views of the committee, including a recommendation that Parliamentarians should be given a whopping five days to debate the final Brexit deal.
The government has already offered ‘sufficient time’ for Parliament to scrutinise the final deal, and it looks like that agreement could be with us by October. Or at least, an outline of the country’s vision of its relationship with the EU will be available by October. This whole process just seems to be taking unnecessarily long.
And when the European Union complains about a lack of progress made with the UK, they’re technically right. The constant demands and complaints by MPs – coupled with unreasonableness from the European Union – has made this process unbearable.
The report, published two days ago, says that the UK shouldn’t leave the EU without a deal if the Commons refuses to endorse the withdrawal agreement. This is the kind of meddling that has made our negotiation position weak.
Some Conservative MPs in the committee didn’t agree with a section that says MPs should be given the ability to request the government continue negotiations, and then decide whether or not to approve the outcome of those further talks. No doubt, this was enthusiastically backed by the Liberal Democrats.
Three Tory MPs also voted against another section that called for Brexit to be delayed If more negotiations were needed.
We have less than a year to leave the EU. It’s taken us two years to get to a stage where politicians are still bickering and figuring out new ways to scupper the process and trigger a new referendum or the cancellation of Brexit. I just hope that Theresa May stands strong and tells the Remainers in this committee to do one.