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Clive demands that Parliament has say over Brexit

clive_in_article_50_debate_parliament_cropped.pngIn a passionate speech in today’s debate today Clive Efford demanded that the Government ensure that Parliament was given a central role in scrutinising the Brexit process.

Clive explained that he would he would reluctantly vote for the motion triggering Article 50 because as a democratically elected MP he could not ignore the result of the referendum.  “We can’t say to the public we know better” he said.

He told MPs that it was “folly” to assume, as leave campaigners do, that the UK can just fall out of the EU and rely on World Trade Organisations trading terms without the economy suffering.  

He asked "What is going to happen with those countries who have vested interests, like Spain, who might want to use this vulnerability of the UK to open up negotiations about Gibraltar? Would Argentina start to challenge agreements with the UK to open up negotiations about the future of the Falklands Islands?"

He criticised the performance of the Government – and Boris Johnson in particular – since the referendum “The Government has clearly shown that it is not to be trusted with these negotiations without oversight from the House of Commons.”  That is why it is vital that Parliament has the key role in scrutinising these negotiations “MPs have a duty to scrutinise this process and the Government should not stand in the way of democratic accountability” he said.

To see a video of Clive’s speech click here.  To see a written transcript click here.


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commented 2018-10-17 16:45:49 +0100
Hello Mr Efford. I congratulate you on this speech. Please keep working hard to make sure Parliament gets a say over Brexit. The people should have a say on the final deal and the UK should not come out of the EU without a deal, it is constitutional madness. Also the PM is making the decision of leaving the EU while Vote Leave has been fined and referred to the police for breaking electoral law, and police are not investigating due to “political sensitivities”. Please remember the UK citizens in EU and the EU citizens in the UK that didn’t get a say in the decision that will affect their lives the most. All the best, an Eltham constituent.

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