Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown urges MPs to scrutinise draft Brexit agreement fully before opting for no deal

15th November 2018

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on her draft Brexit agreement, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown urges Members of Parliament to scrutinise the agreement in its entirety and judge whether it is truly in the national interest to crash out of the EU with no deal.

I have no doubt that my right hon. Friend has in good faith negotiated the best deal on the withdrawal agreement that she could. It does not please Brussels, it does not please London, and it probably does not please any Member of this House; nevertheless, do we not owe it to the British people to scrutinise it carefully, together with the remaining documents that my right hon. Friend will bring back from the summit in November, to see whether it is in the best interests of the British people, rather than crashing out of the EU with no deal?

It is important that there is some further negotiation to fill out the details of the future relationship, and as my hon. Friend says, it will be important for Members of this House, when they have the meaningful vote, to consider those documents, alongside the analysis that the Government will provide, so that they have the full information to be able to take that vote and, as he says, in doing so recall the duty that I believe we have to deliver on the referendum vote.

 

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