View from the House: Worst possible moment to leave EU

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 June 2018


Two years ago leading Brexiteers said that leaving the European Union and disentangling our country from 43 years of integration, institutional co-operation, rules, laws and regulations would be easy.

The truth is very different. A chaotic, shambolic government is unable to decide what it wants.

Although resignations have been temporarily avoided, the Northern Ireland border, and transition arrangements are unresolved. The government White Paper has been delayed yet again, until after the EU summit.

This week the Commons considered over a hundred Lords’ amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill. I supported all the Lords’ amendments, including those to keep the UK in the European Economic Area, and to give Parliament a meaningful vote on any negotiated deal.

I also voted to put the deal to a People’s Vote Referendum. A choice to either endorse the deal or to reject it and stay in the European Union.

The G7 summit of Canada, the UK , France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USA ended in acrimony due to the disruptive anti free trade behaviour of President Trump.

After this and US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, it is now clear that the global institutional rules based world order established 70 years ago is over. For the future security and stability of our country, our continent and the world, this is the worst possible moment for the UK to be leaving the EU. In these turbulent times we need more European co-operation, not less.

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