The Government has published a new White Paper on ‘Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union’. It sets out plans to amend the recently-passed EU Withdrawal Bill to allow an extension of the effects of the European Communities Act during the proposed post-Brexit transition period.
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The Government’s attempts to deliver Brexit are descending into utter shambles. Today we have the farcical situation of the Government publishing a new White Paper that attempts to walk back legislation they themselves passed only weeks ago.
“The document makes it clear that if we get a deal we’ll be subject to EU rules and regulations for years to come, at the cost of tens of billions of pounds, but without any influence over how those rules are made and in return for a worse relationship than we have already. This botched approach to Brexit would satisfy no-one.
“But the stark reality that Ministers refuse to face up to is that, although this White Paper assumes there will be a deal, the reality is that there is no majority in Parliament for any Brexit deal, nor for a disastrous ‘no deal’ Brexit.
“With politicians about to leave the chaos of Westminster behind for the Summer, it’s time for the people of this country to take back control of this process and demand their right to a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
Notes to editors
The full White Paper can be read here.