Powers avoid any scrutiny

How can Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP claim that the EU Withdrawal Bill offers the chance for EU laws to be debated in Parliament once they are turned wholesale to the UK (Berwick Advertiser, September 14)?

Tuesday, 26th September 2017, 09:00 am
Updated Thursday, 21st September 2017, 10:29 am

The Bill contains ‘Henry VIII powers’, which enable Government ministers to change much of this legislation behind closed doors without Parliamentary scrutiny.

To make matters worse, through the Finance Bill the next day, the Government’s plan to ensure a Conservative majority on the Brexit select committee was voted through, even though without the help of the DUP it would be a minority Government, thus any amendments to improve the Bill may well be voted down.

Angels for Europe is closely scrutinising the Brexit process. It is one of our campaigning objectives.

We were pleased to see that Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery voted against both these Bills. Unsurprisingly, among the other Northumberland’s MPs, Guy Opperman, of Hexham, and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, of Berwick, voted for both.

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