Brexit: Government gives MPs just three days to scrutinise EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill

22 October 2019, 08:38

Politicians in the house of commons
Politicians will have just three days to debate the bill. Picture: PA

The Government has published the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill giving MPs just three days to scrutinise the plans.

After John Bercow rejected Boris Johnson's plans to hold a "meaningful vote" on his Brexit agreement, the Government will attempt to pass key Brexit legislation through Parliament over three days this week, Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced.

The Commons Leader said the Withdrawal Agreement Bill would be debated at second reading and committee stage on Tuesday, with further discussion on Wednesday before the conclusion of proceedings on Thursday.

The Bill, which MPs plan to debate on Tuesday, is 110 pages and is accompanied by 124 pages of explanatory notes.

Some politicians have said that the speed of the Government time table means the bill may not be able to receive the proper scrutiny.

A page taken from the governments draft of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill
A page taken from the governments draft of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Picture: PA

The Government have said they intend to hold a vote on Thursday.

The Bill includes a clause which would allow the Prime Minister's deal, which he agreed with EU leaders, to be approved in time for the Halloween Brexit deadline.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said it was "outrageous" that MPs would not have a chance to properly scrutinise the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

"This is a Bill to implement Boris Johnson's deeply flawed plan for Brexit," he said.

"It is outrageous to deny Parliament the chance to scrutinise this incredibly important legislation properly. Ministers are trying to bounce MPs into signing off a Bill that could cause huge damage to our country. We can't trust this Prime Minister.

"The truth is Boris Johnson knows that the more time people have to read the small print of his deal, the more it will be exposed for the risks it represents to our economy and communities across the country."