Withdrawal Agreement Bill Friday

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Secondly, I would like to talk about a subject – which has already been circulated during the debate – in which the Prime Minister`s statements again go directly against the agreement he negotiated. The Protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement on Ireland and Northern Ireland – in Article 5, paragraph 4 – says former Prime Minister […]

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Secondly, I would like to talk about a subject – which has already been circulated during the debate – in which the Prime Minister`s statements again go directly against the agreement he negotiated. The Protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement on Ireland and Northern Ireland – in Article 5, paragraph 4 – says former Prime Minister Sir John Major: « For generations, Britain`s word – solemnly given – has been accepted by friend and foe. Our signature on every contract or agreement was untouchable. The Prime Minister was rightly very concerned about holding the general election before the law was considered. If we go through the bill in detail, the impact of its agreement on the United Kingdom will become clear. The agreement will seriously damage our Constitution and our economy, and members of the government will have much to explain to their constituents if these effects manifest themselves in the years to come. Asked whether the legislation would be the same as that introduced in the last Parliament, the spokesman said: « You will have to wait for publication, but it will reflect the agreement we have reached with the EU on our withdrawal. » Some members of the opposition – I am sure these points were very valid in their view – have points that are missing in this bill, but which were represented in previous proposals. I say to these members that they have had their chance. They would have voted in favour of the withdrawal agreement in the spring and have the things they deplore today. You could have supported this withdrawal agreement a few weeks ago. The things they regret now were in the previous Bill, but they decided to play party politics and make a huge game.

I`m sorry, but this game has been lost. The British people have spoken. We will end the uncertainty and cause Brexit. First of all, there is no agreement on the table. Article 33 reintroduces the great danger that we risk leaving the European Union without an agreement, and the consequences are bleak. There is a risk of peace if we do not have an agreement with the European Union, if we consider where it would leave relations for the people of the island of Ireland. No agreement could create significant problems for medical care on inter-road roads, which would have a direct impact on the health and lives of the British people, and we know what no agreement would mean for the food supply. The reintroduction of this risk by the bill is a major mistake. I will not look at all the reasons why the idea that it is necessary for our negotiating position is wrong, because we know it is wrong.

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