The Government’s rewriting of the Withdrawal Agreement breaks international law, makes a No Deal Brexit more likely, and tarnishes the UK’s reputation overseas.
How are other countries meant to take this Government at its word, if it is intent on rewriting an international agreement it made less than a year ago? This just goes to show the world what we already knew: that you can’t trust this Prime Minister.
For any avoidance of doubt, I voted against this Bill. I was disappointed to see the Bill pass, but this is far from over. We now go into committee stage, which on this occasion is a “Committee of the Whole House” stretching over four days, this week and next. The Bill can still be amended, and it still has to pass the House of Lords.
The Government needs to focus on getting the ‘Oven Ready’ deal with the EU, that it apparently already had, and defeating the coronavirus. By digging up these old arguments, it is wasting precious time on issues that were already settled.