David Drew MP: Law to stop Johnson's stumbling No Deal must be fully implemented
With Parliament reasserting its role as watchdog over government it is time for some hard and unsentimental questions. Firstly Brexit has been festering in this Conservative government’s in tray for over three years. Now it seems that the sum total of all their efforts is to be a hard, no deal Brexit.
Put simply, and in the words of Mr Johnson, after three years of unwarranted secrecy and ineffectual negotiations there is to be no cake and no eating of cake. In real terms that means we leave the EU with no trade deals, either with the EU or anyone else.
As I explained on BBC Radio Gloucestershire this morning (audio below) the effects of Mr Johnson’s crash out will be economically devastating to our agriculture, put our domestic food chain in peril and will have terrible knock on effects on the county’s rural economy.
The Prime Minister’s late stumbling run for a premature finish has drawn devastating fire from his own backbenchers, some of whom, like Sir Nicholas Soames, have voiced considerable doubt that Mr Johnson has been conducting any negotiations with the EU.
The duty of opposition in a free society is to hold the government to account so it is important not only that the bill passes through both houses but that we ensure that it is fully and properly implemented.
We need to get serious. If parliament cannot agree a way forward within itself, then it is our sovereign duty to elicit from government its preferred deal and then subject it, in all its telling detail, to the people of the United Kingdom.