Veteran eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash said the Government should be 'readier' to vote against new EU law
Sir Bill Cash warned over the next two years, in which the UK will negotiate its departure from the Brussels-based bloc, it is “as important as ever” for Parliament to closely inspect new EU diktats.
The Government have promised to Brussels the UK will abide by all EU rules before the country formally completes its exit.
But Sir Bill urged UK officials to be “readier” than ever to vote against new Brussels proposals amid fears they could restrict Britain’s options post-Brexit.
The prominent eurosceptic chairs the House of Commons’ European Scrutiny Committee, which today released a new report on how new EU laws will be examined by MPs during the Brexit process.
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In a comment piece for The Times, Sir Bill wrote: “We are very clear that it is as important as ever to keep a close eye on evolving EU legislation while the nature and depth of our future relationship with the EU is being negotiated.”
He added: “It may now be appropriate for the Government to be readier to vote against proposals if it does not manage to negotiate satisfactory changes, and to make sure its objections and the reasons for them are included in the official record.
“EU legislation currently being discussed in Brussels will not simply have implications for the remaining EU countries, or for any transitional arrangement applicable to the UK between our formal departure and the entry into force of a comprehensive new trade agreement with the EU.
“Matters already under discussion pose a risk that, as our former ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, said, ‘If we are not careful, we will be bound by it in some way that constrains our room to manoeuvre post-Brexit’.”
Brexit supporters have already raised fears a huge swathe of new EU laws are waiting to be unleashed over the next two years, with any controversial legislation having previously been held back until after Britain’s EU referendum.
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It may now be appropriate for the Government to be readier to vote against proposals
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The European Scrutiny Committee said, while it did not want the UK to be seen in Brussels a "wrecker", EU legislative changes could make a "significant difference" to the context of the Brexit negotiation.
The cross-party group of MPs insisted it would be “imprudent" to assume measures currently under consideration would have no impact on the UK after 2019 and ministers should be ready to vote against those they considered to be misguided, rather than allow them to proceed by consensus.
They said: "In negotiating exit, the UK Government needs to be alert to the negotiations on current business; it cannot start from the assumption that EU policy and legal frameworks are fixed.
"Rather than driving away from a fixed petrol pump, Brexit is analogous to disengaging from mid-air refuelling. Both parties are moving; the challenge is to separate them without either losing momentum.
"We note that the UK on its own will not constitute a blocking minority. We consider that it may now be appropriate for the Government to be firm in its attitude to proposals it considers misguided, and to be readier to vote against such proposals if it does not manage to negotiate satisfactory changes."