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Taking back control

July 18, 2022 6:08 PM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

g662m (Photo by Gary Runn on Unsplash)One of the big referendum claims was that leaving the EU would allow us to take back control of our affairs. That our Parliament would get to make all the big decisions.

As a simple statement it has great appeal

The reality however seems to be very different.

After leaving the EU we were assured countries including the US would be lining up to do trade deals with us (although the reality has been somewhat different) and in increasing desperation for good news deals were finally announced with we had agreed deals with Australia and New Zealand

Given the focus on giving power back to Parliament it therefore seems odd that ministers plan to break a promise to give MPs a final say before approving the deal with Australia.

The agreement will now clear parliament on Wednesday under an obscure behind closed doors process without a full debate in parliament: this despite polling which found that 78 per cent of Britons want MPs to debate the pros and cons of new trade deals before they come into force.

We maybe being cynical, but it could be that with the deal forecast to add just 0.08 per cent to the economy and by 2035 and with the government's own impact assessment showing that the deal will cost farmers and food producers almost Β£300m, despite Boris Johnson's vow to "protect" them, there is embarrassment about the deal having too much public scrutiny

The deal also dropped a pledge to bind Australia to the 1.5C global temperature rise target at the heart of the last year's Cop26 climate negotiations. which is rather ironic as Britain faces its hottest ever day!

None of this is of any interest to our lame duck prime minister who ducked a meeting of the COBRA emergency committee over the weekend called to discuss preparations for the heatwave so that he could host a farewell do at Chequers