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The debate over the Benn bill is plagued by a fundamental misunderstanding

Contrary to some claims the bill does not grant the EU the power to extend membership indefinitely

By Steve Peers   October 2019

Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/PA Images

In order to avoid imminent no-deal withdrawal from the EU on 31st October, the Labour MP Hilary Benn has proposed a bill on extending EU membership. The bill (which might be amended, or might not ultimately become law) has has attracted controversy from those who argue that it would mean that the EU would get to decide how long the UK remains a member state. John Longworth, chairman of Leave Means Leave, is one culprit. Another is MP Bill Cash. But this reading is…

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