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Withdrawal Agreement Bill: serious, complicated and requiring thorough scrutiny

The legislation to implement the PM’s Brexit deal cannot just be nodded through

By Jill Rutter  

Parliamentary scrutiny is essential. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill is a serious piece of complicated legislation.  Parliament should treat it as such.

The government has only been able to produce the bill at such short notice because most of the Johnson deal agreed with the EU last week is lifted straight from the deal that Theresa May signed off almost a year ago. But May’s secretive government, and Johnson’s sceptical government, never gave MPs any chance to have a look at how they proposed…

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