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European Scrutiny Committee Chairman and Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash has backed the controversial Internal Market Bill during a scathing rant. While speaking in a committee meeting about Brexit he insisted the current Withdrawal Agreement allows the EU to tie the UK to the bloc indefinitely. He said the committee had spoken to experts both in favour and opposed to Brexit before warning about the EU’s ability to maintain its ties with the UK after the transition period ends.
Sir Bill said: “The European Scrutiny Committee took evidence from a wide range of academics of great eminence.
“They took it from both sides that could be generally described as the pro and anti-Brexit divide.
“They were all agreed that there were serious questions remaining on the table regarding the jurisdiction of the European Court itself.
“Also the agreement was pretty well-riddled with a whole range of matters in respect of which EU law would continue.”
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Sir Bill noted another issue he felt was an area of serious concern for the UK.
He continued: “There is another issue, which is the power that is given under the Withdrawal Agreement to the European Union institutions.
“Effectively, after we have left on 31 December, they would be able to continue to make laws and the European Court would continue to have degrees of jurisdiction and we would not be at the table.
“Furthermore the consequence of that would be that they do it by majority vote over our heads into the indefinite future.”
Sir Bill said by allowing this to continue it ultimately threatened the UK’s sovereignty.
He said: “All I would say is on the question of the importance of Section 38 and the powers that have been taken under this UK Internal Market Bill remain at the heart of our sovereignty.
“There is every reason to assert that we are not going to remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court or the law of the European Union.”
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The UK’s determination to make amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement initially sparked outrage with the European Union.
The bill was passed by MPs last week – and it will soon be discussed by peers in the House of Lords.
The European Commission has launched legal action against the UK over the Internal Market Bill.
Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, announced that the UK had been put on formal notice.
“We had invited our British friends to remove the problematic parts of their draft internal market bill by the end of September,” she said.
“This draft bill is, by its very nature, a breach of the obligation of good faith laid down in the withdrawal agreement. Moreover, if adopted as is, it will be in full contradiction to the protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland.”
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