Statement on withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU

24 July 2018

Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, made a statement in the House of Commons on the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.

The Secretary informed the House of a White Paper which was published on 24 July 2018, which sets out the Government’s plans for legislating for the withdrawal agreement and implementation period. The Secretary of State went on to state in November 2017, the Government announced it's intention to bring forward a new piece of primary legislation to implement the withdrawal agreement in UK law. The White Paper gives details on the Government's proposals for the new legislation, which will be introduced once the negotiations have concluded and Parliament has approved the final deal. The Government expects to reach agreement in October.

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Keir Starmer, responded on behalf of the Opposition and commented on how if there is no deal, then there would be nothing to implement. The Shadow Secretary also asked if an agreement is not reached until November or December, how would the Government ensure that there is proper scrutiny of the implementation Bill.

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