Labour MEPs welcome Lords Brexit report on damaging impact

Labour MEPs for the North East of England, Paul Brannen and Jude Kirton-Darling, have today welcomed a House of Lords report which found that a 'no deal' Brexit would not only be economically damaging, but would also bring an abrupt end to cooperation between the UK and the EU on issues such as counter terrorism, police and security and nuclear safeguards. It would also necessitate the imposition of controls at the Irish land border.

The report states that due to the overwhelming weight of evidence which suggests concluding negotiations before March 2019 is impossible and therefore enshrining the Article 50 deadline in domestic law would 'not be in the national interest'. 

The Committee notes that negotiations on the future relationship could last several years, and that a 'standstill' transition period may therefore be needed to buy time for negotiations to continue beyond March 2019.

Paul Brannen MEP said: "The recommendations made by the Lords are perfectly rational and the government should take note - this is the type of assessment that we need from David Davis and his team."

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP added: "The report could not have come at a more appropriate time. This week has been completely baffling at best even for those of us who follow every single second of the negotiations and to see common sense prevail in the Lords Brexit report is reassuring."

The report is the culmination of an inquiry by the Lords EU Select Committee that started in late September 2017, and saw the committee receive written and oral evidence from academics, the legal services industry, think tanks, business organisations, and former and current politicians and Ministers. This is available to read here: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu-select-committee-/news-parliament-2017/brexit-deal-no-deal-published/.

 

 

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