EU Withdrawal Bill

This week Parliament started debating the detailed provisions of the EU Withdrawal Bill. I think as every day passes it becomes more and more apparent how undesirable leaving the EU is – particularly if we leave the single market and customs union. I spoke on Wednesday about the legal confusion that the draft bill will create for individuals and businesses who want to know exactly what their rights and obligations are under those EU laws that we would retain if and when we leave.

Today, the Home Affairs Committee that I am a member of, published a report expressing significant concerns about preparations for customs checks on goods coming in and out the UK if we exit. We are concerned that there are quite simply not even close to sufficient resources to undertake that work, meaning significant delays for moving goods, and possibly reliance on moving immigration staff away from their posts. You can read more about that report here –

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