Parliament has ‘clear duty’ to scrutinise Brexit deal, says MP

Waveney MP Peter Aldous.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous. - Credit: Archant

Parliament has a 'clear duty' to scrutinise the deal the UK makes to leave the European Union, an MP has said.

Since the 'Brexit' vote on June 23, there has been much debate about the role the House of Commons and House of Lords should have in the final deal.

Some have argued that the government should simply follow the will of the people expressed in the referendum, but a legal challenge last week means MPs have to vote on the agreement.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous, who campaigned for the 'remain' side, said at a Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning (Friday, November 11): 'We're still awaiting a lot of the devil in the detail.

'The government is set on a course and it will happen, we will be leaving the EU – but there will be plenty of twists along the way.

'There is a clear duty of Parliament to scrutinise the proposal and from my perspective, I'll make sure it's right for this area that I represent.

'Business is carrying on but the message is that we don't want tariffs and that tariffs will cause real problems.'

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He added that how the fishing and farming industries would be affected by the Brexit negotiations would be two key issues in East Anglia.

He said it would be an 'opportunity to address the iniquity' in those two areas, where EU farming subsidies and fishing quotas affect overall profits.

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