Briefings Why MPs must act now or risk threat to parliamentary sovereignty

Briefings
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Why MPs must act now or risk threat to parliamentary sovereignty

The government has introduced a new trade bill to parliament. This is supposed to help implement an independent trade policy, but it does nothing to improve democratic accountability. This means that parliament will continue to have no role in scrutinising trade agreements. This briefing outlines why the trade bill needs to be changed to ensure that the UK’s trade policy is subject to democratic accountability.

If the trade bill passes in its current form, Westminster MPs will have less influence over any EU-UK trade deal than MEPs in Brussels or even deputies in Belgian regional assemblies.

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Published January 2018 by Global Justice Now

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