House of Commons

Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly and Frontbencher, has strongly attacked the Conservative Government’s European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. He has indicated that he will vote against the Bill’s Second Reading tonight.

Mr David said that he fully accepts the vote in the referendum to leave the European Union, but he could not support the Bill because it amounted to an undemocratic power grab by the minority Conservative Government.

 Wayne David explained to the House of Commons that if the Government wanted to introduce a law to simply take Britain out of the EU it could do so, but it has chosen to have a piece of legislation which takes power away from Parliament and the devolved institutions. The Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament will lose out he said.

 Speaking in the Second Reading debate, Mr David said: “Unfortunately, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that this Bill has as its primary objective, not so much withdrawing Britain from the EU, but concentrating as much power as possible in the hands of a feeble minority government headed by a caretaker Prime Minister.

 “Under the cloak of leaving the EU, this Government is seeking to emasculate this House and centralise power in its own hands. Rather than looking forward to a new and positive relationship with the EU, this Bill takes us back to the days when the UK was centralised and inward looking. That is why I will vote against this Bill and I believe it is the right thing to do.”

To read the full speech by Wayne David in the Second Reading debate of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill please click here.

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