In response to all the emails and messages I’m getting, I confirm that I will be voting AGAINST the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and also AGAINST the Government’s programme motion this evening.
If passed, the Bill will ratify the Withdrawal Agreement reached with the EU earlier this month and provide the legal basis for implementing this agreement.
After MPs vote on whether to allow the Bill to pass its Second Reading, we will be asked to vote on the Government’s Programme Motion for the Bill. This essentially lays out the timetable for the rest of the Bill’s passage.
If it is agreed, we will be expected to get through all of the Committee Stage of the Bill tonight and tomorrow. Given the amount of votes this is likely to involve, there will be very little time for actual debate. We would then be expected to complete the Third Reading on Thursday.
The timetable proposed by the Government is totally inadequate and gives us nowhere near enough time to scrutinise the 110 page Bill. This is an extremely complex and vital piece of legislation and the Government’s plans give us nowhere near enough time to address its serious flaws.