-prevent govt from collecting taxes/duties for territory without reciprocity
-NI can't be in separate customs territory to GB
-have to pass Act of Parl to participate in customs union
-remove powers to govern VAT of goods from territory if in a customs union with it 2/
1st is most difficult for govt as it goes against the govts customs proposal which would require the UK to collect tariffs on behalf of the EU
THREAD: Today's events in Westminster - which relate to the process and not the substance of Brexit - do not change the fundamental mess and chaos of Brexit. The UK is heading for a bad Brexit deal but its not a done deal - a lot will happen between now and the Autumn. /1
Its disappointing the so called "Grieve 2" amendment did not pass this afternoon (I,of course, voted for it) but significant that Ministers were forced to climb down and issue a statement acknowledging Parliament's vital role at the end of the process. /2
There are still 5 #Brexit related Bills still to make their way through Parliament which are legally binding and amendable: Customs Bill; Trade Bill; Fisheries Bill; Agriculture Bill; and, Immigration Bill. There will also be a huge number of statutory instruments to pass too. /3
NEW: Dominic Grieve’s ‘meaningful vote’ amendment as tabled in the Lords by Lord Hailsham. Be in no doubt- if the Govt renege on their promise to adopt its principles, this will pass in the Lords on Monday and we’ll have the numbers to pass it in the Commons afterwards #Simples
What is going on is very straightforward: the hard right of the Tory party want the Govt to have a passport to crash out of the EU with no deal if Parliament rejects the Brexit deal - the PM, their hostage, doesn’t have the numbers in the Commons for this #EUWithdrawalBill
A prediction for next week: if he hasn’t already done so, Brexit Secretary @DavidDavisMP will threaten to resign if the PM gives in to the Tory rebels and accepts the UK cannot crash out of the EU with no deal unless Parliament approves it #EUWithdrawalBill
OK, Today is huge. Today we find out how sensible our MPs are. Whether they'll let Brexit be a disaster, or whether they'll fight to protect British jobs, British Rights, and British Prosperity. #EUWithdrawalBill
Thread of relevant tweets:
Sometimes voting can seem far too meaningless. For Remainer Now people, it might seem monumental. But democracy means review, oversight, and the option and processes to change our minds and course as a country if we need and want to. Remainer Now peeps, want to come to the Lords?
We've booked a room in the House of Lords, and have a bunch of peers of the realm eager to hear from you. If you can come to London on Tuesday 24th April, and can get to Westminster between 12 and 2.30pm, we'd love to have you. Get in touch.
To clarify, this event at the Lords is only for #Remainernow people. A number of #bregretter ladies and gents are already attending but the Lords are keen to hear as many stories as possible so please do reach out if you can attend. #EUWithdrawalBill
A key feature of the Lords #EUWithdrawalBill report is the number of places in which it states that the Bill, as drafted, is "constitutionally unacceptable" or "not constitutionally necessary or appropriate". That may be the most important aspect for non-lawyers to understand.
1. Worst national leadership in my lifetime forcing through the most damaging, misguided & missold policy I can remember. Ideology & vested self interest replace statesmanship, soundbites replace sound judgement & autocracy subverts democracy. #Brexit harms us irreparably #FBPE
2. A flawed Leave campaign based on lies, deceit, disingenuity & over simplification & a #Remain one fought w/o any positivity from the Govt & no real commitment from Labour, whose leader was virtually AWOL, did no justice to #Brexit complexity & betrayed our democratic process.
3. A mere 37% of voters/26.5% of the Ppl voted leave in a legally Non-Binding test of public opinion which has been corrupted, on the basis of an illegitimate political promise & interpreted as being the irrefutable Will of the Ppl.
The 1st is insufficient to claim the latter!