The Conservative MP was involved in a heated exchange with Labour’s, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Bridget Phillipson. The Brexiteer called for the opposition party to declare the UK should “not give up” their rights to fish caught in British waters and the nation’s ability to be independent lawmakers.
Ms Phillipson said: “It is 1350 days since the Government notified the EU of the UK’s decision to trigger Article 50.
“It is 1240 days since the Brexit talks began, 886 days since the Chequers plan was announced to the current Prime Minister by the previous Prime Minister.
“It is little over 500 days since the Prime Minister took office, it is 320 days since the EU Withdrawal Act became law.
“They have had ample time.”
Sir John replied: “Up to this point Labour has always backed the EU position and not the UK position.
“Will she now use the opposition voice to say we should not give away our fish and we should not give away our way of independent lawmaking?”
The Labour MP said: “That is frankly just a ludicrous statement.”
During his appearance in the Commons, Sir John also warned the UK Government has “failed a very simple test” on “taking back control” from the EU.
Sir John continued: “We are taking back control of VAT which was almost entirely under EU control. Yet the minister has failed this very simple test.
“I’m giving ideas to the minister because I don’t think what he has in mind for this Bill is going to quite suit me.
“I want to pep it up. I want to make it more exciting.
“So that we can go out to the public and say, ‘This is the party that’s going to level up, this is the party that knows how to recover an economy that’s been damaged by COVID’.”
Brexit talks between the UK and EU are still yet to break the deadlock.
Boris Johnson will head to Brussels tomorrow to meet with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to try to break the impasse.
Published at Tue, 08 Dec 2020 18:47:00 +0000