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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Stephen Lloyd Votes In Defence Of Parliamentary Authority

September 13, 2017 12:24 PM
By Stephen Lloyd MP

First of what I think are going to be an awful lot of late votes this parliamentary session!

Ultimately the government won by 36 votes.

I voted against because I think it's a bad Bill and will give the executive enormous power. It will allow ministers to change things where they think it is "appropriate", in theory that makes their decisions even exempt to proper legal challenge.

It could also allow the government to amend legislation without recourse to parliament, which I profoundly believe is simply wrong in a parliamentary democracy.

Some noises off will try to say I broke the promise I made to Eastbourne. I have not, and I never will. I was crystal clear that although I am a Remainer myself, I promised Eastbourne I would accept the result of the referendum, not support calls for a second one, and that I'll vote for the eventual Brexit Bill in two years time when it's back from the negotiations.

And I will, on all counts!

Meanwhile I'll do all I can to lobby the government to get as sensible a Brexit as possible for our nation and that includes voting against an over-powerful executive. We have a long history of bad governmental decisions when their is a lack of proper parliamentary scrutiny.....