Brexit: EU offer is ‘not acceptable’ says Alex Phillips
Alexandra Phillips told talkRADIO that there is not enough time to properly scrutinise any agreement that the EU and UK agree upon. She added that there will be at least one “horrible condition” in the 1500 page document if the Prime Minister rushes the agreement through Parliament.
Ms Phillips said: “The problem with these eleventh-hour talks is that concessions will be made.
“At this point what the EU is offering us is really not acceptable.
“My big concern actually is that there will be big concessions and we only have a matter of weeks then for our Parliament to ratify it and the EU Parliament to ratify it.
“There is no time now to scrutinise whatever Boris Johnson brings back.
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“We are talking about 1500 pages of dense legalese.”
She continued: “My concern is that Boris Johnson did this last time with the withdrawal agreement.
“He hurried it through Parliament as fast as possible and then down the line, we have found out that we need to create new legislation to counteract some of the more toxic elements of that withdrawal agreement because he had accidentally annexed Northern Ireland to a foreign power.
“So if you rush these things last minute there is a big risk that we are going to end up with a pretty horrible condition in what will be a new international treaty.”
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Another former Brexit Party MEP, Ben Habib also questioned if there is enough time left to get a potential Brexit trade deal with the EU through Parliament.
He said: “This is getting remarkably close to the wire now.
“I think we’ve got sort of eight days of parliamentary time left before the end of the year.
“So how we get all of this done in time for December 31 is going to be really interesting to me.”
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On Saturday, Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen issued a joint statement revealing they had agreed to undertake further negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal.
The statement stated: “Significant differences remain on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries.
“Both sides underlined that no agreement is feasible if these issues are not resolved.
“Whilst recognising the seriousness of these differences, we agreed that a further effort should be undertaken by our negotiating teams to assess whether they can be resolved.”
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