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A dereliction of duty on trade

18 February, 2021

‘This vote was a dereliction of duty by most Conservative and DUP MPs’ 

• PARLIAMENT has voted to tie its own hands on future trade deals.

MPs voted to drop an amendment that would have guaranteed them a vote on trade deals.

The dangers of high-risk trade deals, such as one with the US or the Trans-Pacific Partnership are real.

They could undermine food standards, raise medicine prices, affect the way public services are run, and hit workers’ rights. And they could also block climate action.

Usually, in domestic law, parliament would get a vote on issues like this.

But trade deals, as international treaties, can effectively override this, which is why it was so important that parliament also got a vote on the trade deals themselves.

This vote was a dereliction of duty by most Conservative and DUP MPs and a power-grab by the government.

LEWIS EVANS, NW1

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