Brexit: David Davis slams Labour's stance on withdrawal bill as MPs begin debate

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David Davis has accused Labour of a “cynical” bid to block key piece of Brexit legislation, as MPs begin debating the EU withdrawal Bill.

The Brexit Secretary said the British public “will not forgive” the party if they attempt to “delay or destroy” the process.

It comes as a row erupted in the Commons as MPs began discussing the bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said the bill would “reduce MPs to spectators”.

Brexit: David Davis speaks during the opening of the debate on the EU withdrawal bill (AFP/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn’s party had said they hoped plans not to back the bill at a second reading would divide Tory ministers at a vote next week.

Mr Davis described the bill as the next step in the “historic process” of honouring the EU referendum decision.

He argued that it would ensure “on the day we leave, businesses know where they stand”, and urged all parties to work with the government “in the spirit of collaboration”.

Attacking Labour’s stance, he branded its position as a “fundamental misrepresentation of Parliament”, and “reckless and extreme.”

But Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said Mr Davis is “keen to portray this bill as a technical exercise converting EU law into our law without raising any serious constitutional issues about the role of Parliament.

He added: “It’s an unprecedented power grab. Rule by decree is not a mis-description. It’s an affront Parliament and accountability”.


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