Yesterday MPs voted on the EU Withdrawal Bill. Luke wrote a short blog and posted a video on his Facebook page about laying out his concerns with the Bill, why it is a cynical power grab by the Government and why he will be voting against it.
Hello #Plymouth – tonight MPs are voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill. It’s going to be a late one, with votes not until about midnight so I recorded this earlier to tell you how I plan to vote. The Government has renamed this from the "Great Repeal Bill", what it should be called is the "Great Power Grab". Labour has been tabling several amendments to remove the so called ‘Henry VIII’ powers that will allow Government Ministers to change any law from Brussels they want and bypass Parliament if this gets through.
These powers are quite shocking. People in Plymouth who voted for Brexit didn’t vote to give Ministers the power to create, amend or scrap any law without going before Parliament. This is a slide towards dictatorship, and removes the democratic rights of our sovereign Parliament. This is worrying when it comes to any law, let alone hard won environmental and worker's rights.
Tonight's vote is not just about voting against the Tories. If this was being proposed by a Labour Government I would vote against it. It is bad legislation that tries to take scrutiny away from elected MP’s, giving all the power to Ministers. The Government shouldn’t be trying to get this through the Commons. We need a sovereign Parliament. I hope all Plymouth’s MPs vote the same and vote against it tonight. This is a power grab that must be stopped.
You can watch Luke's video before the vote:
And you can watch Luke's video the morning after the vote: