Johnson revises EU bill to limit parliament’s role in Brexit talks

Johnson revises EU bill to limit parliament’s role in Brexit talks

19 Dec 2019
Protections for workers and child refugees also cut out of withdrawal agreement bill
Boris Johnson’s EU withdrawal agreement bill has been published, with protections on workers’ rights, unaccompanied refugee children and parliament’s say over the future relationship stripped out.
MPs are expecting to vote on the EU withdrawal agreement bill for the first time in this parliament on Friday, as Johnson aims to rush it through its first stage before Christmas.
The new bill scraps or waters down a number of key protections that were in the last one published in October, when Johnson was trying to get the support of some backbench Labour MPs to get it through parliament.

Editorial Defend working-class interests against the Tory wolves in sheep’s clothing

WITH all the false humility he can muster — which is a great deal indeed — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been talking of the votes he received ‘on loan’ from former Labour supporters.
Attracted by the Tory slogan to “Get Brexit Done,” their protest against Labour’s disastrous move towards a “Stop Brexit” stance played a major part in deciding the outcome of this month’s general election.
Many such switchers have not suddenly become loyal Conservatives. They still agree with Labour’s policies for massive investment in public services, renationalisation of the railways and energy utilities, a substantial increase in the statutory minimum wage, a more progressive taxation system and much else besides.

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