Cash warns Boris not to surrender UK’s ‘unfettered sovereignty’ in last-ditch Brexit talks

Bill Cash fires warning over ‘unfettered sovereignty’ of UK

The Conservative MP quizzed Michael Gove on whether there is anything that could undermine the UK’s unfettered sovereignty as trade talks with the EU reach the final phase. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster stated that there is nothing that will diverge from the sovereignty outlined in section 38 of the act that gave effect to the withdrawal agreement. 

Sir Bill said: “Does the Chancellor agree and is there anything in his statement that would be allowed to undermine the unfettered sovereignty of the United Kingdom?

“This is asserted by successive democratic votes as well as successive acts of Parliament, section 30 and 38 of the 2020 Act.”

Mr Gove replied: “My right honourable friend is absolutely right.

“Section 38 of the act which gave effect of the withdrawal agreement upholds the sovereignty of this place.

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“There is nothing in what we have concluded that diverges from that.”

Sir Bill has repeatedly warned against jeopardising Britain’s sovereignty during trade negotiations with the European Union.

On Tuesday Sir Bill told Mr Johnson the whole of the United Kingdom is “watching” his negotiations with the EU over a post-Brexit trade agreement.

The Conservative MP told the House of Commons that leaving the European Union will be the most important moment in British history for 250 years.

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He added leaving the bloc was about freedom and Britain will maintain its sovereignty at any price. 

Sir Bill said: “All I can say, however, is we will be watching all these matters with great diligence and with a constructive approach because I trust when we’ve been through the full proceedings on this Bill and finalising the Internal Market Bill.

“We will hope and trust that the confidence is entirely justified and there’ll be no impairment of our sovereignty of the United Kingdom, which is what this is all about.

“I’ll simply conclude by saying this: not since 1688 have we been faced with a situation of such historic importance, other than when we went into the European Union under the false pretences of a white paper which turned out to be unfortunately misleading the British people.”

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He added: “This is the most important moment in our history in terms of the last 250 years whereby we have regained the sovereignty that was embedded in the arrangements after 1688/89.”

The Conservative MP continued: “This is our sovereignty and we have absolute total determination, as I understand so does the Prime Minister, to maintain that.

“It’s about democracy, it’s about freedom, it’s what Churchill was proud of, it’s what Margaret Thatcher was proud of, it’s what we’re proud of.

“I simply make this final point, we will maintain our sovereignty at any price.”

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