Leadsom offers Brexit law olive branch


Commons director Andrea Leadsom has urged all parties to co-operate to get vital Brexit legislation auspices of.

When MPs return from the party conference season in October, they standing eight days of detailed debate on the first big Brexit bill, the European Confederacy (Withdrawal) Bill.

This is highly controversial because it gives consuls sweeping powers to adjust 40 years of EU law.

Opponents have invoked it a “great power grab.”

Speaking after a bruising week which saw her accused of “jaw-dropping ploys,” attempts to “rig parliament” and “power grabs,” Ms Leadsom told BBC Radio 4’s Today in Parliament that there had been “very much cross banter”, but she hoped all parties would now work together, constructively, in the federal interest.

“When you think about it the Parliamentary arithmetic means that this must be a Parliament that vocations together and collaborates,” she said.

“I wouldn’t be that naive to suggest that Conflict would just want to cooperate, but at the same time I do think that we can develop a good businessman-like relationship across the House to try and get this legislation thoroughly, in the interest of the country.

“Behind the scenes we will be seeking their understandings in terms of possible amendments – we do need to make sure that the Parliament is innumerable collegiate and that Opposition members will feel that they’ve been masterful to feed into the legislation and there will be many opportunities for them to partake of their say.”

Parliament faces some years of intensive legislating to act on with issues arising from leaving the EU, and with the Conservatives lacking an unrestricted Commons majority, Ms Leadsom is offering an olive branch to the other accessories and arguing that it is in no-one’s interest for Brexit legislation to be delayed or stumped.

  • You can hear the full interview on Today in Parliament on BBC Radio 4 at 2330 BST.

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