Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 9, 2019

How Rosie Cooper Voted

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper voted in support of the Labour MP Yvette Cooper’s amendment to the Finance Bill seeking to prevent the Government from implementing the no-deal provisions of Clause 89 of the Bill without the explicit consent of Parliament  for such an outcome.

As the sensational press wonks claim, on the face of it this might sound alarming, and some media coverage last night certainly felt sensationalist as we heard of a “significant defeat” and a “Brexit crisis”. But in reality, Clause 89 of the Finance Bill concerns minor and technical changes to tax law post-Brexit and the amendment was about anti-No Deal MPs making their presence felt rather than really amending the law of the land.

As Sir Bernard Jenkin explained “This amendment is only to restrict the use of powers in the Finance Bill to make ‘minor amendments to certain taxes, not including VAT or customs or excise duties, in consequence of EU withdrawal’. The proposers of this amendment are attempting to sabotage other government business because they know Parliament has already set the Brexit date in law for 29th March, with or without a Withdrawal Agreement, and they cannot change that. All this would require is for the government to use other legislative means to make any necessary tax changes. It’s not a big deal”.

Talking of “Brexit crisis”, outside the parliamentary lunacy, the real world goes on. The Deputy Calais Mayor says they are preparing for a no-deal Brexit and “we will be ready”. No more trucks will be stopped crossing the Channel than at present, he says. The UK Government’s efforts to move trade away from Calais to other ports are “shocking” and “disrespectful”.


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