Finance Bill

I signed and voted for Yvette Cooper MP’s amendment to the Finance Bill, making it harder for Government to allow a No Deal Brexit without Parliament having a say.

I am clear that a No Deal Brexit would be a disaster for our economy. As Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, I have repeatedly raised concerns about No Deal.

On 8 January, the Government was defeated by seven votes.

This amendment makes Parliament’s opposition to a No Deal Brexit clear and provides legislative safeguards to prevent a No Deal Brexit.

I also voted for Dominic Grieve MP’s amendment to the EU Withdrawal Agreement. This vote was the Government’s second defeat in 24 hours. The amendment means that if Theresa May’s deal is defeated on15 January then the Government has to present a Plan B to Parliament by 21 January.