Liberal Democrats

Withdrawal Bill exhibits the arrogance and incompetence of the government in equal measure

Ahead of the opening debates in the House of Lords on Brexit, Lord Dick Newby hits out at the Government's shambolic handling of Brexit. Read more here:

By Richard Newby, Jan 30, 2018 2:01

Palace of Westminster.

In my opening remarks in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill today, I plan to attack the government's "arrogance and incompetence

I will also highlight the complete lack of progress on Brexit despite the government's own deadlines fast approaching.

This Withdrawal Bill exhibits the arrogance and incompetence of the Government in equal measure.

Our growth rate has fallen from the highest in the G7 to the lowest, the head of the OBR describes the economy as “weak and stable” and the Government’s own assessments of the impact of Brexit on the economy are uniformly negative.

We are hurtling towards 29 March with no hand on the steering wheel.

The Government appears to hope to get to the other side of Brexit by muddling through until the last minute, then leaving many of the critical issues covered by a thick layer of ambiguity in any end of year agreement.

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