By European News Correspondent Stephen Bailey.
It’s been revealed that plans for a new EU/UK parliamentary assembly have been described by one MP as amounting to an ‘operation creep’ plot to let the EU regain a degree of control over the UK’s affairs via the back door.
The proposed assembly will consist of 35 members of the European Parliament, 35 UK MP’s and will have influence over the implementation of the Brexit Trade Deal with the EU.
It’s members will collaborate on deciding how the UK will implement the trade deal made with the bloc, receiving regular updates from Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and the EU-UK Partnership Council.
They will make recommendations on how to improve trade ties between the UK and the EU and it’s likely the assembly will include a number of pro-EU supporters.
It was created without a formal Commons vote in early December last year after MP’s let it come into being due to insufficient opposition to force a division (vote on its existence). The European Parliament had given its consent to the assembly’s creation in October last year.
Wellingborough MP Peter Bone has spoken out against these plans, as, he asserts, they risked giving EU politicians power and control over the internal domestic affairs of the United Kingdom again.
Furthermore, he stated, they could be part of an ongoing creeping agenda of Brussels gradually reassuming an increasing degree of control over the UK, letting EU control in again through the backdoor.
Mr Bone explained his misgivings over the creation of the new parliamentary body saying:
‘If it’s intended to talk about our future relationship with the E.U. given half of the members will be from the European Union and the other half from the British Parliament on a cross-party basis, there will be a permanent majority in there in favour of the E.U.
‘One of the reasons we voted to get out was because we didn’t want M.E.P.’s commenting on how we run our country.
‘I don’t want to tell the Germans how to run their country, or the French, but equally I don’t want them having a say about how we run ours.’
The Wellingborough MP went on to explain his concerns that the assembly harbours a worrying potential to develop into something which could damage the UK’s newly reclaimed sovereignty:
‘It’s letting the EU in through the backdoor. It’s absolutely Operation Creep.
‘They might say ‘oh, it’s only for discussion and not for decisions’, but I heard a push in the Commons for widening that and making it a decision – making body.’
‘How ridiculous is that as a situation?’
Mr Bone also stated that:
‘If it’s just a talking shop then it’s a massive waste of time and taxpayer money.’
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