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The European Scrutiny Committee published today its report “Brexit and the European Scrutiny System in the House of Commons”.

 Sir Bill Cash, Chairman of the Committee, said,

“The Government should be more open about its attitude in negotiations.

"The Government should come to a clear view on where the national interest lies in relation to each dossier, and ensuring that view is communicated to UKREP and to our European counterparties. The Government may consider that there will be occasions when it feels it should vote against proposals it considers to be against the national interest, rather than allowing agreement by consensus. If it does vote against a proposal, it should make sure its reasons for doing so are put on record in a minute statement." ...continue reading

The secretary of state for exiting the European Union, David Davis, made a statement yesterday in the House of Commons abouta White Paper on the great repeal Bill. During the debate Sir William Cash made the following intervention: ...continue reading

Theresa May, made a statement in the House of Commons yesterday on triggering Article 50. Sir William Cash made the following intervention:

The Prime Minister (Mrs Theresa May): Today, the Government act on the democratic will of the British people, and they act, too, on the clear and convincing position of this House. A few minutes ago in Brussels, the United Kingdom’s permanent representative to the EU handed a letter to the President of the European Council on my behalf confirming the Government’s decision to invoke article 50 of the treaty on European Union. The article 50 process is now under way and, in accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union. We will make our own decisions and our own laws, take control of the things that matter most to us, and take the opportunity to build a stronger, fairer Britain— a country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home. That is our ambition and our opportunity, and it is what this Government are determined to do. ...continue reading

In an Article to Brexit Central, Sir William Cash MP, wrote:

"The triggering of Article 50 today by the Prime Minister, to formally notify the EU of our intention to withdraw, has been for me and for many of my colleagues, and no doubt for many readers too, a very long journey. It is 30 years ago that I first tabled an amendment to a Westminster Bill incorporating an EU Treaty, to assert the sovereignty of the United Kingdom Parliament. Back then, it was denied me and the amendment was not selected. One only has to look at the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act to see how far we have come in regaining our sovereignty. The Second Reading in the House of Commons on that Bill was passed by 498 to 114. ...continue reading

David Jones MP, Minister of State, Department for Exiting the European Union, and Sir Tim Barrow KCMG, UK Permanent Representative to the EU appeared on 20 March before the European Scrutiny Committee for one evidence session on EU-UK relations in preparation for Brexit. Please watch the session here.

Sir William Cash was quoted by the Politico and by The Independent as saying:

“Has anybody pointed out to them, or would you make sure that they do understand, that we have been net contributors for many decades to the tune of what is now running at around £9 billion or £10 billion a year, that our accumulated liabilities are offset by the extent to which we have made these massive contributions.

“And perhaps also to bear in mind,” he added, “that back in 1953 there was a thing called the London Debt Agreement, where Germany, for all its malfeasance during the Second World War, and its unprovoked aggression, found that in 1953, in circumstances which were quite remarkable, found that we remitted one half of all German debt.” Bill Cash urged the government to “tactfully” remind EU officials that the U.K. helped Germany waive half of its war debt in the 1950s.

As regards the EU’s plans to take Britain to the International Court of Justice to enforce the so called “divorce bill” of £50bn Brexit, Bill Cash said “I don’t think the International Court has any jurisdiction in this matter.” He then added, “I have no doubt that there will be all kinds of the usual academic suspects running around saying we should do this, that or the other. There is no reason for us to make any payment.”