EU let in via back door! Fury at ‘operation creep’ plot to give MEPs say on Brexit Britain

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December 31, 2020 was Britain’s last day under EU laws as the one year transition period finally came to an end. It marked a new era for the UK, no longer bound by decisions made on the continent and free to strike trade deals as it sees fit.

However, Wellingborough MP Peter Bone said plans to create a EU-UK Parliamentary Assembly risked once again giving EU politicians a say over Britain.

Comprised of 35 MPs and 35 MEPs, the new assembly will have influence over the implementation of the Brexit trade deal.

It involves elected politicians from the UK and the EU working together, receiving regular updates from Liz Truss and the EU-UK Partnership Council.

The new assembly is likely to include a number of Remain supporters.

They will make recommendations on how to improve trade ties between Britain and the EU.

“It’s letting the EU in through the backdoor,” Mr Bone told Express.co.uk. “It’s absolutely operation creep.”

“If it’s intended to talk about our future relationship with the EU, 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 on there in favour of the EU.

“One of the reasons we voted to get out was because we didn’t want MEPs 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.

“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.

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“How ridiculous is that as a situation?

“The whole point of take back control was to remove foreign politicians making decisions that impacted this country.”

He admitted that, while he fears the new body will have too much influence, there is a chance it will turn out to be “little more than a talking shop”.

“In which, case what is the point of having it?” he said.

“If it’s just a talking shop then it is a massive waste of time and taxpayer money.”

Parliament voted in favour of the creation of the body earlier this month.

The EU-UK Parliamentary Assembly was created without the need for a formal Commons vote after MPs “nodded through” the forum’s creation due to not enough opposition to force a division.

The European Parliament gave its consent in October.

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