International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has claimed that MPs will not get to vote on post-Brexit trade deals, despite their potential impact on the future of the country.
Speaking to the International Trade Committee this morning, Truss was asked by Labour MP Owen Smith whether she will provide Parliament with a yes/no vote on future trade agreements.
However, Truss flatly rejected this idea, saying that international treaties are an “executive prerogative” (i.e. they are negotiated and approved by the government alone).
This would essentially mean that the Prime Minister and a small group of Cabinet ministers would be free to fundamentally restructure Britain’s economy, without asking for Parliament’s consent.
Reacting to Truss’s statement, trade expert David Henig was not too impressed with this idea. He tweeted: “If you should learn at least one thing about the last three years it would be that government cannot ignore Parliament in making international treaties, particularly those with wide public interest.”
If Truss gets her way, and if Parliament approves Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, MPs will be granting the Prime Minister absolute control to shape Britain’s economy for the next 100 years.
For most MPs, and especially Labour ones, that should be a terrifying prospect.