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Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely proud to support Brexit bill

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has backed the government's Brexit bill.

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has backed the government's Brexit bill.

Emily Pearce

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 16:10

ISLE of Wight MP Bob Seely said he was 'proud' to support the government's Brexit legislation.
He voted in favour of the EU withdrawal bill, to overturn the 1972 European Communities Act which took the UK into the then European Economic Community and end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, following this week's House of Commons debate.
MPs backed the bill by 326 votes to 290 — with no Conservatives voting against it — despite concerns it would give ministers sweeping powers to rewrite laws.
Critics have described it as a 'power grab' and an 'affront to parliamentary democracy."
Mr Seely agreed with Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the vote an 'historic decision to back the will of the British people.'
He told the County Press: "I was proud to support the bill, and to ensure that the voice of the British people was heard and not ignored.
"We need to respect the result of the referendum, while getting the best deal we can for the people of Britain and the Isle of Wight, where 62 per cent of us voted leave."
Mr Seely faced criticism from Isle of Wight Green Party spokesperson, Vix Lowthion, who said: "This is about as far away from 'taking back control' for the British people as we can get. On the contrary, the only ones gaining control will be Theresa May and her inner circle.
"I'm deeply concerned that like our previous MP, Andrew Turner, Mr Seely is another backbencher who is there to prop up, without question or scrutiny, a destructive Conservative government."
Mr Seely, however, accused critics of trying to stall the Brexit process.
He said: "Our plan simply transfers EU law into UK law. Of course, not every European law will work perfectly when it is converted. That is why the bill contains powers to make corrections. It will not be used to make material changes to laws."
Having cleared the second reading stage, the bill will now progress to the committee stage. MPs, including including senior Tory backbenchers, have proposed 157 amendments.

 


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