MPs could block free trade deals negotiations made during the Transition Period
As Britain negotiates trade deals with Japan, the United States and New Zealand, the International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has said that MPs could resist reject relevant laws and halt their progress. Truss maintains that Parliament is ‘entirely able’ to block the post-Brexit trade deals which are currently passing through negotiation stages. Through the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act process, MPs could end their support for a given free trade agreement.
Ms Truss said Britain will be at “pretty much the same level as Canada” in terms of parliament’s ability to scrutinise pacts. However, Britain will have a stronger system of ‘checks and balances’ than Australia and New Zealand. David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator to the EU, has called for the country to ‘face the possibility’ that it will not reach a deal on its future relationship with the EU by the end of the year. Frost flagged that with less than six months left until the end of the Brexit Transition period, the UK must ‘continue preparing for all possible scenarios’ for after the end of the period.