Barry wrote an article in LabourList regarding the upcoming Trade Bill. You can read Barry’s article at https://labourlist.org/2020/05/the-tory-trade-bill-threatens-parliamentary-sovereignty/.

As a former shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Barry knows only too well the numerous concerns that this Bill propagates. Concerns such as our rights and liberties, our labour standards, environmental protections, food safety regulations, animal welfare laws and the capacity of our public services to continue to operate in the public sector.

To bring it back at this time of crisis – knowing that in normal times it would engender considerable public concerns – is inexcusable. If this bill goes through unamended, the government will have afforded itself unchecked powers to lock the UK into binding obligations under international law that may profoundly impact upon each of these areas. Parliament would have no say.

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