December 20, 2019

MPs back the Prime Minister's plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.

Today MPs voted to back the Prime Minister's plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.

  • This People’s Government is delivering on the promise we made to the British people to get Brexit done.
  • Today, Boris Johnson’s great new deal has passed its Second Reading in Parliament, as we finally release the country from the stranglehold of indecision, restoring confidence to people and businesses and get Brexit done.
  • Yesterday’s Queen’s Speech set out not only how we will leave the EU but how we will maximise the opportunities of Brexit – taking back control of our money, our laws, our trade and our borders, introducing an Australian-style points-based immigration system and investing in the NHS.
  • We will work around the clock to repay the trust millions of voters placed in this People’s Government and that work starts with getting Brexit done.
  • At the beginning of the new decade, at the beginning of a new dawn for our country, our Parliamentarians will return to Westminster to immediately finish the job, take us out of the EU on 31 January and move this country forward.

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill will:

  • Ensure that the UK ceases to be an EU Member State at 23:00 on 31 January 2019. At this point the EU Communities Act 1972 will be repealed and we will enter the implementation period.
  • Take Britain out of all EU laws. We will be able to change our laws in a huge number of areas – from product standards to fishing rules to farming subsidies (leaving the hated CFP and CAP) – where we are currently bound by EU rules.
  • Allow us to strike our own free trade deals. We will have an unqualified right to strike our own trade deals around the world, and the whole UK will participate in them.
  • End the direct jurisdiction of the European Court in Britain. It will be our courts, applying our laws, which will be the highest authority in the land.
  • Mean we will be in control of our taxes. We will be able to change VAT rules and other tax laws that are currently determined by Brussels.
  • Ensure Northern Ireland will be in the UK customs territory. The deal we have negotiated makes clear that Northern Ireland remains part of the UK’s customs territory and will benefit from the free trade deals we strike.
  • Abolish the anti-democratic backstop. The people of Northern Ireland will be in charge of the laws that they live by, and – unlike the backstop – will have the right to end the special arrangement if they so choose.
  • We will avoid the trap of further dither and delay – by ruling out any extension to the implementation period beyond 2020.

This People’s Government will maximise the opportunities of Brexit. We will:

  • Bring an end to free movement and introduce an Australian-style points based system – Our Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination Bill will create a modern, fair, points-based immigration system which will welcome skilled workers from across the world to contribute to the United Kingdom’s economy, communities and public services.
  • Enhance and protect workers’ rights – as the UK leaves the EU we will introduce a new Employment Bill, making Britain the best place in the world to work.
  • Transform environmental protections – our new Environment Bill will transform our environmental governance once we leave the EU by putting environmental principles into law, introducing legally binding targets, and establishing a new Office for Environmental Protection.
  • Re-set our foreign policy in 2020 through an Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review led by the Prime Minister. This will be the most radical reassessment of our place in the world since the end of the Cold War, covering all aspects of international policy from defence to diplomacy and development.

Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)