“Blank cheque”: Carmichael condemns Tory rejection of trade deal scrutiny

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has condemned the government’s blocking of amendments designed to allow Parliament to scrutinise and vote on future trade bills. Speaking after votes late last night, in which the government ordered its MPs to reject any amendments which would guarantee oversight of the terms of a future trade deal with the US or other countries, Mr Carmichael warned that this amounted to a “blank cheque” for the government to do as it pleased in a future trade deal with the United States, including cutting food and farming standards and environmental protections.

Mr Carmichael said:

“Tory MPs have just given a blank cheque to the government to pawn off parts of our country in a future trade deal with the US. The government may claim that they will protect food and farming standards but their actions tell a different story.

“We know that the US wants us to lower our regulations and environmental standards as part of any deal. By removing checks and balances, the government is weakening their hand in negotiations, not strengthening it.”

He added:

“Boris Johnson and Michael Gove said that leaving the EU was about “taking back control” and restoring democratic accountability. They have just shredded that promise with last night’s vote.”

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