Boris Johnson published the UK-EU Trade Deal on 26th December 2020 giving MPs almost no time to read the 1,246-page document before they are asked to vote on it just 4 days later. This document is intended as a rapid response to the trade agreement. Invariably, a longer more synthesised consideration might well alter some of the conclusions. This document, under the circumstances, was considered a worthwhile venture to help MPs perform their role of scrutiny on the Bill before the vote. The government has allocated just hours of debate on the legislation and it is highly likely that the majority of MPs will be denied a chance to even speak on the Bill. This denies other members of the House the benefit of their wisdom and considerations. Since the deal has been published there has been precious little analysis, understandably. The IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research) did release a document that made a decent fist of summarising the agreement, but it did so from an angle that was more ideologically hostile to state aid, for example, than No Holding Back would argue is wise. Nevertheless, it deserves consideration. We hope this analysis goes some way to helping inform the debate ahead of a landmark vote in British history.
Jon Trickett MP (on behalf of the No Holding Back team)