The most unlikely of Government allies defers to amendment 381

The People's Challenge

Frank Field has been a bit of a rebel for most of his time in the Commons.

Governments, both Labour and Conservative, have been in his sights except for a brief period (14 months) when he was Minister for Welfare Reform under Tony Blair.

He had tabled an amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, NC49, attempting to fix 30th March 2019 as the date that the UK ceased to be a member of the European Union.

Following a vigorous debate yesterday evening, he withdrew his amendment.

Why does he want the date put in the Bill? You may well ask, but it seems that he is allying himself with those in Whitehall who seek to trap the UK into a deadline that is not only unnecessary but also imprudent – some would say foolish.

The government has tabled its own amendment, 381, which not only sets the date for…

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