The UK is heading for a Halloween Brexit after the remaining 27 EU nations offered Theresa May a further six months to ratify or rethink her withdrawal deal. In three separate speeches, Sir Bill argued that Theresa May has “humiliated” the UK and the agreement forced upon her by the EU “stinks”. Speaking to Talkradio he said: ”This is an appalling negotiation. We’ve been humiliated.
“I hear words like, they will ‘grant’ us an extension – it’s not to do with ‘granting’, it’s simply a fact that we are leaving the European Union in accordance with the fact that we voted to do so in the British referendum.”
“We do not have the detail of the conclusions. We do not know what conditions have been imposed.
“These negotiations are a total disgrace.
“My European Scrutiny Committee made clear last March that we should not accept the terms which are being dictated by the European Union and Theresa May has simply supplicated them all the way down the line.
“The reality is there are very very serious problems in this particular arrangement that they came up with last night.
“There are very very serious reasons why this is not a lawful deal.
“The fundamental principle of British constitutional law is that the Government is not allowed to use its powers, including powers to make international agreements which is what this boils down to, so as to frustrate Parliament.
“All these motions that have been passed in the House of Commons regarding the date are only motions and they do not have any legal effect.”
Sir Bill, who is a legal expert having worked previously as a solicitor, asked Theresa May in the House of Commons: “Does she accept this withdrawal agreement undermines our democracy, the constitutional status of Northern Ireland, our right to govern ourselves, control over our laws and our national interests.
“Will she resign?”
Mrs May responded: “I think he knows the answer to that. First of all, I do not recognise the description of the withdrawal agreement that he has put before this house.
“He references the fact I have on many, many occasions in this house I had said I wanted us to leave the EU on March 29 and indeed I did, I voted for us to Leave on March 29.
“I wanted us to set in train that guaranteed us having on May 22, I voted to Leave on May 22.
“Sadly not sufficient number of members across this house voted to Leave the EU on those dates.”
The former Shadow Attorney General raised a point of order in Parliament earlier, he said: “Last nights abject surrender by the Prime Minister to the EU on the extension of time for our exit day from the EU.
He added: “Mr Speaker depriving us of being able to debate Brexit tomorrow is an act of cowardice and chicanery and the fact that the Shadow Leader of the House did not raise these issues smacks of collusion with the Government to avoid debate.
“The whole thing stinks.”