Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Getting a say on trade 38 Degrees campaign

I am just a little sceptical that 38 Degrees are all too often at odds with the government. On everything. So it is reasonable that I view this latest campaign with that in mind.

Suggesting that highly complex trade negotiations some of which will have commercially sensitive data or involve security issues should be subject to the scrutiny suggested is completely impractical. It would delay and bog down talks. Further it would likely weaken our hand in our negotiations as competitors would inevitably be privy to matters best kept private during those negotiations.

Our parliamentary system, where the government is routinely held to account for the decisions it makes is in good working order. I see no reason to move away from that.