Boris Johnson is seeking to fast-track legislation to ratify his Brexit deal through the Commons in three days as he attempts to avoid another delay to Britain leaving the European Union.
The 110-page document details the legal parameters around which Britain is set to leave the EU, including the £39bn payment Britain is paying the EU, the rights of EU citizens post Brexit and the trade settlement for Northern Ireland.
Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion, noticed what she called a “trapdoor” in the document as it pertained to a no-deal Brexit
Lucas took to Twitter and wrote:
Ah, just found the trapdoor to No Deal.
Clause 30 - if the Government doesn’t propose an extension to the transition, MPs have no say, & therefore if negotiations on future relationship unfinished by end of December next year, we’re out - it’s #NoDeal
Lucas went on to upload a photo of part of the 110-page Brexit document that sets out in legal detail the intricate details around leaving the EU.
Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central and Chair of the Brexit Select Committee spelled out what happens ‘if the Government doesn’t propose an extension.’ No-deal.