The debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill began last week and the vote on the Second Reading will be late tonight. If the Bill is not passed as second reading it dies and the Government will have to bring a different Bill to the House.
I want to be clear with you - this Bill is not about whether Britain leaves the EU.
That issue was settled by the referendum result and the vote to trigger Article 50 which I and the vast majority of Labour MPs supported.
Labour has been very clear: we respect the referendum result and recognise that Britain is leaving the EU. This Bill today is about how we leave the EU, what role Parliament has in the process and how we safeguard vital rights and protections as we leave.
Sadly, in its current form the Bill is not acceptable. We need to get the Government to address our very real concerns through the parliamentary process. As it stands this Bill will put huge, unaccountable power into the hands of this minority Tory Government, sidelining Parliament on major decisions around workers’ rights, equality rights, consumer rights and environmental protection.
It will take power away from Parliament and that's not what people voted for. Hopefully the Government will step back from this power grab and behave responsibly by responding constructively to these very real concerns. We can then crack on together with the very difficult job in hand.