An amendment to the Trade Bill proposed by Conservative backbenchers, which would have given Parliament a vote on any new trade deals negotiated by the UK government, was voted down in the Commons last night.
Responding to the vote, Best for Britain CEO Naomi Smith said:
“This amendment should not have been opposed by a government that wants us to uphold democracy and take back control.
"As is the case in other western democracies like the USA, Canada and Australia, trade deals are a matter for the whole legislature to ratify, not just the executive.
“Not allowing Parliament a voice on our trade deals around the world robs ordinary people of their representation in these matters and shows contempt for democracy.”