On 3 December, my colleague Sir Bill Cash MP, presented his United Kingdom Parliament (Sovereignty and Jurisdiction over Borders) Bill to the House of Commons. I am a supporter.
The Bill aims to give supreme sovereignty to the British Parliament in relation to the UK’s membership of the European Union, including matters in respect of borders and immigration.
While the United Kingdom remains a part of the European Union, the Government is unable to choose its own border controls. That is one of the reasons why I have campaigned for a referendum on the EU. It is not right, and not appreciated by many of my constituents, that we have differential policies for residents of the EU and other countries, especially those in the Commonwealth.
Mr. Cash’s proposal would assert the sovereignty of Parliament over such issues as we saw fit. The Bill is due its second reading on 23 January. You can view the bill’s progress here.