Brexit committee member Peter Lilley blasts Hillary Benn for 'only questioning remainers'

Peter Lilley says Hillary Benn has done a good job up to this point - but his latest report was far too one-sided

Peter Lilley says Hillary Benn has done a good job up to this point - but his latest report was far too one-sided

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A pro-Leave member of the Commons Brexit committee has suggested it is not doing its job, as it only questions Remainers and simply regurgitates their concerns.

Peter Lilley spoke to talkRADIO after a number of pro-Brexit Tory MPs walked out of one of the committee's meetings in protest at the perceived negativity of a report prepared by its chairman, Hillary Benn.

Benn's report is understood to have been highly critical of the prospect of 'no deal' - even though Theresa May has suggested no deal with Brussels is better than a bad deal. 

Lilley actually took part in the meeting and tabled several amendments to rhe report. However he told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Benn's document was "gloomy" and "one-sided" and failed to reflect the views of the committee.

He also accused Lilley of attempting to "bounce" the report through the committee, against the wishes of the pro-Brexit members.

Turning to the wider picture, Lilley said that "overall we would clearly be better off if we leave without a deal, than if we remain in [the EU], and the best option is if we leave with a deal."

Another member, Labour's Stephen Timms, also weighed in by saying he isn't sure why some members "chose to leave" and believes they should have "stayed to argue their case" as Lilley did.

He thinks that if the UK leaves the EU with no deal, it "would be catastrophic" for the country. Therefore, there must be a "thorough assessment" published to determine whether "no deal is better than a bad deal."

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