Power over taxes 'needs to remain with the government - not backbench MPs', says former Downing Street advisor

Yvette Cooper

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A former Downing Street advisor has aired her concerns over an amendment to the Finance Bill, which will limit the government's financial powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Katie Perrior appeared on the Mike Graham show to discuss the news that 20 Conservative MPs had voted in favour of the Labour amendment last night.

"It's not something I would have gone for, because I want to give us the freest hand possible to threaten the EU with getting to the table and doing a deal," Ms Perrior said.

"I would not have limited tax raising powers," she added. "I think that flexibility needs to remain with the government - not backbench MPs."



Ms Perrior added that the country was "underprepared" for leaving the EU without a deal.

"We can't even organise a car park full of lorries, we didn't even get that right as a country," she joked, referring to a no-deal 'Brexit rehearsal' which took place this week with almost 100 lorries in Kent.

"The next few months will be extremely volatile in British politics," she said.

"We could end up re-electing MEP's to the European Parliament in May this year, when we were meant to be leaving in March."