Parliament recalled for vote and debate on Brexit trade deal

MPs will return to Parliament after Christmas to debate and vote on the newly-agreed Brexit trade deal.

Speaker of the House of Commons has approved a request to recall Parliament from 9.30am on December 30 so MPs have a chance to scrutinise the Cabinet and ministers over the agreement.

MPs were informed they could participate and vote remotely and Lindsay Hoyle urged all against travelling to Westminster unless absolutely necessary.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said his party will ‘accept it and vote for it’ when the deal reaches Parliament.

Parliament is currently in recess and MPs were not due to return until January 5, however there are just days left until the end of the Brexit transition period deadline on December 31.

The last time Parliament was recalled was on June 2 over Covid-19 proceedings, and before that was June 20, 2016 to pay tribute to murdered MP Jo Cox.

Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of Lords, said he had recalled peers for a sitting at noon on the same day.

He tweeted: ‘I have just spoken to the Leader of the House of Lords and I am satisfied that ‘the public interest requires that the House should meet at a time earlier than that appointed’, as set out in Standing Order 17.’

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