A Welsh Labour MP says the UK is experiencing “international danger” to its reputation due to the Government’s Brexit position.
In the Commons, Madeleine Moon MP asked the Brexit minister James Duddridge MP whether he was “aware of the damage being done internationally to our reputation when we hear of the Government trying to wriggle their way out of a binding legislative decision by this House of Commons?”
Madeleine Moon MP is the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Founded in 1955, it is made up of 266 legislators from all member states of the Atlantic Alliance, and provides a link between NATO and the parliaments of its member states.
It comes as Speaker John Bercow said the atmosphere in the Chamber was the “worse than any I’ve known in my 22 years”.
MPs recently passed legislation known as the ‘Benn Bill’, which forces the prime minister to seen an extension to Article 50 if he does not manage to strike a deal with the EU before October 19th.
Johnson also said he would rather “die in a ditch” than seek a further extension.
During Thursday’s morning session in the House, several MPs pressed James Duddridge to outline how the Government will comply with the law and also implement Brexit on October 31, with Mr Duddridge saying: “We don’t want an extension but we will obey the law as it stands at that time.”
Madeleine Moon MP then addressed the minister on the issue of the UK’s reputation.
The proceedings come the day after an extraordinary day in the House of Commons.
John Bercow said the atmosphere in the House of Commons on Wednesday night was the “worse than any I’ve known in my 22 years” in the Chamber.
Tempers flared in the Commons throughout the resumption of parliament, with fiery exchanges between Boris Johnson and backbenchers over Brexit and murdered Labour MP Jo Cox.
Mr Bercow urged MPs from all sides to tone down the “toxic” rhetoric, adding that the House “did itself no credit” with the angry exchanges.
At the opening of parliament on Thursday morning, the House of Commons speaker said: “There was an atmosphere in the chamber worse than any I’ve known in my 22 years in the House.
“On both sides passions were inflamed, angry words uttered, the culture was toxic.”
He told them to “lower the decibel level and to try to treat each other as opponents, not as enemies”.