9 February 2021
Jonathan Djanogly raises Parliamentary scrutiny during Trade Bill debate

Jonathan Djanogly intervenes on the Minister to highlight the limitations of relying on the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 (CRaG) to scrutinise trade deals.

Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon) (Con)
My right hon. Friend says that Parliament can indefinitely delay ratification. That is, in practice, almost impossible under existing procedures, would he not agree?

Greg Hands
No, I do not agree. I think the previous Labour Government designed the CRaG process specifically with that in mind—that Parliament would have an effective veto on a trade agreement through the CRaG process by continuing to resolve against ratification indefinitely. That is my understanding of what an effective veto would look like.