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Liars: Theresa May (left); Brexit Secretary David Davis (right).

Theresa May and David Davis want us all to accept their word that they won’t use ‘Henry VIII’ powers to rip up the rights of UK citizens if the EU Withdrawal Bill – in its current form – makes it onto the statute book.

But we would be fools to believe her. She can’t even be trusted to be honest about the reasons she thinks she should be allowed these powers.

Mrs May said the House of Lords had endorsed her claim – but the Lords have publicly denounced this as a lie. Here’s The Independent:

Lords have accused Theresa May and David Davis of “selectively” quoting from their inquiry report and claiming it endorsed their Brexit legislation, when actually the study raised major concerns.

Peers on the Constitution Committee said they had in fact called for a “number of key limitations” to be placed on the legislation.

Baroness Taylor of Bolton, Chairman of the Committee, said: “The EU (Withdrawal) Bill represents an extraordinary transfer of legal powers from Parliament to the Government, without the additional oversight we recommended.

“We believe this will create very real difficulties for Parliament in fulfilling its constitutional role to scrutinise this Bill.

“We acknowledge that the Government needs significant powers in order to deliver legal certainty after Brexit. However, we warned the Government that such powers must come with tougher parliamentary scrutiny mechanisms and we are disappointed that we have not only been misquoted by the Government, but that our key recommendations have been ignored.”

It wouldn’t be quite as bad if Mrs May had a record of supporting citizens’ rights – but she doesn’t.

Time and again, the Tory leader has led or voted in favour of draconian attempts to cut down on the rights of working people and their protections against unscrupulous bosses.

That’s according to the Daily Mirror, which provides a handy list of seven such incidents. You can read it here.

If you’re confused about why it’s important, this is the reason:

You can’t trust Theresa May. She must not get these powers.


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