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Secretary of State refuses to appear before Committee ahead of prorogation

3 September 2019

The International Trade Committee has today received confirmation from the Department for International Trade that the Secretary of State, Liz Truss MP, has declined its invitation to appear before the Committee prior to the prorogation of Parliament, which is due to take place next week.

Chair's comments

Commenting on the news, Committee Chair Angus Brendan MacNeil MP said:

“Since her appointment as Secretary of State, Liz Truss has found the time to cross the Atlantic to meet with Trump administration officials, but has been unable to cross Whitehall and appear before the Select Committee responsible for monitoring the work of her department. It seems the desire to evade parliamentary scrutiny is not unique to her Prime Minister, but is in fact an explicit policy of this Government.
“With just 58 days until Brexit, the Trade Bill set to become a victim of Boris Johnson's proroguing of Parliament, and warnings about the dire consequences of a no-deal departure being sounded by businesses and citizens alike, the Secretary of State's decision to refuse my Committee's invitation is simply unacceptable. I can only hope that she does not take a similarly cavalier approach to the complex, painstaking task of formulating future trade policy.”

“I sincerely hope that the Secretary of State considers the implications of this refusal and reconsiders her decision.”

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