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Peter Lilley

RT HON PETER LILLEY worked several years as a development economist in underdeveloped countries and specialised in the energy industries. Elected to Parliament in 1983, he became a Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1987, joined Mrs Thatcher’s cabinet as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and subsequently became Secretary of State for Social Security under John Major. He was Shadow Chancellor, then Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party responsible for policy renewal until 2000. Author of works on many topical issues, he was appointed Chair of the Globalisation and Global Poverty Commission by David Cameron. He served as a member of the Select Committees on Energy and Climate Change. He left the House of Commons in 2017 and became a member of the House of Lords in 2018.

14 March 2019
"Currently under European treaties we have the right to leave by giving notice within the two years we have left. We give up that right under this proposed deal. This is the most contentious bit of the whole deal because it means that leaving would require permission of the European Union, and the whole deal would be adjudicated by the European Court of Justice."

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