Johnson says the bill will allow the government to take action against “employers and agencies who undercut our laws, including agencies that bring in overseas labour – particularly from the EU”.
He says the bill would realise “our vision of dynamic high wage, low tax economy”.
Tracy Brabin, the Labour MP in Batley and Spen, raises the issue of workers rights. Johnson acknowledges that people need reassurance that the UK will not regress on worker’s right. He says that if the EU decides that they want to introduce new protections, the UK parliament will automatically consider introducing them too. “In essence it takes back to this House, the powers to decide these matters,” he says. Johnson adds that we shouldn’t lack confidence in “our collective ability” to use these new powers for the public good.
Owen Paterson, Tory MP for North Shropshire, asks for a “categorical assurance” that we will not use our fish stocks as a bargaining chip in future negotiations.
“I can confirm that we will take back 100% control of the spectacular marine wealth of this country,” says Johnson.
Lady Hermon, the independent MP for North Down, says that the prime minister must not take the people of Northern Ireland for fools and must explain the implications of the deal to the people of the region.
The prime minister says that the vast majority of the Northern Ireland economy will leave the EU with the rest of the UK.
Dominic Grieve says that the PM must recognise that the arrangements for Northern Ireland do not deliver “the recovery of sovereignty” to the region.
Johnson says “yes of course there are transitory arrangement for some aspects of the Northern Ireland economy, but those automatically dissolve and are terminated after four years” unless it is the majority decision of Stormont for them not to. “The principle of consent is at the heart of these arrangements,” he says.
Johnson is saying that the deal “is the biggest restoration of sovereignty in our history”.
Asked by Labour’s Catherine McKinnell about the government’s refusal to release economic assessments, he says that getting the deal done would “unleash a great tide of investment” and a “powerful shot in the arm” for the country.
Boris Johnson is up to open the debate on the withdrawal agreement bill. (You can watch the live feed at the top of this blog.)
The prime minister says he wishes that the house had voted for the deal on Saturday, but that he still has “the utmost respect” for Oliver Letwin, though he disagrees with him.
He says he regrets that he was forced to ask for an extension, but today is an opportunity to put “that right” by getting “Brexit done”.
MPs are taking their seats in preparation for the debate on the withdrawal agreement bill. Boris Johnson is set to open the debate, with Jeremy Corbyn opening for Labour.
This is the latest from Newsnight’s Nicholas Watt –
It’s Frances Perraudin here, taking over from Ben Quinn for the afternoon. MPs in parliament are still debating the issue of British children trapped in Syria. The Guardian’s defence and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, has been watching the debate. The debate on the withdrawal agreement is scheduled to begin when this is finished.