Ministers have been accused of trying to sneak Brexit legislation through Parliament with little scrutiny.

Martin Whitfield MP has joined opposition colleagues in condemning the Government as it pushes hundreds of pieces of secondary legislation – known as statutory instruments – through Parliament in the final weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29.

These pass through parliamentary committees, but do not necessarily need full House of Commons approval.

The Government has around 600 statutory instruments relating to Brexit that it is planning to push through Parliament before Brexit.

But just 117 statutory instruments have so far passed, while up to 40% have not even been laid before Parliament – the beginning of their legislative journey.

Commenting on the Government’s approach, Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Taking back control never looked so bleak and undemocratic. If they don’t want it questioned, you can bet it’s bad.

“This is the most important decision for this country in years and it’s disgraceful to see ministers trying to do it in the dark. This is House of Cards politics, not fit for anywhere but the telly.”