Managing Customs At The Border After Brexit

I asked the Minister what the government are doing to be ready at the border in Dover after Brexit, and his response exposed how unprepared the government are for managing customs at the border after Brexit. Continue reading

Select Committee Report Highlights That Government Failings Means We May Have No Choice But To Extend Article 50

Select Committee Report Highlights That Government Failings Means We May Have No Choice But To Extend Article 50, And Expresses Disappointment In The Attempt Made By Certain Members To Undermine The Collective Spirit Of The Committee As the Committee on Exiting the European Union publishes its latest report calling on the government to explore and explain its plan for extending Article 50 in the event that a deal is not secured in time for March 2019, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon and member of the Select Committee: Calls out the government for their failure to have a clear and settled position on Brexit, which has led to a vacuum Agrees that government failure to secure the right deal means that there will probably be no option but to seek extension of Article 50 Regrets the ‘spoiler’ attempt made by some committee members Continue reading

If You’re Looking For A Commonsense Brexit That Strikes A Balance Between Prosperity And Sovereignty The EEA is The Only Game In Town

In the House I called for an EEA based Brexit, a deal that builds on the architecture of the EEA for deal that can reunite Britain, satisfying both Leave and Remain voters. In the EEA-EFTA model, we have the answer to protecting market access, jobs and opportunities; to a friction-less border in Northern Ireland; and to the call to take back control on immigration, in our courts and in this place. If we are looking for a common-sense Brexit that strikes a pragmatic balance between prosperity and sovereignty, the EEA is the only game in town. It will allow maximum access to the single market, with the ability to reform free movement, resolve the Northern Ireland issue, end the jurisdiction of the ECJ and, above all, reunite our deeply divided country. Continue reading

Brexit Secretary Appears Before EU Scrutiny Committee

The Brexit Secretary, David Davis MP, appeared before the EU Scrutiny Committee. During my questions to him, he revealed that it may not be possible for the UK to participate, as the PM said we would, in various EU Agencies.  You can watch the exchange below.  Continue reading

Chancellor Appears Before EU Scrutiny Committee

The Chancellor appeared before the EU Scrutiny Committee and I took the opportunity to question him on Brexit and the EEA,  and also called out the Tories Kafka-esque confusion about what is and isn't included in alignment. Continue reading

Former Director Of The WTO And EU Trade Commissioner Questioned By Exiting EU Committee

Pascal Lamy, the former Director of the WTO and EU Trade Commissioner was questioned by the Committee for Exiting the EU. I asked about steel, Brexit the WTO and dealing with Chinese dumping; and the implications on trade of the transition deal that the government have signed up to. Continue reading

Norway Option Ticks Every One Of Those Boxes

As the Minister responded to the debate on on alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU, I challenged her on how an EEA EFTA Brexit not only preserves market access, jobs & opportunities, but that it also ticks all of the government's leave boxes: ending ECJ jurisdiction and direct effect, allowing the reform of free movement, collaboration on trade and security, and the ability to strike trade deals. Continue reading

European Economic Area And The Single Market Are Not Synonymous

During the debate on alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU, I made the point that the European Economic Area (EEA) and the single market are not the same thing. Continue reading

No Deal Is No Option

In a Westminster Hall debate on alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU, I argued that a no deal is not an option and that we should push for an EEA/EFTA Brexit.  Continue reading

Immigration Minister Appears In Front Of EU Scrutiny Committee

The Immigration Minister appeared in front of the EU Scrutiny Committee and I questioned her about the way the government and Prime Minister have contradicted themselves on transition and immigration, explaining how this shows that they are more interested in posturing than they are in negotiating a Brexit that works for Britain and protects citizens and their rights. You can watch the exchange below. Continue reading