Devastating 90% Drop In Inward Investment Into The UK Caused By Profound Market Uncertainty That Brexit Has Triggered

During Prime Ministers Questions I questioned Theresa May on her Brexit plan as recent figures, released by the OECD, showed a devastating 90% drop in inward investment to the UK between 2016-2017. This has been caused by profound market uncertainty that Brexit has triggered. It's vital we reverse this market uncertainty and secure industries such as steel, which is why I urged the Prime Minister to keep an open mind on an EEA-based Brexit, as the only way to reverse that uncertainty. Continue reading

Committee For Exiting The European Union Focuses On Science, Research, And Higher Education

The Committee for Exiting the EU heard evidence from Professor Michael Arthur, Chair, Russell Group EU Advisory Group, Professor Richard Brook OBE, President, Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering and Dr Beth Thompson MBE, Head of Policy (UK and EU), Wellcome Trust.  I asked them about how Brexit had affected the dynamic of the relationship between UK and EU institutions, and the UK's ability to shape Framework Programme 9, the EU's future research and innovation programmes. Continue reading

It Could Take Two Years For EU To Give UK An ‘Adequacy Decision’ Under GDPR Regulations

In the Committee on Exiting the EU my questioning revealed it could take two years for EU to give UK an ‘Adequacy Decision’ under General Data Protection Regulation. This could hinder free flow of data to and from EU after Brexit. It's vital work is done now to prepare us for this process to avoid disruption. Continue reading

Committee For Exiting The European Union Asks About The Parliamentary Vote On Withdrawal Agreement And EU/UK Future Framework

During the latest session of the Exiting The European Union Committee, I questioned how Parliament could end up voting on contradictory things on withdrawal agreement and the EU/UK future framework. Continue reading

With The EEA Vote, The Lords Can Set Theresa May On The Right Brexit Path

The House of Lords has so far responded in a robust, rational and highly effective manner to the government’s EU withdrawal bill. But the most important test of the peers’ resolve is yet to come. On Tuesday an amendment to the withdrawal bill will be tabled in the Lords that, if passed by the Commons, would commit the government to keeping the United Kingdom in the European Economic Area (EEA). Continue reading

Committee For Exiting The European Union Grills David Davis

David Davis appeared before the Committee for Exiting the European Union and I grilled him on the nature of the Parliamentary motion on regarding the Withdrawal Agreement, the nature of the political declaration and asks if we are heading towards a constitutional crisis. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Welcomes Select Committee Report On The Post-Transition Relationship Between The UK And The EU

Commenting on the publication of the report, Stephen Kinnock, member of the Exiting the European Union Committee, said:“This report makes clear that the only realistic post-transition relationship that can satisfy the government’s own Brexit tests is an EEA / EFTA-based arrangement.“The Committee report sets a series of tests for a successful post-transition relationship that are entirely based on the words and ambitions of the Prime Minister and Brexit Secretary. Continue reading

Prime Ministers Brexit Red Lines Are Leading Us Inexorably Towards A Hard Border On The Island Of Ireland

The Prime Minister gave her latest statement to the House on the Brexit negotiations, following her meeting with the EU Council. I asked her about her Brexit red lines and the impact they would have on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Continue reading

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