European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Looks Like A Silent Coup

It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton). Last June, the British people voted to leave the European Union. It was an outcome that I campaigned against, but it is a decision that I fully accept and respect as a democrat. That is why I voted to trigger article 50, and I have spent the past 15 months considering how to make Brexit work. It is precisely in that vein, driven by a desire to defend and advance our national interest and to enact the will of the British people, that I have risen today to urge hon. Members to decline to give this Bill a Second Reading. Continue reading

Reasoned Amendment To EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On Parliaments return after the summer recess MPs debated the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. While the Bill is needed to transfer EU legislation on to the statute books, it is not fit for purpose in its current form because it's a power grab that would massively weaken Parliament's ability to hold the government to account.  I therefore tabled a reasoned amendment: Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Calls On Government To Commit To Vote On Membership Of EEA

In questions to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, I called on him to commit to a vote on British membership of the EEA: Continue reading

EU Negotiations

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union updated Parliament on the negotiations that have taken place during the summer recess. I asked him about how the chaotic and shambolic way the negotiations were impacting on economic growth. Continue reading

Squaring Our Brexit Circle

Photo credit: The Times News Syndication LabourList AN EEA / EFTA-BASED TRANSITION DEAL COULD UNITE THE LABOUR MOVEMENT AROUND A BREXIT THAT COMBINES MAXIMUM ACCESS TO THE SINGLE MARKET WITH PROGRESSIVE REFORM OF FREE MOVEMENT On Sunday Keir Starmer used an article in The Observer to call time on the ambiguity that had come to define Labour's approach to Brexit since the referendum. It was an approach that had served us well on 8 June, but it was never sustainable. With the clock ticking, the economy tanking, the pressure from Brussels building and the country crying out for some political leadership, it was high time that we set out our stall. Continue reading

Britain can use EEA as comfortable waiting room before Brexit

Financial Times The debate about what sort of Brexit the government should be seeking to secure has generated a tremendous amount of heat but not a great deal of light. Hard, soft, car crash, red white and blue — you name it, the list of random adjectives used to describe the type of departure from the EU is long. So, perhaps now would be a good time to remind ourselves of three vitally important facts. Continue reading

Ignoring Brexit during this election would be a mistake

Photo: The Times / News Syndication Imagine driving through central London, at rush hour, with no traffic lights. Imagine the Merseyside derby (the fixture that has seen more red cards than any other in British football) being played without a referee. Imagine flights trying to land at Heathrow without any air traffic controllers. It probably would not end well, would it? And now imagine that Britain exits the European Union with no Article 50 deal, and no prospect of a trade deal -– the so-called World Trade Organisation (WTO) option. Much as we have all wished, even if just for a moment, that the offside rule did not exist, or that we could just jump that red light, ultimately we always come to see the value of rules, systems and the institutions that oversee them. Continue reading

Triggering Article 50

On the day that the Prime Minister sent her letter to Brussels, triggering Article 50, I questioned her on the contents of the letter and in particular about the security of our country.  Continue reading

EU Scrutiny Committee - David Jones & Sir Tim Barrow

Sir Tim Barrow, the UK ambassador to the EU, and The Rt Hon David Jones MP, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, appeared before the EU Scrutiny Committee and I was able to question them on how prepared the other 27 EU institutions are for the Brexit negotiations and about the timetable for leaving the EU. You can read my contribution below. Continue reading

EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

As the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill returned to the Commons from the Lords, I was able to intervene in the Minister's statement: Continue reading