EEA Brexit Is Only Way To Reunite Britain

I secured a Backbench Business Debate in the House of Commons on British membership of the European Economic Area (EEA). In the debate I argued that an EEA-based Brexit is the one Brexit that could reunite our divided country: it is a Brexit that provides the basis for avoiding a hard Irish border; it is a Brexit that offers the opportunity for reform of free movement of labour; it is a Brexit that maximises access to the single market; it is a Brexit that removes us from ECJ jurisdiction; it is a Brexit that enables us to strike independent trade deals with third countries; and it is a Brexit that provides the certainty and predictability that our country so desperately needs in these turbulent times. You can read my speech below. Continue reading

Exiting The EU Sectoral Impact Assessments

A motion was put to the House calling for the Government to release the Brexit sectoral impact assessments. I spoke in favour of the motion, as without this information it is impossible for Parliament to do its job: hold the Government to account.  You can read my contribution below. Continue reading

Committee For Exiting The European Union Questions David Davis

The Committee for Exiting the European Union were given the chance to question David Davis MP, the Minister for Exiting the EU. I took the opportunity to ask him about a transition arrangement and the potential of a no deal scenario. You can read the exchange below. Continue reading

How Is It Possible To Have A Meaningful Vote On Something That Has Already Taken Place

During Prime Minister's questions I asked the Prime Minister about the meaningful vote the Government promised on the Brexit deal. The Prime Minister failed to explain how that is possible if, as David Davis say, the vote will come after Brexit has happened. You can read the exchange below. Continue reading

Only a Labour no-confidence motion in the Tories can avert a Brexit disaster

Guardian Brexit is often portrayed as just another episode in the long-running and seemingly endless Tory soap opera about Europe – who’s up, who’s down, and who is stabbing whom in the back this week. But the reality is that the outcome of these negotiations will define the future trajectory of our country. From jobs to the value of the pound in your pocket, national security, immigration, food safety and supply, public services funding, employment rights and environmental standards, these talks will shape almost every area of daily life for generations to come. Continue reading

Prime Minister Fails To Answer Question On Plan To Avert Disaster At Port Of Dover In Event Of A No Deal Brexit

The Prime Minister gave a statement in the House on the progress being made in the Brexit negotiations. I was ask her about what plans the Government has to avert a disaster at the port of Dover in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit. You can read my question below and how the Prime Minister was unable to answer: Continue reading

EU (Withdrawal) Bill Amendments

As the EU (Withdrawal) Bill makes its way through Parliament, I have tabled the following amendments: Continue reading

Brexit Economic Impact Studies

I have signed a joint letter calling on the Government to publish impact studies on leaving the EU. It is vital that we know what different scenarios would mean for Britain. We need this information from the Government and quickly.   Continue reading

EU Negotiations Update

After the conference recess Theresa May updated the House of Commons on Brexit negotiations. I was able to ask her about the transition deal: Continue reading

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