We Must Find A Path To Brexit That Is Driven By The National Interest

I spoke in the Opposition Day Debate on leaving the EU about the need to secure an exit deal for Britain that works for the country not just to appease warring factions in the Tory party. To achieve that the Prime Minister must have confidence in Parliament to scrutinise the Brexit process. You can read my contribution to the debate below. Continue reading

It would be 'betrayal' not to let Parliament vote on Article 50

Part one of my interview with Business Insider on Brexit: Continue reading

Securing Britain’s approach to Putin’s Russia is critical post-Brexit

The Times When the Olympic track and field events get under way in Rio next week the sizeable contingent of Russian athletes will be missing. Given that they are banned as a result of the long overdue exposure of a state-sponsored Russian doping programme, it may seem odd to us in the west that Vladimir Putin should protest that his athletes have been subject to ‘blatant discrimination’. But most Russians will back him wholeheartedly – even if he does not truly believe it himself. Sporting achievement is a deeply important part of the Russian psyche; and in Russian politics impulse and emotion are far more important than we realise. Russians’ understanding of their nation’s relationship with the west is steeped in decades of angst and suspicion, as well as the ancient belief that Mother Russia has historically been denied the respect she deserves. I have written in these pages before that we must understand this national mentality if we are to achieve the sort of respect-based realism that the UK-Russian relationship demands. Continue reading

MPs Seema Malhotra and Stephen Kinnock lay out a 6-point plan for Brexit

The New Statesman Angela Merkel has called on Theresa May to “take her time” and “take a moment to identify Britain’s interests” before invoking Article 50. We know that is code for the “clock is ticking” and also that we hardly have any idea what the Prime Minister means by “Brexit means Brexit.” We have no time to lose to seek to safeguard what is best in from our membership of the European Union. We also need to face some uncomfortable truths. Yes, as remain campaigners we were incredibly disappointed by the result. However we also recognise the need to move forward with the strongest possible team to negotiate the best deal for Britain and maintain positive relationships with our nearest neighbours and allies. Continue reading

Brexit: It’s time for politicians from all parties to work together, in the national interest

My article for the Evening Post Friday 15th July 1 Okay, cards on table: I strongly believe that our national interest is best served when our country is a full member of the EU, and that's why I campaigned passionately for Remain. But the electorate has spoken, and we must now move forward. Neath Port Talbot voted to leave the EU, and as the MP for Aberavon I have heard that message, loud and clear. Given the very worrying signs we have already seen that the vote may lead to a serious and prolonged economic downturn, I can understand the clamour for a second referendum. But we cannot continue to hold referendums repeatedly, until we get the result we want. We must now respect the outcome of the vote, and accept that our future lies outside the EU. My job as the MP for Aberavon is therefore to do whatever I can to secure the best possible Brexit deal for the UK, and for my constituency. For the UK to formally leave the EU we must invoke Article 50, but this must only happen once we have agreed and settled on a basic negotiating position. The first step will be to define what is meant by ‘the best possible deal’.   Continue reading

Brexit and Churchill's Three 'Majestic Circles'

Demos Before becoming the part-time Mayor of London, Boris Johnson fancied himself as something of a historian. In his biography of Winston Churchill, he observed that, “To some extent, all politicians are gamblers with events. They try to anticipate what will happen, to put themselves on the right side of history.” One can’t help but picture Johnson, the Blonde Opportunist, pondering whether Remain or Leave would best serve the cause in which he most fervently believes – himself. And, seen through that lens, he concluded that backing Brexit would be his fast-track ticket to Number 10. For Boris, the ‘right side of history’ ends with him in Downing Street; the national interest comes a distant second. Continue reading

There Is No Such Thing As A Soft Brexit

Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab):Whether he has had discussions with the Prime Minister on the legal form of the UK’s renegotiation deal with the EU. Continue reading