Calling For A Meeting With Minister Over Post-Brexit Funding

As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Post-Brexit Funding for Nations, Regions and Local Areas, I called on the Minister to meet with the Group to discuss the findings of our report. Our report called for UK Shared Prosperity Fund to pay "not be a penny less" than current EU funding & warned against Westminster power grab. Continue reading

We Are A Proud, Unique Community In Aberavon, Even Banksy Picked Us Out

In this years St David's Day debate I decided to speak about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, steelworkers pensions, steel procurement, Personal Independence Payments and of course Banksy! Continue reading

Prime Minister's Deal Is A Bridge To Nowhere

The Prime Minister's deal is a bridge to nowhere. Common Market 2.0 offers a clear, stable & exciting future outside EU. It safeguards jobs and workers rights, offers new controls over free movement, would mean leaving the European Court of Justice, Common Fisheries Policy and Common Agricultural Policy, and it would remove the need to ever activate the Irish backstop. Let's get behind this strong compromise! Continue reading

Committee for Exiting the EU Hears From Bertie Ahern

The Committee for Exiting the European Union heard from former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern about British-Irish relations and the implications of the various Brexit outcomes for that relationship. Continue reading

Absolutely Vital That House Has Sufficient Time To Debate And Scrutinise Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill

Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill is legislation of the highest political and legal significance. We can't leave the EU with a Deal until Withdrawal Agreement Implementation Bill is ratified. There would be a constitutional outrage if Parliament isn’t given time to scrutinise it. Article 50 must be extended to allow this, but the Prime Minister dodged my question as usual. Continue reading

European Scrutiny Committee Hears From Suella Braverman

Suella Braverman appeared before the European Scrutiny Committee to answer questions about the negotiations between the UK Government and the European Union regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union. Continue reading

European Scrutiny Committee Hears From Dominic Raab

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab MP appeared before the European Scrutiny Committee to answer questions about negotiations between the UK Government and the European Union regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union. Continue reading

Meeting Martin Selmayr

The Committee for Exiting the EU had a useful meeting with Martin Selmayr, Secretary General of the EU Commission, in Brussels. He reiterated that the negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement are closed. But he didn't rule out putting the Backstop assurance letters in the Withdrawal Agreement but asked Brexiteer MPs if they'd really back it if EU did! He also made clear that the Political Declaration is open and Norway Plus would help solve Irish Border

Third Divided Views, Common Future

Aberavon residents had another opportunity to speak with me about Brexit as I hosted my third Divided Views, Common Future meeting. The further along the Brexit road we go, the more there is to discuss. It was a fantastic, lively and engaging discussion, with a wide range of topics covered and lots of different views expressed. There was a consensus in the room that nobody wanted Aberavon to be worse off because of Brexit. Continue reading

Prime Minister's Approach Is A Charade, And It Needs To Be Stopped Now

As MPs debated the Brexit amendments, I intervened in the debate to say that the idea that Theresa May can re-open Withdrawal Agreement (‘divorce items’) is a charade - yet another Brexit unicorn. Common Market 2.0 would only amend the Political Declaration on Future Relationship and the EU supports this. Continue reading