If You’re Looking For A Commonsense Brexit That Strikes A Balance Between Prosperity And Sovereignty The EEA is The Only Game In Town

In the House I called for an EEA based Brexit, a deal that builds on the architecture of the EEA for deal that can reunite Britain, satisfying both Leave and Remain voters. In the EEA-EFTA model, we have the answer to protecting market access, jobs and opportunities; to a friction-less border in Northern Ireland; and to the call to take back control on immigration, in our courts and in this place. If we are looking for a common-sense Brexit that strikes a pragmatic balance between prosperity and sovereignty, the EEA is the only game in town. It will allow maximum access to the single market, with the ability to reform free movement, resolve the Northern Ireland issue, end the jurisdiction of the ECJ and, above all, reunite our deeply divided country. Continue reading

Brexit Secretary Appears Before EU Scrutiny Committee

The Brexit Secretary, David Davis MP, appeared before the EU Scrutiny Committee. During my questions to him, he revealed that it may not be possible for the UK to participate, as the PM said we would, in various EU Agencies.  You can watch the exchange below.  Continue reading

Chancellor Appears Before EU Scrutiny Committee

The Chancellor appeared before the EU Scrutiny Committee and I took the opportunity to question him on Brexit and the EEA,  and also called out the Tories Kafka-esque confusion about what is and isn't included in alignment. Continue reading

Former Director Of The WTO And EU Trade Commissioner Questioned By Exiting EU Committee

Pascal Lamy, the former Director of the WTO and EU Trade Commissioner was questioned by the Committee for Exiting the EU. I asked about steel, Brexit the WTO and dealing with Chinese dumping; and the implications on trade of the transition deal that the government have signed up to. Continue reading

Norway Option Ticks Every One Of Those Boxes

As the Minister responded to the debate on on alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU, I challenged her on how an EEA EFTA Brexit not only preserves market access, jobs & opportunities, but that it also ticks all of the government's leave boxes: ending ECJ jurisdiction and direct effect, allowing the reform of free movement, collaboration on trade and security, and the ability to strike trade deals. Continue reading

European Economic Area And The Single Market Are Not Synonymous

During the debate on alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU, I made the point that the European Economic Area (EEA) and the single market are not the same thing. Continue reading

No Deal Is No Option

In a Westminster Hall debate on alternatives to a no-deal outcome in negotiations with the EU, I argued that a no deal is not an option and that we should push for an EEA/EFTA Brexit.  Continue reading

Immigration Minister Appears In Front Of EU Scrutiny Committee

The Immigration Minister appeared in front of the EU Scrutiny Committee and I questioned her about the way the government and Prime Minister have contradicted themselves on transition and immigration, explaining how this shows that they are more interested in posturing than they are in negotiating a Brexit that works for Britain and protects citizens and their rights. You can watch the exchange below. Continue reading

EU And EEA Member States

The Committee On Exiting The European Union looked at the relationship between the EU, Norway and the European Economic Area. Appearing in front of the Committee was Professor Alla Pozdnakova, University of Oslo Law Faculty; Ulf Sverdrup, Director, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs;  and Professor George Yarrow, Chair of the Regulatory Policy Institute, Emeritus Fellow at Hertford College, University of Oxford and visiting Professor, Newcastle University Business School.  The Committee also got the chance to examine Professor Carl Baudenbacher, Judge on the EFTA Court. Continue reading

European Free Trade Association

A debate was held in Westminster Hall on the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). In the debate I called for an EEA EFTA Brexit, a deal that can reunite the country and give a voice to the silent majority with a Brexit that lets us take back control and protects jobs, opportunity and prosperity.  Continue reading