Committee For Exiting The European Union Grills David Davis

David Davis appeared before the Committee for Exiting the European Union and I grilled him on the nature of the Parliamentary motion on regarding the Withdrawal Agreement, the nature of the political declaration and asks if we are heading towards a constitutional crisis. Continue reading

Stephen Kinnock Welcomes Select Committee Report On The Post-Transition Relationship Between The UK And The EU

Commenting on the publication of the report, Stephen Kinnock, member of the Exiting the European Union Committee, said:“This report makes clear that the only realistic post-transition relationship that can satisfy the government’s own Brexit tests is an EEA / EFTA-based arrangement.“The Committee report sets a series of tests for a successful post-transition relationship that are entirely based on the words and ambitions of the Prime Minister and Brexit Secretary. Continue reading

Prime Ministers Brexit Red Lines Are Leading Us Inexorably Towards A Hard Border On The Island Of Ireland

The Prime Minister gave her latest statement to the House on the Brexit negotiations, following her meeting with the EU Council. I asked her about her Brexit red lines and the impact they would have on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Continue reading

Managing Customs At The Border After Brexit

I asked the Minister what the government are doing to be ready at the border in Dover after Brexit, and his response exposed how unprepared the government are for managing customs at the border after Brexit. Continue reading

Select Committee Report Highlights That Government Failings Means We May Have No Choice But To Extend Article 50

Select Committee Report Highlights That Government Failings Means We May Have No Choice But To Extend Article 50, And Expresses Disappointment In The Attempt Made By Certain Members To Undermine The Collective Spirit Of The Committee As the Committee on Exiting the European Union publishes its latest report calling on the government to explore and explain its plan for extending Article 50 in the event that a deal is not secured in time for March 2019, Stephen Kinnock, Member of Parliament for Aberavon and member of the Select Committee: Calls out the government for their failure to have a clear and settled position on Brexit, which has led to a vacuum Agrees that government failure to secure the right deal means that there will probably be no option but to seek extension of Article 50 Regrets the ‘spoiler’ attempt made by some committee members Continue reading

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