Exiting EU Committee Questions Head Of HMRC

The Head of HM Revenue and Customs appeared in front of the Committee for Exiting the European Union. I asked him about how much of HMRC's time is being absorbed by the EU referendum result and the cost of it. You can read the exchange below Continue reading

Brexit Minister Should Withdraw Remark And Apologise For Misleading Comments

Today Labour dragged the Government to the Commons to answer Urgent Questions on why they had only released redacted copies of the Brexit impact reports. The reports need to be published in their entirety, as Parliament's motion instructed that they should be. During Urgent Questions I called on the Brexit Minister David Davis MP to withdraw his remarks and apologise for his misleading comments about assurances he gave to the Committee on Exiting the European Union and it's Chair Hilary Benn MP.  Continue reading

We Need To Ensure We Anchor The Rights Of Our Workforce In The Bill

I spoke in the debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill about the need to amend the Bill to enshrine workplace rights and give Parliament say on EEA membership. EEA and EFTA would give unfettered single market access, opportunity to reform free movement, no European Court of Justice jurisdiction & ability to strike trade deals.  Continue reading

Can The Government Confirm Once And For All That The Transition Deal Is On The Basis Of ECJ Jurisdiction?

As the EU Withdrawal Bill made its way through Parliament I intervened in the debate to call on the Government to confirm, once and for all, that the transition deal is on the basis of the European Court of Justice jurisdiction. Continue reading

Brexit Secretary And His Party Still Don't Seem To Realise What A Transition Deal Will Actually Mean

On the day that the Brexit Secretary announced that Parliament would have a meaningful vote on Brexit, I questioned him on whether he and his Party realise what a transition deal will actually mean. Continue reading

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