Carillion Is A Textbook Example Of The Privatisation Of Profit And The Socialisation Of Risk

During a Government statement on Carillion I questioned the Cabinet Office Minister, saying that the Carillion collapse shows that it is time for us to impose a windfall tax on these kind of companies who are taking taxpayers for a ride to the tune of billions of pounds. Government must do better. Continue reading

Committee For Exiting The European Union Hears From International Relations Experts

Today, Professor Richard Whitman, Head of School, Professor Politics and International Relations, University of Kent; Fredrik Erixon, Director, European Centre for International Political Economy; and Dr Stephen Woolcock, Associate Professor in International Relations, London School of Economics, all appeared before the Committee for Exiting the European Union. I took the opportunity to question them on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. You can read my questions below. Continue reading

Trade Bill Debate

As Parliament debated Trade Bill I intervened and said that Government needs to amend the Bill to give unions, business and the devolved governments a say in the kind of trade defence and trade policies that we purse. It is vital we have a proper process to secure best deals for Britain and to support industry. Continue reading

Taxation Cross-Border Trade Bill, If Passed In Its Current Form, Would Fatally Undermine The British Manufacturing Sector

As Parliament reconvened after the Christmas recess we hit the ground running with the Taxation (Cross-border) Trade Bill. This seeks to establish a new post-Brexit trade defence regime, but as I said in my speech in the House, in it's current form it would fatally undermine the British manufacturing sector, including the steel industry in my Aberavon constituency. You can read my speech below.  Continue reading

It Is Our Duty As Parliamentarians To Express The Mind Of The People On All Matters

In one of the last debates before Christmas, I spoke in favour of Amendment 43 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which would give Parliament the power to control the length and basic terms of transitional arrangements, and would allow Parliament to start the clock on the sunset clauses within the Bill. Continue reading

Steel Sector Deal Debate

I secured a debate in Westminster Hall on a steel sector deal. In the debate I argued that we need the government to approve the steel sector deal & radically reshape the energy market, but they have done nothing. This is about defending our communities & building a successful industrial strategy, and we cannot do that unless we stand up for steel. Continue reading

Jurisdiction Of European Court Of Justice Will Apply In Precisely The Same Way Now As It Will During The Transition Period

As the Prime Minister returned to the House to update us on her meeting with the European Council I asked her about the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. The Prime Minister confirmed what we already knew, that transition would mean everything staying the same, only without us having any say at all including full jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice... So much for taking back control! Continue reading

Parliament To Take Back Control With A Meaningful Vote On The Brexit Deal

On the night the Government lost a vote on Brexit in the House, I spoke in favour of the amendment tabled by Dominic Grieve MP. It is vital that Parliament has meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal and the opportunity to send the government back to secure a better deal, if the one the come to us with is inadequate. Continue reading

Without UK Institutions To Take On The Job Of EU Agencies, We Will See Fundamental Rights, Protections And Regulations Being Removed By The Back Door Having Been Rendered Unenforceable.

I tabled an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill to stop vital rights, freedoms and protections vanishing by the backdoor. I spoke about the amendment and that unless we have UK bodies to carry out the function of existing EU bodies, we'll see rights, freedoms and protections disappear by the back door without anyone there to enforce them. You can watch my speech below.  Continue reading

Letter to David Davis - EU Agencies

I have written to the Minister for Exiting the European Union about the government's plans to manage the UK's relationship with EU agencies through any transition and after exiting the European Union.  According to the House of Commons there are a number of EU agencies that have no provision for the membership, participation, observer status or even cooperation with third countries.  You can read my letter below Continue reading