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

My Submission To The Welsh Affairs Committee's Inquiry Into Prison Provision In Wales

The Welsh Affairs Committee is holding an inquiry into prison provision in Wales and one aspect they are looking at is the potential for new prisons in Wales. I have made a submission to the inquiry, focusing on the proposals for Port Talbot. You can read my submission below.  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

EEA and Swiss Model

As part of its work scrutinising the Brexit negotiations and the UK's relationship with the EU once we have left, the Committee for Exiting the EU looked at the EU's relationship with Switzerland. In the session I concentrated on how the movement of people works for the Swiss. Continue reading