EEA/EFTA Based Brexit

The EU Withdrawal Bill is expected to return to the Commons on Tuesday 12 June. As you know, the Lords passed a number of important amendments. Those amendments include membership of a customs union and UK membership of the European Economic Area (EEA). Click here for a briefing with useful information about the EEA and EFTA. Continue reading

Committee For Exiting The European Union Hears About Citizens' Rights

The Committee heard evidence from Fiona Godfrey, Chair, British Immigrants living in Luxembourg (BRILL), and Deputy Chair of British in Europe; Jane Golding, Co-Chair, British in Germany, and Chair of British in Europe; Michael Harris, Chair, EuroCitizens, Spain; and Kalba Meadows, Founder, Remain in France Together (RIFT), France. I asked about the free movement of people across the European Union for UK citizens living on the continent.  Continue reading

Urgent Question On Steel Tariffs

I asked the Trade Secretary what steps he is taking to appeal to the US Congress members whose states will be most affected by the inevitable job losses that Trump's tariffs will cause, & whether he will address the APPG on steel on the wider actions he is taking Continue reading

Letter To Claire Perry On Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

I, along with Carolyn Harris MP, wrote to Claire Perry MP, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, calling for an urgent meeting to discuss the reports that the Government is set to reject the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. You can read our letter here: Continue reading

Government Ministers Appear Before Committee For Exiting The EU

Ministers from the Department for Exiting The European Union appeared before the Committee to answer questions about the progress of UK-EU negotiations, including the Government’s customs union proposals on customs arrangements. 2019 will be a year of huge political and institutional 'churn' in Brussels, with European Parliament elections in May and a new Commission taking office in autumn. Substantial talks on the future (post-transition) relationship will therefore only start in earnest in autumn 2019. I asked how the government is planning to respond to the dramatically squeezed time frame and severely reduced leverage that this will cause? Continue reading

Letter To FCA On Rosneft

I wrote to the Financial Conduct Authority calling on them to reconsider the legitimacy of Russian oil major Rosneft’s listing on the London Stock Exchange. It damages public trust in our institutions when an organisation based on assets acquired unlawfully can benefit from the City of London. Rosneft is not just a tool of Russian foreign policy: it’s built on property brutally expropriated from the Yukos Oil Company. You can read my letter here: Continue reading

Government Outrageously Ploughing Ahead With Boundary Review Based On Electoral Register With Millions Missing

I challenged the Leader of the House over the millions missing from the electoral register that is being used to draw up the new constituency boundaries. It's outrageous that the government is ploughing ahead with a boundary review on the basis of the 2015 electoral register, thus omitting the 2.1 million people who have registered to vote since then. Blatant abuse of democracy. Continue reading

Devastating 90% Drop In Inward Investment Into The UK Caused By Profound Market Uncertainty That Brexit Has Triggered

During Prime Ministers Questions I questioned Theresa May on her Brexit plan as recent figures, released by the OECD, showed a devastating 90% drop in inward investment to the UK between 2016-2017. This has been caused by profound market uncertainty that Brexit has triggered. It's vital we reverse this market uncertainty and secure industries such as steel, which is why I urged the Prime Minister to keep an open mind on an EEA-based Brexit, as the only way to reverse that uncertainty. Continue reading

Committee For Exiting The European Union Focuses On Science, Research, And Higher Education

The Committee for Exiting the EU heard evidence from Professor Michael Arthur, Chair, Russell Group EU Advisory Group, Professor Richard Brook OBE, President, Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering and Dr Beth Thompson MBE, Head of Policy (UK and EU), Wellcome Trust.  I asked them about how Brexit had affected the dynamic of the relationship between UK and EU institutions, and the UK's ability to shape Framework Programme 9, the EU's future research and innovation programmes. Continue reading

Urgent Question On Gaza

I participated in the Urgent Questions on Gaza today, pushing the Minister on the fact that condemnation of Israel with words alone is of little use. I challenged him to support banning trade with businesses operating out of the illegally occupied territories of the West Bank. Continue reading