Speeches and Questions

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

Holding The World Cup In Russia This Summer Risks Vindicating The Putin Regime

When the Prime Minister updated the House on the ultimatum given to Russia over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, I spoke about my experience of the Russian state as head of the British Council through the Litvinenko crisis, and asked the Prime Minister if she agrees that the World Cup in Russia risks vindicating Putin and his regime. Continue reading

Call For Action Against The Trump Steel Tariffs

During questions to the Secretary of State for Wales, I explained the cost of steel tariffs for the Welsh steel industry and also to America itself, and asked him what the government has done to stop the Trump steel tariffs hurting the British steel industry. 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

The Whole Idea Is A Non-Starter And Should Be Scrapped With Immediate Effect

In the House of Commons I challenged Rory Stewart MP to scrap plans for a new prison in Port Talbot with immediate effect and invited him to attend a public to update concerned residents, so he can hear directly from residents about the opposition to the proposals.  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

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