Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of David Jones David Jones Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union) 8:45 pm, 6th February 2017

I will give way in a moment. I can tell the House that I have discussed the matter on numerous occasions with my EU counterparts. They assure me that they fully understand that it is an issue of simple humanity that must be put at the top of the agenda when the negotiations commence. We must wait until the negotiations commence, and until they do, we must not make any concessions.