Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 6:15 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Conservative, South West Wiltshire 6:15 pm, 6th February 2017

I entirely agree that we need to sort this out very early on. Indeed, our right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said precisely that only a short while ago. Does my right hon. Friend Sir Hugo Swire agree that part of the issue is the unwillingness of some of our interlocutors to engage in meaningful discussion prior to the triggering of article 50? This is surely a matter that can be dealt with early on, but that requires them to engage immediately and not to delay until the triggering of article 50.