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 Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon 6:15 pm, 6th February 2017

I hope my right hon. and learned Friend is right. He has not always been right about everything, although he has been right about quite a lot. He and I were on the same side of the debate, and I know that he regrets, as I do, the fact that in all the discussions about migration and immigration during the campaign, some rather irresponsible points were made repeatedly about who would be able to come here from the Commonwealth, when there was absolutely no suggestion that that was behind anyone’s thinking. However, I fundamentally disagree with him in that I do not think that we should do anything unilateral before we get an agreement about the rights of British nationals living in the rest of the EU.