Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

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

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham East 6:45 pm, 6th February 2017

I am afraid to say to my hon. Friend not only that he is right, but that the list goes on—the list of the consequences of withdrawing from the EU without Parliament even having the opportunity properly to debate it. Food safety is covered by the European Food Safety Authority, so we will be throwing in the towel on independent scientific advice on food chain issues and research that is currently in place through our involvement in the EFSA—and there is nothing in the White Paper about it.

What about the E111 health insurance scheme? Hon. Members will remember that the scheme is not just for tourists, because there is the E110 for hauliers and the E128 for students. What, then, is the plan? What will happen when our constituents go abroad?