Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 7:15 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Heidi Allen Heidi Allen Conservative, South Cambridgeshire 7:15 pm, 6th February 2017

If the interventions are long, my speech will be short.

Let me say this to my right hon. Friend Mr Harper. Nothing is perfect, but should the policy that we make be based on a few bad apples or on the rights of thousands of fabulous citizens who come here and contribute? What we are discussing today is whether we should be offering unilateral rights to them before securing rights for our UK citizens abroad. I have a sense of what is the moral and right thing to do. I believe that we should be leading the way, and offering those rights unilaterally to EU citizens in the UK.