Brexit and Foreign Affairs

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:16 pm on 26th June 2017.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South 8:16 pm, 26th June 2017

In the interests of others, it is not fair that I take an intervention.

As other Members have said, there is a fundamental problem in the Government’s approach: our country will be poorer, weaker and less influential on the world stage if we leave the European Union. We have seen, in the past few days, a vote at the General Assembly of the United Nations relating to the Chagos islands and Mauritius where EU countries did not line up alongside the UK. That is pretty unprecedented. Usually, EU countries work collectively in the General Assembly to defend each other’s interests. That did not happen and we will see a lot more of that in the future. I pledge to fight this hard Brexit and I will do so throughout this Parliament.