Foreign Affairs Committee

Part of Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) – in the House of Commons at 4:52 pm on 19th March 2019.

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Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Conservative, Torbay 4:52 pm, 19th March 2019

I thank my right hon. Friend, who shows his skills as a parliamentarian in recognising how this place works. It is not about our own views; it is about how we see the process working. Although I hear his strong point, I still have my view, and I will be abstaining—I will not be voting in favour. I would normally say that a nomination by an Opposition party should be respected by Government Members, but this situation is different in that it is not the case that Members are looking to retire from the Committee and that a vacancy therefore exists that needs to be filled. I do question the motivations and timing behind this move, but I do not feel that it is for me to be choosing Opposition Members. I might change that view if we were talking about Government Members, but it is my view that this decision is for the Opposition.