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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: Do Ministers agree that the Sentencing Council has shown great leadership in acting swiftly to address the growing threat of fentanyl and other synthetic opioid drugs by issuing guidance last month? Will the Minister continue to work with me to raise awareness of this deadly drug?

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I welcome the Prime Minister’s statement that no deal preparations will be stepped up. What are those preparations; how will they be stepped up; will they include new money; and most importantly, will they include the delivery of the lorry park on the roads to the channel ports that was promised two years ago but that has not yet been delivered by the Department for Transport?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the Customs Union: Scotland (3 Jul 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: Would the Chief Secretary to the Treasury not agree that the people of Scotland and the United Kingdom will be better off if we leave the customs union and invest in state-of-the-art technology to ensure that we have frictionless trade and pursue the trade opportunities that lie ahead of this nation around the globe?

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: House of Lords: Membership (27 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: Does the Minister agree that the House of Lords would be vastly improved if it was smaller and democratic?

Fentanyl: Sentencing (26 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I beg to move, That this House has considered sentences for supplying Fentanyl. I am delighted to have secured this debate on the evils of fentanyl. It all came about because of a tragedy that took place one morning in 2016, when every parent’s worst nightmare came true for a family in my constituency. Graeme Fraser was getting ready to walk his dog. He went to ask his son if he wanted...

Fentanyl: Sentencing (26 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I thank my hon. Friend for making that point. He is absolutely right. He is a true champion of his constituency, and he will recall that his own constituent, Jed Spooner, who was just 27 years old, died on 2 December 2017 from fentanyl in Clacton. It is an appalling drug and a real, evil poison, 50 times stronger than heroin. It is a synthetic opioid, often produced in China, smuggled out in...

Fentanyl: Sentencing (26 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: I completely agree, which is why yesterday’s huge step forward on the road to Robert’s law is so welcome, with the Sentencing Council setting out new guidance called “Sentencing of drug offences involving newer and less common drugs”, which specifically related to synthetic opioids. I hope that the Minister will tell us more about the action being taken by the Ministry...

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment (25 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: Has the Secretary of State noticed that the European Union sells us £100 billion more in goods than the other way around? Does that not underline that, rather than following the defeatism of the Labour party, we should be bold and courageous in putting forward maximum facilitation and trade with the EU?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: In the funding of these opportunities, where an academy runs up a debt because of the Department’s failure to supervise the academy sponsor, does my right hon. Friend agree that the Department should take responsibility for that debt, rather than leave it with the school, as appears to be the case with the Goodwin Academy in my constituency?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Article 50 Negotiations (20 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: Does the Minister agree that threats from the European Union about having a hard border in Northern Ireland are simply unhelpful, and that what we need is co-operation in the use of technology so that things can continue to flow just as they do today?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: One thing that my constituents in Dover and Deal were absolutely clear about when they decided to vote by a large majority to leave the European Union was the need to take back control of our borders and to end uncontrolled EU immigration—to end free movement. It is not just in my constituency; it is regions across the country, including Labour leave areas, which I know feel the same...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: That is exactly why I have been setting out the case for how we can use technology and these sorts of system, with a trusted traders scheme, and how we can build on the WTO’s trade facilitation agreement, to which the European Union has signed up. We should be making this investment—we should have been making this investment many years ago.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: My hon. Friend makes the perfect case, and it is the case I have made in a report in which I set out how we can achieve that and manage it positively. We need to use technology and to engage with European member states across the water. After all, customs arrangements and the accounting of customs are not done by Brussels; they are bilateral. We can have bilateral discussions with the French...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is being very generous in taking interventions. Will he just tell the House whether he believes that Britain should remain in the EEA—yes or no?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 (12 Jun 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: When I talk to people on Dover high street about the situation with Europe, they say to me, “Why haven’t we left already?” I tell them, “Well, we are now having debates on things like meaningful votes,” and they reply, “But we had a meaningful vote—we had a meaningful vote in a referendum two years ago, and you guys up in Westminster are just...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Charlie Elphicke: My right hon. Friend is making a powerful argument, but beyond the doctrine of collective responsibility and making sure that one can have conversations in government, in what world does it make sense that we should disclose our own Government papers—our own Government secrets—to the other side in a negotiation?

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