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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Exiting the European Union: EU Exit (13 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: Technical Notices As announced by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on 18 July 2018, the Government is publishing a series of technical notices during August and September. On Thursday 23 August, we published 25 of these notices. Today, on Thursday 13 September, we are publishing a further 28 technical notices, and will publish more in the coming...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (5 Sep 2018)

European Scrutiny: EU Withdrawal. 2:30 pm; Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Oliver Robbins, Prime Minister's Europe Adviser Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to provide the House with an update on the progress of Brexit negotiations and the Government’s no deal contingency planning. On Friday, I was in Brussels for the fourth time since I became Secretary of State for a further round of talks with Michel Barnier. We had an extended discussion covering outstanding withdrawal issues, internal and...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for his reply and some of the constructive tone in it. On timing, both I and Michel Barnier repeated on Friday that we were aiming for the October Council but recognised that there would be some margin of leeway, as is often the case with negotiations. The right hon. and learned Gentleman has asked me at various points to comment on the newspaper...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: My right hon. Friend will know from the technical notices that we would prioritise continuity and stability, to make sure that in some of those areas he has raised we could continue to receive those goods and supplies into the UK.

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his questions and remarks. The Government have made it clear that we are leaving the single market. That is the only way we can faithfully give effect to the referendum in terms of taking back control of our laws, immigration policy and money. In relation to my statement, the hon. Gentleman said that nothing had changed. I hope that tomorrow he will refer to...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: I share my right hon. Friend’s conviction that we need to avoid any return to the hard border. All sorts of technical work is going on. We have seen the EU’s proposals and made it very clear that they are unacceptable because they would involve a customs border down the Irish sea. We continue to work through these issues, mindful of the commitment that we have made together to...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: The right hon. Gentleman might have also, in quoting Michel Barnier, referred to his comments on 27 August, when he said: “We are preparing to offer Britain a partnership such as there has never been with any other third country”. The right hon. Gentleman is certainly right to raise those points when they are pushed back, but this is a negotiation. We continue to explain our...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: I always listen very carefully to my right hon. Friend’s advice. I do not think that, having presented our proposals, we are going to roll over for Brussels. We are going to explain them to Michel Barnier and answer the questions, practical and others, he has raised. We are confident that our proposals respect the key and core equities and core principles of the EU, but also resolve...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: On recruitment and border staff, when I published the technical notices and gave a speech on 23 August, I set out all the recruitment, including in relation to the border agency. I would be very happy to send a copy of the speech, which sets that out in detail. In relation to the no deal scenario, of course this is not what we want but, through the technical notices and the planning we are...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: We have already put forward our proposals in this regard. Through our future relationship White Paper, we have set out the proposals for the facilitated customs arrangement and the broader approach, which have the objective and goal of not just achieving frictionless trade but dealing with the issue between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. What we are not going to do is accept...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: I thank the right hon. Gentleman, who is of course absolutely right in his technical remarks and also, I fear, about the fact that some—not all, but some—are trying to politicise the issue. I do think that there are legitimate issues. We have committed to giving effect to the joint report that we agreed with the EU, but it is certainly true that some are trying to use the issue as...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to be scrutinising line by line how UK and other European countries’ taxpayers’ money is spent. We have been very clear that there is no deal until we get the whole deal—and, of course, that includes the money.

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: In this negotiation, there are efforts—on both sides, in fairness: the EU side and UK side—to apply pressure. Honestly, I would not be listening to or referring to warnings or forecasts made by the other side in this negotiation; I would be showing a bit of mettle and standing up for this country.

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on all the hard work that he has done to get us to this point, both ministerially and in the House, and on the no deal preparation. He is perhaps over-reading the Prime Minister’s words. We are very clear that we have set out a strong proposal that deals with all the outstanding issues on frictionless trade, but allows us to have an independent trade...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: I am afraid that the right hon. Gentleman is not correct on any of those points. We have a positive set of negotiations with our EU partners and friends—I have itemised some of those areas. It is often very difficult to get Brussels moving in August, but actually we have made assiduous progress in all those areas, and we will keep working on it. I will accept one thing though. We are...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: I thank my hon. Friend, particularly for his counsel against self-delusion. He is right that the Commission and Michel Barnier have raised concerns about some aspects of the economic partnership, but equally we have had positive feedback from member states. We are confident as we work through these proposals that they provide an enduring solution to the challenges that we and the EU face, and...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: The way we want to resolve the Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland issue for the future and also deal with frictionless trade is through the economic partnership. Now, that does challenge some of the long- standing orthodoxies and dogmatic legalism of the EU —there is no doubt about that and no hiding from it. However, we have to find a way—in fairness the EU is at its best when...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend has a long track record of experience in this area and is absolutely right about negotiations. I am mildly surprised by some of the suggestions that at pushback from the EU we should immediately roll over. That is not what we are going to do; we are going to take a resolute and tenacious approach to these negotiations and work on our plan. Whether it is the Polish Foreign...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Dominic Raab: I think that economic forecasts ought to be treated with a measure of caution, given their track record. I note that the hon. Gentleman always reduces any matter relating to Brexit to the Scottish National party’s blinkered, narrow political obsession with a referendum on independence, but I think that every part of the United Kingdom wants to see us strive to get the best possible...


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