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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: I could not agree more with the hon. Lady. She is absolutely right. As my third point, before I quickly wrap up, I want to be absolutely clear about what I believe we mean when we talk about a meaningful vote. For all the technical points that have been made from the Dispatch Box today and for all the high-quality legal debate we have had in this Chamber, the fact of the matter is that we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: I will try to do this in three minutes, and I have three principal points. I do not want to speak for long because the points I will make in support of amendment 7 and new clause 3 have already been made very well by the right hon. and learned Members for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) and for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), my right hon. Friends the Members for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: May I ask the Minister two questions? First, in respect of the statement made by the Brexit Secretary this morning, can the Minister confirm that the withdrawal agreement Bill is not guaranteed to come before the House for a vote before exit day? All the statement says is that the Bill will be introduced before exit day. Secondly, why do the Government find so objectionable the idea of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: The Father of the House is absolutely right that the Bill essentially gives the Government a blank cheque. On timing, the only commitment I can see in today’s written ministerial statement from the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union about what will happen before we leave the EU is that the proposed withdrawal agreement and implementation Bill will be introduced before we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: The argument that we have heard from the right hon. and learned Member for North East Hertfordshire (Sir Oliver Heald) and the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin) is really quite ludicrous. They opposed what they described as a power grab by Brussels—by the European Union—while we were members of the European Union. They now seem to be advocating a power grab by...

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: Have you been there?

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: The “brutal reality”—to use the Minister’s words—is that the staff at King’s, which also serves my constituency, are doing all they can in impossible circumstances. If we are honest about this, we on both sides of the House have perpetuated the fiction for too long—over decades—that we can have Scandinavian levels of public services on American...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: Senior civil servants across Whitehall have reportedly been instructed from here on not to commit to writing any evaluation they make of the impact of Brexit on their industry sectors. Is that true? If so, why the cover-up?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: The new clause goes to the heart of the argument made for the UK leaving the European Union: this House would take back control. It was done in the name of parliamentary sovereignty. Does my hon. Friend not find it curious, therefore, that the Members who argued in the name of parliamentary sovereignty that we should leave—I see the right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood) in his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (6 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I take note of the comments that you have just made. This is related to the documents that were promised to the House. There is an issue regarding the motion that we debated in the Chamber the other day, and there is an issue regarding what has been said to the Select Committee—I note what you said about it needing to come to a judgment itself—but...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: The Secretary of State talks about the will of the people, but of course the Government put leaving the customs union and the single market to the electorate at the general election and lost their majority. Can I ask him a very specific question? Clearly, there is no consensus on having an arrangement whereby only Northern Ireland is part of the single market and the customs union, and no...

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Chuka Umunna: The publication of the strategy is welcome, but I have two asks of the Secretary of State. First, for this to succeed in the long term, it has to be able to survive changes of Government. Is it not about time that we set up a cross-party commission to build the political consensus needed to produce further iterations of the strategy? Secondly, let us be honest and recognise that the biggest...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Chuka Umunna: I am going to be quick, so I will not take any more interventions. We have talked a lot about parliamentary sovereignty, which is why it is vital that we see changes made to the Bill, but the biggest threat to national sovereignty for many countries, particularly in the advanced world, is the power of multinational corporations in an era of globalisation. I am not opposed to those...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Chuka Umunna: I will speak about the new clauses tabled by Opposition Front Benchers, particularly those on employment law, and about the new clauses in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander). First, I notice that the right hon. Members for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) and for Loughborough (Nicky Morgan), the right hon. and learned Members for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) and for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Chuka Umunna: Absolutely. I could not agree more with that statement. I turn in particular to new clauses 2 and 58, which were tabled by Opposition Front Benchers. It is important that we have more than assurances—that we actually amend the Bill—to protect some of the vital rights that are currently protected in EU law. In particular, we should protect their enhanced status. It seems from the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Chuka Umunna: Absolutely. I could not agree more. I referred to the Beecroft review, and one of its recommendations was to do away with equal pay audits, which only underlines the point I have been seeking to make. I was not planning to spend so long on employment law; I really wanted to reiterate the points made by my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham East about the EEA and EFTA, and I completely...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Chuka Umunna: I am grateful to the Minister for being pretty frank with the Committee now, because if what he says is right, his Government’s set of amendments pave the way for no deal. If I am wrong about that, why did his predecessor, Lord Bridges of Headley, say that he did not believe it would be possible to sort out the divorce bill, the implementation period and the final deal on our withdrawal...

European Economic Area: Uk Membership (6 Nov 2017)

Chuka Umunna: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock) on securing this excellent debate. I preface my remarks by saying that I will use the terms “EEA” and “single market” interchangeably, although I appreciate there are slight differences, because we are basically talking about the single market. I will first talk about the mandate, which the hon....


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