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EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Keir Starmer: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union if he will make a statement on progress of the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the European Union.

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Keir Starmer: What an embarrassment. The last 24 hours have given a new meaning to the phrase “coalition of chaos”. Yesterday morning, No. 10 was briefing that a deal would be signed. There was high expectation that the Prime Minister would make a triumphant statement to the House. By teatime, we had a 49-second press conference saying that the deal was off. It is one thing to go to Brussels...

Previous Business – Lords: Select Committee (29 Nov 2017)

Constitution Committee: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. 10:15 am; Room 1, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: (at 10:30 AM) Rt Hon. Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Exiting the European Union and International Trade (at 11:10 AM) Rt Hon. Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Points of Order (28 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Further to the debates we have just had, it is clear there is a lot of concern from Members on both sides of the House that the Government have not satisfied the motion passed less than a month ago. You have been very clear in your advice that the motion passed was binding. After the debate on 1 November, you said that “I would expect the...

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union if he will make a statement on the release of the impact assessments arising from sectoral analysis carried out by Her Majesty’s Ministers to the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union.

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: “Transparency” and “accountability” are two words this Government do not understand. On 1 November, after a three-hour debate, this House voted in favour of a Humble Address requiring all 58 sectoral analyses to be passed to the Brexit Select Committee—not some of the reports, not redacted copies, but the full reports. The Government did not seek to amend the...

EU Exit Negotiations (13 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: I thank the Secretary of State for advance notice of his statement. This is clearly a statement of two halves. First, the usual “Groundhog Day” report back on the negotiations in Brussels: a round of negotiations; a press conference at the end that leaves us wondering whether the parties were in the same negotiations; then both sides briefing the press in the days immediately...

Exiting the European Union: Citizens’ Rights (2 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: Last night, this House unanimously passed a binding motion requiring the Government to provide 58 sectoral impact assessments to the Brexit Select Committee. Non-EU UK nationals work in many of those 58 sectors, and you indicated, Mr Speaker, that it was not a motion that needed to be deliberated over for a long time. When will the papers be handed over?

Exiting the European Union: Citizens’ Rights (2 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: “As soon as conceivable”, I would hope, means by the end of the week, and certainly before this House goes into recess. I think that that was the period we were discussing last night. But the motion was clear: it is the impact assessments that must be provided—not redacted copies, but the assessments. The Government could have amended the motion, but they chose not to. Can...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The motion having been carried unanimously and the wording being that “the impact assessments arising from those analyses be provided to the Committee on Exiting the European Union”, can you confirm whether that means this motion is effective or binding and whether that means a failure of the Government to comply with it is, in fact, a contempt of...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: What I said in my opening was in criticism of the blanket ban. I said that the Government should consider first whether any of the material needs to be withheld and, if so, whether bits of it could be released—summaries or gists. I was criticising the Government’s approach because they had not already gone through that exercise, which they should have gone through; I was not...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: I do acknowledge that. To explain, we were advised by the parliamentary authorities that that needed to be included in the motion in order for the second part to be triggered. I acknowledge, though, that that list was published on Monday.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: Will the Minister express his view on whether this is a binding motion according to the procedures of this House?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the list of sectors analysed under the instruction of Her Majesty’s Ministers, and referred to in the Answer of 26 June 2017 to Question 239, be laid before this House and that the impact assessments arising from those analyses be provided to the Committee on...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: Over the summer, I set out the Opposition’s position in relation to Brexit with great clarity, and Government Members, if they are talking to businesses, will know how warmly that has been received. That has been documented in what businesses have said and done.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: This has been absolutely clear from the summer. It was set out by me, and it was repeated by me in this House and in my conference speech and by my right hon. Friend the Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn) in his conference speech. It is that we should seek transitional measures, because we are not going to have reached the final deal by March 2019 and that those transitional measures...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: I am grateful for that intervention. I was going to highlight just three sectors on the list: construction and engineering, where 2.9 million jobs are involved; medical services and social care, where 3 million jobs are involved; and pharmaceuticals, where 50,000 jobs are involved. So even taking just three of the 58 sectors, it is obvious why this is of such importance.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Keir Starmer: I hope to see the right hon. Lady in the Lobby with us later if that is how she feels about this motion. I must say that there were at least five different versions of the Government position over the summer, and it is almost impossible to reconcile the Foreign Secretary’s approach with that of others in the Cabinet. Everybody knows it and is commenting on it. To claim there is unity in...


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