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Artist Visas — [James Gray in the Chair] (4 Sep 2019)

Afzal Khan: ...across borders is crucial to the continued economic success of this world-leading sector. Within the music industry, 13% of the workforce are European nationals and, with a disastrous no-deal Brexit looming, they are understandably concerned for their future. This prosperous industry is able to flourish thanks to the diverse, global talent that contributes to all its sectors. It is...

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked-after Children and Care Leavers — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (3 Sep 2019)

Afzal Khan: ...’s Society, the Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium and the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit for their comprehensive briefings. As we head ever closer to a disastrous no-deal Brexit, the rights of the 3.8 million EU nationals living in the UK are still in jeopardy. By a conservative estimate, 5,000 EU children live in care in the UK and a further 4,000 care leavers will be...

Sikhs: Contribution to the UK — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (30 Apr 2019)

Afzal Khan: ...are Muslims, we are acutely aware that more must be done by all in society to tackle the impact of rising Islamophobia that affects all our communities. Given the escalation in bigotry after the Brexit vote and the rise in racial discrimination and hate crimes on grounds of race and religion, it is important that we reassert the Britishness of our minority groups, and integrate their...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (24 Apr 2019)

Afzal Khan: ...a break again. I hope that after our week off last week, the new Minister has come back rested, refreshed and ready to take on the issue of parliamentary boundaries. The Tories’ mishandling of Brexit means that we will have to fight the European elections, the local elections next month and a possible general election. There is reason enough there to look at the building blocks of our...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (27 Mar 2019)

Afzal Khan: ...turn this week, notably with the Government’s defeat on Monday, which gave Parliament control of the Order Paper. The Government have officially lost control. Interestingly, throughout the Brexit process, I have seen the Prime Minister raise the importance of respecting and upholding democracy. I will remind the Committee of what my Bill sets out to do. It would fix the number of MPs at...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (27 Feb 2019)

Afzal Khan: ...approach of the Government, that does not mean that they would solve any problems. As I highlighted in our last sitting, the urgency of the Bill has not diminished. In fact, against the backdrop of Brexit, the need for the Bill should be even more apparent, so will the Minister enlighten us as to any developments?

Public Bill Committee: Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: Consequential etc provision (26 Feb 2019)

Afzal Khan: We support the amendment. We feel that income thresholds discriminate against working-class people on lower incomes. Around 40% to 50% of UK residents earn less than £18,600. Due to Brexit, the Government plan to extend this threshold requirement to EU citizens. In the Labour party’s 2017 manifesto, we said that we would replace income thresholds with a prohibition on recourse to public...

Public Bill Committee: Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: Consequential etc provision (26 Feb 2019)

Afzal Khan: I wish to speak to amendments 11, 12 and 10. Throughout the Brexit process, the Government have been carrying out a power grab, acquiring powers to amend primary and secondary legislation with little parliamentary scrutiny. The debates on Brexit legislation have shown that there is cross-party support for limiting Henry VIII powers. Back Benchers on both sides of the House recognise that...

Public Bill Committee: Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: Repeal of the main retained EU law relating to free movement etc (26 Feb 2019)

Afzal Khan: ...this entire Bill, for that matter—puts the cart before the horse. Labour has been clear that our immigration policy is subordinate to our economic and trade policy. The Government’s position on Brexit, on the other hand, has been consistent in just one way: they insist on putting immigration ahead of our economic needs. We simply cannot support measures that would cause our country to...

Public Bill Committee: Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: Examination of Witness (14 Feb 2019)

Afzal Khan: ...Professor, you have highlighted certain discrepancies between the treatment of EU citizens who are already in the UK in the event that we reach a deal, and their treatment in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Will you run through those discrepancies?

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (30 Jan 2019)

Afzal Khan: ...time and time again for an update, but have received no indication of any development. It is clear that the Government have no desire to prioritise this Bill. Yesterday’s vote reinforces that Brexit continues to dominate the parliamentary agenda. As such, I have moved a motion that will ensure that the Committee meets regularly enough to maintain emphasis on this important issue, but...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (23 Jan 2019)

Afzal Khan: I beg to move, That the Committee do now adjourn. Another week and another statement by the Prime Minister on Brexit. Following the crushing defeat last week, the highly anticipated statement made by the Prime Minister on Monday revealed that plan B is just sticking to plan A. Disappointingly, the Government are now experts in delaying and running down the clock. Evidently, nothing has...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (16 Jan 2019)

Afzal Khan: I beg to move, That the Committee do now adjourn. What a week this has been! The meaningful vote has resulted in a crushing defeat. The Government have failed to deliver an effective Brexit. In a similar fashion, they have failed to make any progress with this Bill. Sadly, the chaos surrounding Brexit has overshadowed my Bill since its inception. Following the events of yesterday, it is clear...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (19 Dec 2018)

Afzal Khan: ...and a Member of the European Parliament. I have seen how things get done in politics, and I have to say I have been a bit disappointed by how the Government are operating. I will not say much about Brexit; we all know what is happening with that. Some Members will know that I am Labour’s shadow Immigration Minister. For the past year, we have been promised the White Paper. Perhaps today...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: Civil Service Capacity (19 Dec 2018)

Afzal Khan: The National Audit Office reports that the additional staff needed to work at UK borders after Brexit may not be in place by March 2019. Will the Minister explain why, almost 29 months since the EU referendum, the Government have not got their act together?

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (12 Dec 2018)

Afzal Khan: I beg to move, That the Committee do now adjourn. This week has been—what can I say? For one thing, the Prime Minister delayed the crucial Brexit vote at the eleventh hour. As we have seen with my Bill, the Government’s strategy on every major issue is delay, delay, delay. More than a year since my Bill passed Second Reading, we are still waiting for a money resolution. Just as with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration System (3 Dec 2018)

Afzal Khan: In a week’s time, MPs will be asked to make a decision in potentially the most important vote on our country’s future. Are we to do so without any idea of what our post-Brexit immigration system will be?

EU Settled Status Scheme (27 Nov 2018)

Afzal Khan: ...force of the Prime Minister’s punitive hostile environment. Will the Minister take this opportunity finally to clarify what checks employers will be required to carry out on EU citizens after Brexit and what evidence will be sufficient for EU citizens to prove their status? At any point during the transition period, will employers be required to differentiate between EU citizens who are...

Public Bill Committee: Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (21 Nov 2018)

Afzal Khan: The Government have precious little political capital at the moment, and it is all being used for Brexit, leaving none to spare for the boundaries. At the moment we have no idea when the next general election will be. For my part, I think it will be before 2022, and it would be far from satisfactory to have that election on the basis of current boundaries. The Government’s current strategy...

Exiting the European Union: Leaving the EU: Legislation (25 Oct 2018)

Afzal Khan: Greater Manchester has started to draw up plans for the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit. Council leaders have warned that supermarkets in the north-west do not have warehouse space to stockpile food. Planes from Manchester airport could be grounded. Councils have already faced eight years of austerity, and they will be the ones picking up the pieces after no deal, providing housing and...


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