Leaving the EU: Legal Services

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:02 pm on 21st November 2018.

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Photo of Gavin Newlands Gavin Newlands Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Sport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Northern Ireland), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Wales) 5:02 pm, 21st November 2018

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. I congratulate Mr Djanogly on securing such an important debate, and I will touch on some of his remarks. He mentioned that the legal services sector contributed £26 billion to the economy. Like him, I look forward to hearing the Minister outline what her Department is doing to prepare for a hard Brexit, should that occur on 29 March.

My colleague on the Justice Committee, John Howell, mentioned a point made by Lord Chief Justice on the paucity of judges in the English system, which has come up from time to time in the Committee’s deliberations. I have made it a habit not to disagree with the Chair of the Justice Committee, Robert Neill, because he is wise and rarely wrong, and he was right again, particularly when he brought up the potential position of family courts post Brexit. He also mentioned that the discussion is akin to groundhog day, which I am pleased to tell him is on my birthday, so I look forward to a nice bottle of malt from him.