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EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016/17: Committee Stage

At Committee Stage of the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016/17, I intervened on the speech of former Immigration Minister, Mark Harper MP, on the implications of devolved administrations on leaving the EU.

I pointed out to Mr. Harper that in some issues, such as policing which is devolved in Northern Ireland and Scotland, it is only right that a consensus can be reached as to the future relationship with the EU. As I have noted before EUROJUST and EUROPOL are but two areas where the devolved administrations control of policing will mean that they will have an opinion on if they wish to remain a member of these institutions.

The Government backbencher could not provide an adequate response. Instead skating around the issue because of a fear of undermining his own sides argument that devolved administrations, like the Welsh Assembly, should not be involved in the decision making process. Something I strongly believe should happen.

There are still another two days in Committee of the full House and I will continue to intervene and vote for new clauses and amendments that protect the interests of Delyn and the UK more widely.

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