The Prime Minister returned to the Commons today to update Parliament on her meeting with the other heads of Government of all EU nations last week.
This gave me another chance to ask the PM if she could guarantee that we will remain a member of EUROPOL when we leave the EU. As you would have heard from me before, we must remain a part of EUROPOL so that we can share intelligence and bring people to justice when run away from the UK.
The PM couldn’t guarantee this saying only that she hoped we would have a security partnership: meaningless words that do nothing to secure our streets. For a former Home Secretary I find the PMs actions in negotiating our security deeply concerning.
It was a pleasure to meet people from the farming community in Parliament this week. We were able to discuss their concerns over Brexit and what will replace the Common Agricultural Policy when we leave the EU – this is the mechanism that gives farmers financial support keeping prices at the till down.
We also talked about how we can become a leader of the world when it comes to sustainable farming. We need to make sure that the intensive farming techniques that we have developed do not undermine the natural environment long-term so that we can protect habitats for struggling species – such as bees.
It is time for the UK Government to wake up to the realities of Brexit. The announcement by Airbus – as well as BMW and Siemens – should make them realise that it is time to put forward a decent Brexit settlement and not one based in a strange dreamworld.
The UK Government’s Brexit negotiations are failing as they can’t even decide amongst themselves what they want. This is putting decent employers in a terrible position where they cannot plan for the future.
1,500 people live in Delyn and work at the Airbus plant in Broughton. We cannot lose these jobs and the Government should get its act together and agree with me, and the Labour Party, that we should become a member of a Customs Union and a version of the European Economic Area. This will secure our trading partnership with the EU and jobs.
But this isn’t just a question of trading relationships it’s about aviation standards. The Government couldn’t promise me today that the UK will remain part of these vital bodies. Without membership of this body planes won’t fly: as simple as that.
The Home Office have started to announce the process through which EU nationals will be able to apply for settled status following Brexit.
I have been long concerned that the Government doesn’t have the plans in place to give EU nationals – people who are our neighbours, friends and colleagues – the right to reside in the UK when we leave the EU.
There are a number of constituents who have contacted me where they find themselves in the situation where their partner is currently working in another EU nation and don’t know if they will fall within the 5 year residency test the Government is putting in place – but they may have only been away on work for a month.
I wanted to stress that the Government take this into account with their processes to ensure that families are not split up.