There have been two resignations from senior members of the Government’s cabinet today. The Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU have both departed because they stated they had no confidence in the proposals put before them. The Government is in a mess, the Prime Ministers authority lays in tatters and we are still none the wiser on what our future relationship with the EU will be once we leave. Remember a deal must be struck by October 2018 and voted upon by Parliament to ensure that we do not fall off a cliff edge in March 2019.
Many people pressed the Prime Minister on the political situation she finds herself in. I wanted to drill down into further detail on our future security relationship with the EU. It is shocking to see that the former Home Secretary is willing to throw the European Arrest Warrant overboard and put our safety at risk. I asked her what the Government is doing to support our police officers in catching criminals and bringing them to justice.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister delivered a statement to the House of Commons following her visit to the European Union Council of Ministers. This statement included more information on the triggering of Article 50 as well as an update to the work the EU nations are doing in regards to immigration and border security.
I asked the Prime Minister about the proposals which were agreed by the European Council to speed up proposals for a European travel authorisation and the sharing of information. Because of Brexit I wanted to know if the UK is planning on being part of that system. If we are not, I asked the Prime Minister what it will mean for visa fees or access to Europe for British citizens.
The Prime Minister wouldn’t give a straight answer. She informed the House that she was “indeed negotiating the arrangements for the sort of European tariff or visa system”. It would appear to me that the Prime Minister is not too certain of how we will be going forward on this matter. This will result in uncertainty for people wishing to travel abroad and for businesses in Delyn that have strong links to Europe. This needs careful consideration from the Government and Parliament needs to be kept in the loop as to what the outcome of this negotiation is going forward. A bad deal on border security puts Europe’s safety at risk and ours.
Last night, I was officially appointed to the Houses of Parliament Intelligence and Security Committee.
The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) was first established by the Intelligence Services Act 1994 to examine the policy, administration and expenditure of the Security Service, Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The Justice and Security Act 2013 reformed the ISC: making it a Committee of Parliament; providing greater powers; and increasing its remit (including oversight of operational activity and the wider intelligence and security activities of Government). Other than the three intelligence and security Agencies, the ISC examines the intelligence-related work of the Cabinet Office including: the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC); the Assessments Staff; and the National Security Secretariat. The Committee also provides oversight of Defence Intelligence in the Ministry of Defence and the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism in the Home Office. Read more “Appointment to Intelligence and Security Committee”