There are a number of businesses in Delyn who will have to agree to trade deals next March for the years following 2019. They have had no assurances from the Government on what the future tariff situation will be once we leave the EU.
Without these assurances dairy farmers, for example, will struggle to continue to trade to the USA. We need the Government to give a detailed plan on how the UK will trade following Brexit. We still do not know if people in Delyn will be able to sell their products to mainland Europe after March 2019. This makes planning for the future near on impossible.
The Secretary of State replied by referring to previous figures – figures which are positive because of the current arrangements and not due to the Government’s actions. Rest assured I will continue to press on the future trading relationships we have throughout the world and will not settle for anything other than a deal that secures the future of our businesses and therefore jobs.
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.
On Monday, I questioned the Prime Minister, during a statement on her recent talks in Brussels, about her plans to protect the UKs security following Brexit.
I am particularly concerned about the prisoner transfer agreement, EUROPOL and the European Arrest Warrant being at threat because of Brexit. All of these key international security agreements give our police the tools they need to tackle crime, and individuals who commit crimes effectively.
If the UK was to lose these agreements post-Brexit it could be potentially damaging to our ability to send back criminals to their native country, track down criminals who have fled the UK and smash organised crime cartels that operate across borders. As a former Home Officer Minister and Justice Minister I have seen first hand how these weapons against crime work effectively in bringing about justice.
The Prime Minister, once again, did not provide a detailed response to the House of Commons. She instead chose to inform the House that the main topics that were discussed at the summit were Russia, migration and trade. Noting that the negotiations will take place separately.
On Thursday, I asked the Secretary of State for International Trade – the brand new Department created by the Prime Minister following the EU referendum result – what he made of the recent comments by the Japanese government on the UKs vote to leave the EU. Read more “International Trade Questions: Japan”