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A cross-party Bill was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday which would allow Parliament to block a no deal Brexit once and for all. It was drafted by my friend Yvette Cooper MP and the Conservative MP Oliver Letwin MP.

I spoke of how we needed to rebuild trust between each other, both in Parliament and across the country, so that we could try and find a solution to the Brexit mess we find ourselves in. Parliament has voted, as have I, time and time again to block a No Deal Brexit this Bill merely makes it a reality.

One MP intervened on my speech to say that the European Arrest Warrant wasn’t that important because he believed that one case undermined its purpose. This is utterly wrong. As a former Minister of State for Counter-Terrorism and Policing as well as a Direct Rule Minister for Northern Ireland I can tell you that any loss of access to these vital tools would undermine our security and safety.

The division was won by a single vote – 313 to 312 and has now meant that the Bill can proceed to the House of Lords.

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The economic growth figures out today demonstrated that growth slowed in the last three months to just 0.2%. Delving deeper into those figures we could see that construction shrunk by -0.3% and manufacturing -1.1%.

I pointed out to the Secretary of State that unemployment in Delyn has increased by 33% in the past 12 months and a no deal Brexit would turbo-charge that to levels unseen before.

The Secretary of State provided no answers as to what the Government was doing to support Delyn and North East Wales. She said she would be happy to hear my ideas. However, the Secretary of State ignored the fact that North Wales Labour MPs have been calling for funding for the North Wales Growth Deal, support for the Wylfa power plant, investment into the Colwyn Bay tidal lagoon and improvements in connectivity between North Wales and North West England. Each time the Government has decided to shrug its shoulders and place their money in the South East of England.