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During yesterday’s debate on Brexit and Foreign Affairs Bill Cash made the following intervention:

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Mr David Davis): May I start by commending the hon. Member for Edinburgh West (Christine Jardine) for learning the ropes quicker than the rest of us did? I hope she has success with her Adjournment debate.

The negotiations over our exit from the European Union are fundamental to our future. It is no exaggeration to say that they will shape everything we want to achieve as a country over the coming years and decades. We are doing nothing less than refashioning Britain’s place in the world. Our success or failure will determine and shape all our futures, so it is obviously a great responsibility but also a great opportunity, and it falls on all of us in this place—every one of us in this Parliament—to make a success of it. If we work together and we succeed, we can ensure a strong and growing economy that spreads prosperity and opportunity around the country, underpins well-funded public services and secures a better future for us and our children.

I have always made it clear that after Brexit the United Kingdom will continue to be the outward-looking global nation it has always been. Indeed, it should be more engaged in the world than ever before, for I firmly believe that last year’s vote to leave the EU was not a call for retrenchment—a call to look in on ourselves. The UK has the means, the ambition and, now, the freedom to play a more positive role in the world.

Sir William Cash: Does my right hon. Friend not think that those, such as the Liberal Democrats and others, who want to remain in the European Union should ask their constituents whether they really want the United Kingdom indefinitely to remain part of an undemocratic system that is governed by majority voting that takes place behind closed doors and that is moving towards integration with a common defence policy, a common Finance Ministry and further moves towards a political union in which we would be in the second tier of a two-tier Europe dominated largely by one country?

Theresa May made a statement yesterday in the House of Commons on last week’s European Council. During the debate Bill Cash made the following intervention:

The Prime Minister (Mrs Theresa May): With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on last week’s European Council, and on the proposals we are publishing today, which, on a reciprocal basis, seek to give reassurance and certainty to EU citizens who have made their homes and lives in our country. ...continue reading

The European Scrutiny Committee published today its report “Brexit and the European Scrutiny System in the House of Commons”.

 Sir Bill Cash, Chairman of the Committee, said,

“The Government should be more open about its attitude in negotiations.

"The Government should come to a clear view on where the national interest lies in relation to each dossier, and ensuring that view is communicated to UKREP and to our European counterparties. The Government may consider that there will be occasions when it feels it should vote against proposals it considers to be against the national interest, rather than allowing agreement by consensus. If it does vote against a proposal, it should make sure its reasons for doing so are put on record in a minute statement." ...continue reading

The secretary of state for exiting the European Union, David Davis, made a statement yesterday in the House of Commons abouta White Paper on the great repeal Bill. During the debate Sir William Cash made the following intervention: ...continue reading

Theresa May, made a statement in the House of Commons yesterday on triggering Article 50. Sir William Cash made the following intervention:

The Prime Minister (Mrs Theresa May): Today, the Government act on the democratic will of the British people, and they act, too, on the clear and convincing position of this House. A few minutes ago in Brussels, the United Kingdom’s permanent representative to the EU handed a letter to the President of the European Council on my behalf confirming the Government’s decision to invoke article 50 of the treaty on European Union. The article 50 process is now under way and, in accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union. We will make our own decisions and our own laws, take control of the things that matter most to us, and take the opportunity to build a stronger, fairer Britain— a country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home. That is our ambition and our opportunity, and it is what this Government are determined to do. ...continue reading

In an Article to Brexit Central, Sir William Cash MP, wrote:

"The triggering of Article 50 today by the Prime Minister, to formally notify the EU of our intention to withdraw, has been for me and for many of my colleagues, and no doubt for many readers too, a very long journey. It is 30 years ago that I first tabled an amendment to a Westminster Bill incorporating an EU Treaty, to assert the sovereignty of the United Kingdom Parliament. Back then, it was denied me and the amendment was not selected. One only has to look at the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act to see how far we have come in regaining our sovereignty. The Second Reading in the House of Commons on that Bill was passed by 498 to 114. ...continue reading