Yesterday the House of Commons rejected the two peersâ€™ amendments (seeking a unilateral guarantee of residency to EU citizens in the UK and requiring a â€śmeaningfulâ€ť vote for parliament). The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Billthen moved to the House of Lords where both amendments were voted down. Hence, Parliament passed the bill unamended. Theresa May is now able to trigger Article 50 before the end of the month. ...continue reading
During the Second Reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill on Tuesday 31 January, Sir William Cash made the following speech: ...continue reading
Yesterday the Prime Minister gave evidence to the Liaison Committee, Sir William Cash made the following questions:
Sir William Cash: Good afternoon, Prime Minister. When you opened, you referred to a joined-up approach. My European Scrutiny Committee has called on our ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, to see us shortly. He made some pretty controversial remarks the other day. Complementary to these activities across the board in COREPER and UKRepâ€”United Kingdom permanent representativesâ€”there is also this question of the co-ordination with the Cabinet Office, which also has to deal with my Committee. Do you have in No. 10 a fully specialised unit with specialists who deal equally with the negotiating instruments regarding political, economic and trade policies? Do they meet you personally in No. 10? Do they do so on a regular footing? If they donâ€™t, do you think that it ought to happen? ...continue reading
The House of Commons debated yesterday the Government's plan for Brexit. The MPs approved the motion proposed by Sir Keir Starmer, the Shadow Brexit Secretary, as amended by the Government. The MPs endorsed therefore the Governmentâ€™s timetable for triggering Article 50 by the end of March next year. During the debate Bill Cash made the following interventions. ...continue reading
Sir William Cash said yesterday in the House of Commons:
Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee : On the question of the port services regulation, does my right hon. Friend accept that it is opposed by the Government, the Opposition, the trade unions and all port employers? The issue is about to be decided by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Does he agree that it should be voted against?
David Jones Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union): My hon. Friend is entirely right. The regulation is not designed for the British system. We intend to oppose it, but sadly it will be carried by a qualified majority vote.