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Yesterday the House of Commons rejected the two peers’ amendments (seeking a unilateral guarantee of residency to EU citizens in the UK and requiring a “meaningful” 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

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, made a statement yesterday on the Government’s plans for exiting the European Union. Sir William Cash made the following intervantion: ...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 UKRep—United Kingdom permanent representatives—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 don’t, do you think that it ought to happen? ...continue reading

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: ...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 Government’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.