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

British people voted last June to leave the EU and that should have been respected from day one, yet there have many attempts to bypass their will, including by some MPs who have tried to stop, delay and water down the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill was overwhelmingly approved, unamended, by the House of Commons on 8 February and it is expected to pass the House of Lords in the next few weeks, empowering the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the EU. The Government is determinate to respect the wishes of British people and will trigger Article 50 TEU by the end of March. As the Prime Minister said in the House of Commons “It is time to get on with leaving the European Union and building an independent, self-governing, global Britain.” ...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