September 6, 2018

The EU is still our Best Trading Partner

Recently released Government trade figures once again show how important trading with the EU is to our economy. Every year the Government releases figures showing how much the British economy is buying and selling abroad and in which countries that trade takes place. This year’s figures show that we sell almost as much to the 435 million people that live in EU as we do …

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May 3, 2018

Will We Still Have Access to Erasmus+ After Brexit?

Today I questioned the Brexit Minister on whether UK students will be able to participate in the Erasmus+ scheme after Brexit. Erasmus+ is an educational and cultural exchange programme that benefits UK and European students. In 2016 alone, 2235 students from Wales received Erasmus+ grants to study abroad, and Wales has received over £26 million for educational and cultural schemes from …

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January 2, 2018

Brexit Questions – Horizon 2020

At this morning’s Exiting the EU Questions I had the opportunity to ask the Minister about the effect of leaving the EU on participation rates in the Horizon 2020 research funding programme, and in the Erasmus + programme. There are three universities in Cardiff Central and I have continually pressed the government on assurances for their futures after Brexit. The …

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November 14, 2017

Trade Bill Published

The Tories launched their Brexit Trade Bill last week. This is the legislation that will govern our trading relationship with other countries once we leave the European Union. This Bill would allow the Trade Secretary Liam Fox, to sign new trade deals, copy old ones and favour industries without having to put any of those deals before Parliament for them to be scrutinised and voted on. I …

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October 20, 2017

I Confront Home Office on Erasmus+ Students

There are many thousands of international students in Cardiff Central and across the UK who benefit from the Erasmus+ programme as well as students from the UK who go to study at Universities abroad. I asked the Immigration Minister in the event of  Britain crashing out of the EU with ‘no deal’ could he give any reassurance to international students …

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October 12, 2017

MPs Demand an End to Government Secrecy on Brexit Papers

Together with over 120 MPs I’ve written to David Davis, the Brexit Secretary asking him to publish the findings of an analysis the Government has carried out on what the impacts of leaving the European Union will be on 50 sectors of the economy.   Despite numerous questions from MPs and repeated Freedom of Information requests the Government has refused …

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September 11, 2017

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Tonight, I will be voting in the House of Commons on the EU Withdrawal Bill. The Bill has reached what is called the second reading stage of its passage through Parliament. The Bill sets out the government’s approach to how Britain will leave the EU and what role Parliament will play in the process. I will be voting against the Bill.   I’ll …

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July 6, 2017

Backing Musicians and Live Performers Post-Brexit

This week in Parliament I joined the Musicians’ Union, Equity and Creative Unions campaign to back performers to get the best possible deal from Brexit. Musicians and actors are concerned that the Brexit process may lead to the introduction of individual member state work permits and/or visas for British performers touring and working across Europe. Most professional musicians, actors and …

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June 23, 2017

Why We Need to Remain in the Customs Union

Following the Queen’s Speech earlier this week, I am supporting the call for the UK to remain a member of the customs union. I have signed a parliamentary motion (Early Day Motion) to that effect. There will be a huge number of issues arising out of the decision to leave the EU, but the issues of the single market and …

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April 10, 2017

Brexit Survey

Now that the Prime Minister has triggered Article 50, negotiations between the UK Conservative Government and the EU about the terms of the UK’s departure and any subsequent agreement about our future relationship with the EU have begun. I’m surveying Cardiff Central constituents to find out what you think the UK’s negotiating priorities should be. Are you clear about the …

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