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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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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June 22, 2017

The Queen’s Speech 2017

If we needed anything to confirm that Theresa May is in Government but not in power, this Queen’s Speech was it. A thin, measly script that wouldn’t be fit for one year of parliamentary business never mind the two it will cover. Labour voters can be proud that through their votes they have stripped the Tory manifesto to its bare …

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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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March 31, 2017

Labour’s 6 Tests for Brexit

I opposed the UK leaving the EU, and resigned as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and from the Shadow Cabinet in order to vote against the triggering of Article 50.   The Government is now starting negotiations with no clear plan, contradictory statements and a threat to European partners about counter-terrorism and security co-operation, unless a satisfactory trade deal …

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March 9, 2017

The Future of the Customs Union – My Question to the Brexit Minister

This morning I asked the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union to confirm the government’s aim about whether the UK will be part of the customs union. The Prime Minister and the Chancellor have completely contradicted each other. I am extremely concerned by the Government’s attitude to the Brexit negotiations. There is a complete lack of clarity. This …

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January 31, 2017

Article 50 Debate: My Speech

This afternoon I spoke in the debate on the Government’s Article 50 bill, explaining why I will be voting against triggering Article 50 this week. You can read the text of my speech below, or watch it back on Parliament TV here.   Thank you Madam Deputy Speaker I believe that the votes I cast on this Bill will be the …

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