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Darren repeats call for referendum rules inquiry

Darren again called for an inquiry into the laws around referendums. Currently, virtually all elections and referendums can be struck out by the courts if electoral law is broken in relation to them. An inquiry could look at whether this ought to be changed.

Darren’s contribution came in a parliamentary debate about whether Article 50 should be rescinded if it is found that Electoral Law has been broken.

Darren speaks in Parliament about Brexit threat to UK science

Darren spoke in the chamber about how Britain leads in science, but how this is under threat from Brexit. International collaboration, funding and migration of researchers and students are all in some part based on EU membership.

He then laid out how we can address this threat.

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Darren questions Dominic Raab about Brexit

Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, attended European Scrutiny Committee to give oral evidence about Brexit. Darren, who is a member of the committee, asked him how he could guarantee safe security arrangements with the EU after Brexit. Darren also asked how Brexit could happen, given it is based on a referendum where illegal actions were allegedly taken by the leave side.

 

Darren signs letter calling for stronger powers for the Electoral Commission

Darren has signed a letter calling for stronger powers for the Electoral Commission.

Recently, the Electoral Commission investigated improper spending by the BeLeave campaign in the Brexit referendum, and found them to have done so. Darren signed a letter calling on changes to what the Electoral Commission does in order to prevent this happening again in the future

 

 

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Darren calls for Public Inquiry into Brexit Referendum

Following the findings of the Electoral Commission’s review of Vote Leave spending and the fine levied to Facebook by the ICO in relation to data harvesting in advance of the referendum, Darren wrote to all MPs calling for their support in demanding an independent judge-led inquiry into the referendum. Darren first called for a public inquiry during PMQ’s on Wednesday 11th July.

Darren said:

” I have written to colleagues in Parliament today(17th July), to seek their support in calling for a public inquiry into the Brexit Referendum. If illegality can take place in our democracy, we must bring forward reforms. Please write to your MP to ask for their support. You can check who your MP is here“. ‬

 

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Darren questions Government about post-brexit trade

The UK will leave the EU in March 2019. But there are many unanswered questions about what will happen after this, to the extent that the EU and UK have agreed that there will be a transition period after Brexit during which arrangements can be made. However, even the details of this have not been fully planned out.

The EU and the Government has said that the UK will be able to benefit from EU-Third Country (i.e. non EU) trade deals during this transition period. Darren asked the Minister of State for Trade Policy what would happen if Third countries did not agree to this.

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Free event being held in Bristol for EU Nationals

Are you an EU national concerned about your personal situation after Brexit?

Have you got questions about settled status?

Avon and Bristol Law Centre are hosting a Q and A with an EU Commission solicitor on Tuesday 31st July at Hamilton House.

The session is free to attend and will be geared towards EU nationals who have concerns about their rights as EU citizens.

Reserve your ticket here.

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Darren asks government about UK company participation in EU projects after Brexit

Currently, after Brexit the UK will for a time continue to contribute financially to EU Security and Defence projects. However, non-EU country companies are prohibited from bidding for EU security and defence projects. Mindful of the effect this could have on companies, Darren asked the Government Minister for Defence Procurement about this potential situation and whether it could be prevented.

 

Darren also asked how concern around funding for the Galileo project tied into concerns around defence funding in general.

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Darren speaks to BBC News about Brexit risk to Airbus UK

Airbus have today stated that they ‘require immediate details’ on what they will need to do as a consequence of Brexit, as ‘without these, Airbus believes that the impacts on our UK operations could be significant’. They’ve also specifically stated that a No Deal Brexit or an overly short transition period could impact their business in Britain.

Darren spoke to BBC about what this could mean for Bristol, and what the government needed to do to fix the situation.

 

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Watch Darren ask business and third sector representatives about post-Brexit visas

The Science and Technology committee, which Darren is a member of, held a one off evidence session on post-Brexit immigration arrangements. The session was set up to help the committee develop proposals for an immigration system which works for science and innovation.

The witnesses were from a range of bodies, including techUK (the main trade body for technology companies in the UK), the Wellcome Trust (a health research charity) and the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

Darren asked them about which non-EEA countries we should focus on getting visa arrangements in place with.