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Darren asks government about Brexit

In European Scrutiny Committee today, Darren asked the Northern Ireland secretary – Karen Bradley MP – about Brexit, particularly in relation to Northern Ireland.

He first asked about the single market, customs arrangements (including the possibility of EU customs at Avonmouth port) and the Good Friday agreement after Brexit, and if she knew of any global examples of arrangements which might work here.

He then asked whether she had had meetings with the DUP on this issue, and on the content of these meetings.

He finally asked about whether or not we were running out of time to get customs and trade arrangements in place before Brexit.

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Darren supports the UK staying in the Customs Union

Darren was in Parliament today to support the UK staying in the Customs Union. He supported the following motion:

That this House notes that the EU is the UK’s largest export market for goods, accounting
for a total of £145bn of exports and £241bn of imports in 2016; further notes the
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Government’s expressed aim to secure the freest and most frictionless possible trade
in goods between the UK and the EU after 29 March 2019; notes the importance of
frictionless trade without tariffs, customs or border checks for manufacturers and
businesses across the country who trade with the EU; further notes that the free
circulation of goods on the island of Ireland is a consequence of the UK’s and Republic
of Ireland’s membership of the EU Customs Union; in addition notes the Government’s
commitment to (i), in the UK-EU joint report on progress during phase 1 of the Article 50
negotiations, the maintenance of North-South cooperation and the all-island economy
on the island of Ireland, (ii) the Belfast Agreement implemented in the Northern Ireland
Act 1998 remaining a fundamental principle of public policy and (iii) the continuation
of unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the whole of the UK internal
market; and therefore calls on the Government to include as an objective in negotiations
on the future relationship between the UK and the EU the establishment of an effective
customs union between the two territories.

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Watch Darren on Sunday Politics West

Darren appeared on Sunday Politics West today. He was asked about the Customs Union, amongst other things:

To find out what else Darren was asked about, watch his full appearance at 38 minutes in here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09vjp76/sunday-politics-west-18032018.

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Darren questions David Davis over Airbus leaving

Airbus said that unless there is ‘imminent clarity’ over post Brexit customs arrangements, they might leave the UK. Currently, they provide or support 130,000 jobs in this country. Darren asked David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to provide this clarity. Watch here:

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Watch Darren question Chancellor Philip Hammond

In European Scrutiny Committee, Darren questioned Philip Hammond on the subject of EU withdrawal and whether the Irish border could move to mainland Britain. Watch here:

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Darren questions Immigration minister

In European Scrutiny Committee, Darren questioned Caroline Nokes, Minister for Immigration, on the system by which EU citizens will be able to get ‘settled status’ – i.e. the right to live and work in the UK after Brexit. He also asked her about the Brexit negotiations.

Watch highlights below (press play and videos will skip to where Darren is questioning the minister):

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Listen to Darren on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour

On the 7th of January Darren appeared on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour. He spoke about Brexit, amongst other things. You can listen to the full episode below:

 

 

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Darren votes for possibility of UK Customs Union membership

Darren has been voting and attending debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Today he voted for an amendment which would allow continuing UK Customs Union membership to be possible.

Darren said:

Just voted for my colleagues amendment to keep the Customs Union on the table. Vital for import and export of goods in and from Bristol North West. A jobs first amendment!

 You can see the full amendment below:
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You can view Darren’s full voting record,  including all of his votes in relation to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, here – http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?id=uk.org.publicwhip/member/41586&showall=yes.