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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.
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Darren votes for Parliament to have final say on Brexit deal

Darren has been voting and attending debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Today he voted for an amendment which will guarantee parliament a final vote on the Brexit deal.

Darren said:

Thrilled to have actually won a vote tonight. And such an important one too. Parliament – not the Government – now gets a final say on Brexit. It took a lot of effort on a cross party basis to get this vote into the bill!

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.
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Darren stands up for Britain’s place in Europe during the EU Withdrawal Bill debate day 3

You can watch all of Darren’s contributions to day 3 of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill debate below, including his speech defending the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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Darren asks about post Brexit NHS staffing crisis

Darren asked:

What steps the Secretary of State for Health is taking to ensure that non-UK NHS staff do not leave the NHS when the UK leaves the EU.

 

Philip Dunne MP, Minister of State for Health, replied:

The Department values highly the enormous contribution made by all staff working across the health and care sectors, including those from other European countries and elsewhere in the world.

We continue to monitor closely the overall staffing levels across the National Health Service and social care. We are also working across Government to ensure there will continue to be a sufficient number of staff to deliver the high quality services on which patients rely following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister has been very clear that EU citizens living lawfully in the UK at the point when the UK leaves the EU will be allowed to stay.

It is disappointing to hear that the government is taking no specific steps in this regard.

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Darren speaks to LabourTube about Brexit, the NHS, how Labour can win back the working class and tech issues

Watch the full interview here:

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Darren asks the Department for Exiting the European Union about the EEA

Darren asked the Department:

What steps his Department will need to take to confirm formally withdrawal from the EEA agreement as a matter of international law?

Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, replied:

As the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union said when he addressed the House on 7th September, there is agreement that when we leave the EU, the European Economic Area Agreement will no longer operate in respect of the UK.

However it is clear that there is disagreement on this issue (e.g. https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/article-127-and-single-market), and therefore the government’s lack of proper consideration of this issue is concerning.

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Government fails to guarantee post-Brexit Erasmus funding after Darren asks them to

Darren asked the Department of Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether reciprocal funding for Erasmus students will continue after the UK leaves the EU?

Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, replied:

The Government is considering future participation in Erasmus as part of the European Union (EU) Exit negotiations. We see future co-operation in education programmes (as with research) as an area of mutual benefit to both the UK and the EU, provided we can agree a fair ongoing contribution.

There is, of course, a range of wider international mobility activity supported by organisations such as the British Council, UK and others. The Government has made clear many times that it values the Erasmus+ programme and international exchanges more generally and has stated publicly that the UK is committed to continuing full participation in the Erasmus+ Programme up until we leave the EU.

We will underwrite successful bids for Erasmus+, which are submitted while the UK is still a Member State, even if they are not approved until after we leave, and/or payments continue beyond the point of Exit.

It is clear that his answer could be summarised as ‘not sure’; scarcely reassurance to British and European students looking to benefit from UK Erasmus participation in the future.