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Mike Gapes MP responds to the EU Withdrawal Bill

Thank you to all those who have contacted me about the debates in Parliament on the European Union Withdrawal Bill. I have made made several contributions and speeches during the debates and signed a very large number of amendments. 

 

I made clear in my election address at the General Election in June 2017 that if I was re-elected I would continue to be a strong pro European Labour voice in Parliament. I told my constituents that I would vote for our country to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union to mitigate the damage which will be caused if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. I have therefore supported amendments on those issues as well as those on many other matters including animal welfare, environmental protection and Defence and security. However only a few of these amendments were selected to be voted on. 

 

The Bill has now completed its Committee stage. The following link from the Institute of Government explains what happened each day. 

 

https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/eu-withdrawal-bill-amendments-and-debates

 

Unfortunately the Government was only defeated on one occasion, which was Amendment 7, which called for Parliament to have a meaningful vote on the outcome of the negotiations. 

 

Here are links to all my contributions in the debates on the European Withdrawal Bill and in other recent interventions and speeches in debates on the United Kingdom’s relationship with our European neighbours and partners.

 

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-01-24b.161.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g183.3 Article 50 Bill (January 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-01-26a.454.4&s=speaker%3A10219#g466.4 Maastricht Treaty (January 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-02-01b.1005.171&s=speaker%3A10219#g1005.258 European Defence Agency (February 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-02-06b.22.7&s=speaker%3A10219#g38.4 Turkey (February 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-02-07b.337.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g391.0 Overseas territories (February 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-02-08b.433.9&s=speaker%3A10219#g478.1 Gibraltar (February 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-02-08b.433.9&s=speaker%3A10219#g475.3 Withdrawal Bill amendments (February 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-03-14b.178.13&s=speaker%3A10219#g192.6 EU Citizens (March 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-03-15c.379.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g379.3 Good Friday Agreement (March 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-03-30a.426.5&s=speaker%3A10219#g441.1 Customs Union (March 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-04-18b.542.6&s=speaker%3A10219#g547.8 General Election (April 2017

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-06-26a.300.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g317.5 European Court of Justice (June 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-06-26a.328.6&s=speaker%3A10219#g340.1 Northern Ireland (June 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-06-26a.367.2&s=speaker%3A10219#g371.3 European Court of Justice (June 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-06-26a.367.2&s=speaker%3A10219#g380.4 Single Market (June 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-06-26a.367.2&s=speaker%3A10219#g400.0 Gibraltar (June 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-07-10a.45.7&s=speaker%3A10219#g55.7 Arms Exports (July 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-10-17b.730.5&s=speaker%3A10219#g741.1 British citizens in the EU (October 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-10-23a.22.6&s=speaker%3A10219#g42.3 European Council (October 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-11-06a.1224.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g1248.0 European Economic Area (November 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-11-06a.1224.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g1243.0 European Economic Area (November 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-11-07c.1332.3&s=speaker%3A10219#g1344.0 Department for Exiting the EU (November 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-11-13b.35.7&s=speaker%3A10219#g50.3 Parliamentary approval on exiting the EU (November 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-11-14b.191.1&s=speaker%3A10219#g223.3 World Wars (November 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-11-14b.262.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g271.0 EU Laws (November 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-11-14b.262.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g316.4 EU Laws (November 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-11-20b.758.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g758.3 Northern Ireland (November 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-04b.700.8&s=speaker%3A10219#g701.10 Briefing by Brexit Department (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-04b.703.1&s=speaker%3A10219#g824.2 Irish border (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-04b.703.1&s=speaker%3A10219#g812.7 Irish border (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-04b.703.1&s=speaker%3A10219#g735.0 UK-wide frameworks (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-04b.703.1&s=speaker%3A10219#g716.4 UK-wide frameworks (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-04b.703.1&s=speaker%3A10219#g709.0 UK-wide frameworks (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-05c.892.8&s=speaker%3A10219#g907.2 Regulatory Convergence (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-06b.1124.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g1158.0 Parliamentary vote on Brexit deal (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-11b.24.8&s=speaker%3A10219#g42.4 Brexit negotiations (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-13a.542.2&s=speaker%3A10219#g548.3 Irish border (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-18b.744.7&s=speaker%3A10219#g758.4 Transition phase (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-20b.1119.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g1184.2 Single Market (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-20b.1074.2&s=speaker%3A10219#g1091.5 Department for Exiting the EU (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-20b.1074.2&s=speaker%3A10219#g1086.2 European Council of Ministers (December2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-20b.1074.2&s=speaker%3A10219#g1075.2 Regulatory Convergence (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-12-14.119762.h&s=speaker%3A10219#g119762.q0 Gibraltar (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2017-12-21a.1357.0&s=speaker%3A10219#g1374.2 British citizens in the EU (December 2017)

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2017-12-14.119766.h&s=speaker%3A10219#g119766.q0 Anguilla (December 2017)

 

The Bill will have its House of Commons Report Stage on January 15 and 16 2018. It will then go to the House of Lords before returning to the House of Commons later this year. 

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