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Hello, good morning and welcome to BBC's permit coverage of the House.


There will be questions taken at around half past 11, there will be a


statement on Hurricane Irma that has caused devastation across the


Caribbean. And then MPs will begin their first big debate on the


European Union Withdrawl Bill. The Second Reading allows MPs to discuss


the general principles of the bills which will repeal the EU act. And


we'll set up current laws. The Bill contains provisions for the new law.


It is controversial because the so-called Henry VIII powers


effectively allow the government to decide on many issues without


Parliament. There'll be a vote late on Monday evening. Join us for a


round up at 11 o'clock tonight. First we have questions about the


Brexit. On exit date, the agreement will


cease to be. We need to think about how we withdraw from that EA


agreement. I think the Secretary of State for his answer. But I'm afraid


that article 127 of the ED EA EEA agreement. It states that we must


give formal notice of at least one year. Can it be confirmed that such


notice would have to be confirmed in order to leave the EEA tee and given


the importance of this decision, that the decision to leave would be


subject to a debate and a vote. Thank you Mr Speaker. There is an


agreement that EEA the agreement will no longer work for the United


Kingdom. We don't need to trigger an article to make sure that it takes


effect. But we are going to look into it. Would you agree that


continued yes, he is right, the simple truth


is that one way to retain the EEA membership would be... We considered


this. We thought maybe as an interim measure, but it seemed to be more


complicated and more difficult. He has given a answer whether we need


to have an EEA bid but will we have a vote for this letter? The heavily


redacted letter wasn't from me. I'm not entirely sure to what he is


referring to. But the answer is no. Would the Secretary of State agree


with me that we've already had a vote and that was on June the 23rd


last year. The British people decided to leave the Union. One of


the things that we cannot all afford to is that we will now be able to do


trade deals with a of countries throughout the world. EEA he makes


exactly the right point. We are in a position be able to make trade deals


once we leave the European Union. That will give us enormous benefit


because as the European Union commission itself admits, 90% of


global trade, world trade will be outside the EU, not within it.


The Secretary of State set out his position on the 15th of August. He


said that transitional agreement should be as close to what we have


now. Two days before that it was said that Britons would leave the


customs union and leave the single market. Both positions can't be


right. Can he tell us what former transitional arrangements that


permit is seeking to negotiate? EEA Well, I've just done a couple of


days ago. I will read this for you. It was


said on Sunday record the ambiguity. It was an approach that served as


well on June the 8th. What was the ambiguity, and tell people you want


to leave, tell people you want to remain. That is the ambiguity of the


gentleman who has just been asking the question. In terms the


transition it is very clear... The transition arrangements will meet


the requirements. Three different requirements. One is to provide time


for the British Government if need be to create new revelatory


agencies. Time for companies to make their arrangements to deal with the


regulations. And time for other countries to make arrangements. For


example for customs, new custom proposals. That is why we need to be


as close as we are to our current arrangement. It doesn't mean that we


are leaving the customs... The material might be better located


there. I asked the secretary has position and he stated my position.


You are welcome to swap places anytime. Given the progress to date


and knowing that we will go back to this sensor, what prospects do you


genuinely believe of the bespoke transition agreements being


inflicted by March 29 -- March 19 cannot? That's a very legitimate


question. I believe that the benefits are twofold. They applied


to other countries as they do to us. We are finding that the commission


is open to discussion of transition. We've only raised it briefly at each


of the last two meetings because it doesn't fit within the four groups


of negotiations. I think there is a very good prospect. Mr Speaker, the


UK already goes beyond the minimum standards and a number of employment


areas. We have a long history of environment protection. We are


committed to safeguarding and protecting both. The EU Withdrawl


Bill will ensure that EU's worker rights and environment protections


will continue to be in place. And will enable those laws to enable the


function effectively. It will be than for parliament and the involved


legislatures to make any future changes to EU derived law. Mr


Speaker, Britain already has one of the most competition friendly


economies in the world. But some people want to use exit to dismantle


workers' rights. And a road workers' rights. And a road


environmental protections. The EU... The EU brought us order. There is a


huge pressure of time. We have to get done the order cleared the EU


brought us from -- Prensa Leave can you assure that their rights


will not be eroded? I am happy to a real sure him. I can reassert the


government's commitment to not roll back workers' rights. It will be for


Parliament in future to determine future role.


May I ask him... I must remind everybody that for 40


what I would say to him that I am invigorated and incited to find that


Parliament is reawakened to the need for proper scrutiny of secondary


legislation. Does he recognize the impending gap


for... How will he leave the environment in a better state than


the way he found it? We are committed to leaving that


environment a better state. She asked how he would find do that? I


very much look forward to the debate on the particular way to do it. I


welcome his comments. He is completely wrong because leaving the


European Union enables us to take many bodies and we will be able to


adapt everything to our own environment, our own landscape. Does


he agree? I do agree. And I am grateful for him for giving me the


opportunity to put on the record that we will up help Leave uphold


all regulations on the environment. This will give them the power to


wipe out workers's rights. Will the government commit to amending the


clause that gives him that power so workers' rights will be protected.


The powers in the Bill have been drawn widely so that this country


can meet the imperative to deliver certainty and continuity and on the


areas that the Honorable gentleman raises, on the withdrawal agreement


in a way that allows us to leave the European Union smoothly and


successfully. I will not give him the day the assurance that he is


looking for. What I will say is that the person responsible for the Bill


will look with the utmost seriousness at the amendments put


forward. But what we will not do... Is except any amendments which


compromises the fundamental purpose of the Bill, which is to deliver


certainty, continuity as we leave and to allow us to make


Thank you Mr Speaker. The reason that the government believes clause


nine is necessary is a huge volume of legislation that would have to be


put through the tidier anomalies and legislation. We have determined to


bring in legislation they do not intend to use. If I want to commit


the buttons of legislation the promise that is just given to the


House. Mr Speaker, I think the honourable gentleman is confusing


cause and seven and nine. What I was at this point is I look forward to


the fullest debate on these matters on the floor of this has become, I


hope, Parliament winning, the committee says... Stage. Isn't the


right way for the honourable gentleman. Turns out to secure the


rights of workers, to secure environmental protections that he


wants, to vote for the EU Withdrawal Bill because if the Labour Party


succeeds in blocking the EU Withdrawal Bill, protections will no


longer exist. I'm most grateful to my honourable friend for his


congratulations and support. I look forward to supporting the future.


You got it right. The best way for mothers of this House which they is


there because it was by delivering a working statute book currently in EU


law is to vote for this Bill and support it. Thank you Mr Speaker. At


the House is aware and the premises are set out, we have prioritised the


stranded negotiations. We recognise the importance of providing swift


reassurance to EU nationals living in the EU... UK and UK nationals of


an EU. We want to protect health care... Thank you for your answer.


Business across my constituency and throughout the country are worried,


not just about retaining staff but about attracting the brightest and


the best. He broke, just outside my seat employs 1000 medical


research... What can you say to assure them that Brexit would


destroy their competitiveness? Thank you. It's an important point. We do


want to make sure that as we look towards the future and we look


towards a new immigration policy after we have left the European


Union, we can meet the needs of businesses and I country. And by the


Home Office has commissioned work to look at all sectors of the economy,


all parts of UK dementia we can continue to the brightest and the


best. Will he reiterate giving EU national stability, including


keeping families together? Absolutely. You are right to raise


this issue. We set out in this paper a fair and serious offer to maximise


certainty for individuals and families. It is important to


remember that this applies equally EU national living in the UK and


many of our own national living across the UK. Some of the proposals


have been considered may apply on the day we leave the European Union


also irrespective of that status of any leaked document, would the


Minister agree that the government should not make any changes that


would prevent them securing a transitional deed done deal to


protect jobs and the economy. I'm not going to be commenting on any


leaked documents but of course it is important that we secure certainty


and continuity for citizens in this process. The Secretary of State


assets are very clearly our to establishing interim arrangements


and we look forward to discussing these issues in the context of the


future partnership which is going to be gradual securing votes on both.


Does my honourable friend agree that striking a positive position with


respect to future migration from the EU is going to be really important,


not just for the labour market, but the one we have skill shortages, all


B1 of the keys to secure the best possible trailed with the EU. My


right honourable and makes a broken point. It is cut from the PM has


said that after we leave the EU we will continue to seek talent from


Europe but we will strike a positive attitude. It is important that in


the interest of bit UK and EU citizens that we get on with these


discussions and give them security. Perhaps they'd have given the


Minister time about answering the question. Which was, of course, a


commitment not to introduce any new migration was from 2019 which will


impact on a transitional deal. We also ask, looking beyond 2019, given


that the government are committed to the principle of reciprocity on any


deal on citizens rights, would he be happy for UK citizens living and


working in the YouTube be subject biometrics greening and finger


printing? He asked very theoretical questions. I'm not going to go into


details answer Saville has been published. What is important that we


negotiate in good faith for UK and EU citizens. That is what we are


doing. Mr Speaker, we have been working with climate, food and rural


affairs of farmers. The government will provide the same funds until


Dublin parliament. Their weapon with a range of stakeholders as


stakeholders as well as evolved... Maintain stability for farmers. We


will also be introducing an agriculture Bill which supports our


view for a self-sufficient farming sector which is more productive and


profitable. To protect our nation 's natural environment for future


generations and deliver on a manifesto commitment to provide


stability for farmers as we exit the EU. Thank you for that response. You


are the Minister is aware that the farming sector is highly requires on


EU labour. I'm happy to tell my honourable friend about the


government keeps its position on seasonal workers under review. Until


we have left the EU, employers in agricultural and food processing


sectors are free to continue employing EU workers to meet their


needs. It remains the government of policy... Lower skill levels while


employers have access from Labour from elsewhere in the EU. I know


that the Home Office told the committee that a new source scheme


could be introduced very quickly in five or six months once the need for


such a scheme had been identified and I hope my right honourable


friend will be reassured that we will have the agility to meet those


needs. I hope that they are listening to the people that they


have in the committee. Evidence that the food would end up rotting in the


ground if we don't have the labour force to dig it up. Can I also urge


the Minister that it is not just about subsidies to farmers, it is


about access to the market and current free access to the market.


Unless that is resolved, our industry will collapse. Of course it


was just secure tariff free access to European markets. And indeed


tariff free access to markets across the world but these are matters for


negotiation. I'm sure she would join me in saying it is in all our


interests are miserably in regards to our future agreement. Went Brexit


give us the chance to design and agricultural policy that will be in


their interests, not in the interests of inefficient farms in


your? Either very right, Mrs Biggar. This is a unique opportunity for the


United Kingdom to craft agricultural policies which suit our unique


needs. I very much hope that that will be to the benefit of the United


Kingdom and our farmers. Welsh farmers and fishermen need assurance


now that UK and Welsh government are working together. How often will


formal ministerial discussions of agricultural and fisheries sectors


in the next three months? Will 's meetings be open to scrutiny? And


very detailed for that detail question. I look forward to


answering her in writing. Number five. A future partnership between


the UK and EU is in the interest of both sides. I am sure we will get a


good deal for the UK on a whole. We should prefer for all outcomes. Even


that no satisfactory outcome can be reached. We are taking out


analytical work to the effects of exiting the European Union. We will


not be publishing any information which would prejudice our


negotiation. Add that the Minister for that answer. It has been said


that the implications of a new deal sub... Scenario would open a


Pandora's box of economic consequences. We could face tariffs,


huge tariffs. Can you assure that we will not walk away from his


negotiations with no Deal? It is our intention to do what is in all of


our interests, the mutual interest of all that nations in the EU and


the UK. We want a deep and special partnership including a trade


relationship. The world trade organisation is one of the great


achievements of liberalism against nationalism and I very much look


forward under which other circumstances we leave, the United


Kingdom playing the fullest part in the improvement and element of the


World Trade Organisation. Desmond Swayne. I hope you still believe


that no deal is better than a bad deal. I would agree with my


honourable friend and I would refer him to what the Chancellor famously


said that what we can't do is accept some kind of punishment deal. I


certainly think that an environment which the United Kingdom trade with


the world in the context of controlling our own tariffs, our own


taxes, domestic regulation is an environment of which we should not


be afraid. Does it remain the ambition of ministers to secure


barrier free access for the UK to the European single market? Is that


the reality the only way to enjoy the benefits of the single market to


comply with the rules of the single market? Mrs Biggar, we recognise the


freedoms of the single market are indivisible and the people of this


country wish for Parliament to set its own laws and wish Apple UK


migration policy which means with their democratic convertible


stoppage of the ambition of ministers secure trade which has an


absolute minimum restrictions and I hope and look forward to doing so.


The question of potentially not having a deal raises the issue of a


transition. The Secretary of State said there was a very good prospect


on that point. Is it not the case to give certainty to business for a


time frame to run from when we leave the when a deal signed? The


government has agreed that the country would benefit from a period


of implementation, but how that period of implementation works and


the destinations which we are heading is still remains a matter


for negotiation. With your permission I will answer questions


six and 20. The Prime Minister has been clear that we will continue to


cooperate on asylum. We will discuss the exact nature of this Corporation


is part of the future partnership. As the Secretary of State said, we


are a country without strong position of tolerance and generosity


and if anything this will will he guarantee that unaccompanied


children who are orphaned don't know where their parents are still have


the right to be reunited with family members no matter who it is living


in the UK once we leave the EU? These are after all the most


vulnerable children. He is right. We should absolutely seek to continue


our generosity towards these children. We have and continue to


unite refugees to their families. We have granted thousands of visas. I


can't set out what we will do. But we will continue to bring families


together. I would call this person. There is a problem with this. That


unaccompanied children have to make it into the EU and Duper list


journeys to to apply under these provisions. Would you consider


extending the provisions if we leave the EU so that wherever you are in


the world, you can apply for those terms cannot it is not really a


question for this department, but we want to establish something to have


a generous policy of family reunion. The UK Government is committed to


maintaining food safety standards. The Food Standards Agency is a


science and evidence based government department responsible


for could Leave protecting consumers. Once we leave the EU,


these rules will be subject to a rigorous study. Our absolute


priority is to continue with protection. And base it on the best


since had Leave scientific information. Do agree that the


standards pose Brexit will be relaxed? The government is committed


to maintaining food standards and it will in future be a matter for the


House of Commons to decide. The Bill that is coming before parliament


will bring EU law as it applies to the UK into the UK law so it


continues to apply. Thank you, Mr Speaker. The government knows that


the UK relies on the EU for a large percent of our food. We grow just


15% of our food the next fruit eared.


15% of our food the next fruit A few don't want UK's family to go


back to eating spam and canned peaches can you ensure assure that


we won't be adding tariffs to food imports connect?


we won't be adding tariffs to food imports She has put together a


fantastical proposal. We will make sure that we continue to enjoy a


wide range of products. Both sides of negotiations are clear and that


we want to achieve the strongest possible partnership. To achieve


this, we have said that both sides must be dynamic and flexible in the


negotiations. We have made it clear that we want to protect the voting


rights of the EU nationals in the UK. It is clear that a deep and


special partnership to see that both parties are strong...


would the government reconsidered rejoining the EEA?


As you heard me say early we have considered this in some detail prior


to the House speech. It is not as easy to negotiate as alternative


arrangements may be. Now that the Secretary of State has accepted that


there will need to be transitional arrangements, is that the


government's policy that the UK will continue to make payments into the


EU budget for that. However long it lasts? I think this must be the 20th


time that I've said that I will not negotiate from here. And he should


know that. What I will say is this, transitional arrangements as we have


described are there for one purpose and that is to ensure, in his words,


we want to avoid the cliff edge. It is not just true of us, it is not


just the UK that has come to this conclusion some time ago as it turns


out, but also the other members of the European Union. One of the


things we have been doing in the last six, nine months is making sure


that they understand from their point of view how valuable to them a


transition arrangement would be. Past contributions we have made, and


funded vital infrastructure across Europe which will have long-term


financial benefit for the European Union, has this been discussed in


the negotiations and used to mitigate our final Bill when the


oceans come to a close? We have made very plain that we respect Leave


expect to respect aren't national limit international obligations. One


of the reasons that emotions have been so tense is that we where...


What assurances can you give to financial services and others that


they now face the cost of uncertainty of three rule books, the


single market, post single market transition and the Post transition


agreement? He makes a good point. We want to assure that there is a


single transition not two. That is why I said that we want the


transitional arrangement to be as close to the current circumstance.


And you will remember also that when I responded to him I said that there


are three right ear. Time for the government to government, time after


for the financial services to accommodate them. Last week Michel


Barnier said it wasn't fair that EU taxpayers to continue to pay for


British taxpayers obligation. Is it fair that British taxpayers should


continue to pay for EU obligations in circumstances where we may not be


benefiting? She raises a point that we have already raised. And I will


raise it with Michel Barnier. At the moment the unions negotiating team


are taking the approach of stressing what are the legal possibilities.


When we get to the end of that, we will make certain decision about


political, and moral response abilities.


The government the flexibility to new heights over the center the next


summer, can the Secretary of State tellers how many more upper limit of


the proposals are just ideas that are going to work in reality.


May I gently say to my right honorable friend, what everybody is


trying to do is try and form some form of consensus and I think we all


agreed that we have a very very short. Of time to negotiate all


manner of no complex matters. May I suggest to him rather than keep


ruling things out, put everything back on the table and look at what


we call Norway for now, what we could simply adopt that the


traditional. Until we come to a final arrangement with the EU. She


can be as gentle with me as she likes. The simple truth is we went


through the process of considering what the best Leave negotiating


situation would be. We came to the conclusion that the route we are


taking which is discussing with member states initially and now with


the union a transition based on maintaining the important components


of what we currently have is the best way to do it.


The Secretary of State and the chance are working together to do


this. Any future decisions on VAT rates will be taken by the


Chancellor as part of normal budget process. Our children go back to


school this way, our parents are still paying a fortune on uniforms.


My constituents have asked me to ask the ministers to raise this fact.


She raises a very interesting fact. I would point out gently to her that


the VAT raised billions of pounds and provides essential services such


as education. I look forward to when we can set


tax rates across a whole range. That is exactly right. With your


permission I will take ten and 17 together. I was delighted to see


this week that universities Oxford and Cambridge have been rated the


top two universities in the world. To maintain the success we are


listening very carefully to the sector. As the eat Leave UK leaves


EU, one of our core objections is to continue collaborating. There's a


paper that explores how we can obtain the subject objective


together. Indeed, we have three of the top universities in this


country. We also have a very vibrant life science. Some have sought not


to give academic students that reasserts and I know that from


talking to people at the University of Sussex and the University of


Cambridge. What reasserts can he -- what reasserts can he give? As it


was made clear, one of our greatest strength of the nature is our


science communities. We are at a very popular destination the world


for science study. I share your ambition for our university sector


to act as a magnet Fratello. What steps are being taken to


amplify and underscore the message that we welcome overseas students? I


refer you to the answer I just gave. I would add that we are going to


examine student migration. International students enhance our


universities. We will continue to welcome them long into the future.


The Prime Minister boasted about the number of Nobel Prize winners, but


met the truth is many of those were migrants. They started their life


elsewhere. They first came here to study in universities. Shouldn't we


be proclaiming that as part of our proud inheritance? We are, and we


will and we will continue to do so. Thank you Mr Speaker. Will you


reassure us that the University of Bristol that he values working with


EU counterparts to make sure that that continues? I will refer you to


the paper that we published this week that set set out very clearly.


We see a huge advantage of continuing that collaboration. With


permission, I will answer oceans 11 and 21 together. As explained


earlier the UK goes beyond the minimum standards and the EU


Withdrawl Bill will not change that. It will be a future for Parliament


to decide on future changes to employment law and of course the


government has committed not to roll back workers' rights. Thank you,


that is very interesting because in 2012 the secretary wrote in


financial times to restore competitiveness we must start by...


It is intellectually unsustainable that workplace rights should remain


untouchable. Isn't it the case you can't trust Tories with workers'


rights? Mr Speaker, it is not the case and I


would say to him once again is that this government is committed not


only to protecting workers' rights but ensuring that workers' rights


keep pace with the changing labour market which is something evidence


by the Taylor report which the government is currently considering.


We have heard very warm words about protecting workers' rights which


will of course be tested over time. But can minister details of the


House how today precise mechanism they will use to work with employers


and trade unions that upon exit Britain does not become the low


standards Council of Europe I maintain that they deserve a time? I


would say this government want to the race of the top. We want to


ensure this country is either at or heading to the top of entry, every


index of prosperity. Congratulations on your appointment. Whether in


relation to workers' rights or more generally, when he agree that have


the British people wanted to be subject to EU law, they would have


voted in Russia's referendum. Does he agree that the Withdrawal Bill


restores powers to Parliament on the vote against it is only a vote to


ensure that the UK automatically keeps pace with EU law with no say


of its own? Of course, my honourable friend makes a very important point


which I am most grateful for. That is an easy way to automatically keep


pace with EU law whatever it might be would have been to of course


remain in the EU. The public has not chosen to do that, and therefore in


future Parliament, Parliament will decide the law and scrutinise any


proposed changes. I warmly welcome the Minister to his place. Does he


agree with me that the Withdrawal Bill is not the Great Repeal Bill,


but it is the great continuity Bill and that workers' rights will not be


undermined by this Bill and in fact they are already in hand compared to


the EU? Of course, my honourable friend is absolutely right. The


original name of the Great Repeal Bill was inspired by the greatness


of its constitutional significance and certainly not because of any


changes it puts in place in relation to workers' rights. As we have said


will continue unchanged. 12, Mrs Biggar. With your permission, I will


answer questions for and 12 together. We aim to get the right


deal for the EU and the UK. We have repeated both parties need to


represent a dynamic approach to each run. That ability and credulity from


both sides is needed and we have already said we are willing to meet


as frequently as required. We want to meet... Reach agreement by the


end of March 20 17. We'll believe the time of interim will be


beneficial. To adjust to new arrangements. Thank you for your


answer. Our future trade relations are vitally important, and it is


good news. Given our unique position with the EU, surely it is perfectly


possible to conclude a trade agreement either time we leave in


March 2019? He is in fact it right and the Bill we are debating late


today is designed with exactly that in mind. The unique nature of the


free trade agreement we are seeking to agree with the European unit is


that we all start from exactly the same standards, and given what has


been happening the previous question, the same standards on


labour law as far as the same standards on other matters.


Actually, better standards on labour law. He is exactly right. That is


the key to getting a fast, effective and wealth creating trade agreement.


People and businesses in Middlesbrough are confident about


the... After Brexit. We'll ignore the ill judged rhetoric coming out


of the commission about teaching is a lesson and focusing instead on a


deal that works for our mutual benefit with Mac I should say that


Michel Barnier... He wanted the say about the benefits of the single


market. That is what we intend to do. It is in neither side interest


for there to be a cliff edge, for businesses or a threat to stability.


The UK and EU will work together during a interim period which will


allow business in the UK and EU to adjust in a smooth and orderly way


to new arrangements. That will minimise... Nowhere is the timetable


for the... Nowhere is the timetable stated. Hourly work the border


between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland? What have the


discussion is being? What has happened so far? So far... We can


only talk at the moment to the discussions within the European


Union with the European Union negotiating group. We raised, at the


beginning, we were very keen that we started down this as quickly as


possible. We understand that, of course, the conclusion we get will


be dependent, on some extent, that all the other decisions. How many


special arrangements will rely on the border. The commission was


concerned continue with the common travel area would impinge on


European citizens rights. We persuaded them that is not true and


they basically accepted our arguments that. Does the Secretary


of State not realise that every time he gets to this dispatch box and


speaks, the uncertainty in the key areas of wealth creating in this


country feel more and more uncertain about their future. We're


haemorrhaging people. Can't recoup people in the City of London can't


recruit people in universities or manufacturing. For goodness' sake,


get on with the job! Perhaps I will organise a visit with Michel Barnier


for himself. We have taken actions under pen universities. He has in


the Nissan arrangements, financial services. About what we expect to


happen. We have thought about this limitation period with them in mind.


There is plenty of action being taken to improve the certainty and


improve the clarity of where we're going. Mrs speaker, it is important


to be reversed on the timetable but also robust in Brussels demands. We


should not bullied blackmailed. We should be as a nation. I hear you


loud and clear. We have been very clear that the UK and EU will have


financial obligations to each other that will survive our exit from the


EU. We have a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate that position


regressing. That is what we did in the last negotiation. We went on to


another question but we had two different ministers appearing at the


box. He should feel very gratified he dedicated minister for his


enquiry. It is something you can tell his grandchildren in years to


come. Mr Martyn Day. Number one. Very funny. Since our last question


Time, the government has made important progress. In the


negotiations, we found important areas where we agree, for example,


on pensions, health care, Northern Ireland and we are now working on


the areas where we do not. We provided more clarity by publishing


papers on a range of issues. Finally, we will debate the Repeal


Bill which gives a fax to the result of the referendum by providing the


legal certainty that will avoid unnecessary destruction. I believe


it should command the support of all those who wish to have a smooth exit


from the European Union. Leaving the EU single market and customer unit


would be an axis up arms in the UK economy. Especially if the UK fails


to reach agreement with the EU. If you fail to reach a deal with on a


two-year deadline, will the UK remain in the EU? I will not. The


votes of the British people was very clear. They wanted to leave the


European Union. They wanted to take back control on both the Borders and


laws. That will not be possible if we simply stayed inside the simple


market -- single market in the current terms. EU legislation into


divorce in 1993 which... -- I can assure my honourable and


that the government fully supports the UK's products. We will protect


food name. The government is also engaging directly produces on how


best to protect traditional foods when we move the U. EU. What will


replace... Is always somebody cut and paste version of events. I just


wondered whether he ever, even for a moment, things from empty may be


mistaken? LAUGHTER


It will probably be a unique foray at this dispatch box Foreign


Minister Tagamet area. I have said at the beginning this is a


negotiation. It will take time. It will go in directions we do not


expect and they will be give and take in it. That is as close as I


can get. Later we will debate the EU Withdrawal Bill. A very important


piece of legislation that provides certainty and a smooth exit from the


EU. But at the Secretary of State layout for the House and the country


what the consequences would be this Bill not been passed, and does he


agree with me that any member that seeks to block it passing is not


acting in the national interest? I'm afraid he is precisely right. The


purpose of the Bill is to establish continuity for several reasons.


Number one, certainty for business. Number two, the ability to carry out


a deal which will be unique in the world. Number three, under pen or


the rights and privileges privileges that we have promised to our country


down the years including employment rights, consumer rights,


environmental rights. Of those things are vital to national


interest. How should employers in my constituency that I visited in


recent months, today, is * of ending up with carrots or additional


regulatory barriers for export in a single market when we leave the EU?


Those employers should have confidence that it is in everybody's


interests, our interest and all of the nations of the European Union to


deliver tariff free access between our markets and was said to them


they should have a great deal of confidence that we will secure the


deal. The purpose of the EU with Withdrawal Bill is to provide


continuity and a working statute book on the day that we leave. Will


my right honourable friend be absolutely clear that a vote against


this Bill is a vote for chaos and a vote for uncertainty? She's exactly


right. It allows me to reiterate one other point. After all of the talk


on that side of the House has been about changing things in this Bill.


This Bill is about maintaining continuity, about keeping in place


the aims and purposes of all of the European law that we currently have


and will have the day after we leave. The purpose of any transition


arrangement is to avoid a cliff edge and to give continuity and certainty


to the UK economy, but the Chancellor and the trade Secretary


published an article last month saying that during any such period,


the UK would not be in the single market or the customs union. What is


the purpose of a transitional arrangement that undermines the very


stability and continuity it is supposed to achieve? He makes a good


point. The simple truth is, as I have said, we are starting from the


aim of maintaining as much continuity as is necessary that


anything might change in the final settlement. We will do that. Because


we are not in the European Union at that point, legally, we won't be


formally members of the single market and the customs union. We may


well see a customs agreement for the period and a similar arrangement on


the single market provisions. But we cannot make that decision ourselves.


It is for a negotiation with the European Union. Does my right


honourable friend agree that the system of secondary legislation


contemplated by the Bill which we will be debating later today


provides the best and most flexible means of ensuring that the United


Kingdom is left with a coherent statue but when we leave the


European Union? And is he not agree also that he there will be general


bemusement in this country. The opposition as seeking to


To begin by paying tribute to my right honourable friend Thrall the


work he has done in the department. The quality of the work I have


inherited is a testament to the leadership he provided in the


Department, I am most grateful to him. But my right honourable friend


has made a good point. Secondary legislation is a long-standing


mechanism for making detailed changes to the loff, with a scrutiny


procedure for each instrument agreed by Parliament. Since their


introduction, every Government has used that you treat instruments,


every Parliament has debated and approved statutory instruments. The


minister earlier extolled the benefits of World Trade


Organisation. Should there be an ideal scenario. But there is no


automatic wavelength of the single aviation market or open skies, so


what contingency the Minister and his team making to protect our


aviation industry? The honourable lady makes a good point and of


course the Government is well aware of these issues and we continue to


develop our contingency plans, not only in those areas but right across


Government. Constituents of mine at world beating companies are the the


bedrock of those companies' success. Does my right honourable friend


agree that the withdrawal bill must be the opportunity to cement


employee me rides and not erode them? I do agree and I think we have


cantered around this issue and I'm grateful to the opportunity to once


again say the Government is committed to protecting workers'


right and they keep pace with the changing market and nothing in the


Withdrawal Bill will do that. I'm in an indulgent mood. Rachel Maskell.


Thank you, Mr Speaker. Businesses are in desperate need of confidence,


so well with the Secretary of State confirmed that he will have the


transition arrangements in place? Because we will have left the


European Union in just over 18 months and they are making their


plans now and need answers to that. Two things, firstly, we will do that


as soon as is feasible within the constraints of the negotiation.


Secondly, if she is concerned about business confidence, the best way to


guarantee stability is to vote for the bill this afternoon. Many


farmers in Wales straddle the border with England. Can my right


honourable friend outline he is ensuring the voice of cross-border


communities are not ignored in discussions over Brexit and


devolution? My honourable friend makes a very good point and we would


be happy to meet with him and his constituents to address this issue.


It is very important that this bill sets out a framework that protects,


new Quay frameworks while we have a conversation with the devolved


administrations as to where they are needed. It is a sensible approach to


protect the interests of farmers and businesses across the UK. Business


question, Valerie vows. But the Leader of the House please give us


the forthcoming business. The Leader of the House. Thank you


Mr Speaker. The business for the week commencing the 11th of


September will be, Monday the 11th of September, conclusion of the


second reading of the European Union Withdrawal Bill, day two. Tuesday


the 12th of September, second reading of the Finance Bill,


followed by motions relating to house business. Wednesday the 13th


of September, Opposition Day, first allotted day. There will be a date


on an opposition motion, subject to be