Highlights of coverage from the BBC Parliament channel. Brexit Statement: David Davis MP making a statement to the House of Commons, from Monday 5 September.
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Has he decided if we will be in Europol, yes or no?
The honourable lady is an eminent branch --
was an eminent front bench member and I take her question seriously.
The Justice and home affairs stream is being assessed
in that the as we speak and the aim is to preserve the relationship
with the European Union on security matters as best we can.
She will remember that last year there was a decision which was made,
which laid aside about 100 measures which we didn't want to be part
but kept some including European arrest warrant,
controversially as she will remember.
We are of course across that, of course and we are aiming
to maintain that.
That is the answer.
I warmly congratulate my right honourable friend on his return
to the government front bench after an unfortunate
hiatus of 20 years.
Is it not absolutely clear Mr Speaker that my right honourable
friend has both the skills and the experience for the extremely
difficult job that lies ahead and surely the whole house
will wish him every success as he charts those
extremely difficult waters.
I must admit I didn't hear the question!
Flattering as it is I don't intend to pay a fee for it, either!
We learnt more from the Prime Minister's briefing journalists
in China of substance than we had in that 15 minute about stakeholders
and round tables.
Could he please confirm that the points-based immigration
system, the cut in VAT on fuel and the ?250 million extra
every week for the NHS, the three main promises
of the Leave campaign now lie in tatters.
The task of my department is to deliver on the three things.
The British people in the referendum voted for return to Parliament
of control of their laws, control of our money and control
of our borders and that is what my department will do.
What happens then is down to the government and parliament
but let me deal with one aspect of what he said.
The points-based immigration system.
What the Prime Minister said in China was very clear.
She was concerned that a points-based system
was actually open-ended, that it did not actually put
a control on the number of people coming to the UK and therefore
she wanted something that sounded like it would be more
vigorous, not less.
As 47 countries have free trade agreements with the EU
without accepting any EU control over migration in their countries
or accepting any contributions to the EU, would my right honourable
friend confirm that taking back control cannot be negotiated
with the French, Germans and the others.
We take back control of those matters and we negotiated they wish
over trade and would he further confirmed the French and German
governments have indicated not at all that they wish to impose any
tariffs on their very profitable trade with us because they don't
believe in self harm.
That last point goes to the heart of the question because free trade
is not something which is a gift from one country to another,
it is something which is mutually beneficial and I fully expect that
when we come to do our negotiation with the European Union
we will see them recognising, France, Germany, all of them,
as a manufacturing surplus is delivered to us,
we have a service so plus the other way and I expect we will both gain
from the free trade agreements that comes out of that negotiation.
Can I welcome the Secretary of State to his place and also welcomed
the statement today and the visit he made recently to Northern Ireland
where he met the First Minister and Deputy First
Minister and others.
Can he give us reassurance that as we seek to move forward and make
a success of Brexit for the whole United Kingdom,
which is what the British people in its entirety have voted for,
all parts of it.
Can he reassure me as a result of this national vote and members
of the United Kingdom had an equal vote in that and have voted
overwhelmingly to come out of the European Union,
can the Secretary of State make it clear that he will work
with ministers in Northern Ireland closely, but not just at ministerial
level but that officials within his department will work
closely with officials in the executive office
and the Department of the economy and others to ensure we make
a success of this project?
I can tell the right honourable gentleman that is already happening.
Officials in my department and other Whitehall departments are working
with officials in the Northern Ireland Office to proceed
on what will be one of the more difficult elements
of the negotiation because we do have two deal with the issue
of the border and keeping it open and not returning to the times
of the recent past.
I also agree with him in some depth in his statement that this
is a national decision.
A whole British nation, a whole United Kingdom nation
that has decided this.
Whilst we seek to meet and protect the interests of every part
of the United Kingdom that does not mean that any part of it
will have a veto on it, least of all the partisan reasons.
I welcome my right honourable friend to his responsibilities and further
welcome his agreement to come before the Foreign Affairs Committee next
week in order to provide further follow-up to this statement.
Does he share my assessment that there is a key foreign security
and defence interest for our 27 European Union partners in finding
continuing engagement with United Kingdom after Brexit?
My right honourable friend is right and this is fundamental for one
of the points I was making in the course of my earlier remarks.
There is a very strong security, foreign affairs, foreign policy,
environmental, a whole series of relationships that will continue
to apply long after we have left the European Union to the benefit
of both European Union and the United Kingdom.
Can I welcome warmly the minister to his new position and I know that
millions of Labour voters who were supporters who voted
to Leave will be pleased there is someone in this position
he genuinely wants to get out of the European Union.
Can I ask him to confirm that there is a real difference
between wanting to be members of the single market and wanting
to have access of the single market and some of the Remainers
should remember that.
She is right and of course the access to the single market
is actually not really up for grabs.
It is there for everybody.
There are many countries actually outside the European Union that do
a better job in the single market than we do, even without a trade
agreement so of course we want to have access
to the single market, we don't need to be
a member of its to do it.
Being a member of that has caused some of the problems of sovereignty
that this referendum was driven by.
Congratulations to my right honourable friend
on his appointment.
Will he confirm that the vote to Leave requires the repeal
of the European Communities Act 1972 and will the government bring
in such a Bill as soon as is reasonably possible?
The aspects of the European Union Act, European Communities Act 1972
that are required to be repealed and those aspects that need to be
carried into British law are very important set of issues that have
to be decided.
Once we have got to be proud of deciding that we will
come back to the House at the first possible opportunity.
Don't we need more specifics really from the Secretary of State?
Don't we need to know the example that we can build those
new relationships and not just wait until after
the divorce proceedings finished.
When this weekend the president of the EU commission said he wasn't
keen on negotiating trade agreements that leave us in limbo.
It is essential we get on with building knows
It is essential we get on with building knows --
the relationships now and dealing with the Brexit issue at the same
time as making sure that we forge those new relationships?
We have do have them together, not one after the other.
How will he secure that?
He is right and indeed the suggestion from the commission
that it is somehow illegal for my right honourable friend to go
and talk to ministers in India, Canada or Australia or where ever
he is going to next is ridiculous.
The only thing they can say in legal terms is that we cannot bring
into force an agreement until after we leave.
That is perfectly fair and probable stock that is what the laws
of the European Union are.
He can take it as read that that is what we are doing.
We are looking to make sure all that we have the fastest
transition to our other opportunities that I mentioned
as fast as possible after Brexit concludes.
As the same on the other front suggestions we can't talk
about the trade arrangement with Europe until Article 50's
process is concluded and we are outside the European Union,
that too is nonsense and I have looked carefully at several
versions in different languages of Article 50 and they all refer
to the parallel negotiations that will take place.
He can take it as read that on both the counts he is right and on both
those counts we are pursuing the matter.
Many of our industries depend on European regulation.
There is some uncertainty about the future of this law.
Further to his reply to my honourable friend the chairman
of the select committee, can he confirm the government
is going about work establishing the entire corpus of European law,
establishing all the detail and following the path set
by countries such as India and Australia when they took on full
independence, converted the whole of British law into their national
law and in subsequent years went through it,
repealed, or improved upon it.
Yes, my right honourable friend makes a good point.
It is one of the reasons this process is taking some time.
The legal interactions of the elements of British
law and European law are not straightforward.
My initial starting position was we put them all into law
and take it from there.
It doesn't quite work like that.
That is why it is taking a little while but he can be sure
that my legal section and my lawyers up on that issue as we speak
and will come up with conclusions as quickly as they can
and when they do, I will tell the House what their conclusion is.
Scotland's fishing communities were due to receive over 100 million
euros between now and 2020 from the EU.
euros between now and 2023 from the EU.
The Secretary of State today has committed to support our
agricultural committees by guaranteeing that funding
will be matched.
Will he make a similar commitment to fishing communities to honour
funding in the current funding round?
Sadly, I didn't make the commitment, the Chancellor made the commitment
and, well, with great respect, it isn't up to me to make
commitments on behalf of the Treasury but what I will say
to her is this.
He made the commitment - if she reads and we will put a copy
of the letter in the library, which he laid out the underpinning
of the common agricultural policy and structural funds and science
fund that he make the point clearly that this was effectively his
decision until the Autumn Statement.
What I would say to her and I will reflect it to him myself
is what he has said so that before the Autumn Statement he is aware
of her concerns.
One of the legitimate concerns of many
Remain voters was a fear that an unduly long period of uncertainty
one negotiations were going on would be damaging for the British economy.
Could my honourable friend then confirmed that it would be his piety
to complete this process as soon as the, that the --
That the two years to complete this is an arbitrary maximum and that
countries which have left a political union,
like Canada, Australia or India have done so in far less than two years.
I defer to his knowledge of history on the other countries.
What I will say to him is this.
The Prime Minister has said that we will not trigger article
50 until the New Year.
The reason for that is not unnecessary delay or wasting time.
It is to make sure we get all the decisions absolutely right.
He has heard in the last few minutes about some of the complexity
involved in the Acquis Communautaire alone.
So what we will do is we will trigger article 50 as soon
as is reasonably possible.
I would rather be a month late and get it right than be a month
early and get it wrong.
We will do so as expeditiously as possible.
The Prime Minister has said in clear terms that she thinks the British
people expect us to get on with this.
Unravelling 40 years of close corporation within the
European Union with 27 nation states is, as the right gent is learning,
gentleman is learning,
is very complex issue.
-- the right honourable gentleman, and as he he give us a view of how
that is going and Kenny givers a few on workers prove rights,
equal pay for equal value, weedy keeping that, with the EU laws
guaranteeing pension payments if they are deferred wages still be
recognised by this House?
He talks about the sovereignty of Parliament.
Will he give this Parliament much more of a say on the deal
that is done?
And is his government intending to give the British people a say
on the deal when it is done?
I will start by saying that we got our instructions
from the British people to do this in the first place.
But she raises some serious issues.
Yes, of course, my views on the importance of Parliamentary
accountability have not changed because I have moved
four benches forward.
I still believe that we should be as open with Parliament
as it is possible to be in a negotiation.
I am appearing before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee
soon and undertaking -- an undertaking I made
some time ago.
I am doing the same with the House of Lords committee.
On the question of employment rights, I would say that a very
large component of the people who voted to leave the European Union
could be characterised as the British industrial working
And it is no part of my brief to undermine their rights.
For a start.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
I welcome the Secretary of State to his new role.
I think he is right that we need to respect the result of the 23rd
of June and he is also right that people wanted further
controls on immigration.
They don't feel confident in the immigration Wallasey
is that we have had.
I don't know -- policies that we have had.
But the missing words are single market.
We will be arguing between access to the single market and the freedom
of people to come to this country.
When will the government set out its views on the fundamental point.
I start from a disagreement with the honourable lady.
The simple truth is, as I said earlier, that the negotiation over
free trade with the European Union is something that will be
to the benefit of both sides.
Beneficial for us and the European countries themselves.
The question of immigration and control of immigration is a very
high priority for this government as the Prime Minister
has made plain.
So I am afraid that I don't agree with the fundamental tenet
of the question.
I don't think that is a natural trade-off.
The negotiation has got to be very much on what is in the mutual
benefit of this country and the European Union.
45 Japanese companies operate in Wales supporting some 6000 jobs
mainly in tech manufacturing.
Manufacturing itself is worth ?9 billion to the Welsh economy.
What assurances can the government give to those companies
and the workers that the Welsh economy will not be
harmed by Brexit?
It is the same assurance that I give to all my factory operations
-- manufacturing operations in the UK.
The aim of this because the Asian -- to all manufacturing operations.
The aim of this negotiation is to get the best deal that we can.
Getting access to the European markets and also exploiting the best
arrangements with the non-European markets.
On manufacturing alone, the quantity of exports that we make
to the European Union is exceeded by the exports we make to those
countries with whom we have no free trade agreement at all.
So once we get a free trade agreement, or many of them,
as my right honourable friend will do, we won't see downside,
we will see opportunities.
Oh, yes, a most exotic delicacy in the House, Mr Michael Gove.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
Can I congratulate my friend on his long overdue return
to ministerial office.
In the seven short weeks since he has been in office
alongside our new Foreign Secretary and our new Secretary of State
for International trade, we have seen a record increase
in service industries' growth, in manufacturing industry grows,
a 3.3% increase in motor car sales, and also the Speaker of the US
Congress, the promise of Australia and the Prime Minister
-- the prime minister of Australian and of New Zealand pressing for free
trade agreements with this country
while the deputy Chancellor of Germany has acknowledged
that the EU- US trade deal is dead in the water.
Does that not confirm that the 17 million people who voted to leave
the European Union in this country know a darn sight more
about economics and the members of the IMF, the OECD,
the IFS and all these other experts who have egg on their face?
My right honourable friend is not known for understating his case!
But I would point out that it was 17.5 million people that
made that judgment.
And he is right.
Much of the doom and gloom, the fear mongering that went
on before the referendum, has been proven wrong.
That being said, I would not be quite so unalloyed optimistic
as he is because we are in a world in which there are a lot
of economic pressures going on.
That is why the meetings in China are going on now.
So I think that he makes a point brilliantly, as always.
And I agree with the main thrust of it but let's not get too
optimistic before we close the deal.
The Secretary of State said he wants to have the supremacy
of this Parliament.
If we are a sovereign, supreme Parliament, why is this
Parliament not going to have a decision as to
when we trigger article 50?
We did, it was called a Referendum Act and it was passed
by 6-1 in this Parliament.
Mr Dominic Grieve.
May I congratulate my right honourable friend in his abysmal
failure to avoid high office over ten years.
It is a great pleasure to see him in his place.
May I also reassure him that as someone who supported his Remain
campaign, that I see it is my absolute duty to support
the government in giving effect to the public desire to leave
the European Union including supporting the limitation
the government of article 50.
My right honourable friend pointed out that the matter
is legally complex.
It also concerns the Acquis Communautaire, the conferring
of private legal rights on individuals in this country
which have the force of statute.
And I have to say to my right honourable friend that the idea
that those should simply be revoked by our exit, without parliamentary
approval, troubles me very much.
And it appears to me to be an abdication of the responsibility
of this House.
I accept that in many cases, they have been created
by Henry VIII's clauses, the unsatisfactory nature of the EU.
But if we cannot scrutinise them before Article 50 is invoked,
we will be allowing the government to dispose
of private property rights, including intellectual
property, by decree.
And that troubles me very much.
I would ask him to use ingenuity to find ways
of resolving this dilemma.
It's a pleasure to hear from my right honourable
friend long-time friend.
But he is over interpreting what I have said.
Article 50 is the beginning of this process, it is not the end.
There will be many opportunities for this House to scrutinise
what we are about to do after article 50 takes Place.
But it is somewhat futile before we actually start the negotiations
because some of those negotiations have a direct impact on the rights
he is talking about.
He can take it from me, I didn't spend all those years
on the backbenches defending there is right,
to give them up now.
Does the Secretary of State agree that it would be a good idea to find
some way of maintaining a form of cooperation on foreign policy
after we leave the European Union because even after exit,
we will still be very much part of Europe and there are a great
number of challenges around the world on which we will have
to continue to work with our European neighbours?
The right honourable gentleman is absolutely right.
And the tradition in this country in maintaining strong effective
alliances, generally for good in the world at large is one that
I fully expect to continue.
Indeed, one aspect of the picture that I see
of the future that I see is that Britain will continue to be a good
global citizen as it always has been and cooperation on foreign
policy is part of that.
May I add my congratulations to my right honourable friend.
It is good to see him in his natural habitat at the dispatch box.
Businesses in the UK are not just concerned about access
to the single market.
They are concerned about other matters and a unitary patient
and the proposed new unitary patient caught, unified patient caught,
has been eagerly anticipated.
You currently are required to file a separate page ands
in separate countries.
The UK was due to ratify this agreement.
Will he confirm that the UK will ratify this agreement
and we will continue to pay a full part in a British businesses benefit
from being able to be part of a unified patient authority.
I will say this to my right honourable friend.
For as long as we are a member of the European Union,
which will be at least two micro years, we will meet
all our obligations and we will take our
responsibilities extremely seriously.
Can I ask the Secretary of State to face the House.
Sometimes his answers are not fully heard.
They are hard by the person he is looking at.
All I can do is plead inexperience, Mr Speaker.
May I congratulate the Secretary of State on his return to the front
bench and thank you for his answer to all those Labour constituencies
who voted to leave and in making control of our borders
the cornerstone of negotiations.
Can I take him back to the question that the Member for Woking asked.
Given the huge trade surplus Europe has with us,
how does he think that power position will play out
when we are talking about membership of or access to the single
Well, it is early days to forecast negotiations
but he is right there is a large trade surplus.
of the referendum campaign that was lost in cars
from Germany alone for example.
With the European Union facing economic difficulties I don't think
they will want to create problems for themselves in creating bilateral
arrangements that hurt themselves.
So, the way I think it will play out is over the course of the period
concerned people will start to focus on what their own
national interest is.
My experience of the European Union is that the commission makes a great
deal of public statements that at the end of the day
it is the national interest of the individual countries that
actually decide the outcome
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