Parliament Goes Back to Work


Parliament reassembles this afternoon for the short session before the Party Conferences.

Brexit Secretary David Davis

The Financial Times has this: “Brexit is ‘huge opportunity’, Davis to tell MPs”.  Well he would say that.  His own views were set out in an article published on the Conservative Home blog on 11th July 2016 and republished on 14th July 2016 after he was appointed by the Prime Minister to his present office as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union:  “David Davis: Trade deals. Tax cuts. And taking time before triggering Article 50. A Brexit economic strategy for Britain”.

But where is the evidence to support these views?  What will the Brexit Secretary have to say about the Memorandum the Japanese Government presented to the UK and the European Union just prior to the G20 Summit in China which is now published  (in English) on the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s website:  “Japan’s Message to the United Kingdom and the European Union” ?

See this in the Guardian:  “Britain cannot easily dismiss Japanese Brexit warning letter -If non-EU countries’ economic interests continue to be threatened, 15-page report may well be the first of many warning shots“.

The Japanese insist they are not telling a sovereign power how to negotiate, but just defending Japanese interests. Japanese firms, after all, employ about 140,000 workers in the UK, with Nomura bank, manufacturing corporation Hitachi and carmakers Honda, Nissan and Toyota all having large bases in the country.

Some of the answers may come rather more quickly from the Enquiry scheduled to begin on 8th September 2016 before the House of Lords  EU External Affairs and EU Internal Market Sub-Committees Subcommittees:  “Brexit: future trade between the UK and the EU”.   It is noteworthy that Alistair Burt MP (a former Foreign Office Minister) has today called for Commons Select Committees to monitor the activities of the Brexit Departments.  His piece, which is worthy of respect, is also on the Conservative Home blog here: “Alistair Burt: Why we need Brexit Select Committees – and need them now“.

The Tory Guru Lord Ashcroft writes in the Telegraph: “This is what Britain really wants from Brexit, Mrs May“.   His conclusion:

In a nutshell: yes to full control of immigration, yes to unfettered trade, and no to any further contributions to the EU budget. The deal the voters want with the EU is certainly unique. It may also prove a tall order.”

The Financial Times has this: “Brexiters incensed by PM’s rejection of immigration shake-up – Brexiters accuse Theresa May of ‘backsliding’ after she rules out switch to points-based system“.  Note that  the Prime Minister is reported as saying:-

“Mrs May said on Sunday that voters really wanted to see “control” of EU migration and British officials were studying a range of possible compromises, including an emergency brake on large migrant flows”.

The “emergency brake” option is one which the EU might find acceptable.

The Guardian has this: “Poland wants to play ‘intermediary’ for Brexit talks, says deputy PM – Mateusz Morawiecki says UK must make concessions on free movement and that an EEA-style arrangement may be best solution“.

Nice to see that that Poland is willing to help us save something from the Brexit wreckage.

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