Shailesh Vara rejects scaremongering about trading on WTO rules and quotes the president of the Port of Calais who said that there will not be queues at Dover.
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the Brexit withdrawal agreement and the decision to delay the vote, Shailesh Vara says that any attempt to hold a second referendum would ensure that the UK would lose all credibility on the international stage when speaking up for democracy.
During the opening day of the debate on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Shailesh Vara asks the Prime Minister why, since neither the EU, Ireland or the UK wish to use the backstop, the EU would not, as a sign of good faith, permit one additional line in the agreement to the effect that the UK could give three months' notice to leave the customs union.
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the negotiations to leave the European Union, Shailesh Vara asks the PM about the implementation of the backstop if an extended implementation period expired without us reaching an agreement with the EU.
Following the Government statement on Johnston Press going into administration and its subsequent acquisition by a new consortium of its creditors, JPI Media, Shailesh Vara pays tribute to the Hunts Post and Peterborough Telegraph and urges the Government to ensure that the new consortium do more than the statutory minimum to help those who will lose their jobs.