Caroline Flint has confirmed that the Brexit deal the Government is seeking to agree with the European Union this autumn will not be the “final deal,” as the UK faces two years of further negotiations following 'Brexit Day' on 29 March 2019.
Caroline spoke to Jim Pickard, Chief Political Correspondent of The Financial Times, about respecting the result of the 2016 EU Referendum and working towards the best possible deal for the UK in Brexit negotiations.
See my discussion with Channel Four News from Friday 22 June 2018 about public attitudes to Brexit and immigration.
My segment starts around 4:10.
I strongly believe that we need to respect the outcome of the referendum and the Article 50 process. Read my speech in Parliament during the debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on 13 June 2018 - or click on the photo to watch it.
Since the referendum, I’m afraid in this place and outside, the debate has often been polarised between hard-line Brexiteers, who feel we can walk away without a deal and walk off a cliff edge. And, I’m afraid to say, hard-line Remainers who do not accept the result of the referendum and do want to find whatever way possible to stay in. And that is why I am not supporting Amendment 51 today.
The idea of another six months before the UK leaves EU would be quite wrong.
"If Exit Day is delayed beyond March 2019, we would have to elect new MEPs in May to a European Parliament we voted to leave, which would be crazy,"
Norway has suddenly become very fashionable in Parliament. So much so that some MPs want the UK Parliament to vote to be like Norway when the European Union (withdrawal) Bill reaches its final stages this week.
This Brexit Bill transfers EU laws to UK control.
Most of this is not controversial, just common sense - so after Brexit, businesses know where they stand.
That, after all, has to be one outcome of the Brexit divorce.
Leaving the EU is a complicated business. Hundreds of laws and agreements; and numerous pan-European bodies the UK is involved in. A lot to sort out.
Some Brexiteers would prefer no compromise with the EU, leaving with no deal.
Today, Parliament debates a motion which states how important it is for the UK to have frictionless trade, and no tariffs. That means we enjoy trade that is as easy to sell from Doncaster to Dortmund, as it is from Doncaster to Darlington.
When we buy or sell goods to other EU countries there are no hidden taxes (known as tariffs) and no bureaucracy that delay the goods at the borders. Goods from, say, China, Brazil or India, to other EU countries do face tariffs, because they are outside this tariff-free club, known as the EU Customs Union.