Cross-party MPs support Bill presented today calling for referendum on EU Exit Package, with option to remain in the EU, days before Theresa May’s “Great Repeal Bill” – the EU Withdrawal Bill.
MPs from across Parliament have rallied behind the Terms of Withdrawal from EU (Referendum) Bill, presented today by Labour MP Geraint Davies, which calls for the British people to have the final say on the UK-EU Exit Package. The Bill specifies that voters should have the option to remain in the EU if they believe the Exit Package is a bad deal.
The Bill is supported by Labour, Green and Lib Dem MPs, including Caroline Lucas and David Lammy, and had its first reading today. It comes the day before the Second Reading of the Government’s “Great Repeal Bill” for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Geraint Davies MP said,
“My Bill aims to make sure that people get what they voted for. The negotiated exit package should reasonably represent what the British public voted for in 2016. However this is threatened by the Government’s repeated failure to make any progress in exit negotiations, which puts our national future at risk of a bad deal.
“Therefore the British people have the right to a final say on the exit package, or to stay in the EU if a deal fails to meet what people want and reasonably expect.
“My Bill is presented the day before the Second Reading of Theresa May’s Great Repeal Bill. There is growing momentum from across the political
spectrum to challenge May’s vision of a hard Brexit, and the cross-party support for my Bill illustrates that. The British people deserve a final say on the Government’s disastrous exit negotiations, and we will continue to fight for that in Parliament.”
The Bill was presented with the following short and long title:
Terms of Withdrawal from EU (Referendum) Bill
A Bill to require the holding of a referendum to endorse the United Kingdom and Gibraltar exit package proposed by HM Government for withdrawal from the EU, or to decide to remain a member, following the formal EU exit negotiations; and for connected purposes.
Time's Up - Let's Build Swansea Tidal Lagoon now, says Geraint Davies
Said Geraint Davies who is standing for re-election as Swansea West MP:
"Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon plans have been given the green light by the independent Hendry Review but the Government sits on its hands as investors consider how long to keep their money on the table. Now is the time to act.
"The Government needs to understand seventy per cent of existing fossil fuels can't be used if we are to honour the climate change commitments we made in Paris to stop irreversible climate change.
"The Tidal Lagoon energy cost is less than that forecast for nuclear energy from Hinckley Point. In any case a small price increment for a relatively small amount of energy from Swansea's Lagoon is a very small investment to kick start a world export industry in tidal Lagoon technology from Swansea.
"Time and money is running out so let's just fire the starting gun and build Swansea's Tidal Lagoon right now."
"My job if re-elected is to then maximise the economic and environmental benefits of the Lagoon including exports, tourism and supporting our universities as a global centre of excellence for marine technology.
"There's a big fish in the net so let's haul it in before it escapes," said Geraint Davies, who is standing for re-election as Swansea West MP
Last week I visited Waunarlwydd Primary School and read to the children for World Book Day.
I read Roald Dahl's The Magic Finger to the children. Roald Dahl and his family decided to attend school in Wales because they considered them to be the best schools in the world.
Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West, today joined women who came to Parliament to campaign for state pension equality. The meeting took place on International Women’s Day, as Labour MPs called for a stop to state pension changes which penalise women born in the 19560s.
Geraint Davies said, “Women from Swansea born between 1950 and 1960 are hit hard by a sudden and unexpected loss of income that they had not planned for. Many have had families, separations and career breaks and this change is an unjustified and cruel breach of contract that has left many destitute. The campaign goes on for justice for this particularly vulnerable group who have been treated with meanness by a Conservative government which doesn’t care or understand their plight.
“It was inspiring to meet so many women who have fought for state pension justice, especially on International Women’s Day. The Government should listen to the voices and stories of these women who have still not found justice.
“WASPI is a fantastic campaign that highlights an important injustice in the way that the Government have dealt with changes to state pensions. Although, like WASPI, I agree with state pension equalisation between men and women, the Government has implemented these changes in an unfair way – with little or no personal notice, more speed than promised, and no time for many women to make alternative plans. For too many women, some in my constituency of Swansea West, retirement plans have been shattered with devastating consequences. Five ordinary women got together in 2015 and decided to fight this injustice, and it gives me hope to see so many campaigning in Parliament today.”