Brexit Timetable
John Bercow Excerpts
Thursday 7th September 2017

(2 years, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Mr David Davis Portrait Mr Davis - Hansard

Perhaps I will organise a visit for the hon. Gentleman to see Mr Barnier himself. We have taken action in all those areas. We have taken action to underpin the funding of universities. In industry, we have seen the Nissan arrangements. We have talked to the financial services sector about what we expect to happen, and we have particularly talked about an implementation period with them in mind—not just them, but them in particular. Plenty of action is being taken to improve the certainty and clarity on where we are going.

Mr Speaker Hansard
7 Sep 2017, 10:22 a.m.

Finally, Charlie Elphicke.

Charlie Elphicke (Dover) (Con) Hansard

18. It is important to be robust on the timetable, but it is also important to be robust in the face of Brussels’ demand that we send more money. We should not be bullied or blackmailed; we should be strong as a nation. [900660]

Mr Robin Walker Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Mr Robin Walker) - Hansard
7 Sep 2017, 10:18 a.m.

I hear my hon. Friend loud and clear. We have been very clear that the UK and the EU will have financial obligations to each other that will survive our exit from the EU. The Commission set out the EU position in July, and we have a duty to our taxpayers, as he says, to interrogate that position rigorously, which is what we did line by line in the last round of negotiations.

Mr Speaker Hansard
7 Sep 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Order. We had not moved on to a new question. We were on the same question, but two different Ministers appeared at the Dispatch Box. The hon. Member for Dover (Charlie Elphicke) should feel very gratified to have a dedicated Minister to attend to his particular inquiry. That is something he can tell his grandchildren in years to come.