European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

(2nd reading: House of Commons)
(Programme motion: House of Commons)
Joseph Johnson Excerpts
Tuesday 22nd October 2019

(8 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Oct 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Obviously I have a vision of this country having a very close friendship and partnership with the EU, but also being able to engage in free trade deals around the world. I think that those objectives are compatible, and I think that the way in which they can be made compatible is evident in this great new deal that we have done, but it is of course open to the hon. Lady to work with us to take it forward.

Joseph Johnson (Orpington) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Oct 2019, 2:10 p.m.

rose—

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Oct 2019, 2:10 p.m.

I give way with pleasure to the right hon. Member for Orpington. [Laughter.]

Joseph Johnson Hansard
22 Oct 2019, 2:10 p.m.

I congratulate the Prime Minister on securing a deal. I never doubted it for a minute. [Laughter.] Can he reassure me that the moment the Bill receives Royal Assent—hopefully sooner rather than later—he will work tirelessly, along with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to secure the closest possible relationship with European science and research funding programmes?

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Oct 2019, 2:11 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend and brother very much for what he has said. He has worked tirelessly in that sphere himself. I know how much he values such co-operation, as, indeed, I know how much Members throughout the House value it. We will protect, preserve and enhance it, and, as I have said, Members throughout the House will be involved in that process, but, as I have also said, under clause 31 Parliament is given a clear role.