Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Brexit

21st June 2018: Update

The Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – or the so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill’ as they used to describe it – in the House of Commons in July 2017, where it was first debated in September and then in detail from November until early January. Its purpose is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which incorporates EU law into our domestic law, but to retain that law by transposing it directly into domestic UK law. But Labour has serious concerns about how the Government plan to replace these 40 years’ worth of rules, using ‘Henry VIII powers’ that mean they can make and change laws without securing the approval of MPs. 

EU (Withdrawal) Bill

21st June 2018: Update The Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – or the so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill’ as they used to describe it – in the House of Commons... Read more

I led for Labour on our Opposition Day debate on the UK’s post-Brexit customs arrangements with the EU. Two years on from the referendum and five months before the deadline for the Withdrawal Agreement, the Government is still at war with itself over two models: the customs partnership and ‘Maximum Facilitation’. Yet both of these models have already been rejected by the EU and even the Cabinet Secretary has admitted that there had been “serious criticisms made about the technical details of both the models on the table”.

Making the case for a Customs Union

I led for Labour on our Opposition Day debate on the UK’s post-Brexit customs arrangements with the EU. Two years on from the referendum and five months before the deadline... Read more

At Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, I asked why he is ignoring the calls from business and trade unions to stay in a customs union with the EU. Instead he is letting the fringe European Research Group of right-wing ideologues led by Jacob Rees-Mogg determine their policy, rather than acting in the national interest. You can watch the clip here.

Challenging David Davis on Brexit extremists

At Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, I asked why he is ignoring the calls from business and trade unions to stay in...

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On Friday 13th April, I spoke in Leeds at the TUC’s conference, ‘Brexit and Yorkshire: A year to go?’ on ‘Stopping a Hard Brexit’, pointing out that the Government has spent over a year negotiating our departure, the part that they said would be the ‘easy bit’. The divorce bill has been settled and significant progress has been made on citizens’ rights, although some outstanding issues remain. But the big issue yet to be resolved is Northern Ireland. And, with 22 months since the vote and six months left before the deal needs to be finalised, we are just now beginning to discuss the difficult bit; the future relationship between the UK and the EU. 

TUC Conference: 'Brexit and Yorkshire: A year to go'

On Friday 13th April, I spoke in Leeds at the TUC’s conference, ‘Brexit and Yorkshire: A year to go?’ on ‘Stopping a Hard Brexit’, pointing out that the Government has spent over... Read more

I spoke from the frontbench on the General Debate on European Affairs on 15th March 2018. You can find the Hansard of the entire debate here.

My speech from the General Debate on European Affairs

I spoke from the frontbench on the General Debate on European Affairs on 15th March 2018. You can find the Hansard of the entire debate here. Read more

Since the EU referendum result was first announced in June 2016, Labour has been pushing for EU citizens here in the UK and Brits who have made a life for themselves in another EU country, not to be caught up in the Brexit negotiations. 

Labour’s fight to take citizens out of the Brexit negotiations – an update

Since the EU referendum result was first announced in June 2016, Labour has been pushing for EU citizens here in the UK and Brits who have made a life for... Read more

Grassroots organisation The 3 Million has provided worrying evidence of discrimination against EU nationals in the UK. I’ve written to David Davis outlining some of the allegations and calling on the Government to take action.

My letter to David Davis calling for action against discrimination of EU nationals

Grassroots organisation The 3 Million has provided worrying evidence of discrimination against EU nationals in the UK. I’ve written to David Davis outlining some of the allegations and calling on... Read more

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Theresa May’s ideological and absolutist red line that there will be no role for the European Court of Justice in our future relationship with the EU is behind her intention to leave Euratom. Euratom promotes nuclear research and safety across Europe, and plays a role in the transport of vital medical isotopes used in scans and treatments for cancer to the UK. This morning I spoke from Labour’s frontbench in a debate on the UK’s membership of Euratom and urged the Government to put jobs, nuclear safety and health first and commit to our continuing Euratom membership.

ECJ red line cannot be a barrier to Euratom

Theresa May’s ideological and absolutist red line that there will be no role for the European Court of Justice in our future relationship with the EU is behind her intention... Read more

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As Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 tomorrow, I’ve written in today’s Yorkshire Post on why a strong European Union remains in Britain’s interest – and why we need a close relationship with the EU, even if we are no longer a member.

A strong EU is in Britain's interest

As Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 tomorrow, I’ve written in today’s Yorkshire Post on why a strong European Union remains in Britain’s interest – and why we need... Read more

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I thought it might be helpful to provide a further update on my work as part of Labour’s Shadow Brexit team, following Parliament’s approval of the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, without the amendments that Labour was pressing

Where now after the Bill to trigger our exit from the EU?

I thought it might be helpful to provide a further update on my work as part of Labour’s Shadow Brexit team, following Parliament’s approval of the EU (Notification of Withdrawal)... Read more

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