Paul Blomfield MP

A strong voice for Sheffield Central

Brexit

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 and it will be debated over the coming months. 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 - 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 and it... 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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Last week Parliament voted to give the Prime Minister the power to start the formal process for the UK leaving the EU. It was a hugely difficult moment. I campaigned relentlessly for the UK to remain in the EU – for jobs, for our place in the world and as the best way to tackle the biggest issues we face, from climate change to the peace and security of our continent. I was deeply upset by the result. But I accept that we lost. Labour didn’t want a referendum, but all those parties that campaigned for it (Liberal Democrats and Greens, as well as the Conservatives and UKIP) said that we should accept the decision of the British people. It was never conditional on them voting one way. 

Brexit update

Last week Parliament voted to give the Prime Minister the power to start the formal process for the UK leaving the EU. It was a hugely difficult moment. I campaigned... Read more

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Lots of constituents have written to me about Brexit and the Article 50 Bill, which is being debated in the House of Commons until 8 February, before it goes to the House of Lords. So I wanted to provide an update:

Brexit update

Lots of constituents have written to me about Brexit and the Article 50 Bill, which is being debated in the House of Commons until 8 February, before it goes to... Read more

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Lots of constituents have written to me about the Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit, the Supreme Court ruling, and Labour’s response, so I wanted to provide an update:

Brexit update

Lots of constituents have written to me about the Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit, the Supreme Court ruling, and Labour’s response, so I wanted to provide an update: Read more

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