After a week in which the Government’s Brexit plans unravelled spectacularly, the issue will be dominating my week again. As a Shadow Brexit Minister I’ll be in the Commons Chamber today as we debate the Customs Bill and tomorrow for the Trade Bill; two key pieces of Brexit legislation. On Wednesday I’ll be winding up a general debate on the future relationship with the EU, which will be opened by my colleague Keir Starmer, before heading off to speak in Richmond Park about Labour’s Brexit policy. Then on Thursday, I’ll be grilling the new Brexit Ministerial team, now led by Dominic Raab, in Brexit Questions.
In between all that, I’ll be chairing evidence sessions for the new parliamentary inquiry into a sustainable future for international students in the UK for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on International Students, taking part in a Westminster Hall debate on refugees and homelessness, and attending the AGMs of the APPGs on Universities and All Party Debt and Personal Finance. I’ll be meeting with the NUS in their role as secretariat for the APPG on Students, of which I’m Chair.
I’ll be heading back to Sheffield on Thursday where I’ll be having a meeting with my team to look ahead to the autumn and finalise plans for my Big Conversation, and going to an event as part of the University of Sheffield Annual Degree Congregations.
Parliament will start its summer recess next Tuesday which will run until 4th September. As well as talking a couple of weeks away, I’ll be out and about with visits and meetings in Sheffield. My office will be open throughout the summer. ‘My week ahead’ will return in the autumn, but you can follow my work here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.