We’re facing another week of Brexit chaos after Boris Johnson refused to give proper time for consideration of his EU Withdrawal Agreement and instead tabled a proposal for an election, which we’ll consider tonight. As the EU has confirmed an extension of our membership, we clearly won’t be leaving on Thursday as Johnson had pledged and desperately need to find a way forward.
Johnson paused consideration of his Bill after securing a second reading, but if we do start consideration of his proposals, I’ll be speaking to amendments on citizens’ rights which I’ve tabled for Labour – and backing others, including one seeking a further referendum.
Whatever happens, I’ll be in the Commons Chamber today for the debate on the Environment Bill, in which we’re arguing for stronger targets, and I’ll be attending the AGM of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, which will be discussing the protection for unaccompanied refugee and asylum-seeking children. In the evening I’ll be attending a fundraising event for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity in the House of Lords.
During the rest of the week, I’ll be meeting the Dutch Parliament’s Brexit Taskforce, trying to raise a question with the Health Minister on child obesity after my meeting last week, and chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students’ AGM. I’ll also try to join a debate on Grenfell and one on children’s services, to raise points from constituents.