Mike Wood: Will the Secretary of State confirm that, in the negotiations, the Government still aim to conclude an agreement on an implementation phase as early as possible in the new year and that that agreement would similarly benefit the European Union?


David Davis The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Yes, my hon. Friend is exactly right on both counts.

Mike Wood: Although these analyses do not contain sectoral impact assessments, they may contain sensitive and confidential information, so will the Minister engage with the Chairman of the Select Committee to ensure that the information in these reports is handled appropriately with the public and the Committee?


Steven Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Mike Wood: The hon. Lady’s position seems to be that there is legal uncertainty about whether it is necessary for the UK to leave Euratom and that we should have left the issue until further in the negotiations, finding out whether we were leaving later on in the process. Would that not have just left rather less time to prepare if we did have to leave?


Rebecca Long-Bailey Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Mike Wood: It has been suggested that, as we negotiate our exit from the European Union, the United Kingdom should abstain in decisions in the Council. Will the Minister explain what the impact of a British abstention would be on those decisions?


Margot James Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Mike Wood: Will the Secretary of State consider holding a West Midlands Brexit summit with the new mayor of the West Midlands—who we hope will be Andy Street—and with key regional businesses, so that we can ensure that the interests of the West Midlands are considered in the Brexit negotiations and that Brexit delivers for the West Midlands as well as for the rest of the country?


David Davis The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Mike Wood: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what plans the Government has to ensure that the views of (a) the new West Midlands combined authority and (b) other such combined authorities are represented during negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.


Mike Wood: What alternative to direct rule would be available if these elections did not result in an immediate power-sharing Government?


James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Mike Wood: Will my hon. Friend update the House on what action his Department is taking to promote business and community engagement ahead of Brexit?


Kris Hopkins Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

Mike Wood: What rights he plans to secure for UK citizens living in other EU countries; and whether he plans to negotiate a reciprocal agreement with EU partners on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.


Peter Grant Scottish National Party, Glenrothes

Whether it is his policy to allow EU nationals living in the UK to remain after the UK leaves the EU.


Parliament must have a role, whether through Select Committees or in the Chamber, in the general terms of the negotiations. That is why I will support the motion this evening and why I welcome the principles laid out by the Secretary of State this afternoon. However, it would clearly be counterproductive to restrict the Government’s scope to negotiate the best deal for Britain.