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This week we attended the Conservative Party Conference. Various meetings with a number of MPs have provided us with valuable insights particularly about the issue of mileage fraud as well as the future of the UK after Brexit.
Key MP meetings:
Following these meetings, NFDA will be looking to set up constituency visits with MPs and dealers.
As a result of our meeting with Sheridan Westlake and Rt Hon John Hayes MP, we will now be progressing further with our activity to encourage the outlawing of mileage fraud. Sheridan Westlake gave us advice on how to develop our mileage fraud campaign and we will now be putting these points forward to Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) who is in charge for mileage adjustment.
Dominic Rabb MP: Tariffs discussion
Rabb stated that what will happen is an attempt from the UK to divorce migration from tariffs. Therefore, the UK will say “no” to free movement of people and that this is not negotiable because of the referendum vote, but that the country is open to a discussion on tariffs.
Fringe Event – Beyond Brexit, The Times Interview (Red Box) with Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Secretary of State for Home Office
Amber Rudd interviewed by Matt Chorley
Government is still working on who will and who will not be “ok” to migrate to the UK. Assessing the needs of different sectors and of the industry, those who are needed, will have more ability to come to the UK to live and work.
Matt Chorley: “What was the big mistake of the ‘Remain’ campaign?”
Rudd, a fierce Remain supporter and campaigner, said she was “not going to waste time working out what went wrong”, instead she said it was important the Government now just looked for the best deal. Rudd concluded that the Cabinet was united on this.
Steve Hawks, The Sun: How difficult is it for a big Remain supporter to now sit in quite a hard Brexit Government/Cabinet?
“I accept the result” was the Home Secretary’s reply. She continued that there was still a lot to be negotiated and discussed at an EU and international level and it was “important to have people like myself there to influence decisions” – remain voices and Brexit voices both need to be heard.
Rudd stated she wanted to be at the table to have influence and represent.
Matthew Parris, Political Journalist: Should Parliament be consulted on Brexit?
Rudd stated there had to be an acceptance from Parliament of the position to make the situation work. She also stated she did not know the answer as to whether or not Parliament will have a vote on Article 50. Rudd added that there is “no point re-fighting the fight”.
Modern Slavery Act
London work visas
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has stated that London will have a separate visa system to the rest of the UK following Brexit.
Rudd stated “he’s not right” and there will only be one national policy for work visas.
Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis MP: Party Conference Speech
UK has to appreciate and respect how European countries view the EU. In comparison to some of their political histories, the EU is a solid democracy.
Davis stated Brexit is an opportunity to create a more “comfortable” relationship “between us and our European neighbours”.
Britain “must and it will remain tolerant” of migrants and immigration. However, he stated that there was a clear message from the referendum that the UK must control its immigration – “we will control our borders and we will bring the numbers down”.
In regards to the Government discussing Brexit negotiations, Davis said “some people are desperate to know exactly how we are going to proceed and think we should provide a running commentary on every twist and turn” of the negotiations. He said this would not be the case and it was not good business practice.
On trade, the secretary of state said that no one will benefit from seeing an increase in barriers to trade. Formal process of Brexit, Article 50, will start before the end of March 2016. Davis stated that Parliament will be consulted widely on repealing legislation.
The UK wants to maintain the “freest trade between us”, without betraying instructions of the British people to have more control of immigration.
Davis also stated “if we want to be treated with good will, we must act with good will”.
The 1972 Act will be repealed and then, as Davis explained, the EU law will be transposed into domestic law whenever it is practical on the day the UK leaves.
The Secretary explained that many people were concerned at the potential consequences of repealing the 1972 Act. He confirmed that Brexit will not “erode” rights in the work place and employment law.
Great Repeal Bill:
The Great Repeal Bill will instantly annul the 1972 European Communities Act (ECA), which gives EU law instant effect in the UK and give Parliament the power to absorb parts of EU legislation into UK law and scrap elements it does not want to keep.
The legislation will be introduced in the next parliamentary session beginning with Queen’s Speech next May (2017).