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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Askham Bar vaccination centre upgraded to new national vaccination hub for region

Askham Bar vaccination centre upgraded to new national vaccination hub for region

I am delighted to hear that the Askham Bar vaccination site is being expanded to become a national vaccination centre, which shows the importance that is attached to ensuring a swift and comprehensive rollout of the vaccine to the medically vulnerable in our city and surrounding area. Although it is a long and hard road

Julian pushes Ministers on strengthening parliamentary scrutiny of trade agreements

This morning at Questions to the Secretary of State for International Trade in the...

Julian presses Prime Minister on when vaccination progress will allow safe relaxation of restrictions

Today at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, Julian questioned Boris Johnson...

York Press column – We Must Not Lose Sight of Progress Amidst the Storm of the Resurgent Pandemic

As we get back into what has unfortunately become well-rehearsed routines with the return...

Julian’s Statement on Internal Market Bill

September 15, 2020

Last night I voted with the government at the first parliamentary stage of this Bill. I support the general thrust of the proposals and want to see them debated and improved, but would like to see clear amendments to ensure greater parliamentary control of powers to breach the EU Withdrawal Agreement in an emergency.

For me, the crucial issue is the ability of MPs to stand up for their constituents on such a vital issue, and such a drastic step should only be taken with the clear consent of Parliament, and a solid grounding in British law.

I have already voted against the government this year to try and secure stronger guarantees of parliamentary scrutiny of new trade agreements, and on the same basis I will not hesitate to withhold support from the government on this Bill if the final say on overriding parts of the Withdrawal Agreement is not left to MPs.

Possible amendments will now be debated and voted upon throughout this week until next Monday. I have added my name to my Conservative colleague Sir Bob Neill’s amendment that would attach a ‘parliamentary lock’ to the bill. In effect this would require Parliament’s approval before the use of new powers that could override parts of the Withdrawal Agreement.  If successful, this could mean Parliament can decide to conclude negotiations with the EU before this emergency step is taken. Ultimately, I believe this offers reassurances of parliamentary scrutiny without compromising negotiations.

Constituents who have contacted me will get a full personal response once the passage of the bill has concluded.