Following the Speaker of the House of Commons’ decision to allow an amendment tabled by anti-Brexit rebels, contrary to Clerks’ advice, Iain Duncan Smith asks if Back Bench MPs will be permitted to amend “forthwith” motions in future; that is motions ordinarily put forward by the Government for a decision by the Commons without debate or amendment.
Following the Home Secretary’s statement on the Government response to migrants trying to cross the English channel in small boats, Iain Duncan Smith backs the focus on the safety and security of the people attempting this dangerous crossing and asks how long these people have spent in France without declaring themselves as asylum seekers.
Iain Duncan Smith welcomes proposals for a pilot to test migration from legacy welfare benefits to universal credit as, he says, the “test and learn process” was part of the process unlike the mess of tax credits where nearly 1 million people lost all their money.
Following the Home Secretary’s statement on the UK’s future border and immigration system after we leave the EU, Iain Duncan Smith highlights the problem of immediate access to social security benefits for people from the EU which has led to businesses abusing the process as a means to bring in cheap labour.
Following the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union’s statement on the judgment issued by the European Court of Justice that the Article 50 notice can be unilaterally revoked by the UK, Iain Duncan Smith questions the unusually speedy judgment and asks how we can revoke Article 50 but not he backstop.
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, Iain Duncan Smith calls on the PM to commit to saying to the EU that they need to remove the backstop restrictions that take away power and control of the UK Parliament to decide the future of the UK.
Iain Duncan Smith questions the Home Secretary about social security co-operation mentioned in the political declaration and whether the Government will rule out giving access to benefits for people who come from the EU so that businesses cannot bring people over on very low wages expecting them to claim benefits and live in squalid conditions.