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.

Stewart Hosie SNP Deputy Leader, Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Economy), Deputy Leader, Scottish National Party

The Government have made it clear that it will be for the next Government to bring forward such a vote. I think we have got until September or October at the earliest before we need to decide whether to do that.

Mike Wood: Succinct thanks to the Prime Minister, but what assessment has he made of the opportunities for preliminary negotiations before triggering Article 50?


David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

I was born in March 1976, almost exactly nine months after the last referendum; I have not dared ask my parents how they felt about the result. I never expected to be campaigning to leave the EU, having spent seven very happy years working in the European Parliament for what was then the EPP-ED Group, working on internal market policy, including the development of the existing services directive. I have certainly seen a number of benefits of the EU, but I have also seen too many of the frustrations and limitations that are involved in our membership.