As Parliament returns from the Christmas recess, the House of Commons has started the New Year by debating two important Bills which will help form the UK’s trade policy after we have left the European Union.
In the run up to Christmas, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on 2017. Locally, I continue to receive many emails and letters from constituents on a whole range of issues important to them, which I deal with supported by my team based at my office in Cinderford.
Last week the UK and EU negotiating teams issued a joint report on the progress made in the Brexit negotiations. This progress now enables the UK Government to move to the next phase of talks, focussing on achieving a special partnership between the UK and the EU that we all want to see.
Following on from the election two weeks ago, this week is the State Opening of the new Parliament. As a new Parliament begins, the Queen reads out the Government’s plan for the next parliamentary session, in what is known as the Queen’s Speech.