The Irish Question, Electric Vehicles and the Post Office
Brexit – The Irish Question
The Prime Minister made a non-statement to sure up her position to her right wing ERG and the DUP who, due to the lack of a coherent plan, are holding the PM as a political hostage. The Irish question remains.
I raised this with the PM in the House of Commons, as I have done over the last 18 months. A border between the EU (Ireland) and the UK (Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England) has always been a big Brexit issue as I highlighted. The hard border between North & South Ireland is important but the biggest border is the sea border. Only a customs union agreement can make true ‘frictionless’ trade possible. The public get it, the Welsh, Scots & Irish governments get it, and business gets it. Mrs. May personally gets it but is restrained. I will keep the pressure on for a sensible outcome.
Low Carbon Energy & Electric Vehicles
I chaired a forum on nuclear and low carbon energy in Westminster, it had industry experts, business and organisational reps including those from Anglesey and North Wales.
Surface transport is the next big challenge. This means trains, haulage lorries and cars. As a member of the business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee, we have produced a report to hold the government to account to incentivise charging points so we can move into the next phase of electric vehicles. To achieve this we need more low carbon energy generation.
Post Office Future
I raised the issue of the future of our post office network in Westminster. With the recent bank and ATM closures, our post offices are more vital than ever. They need investment. Sadly they too are closing down. It’s time for a radical plan to halt the decline of our high streets. Yes, we live in a digital age, but our local communities and hubs are important too.