Geoffrey Clifton-Brown welcomes announcements on the UK’s future humanitarian work with EU after Brexit

18th December 2017

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on last week’s European Council meeting, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown welcomes announcements that demonstrate the UK’s intention to continue to work as closely as possible with our European allies on humanitarian issues once we have left the EU.

I congratulate the Prime Minister on having got the negotiations so far. Will she confirm that two of the announcements that she has made today—namely, that we will have a humanitarian presence in the Mediterranean and will continue to provide official development assistance to Africa—signal this country’s intention to work with our European allies as closely as possible once we have left the EU?

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The area of migration is a good example of how we will be continuing to work with our friends and allies in the European Union, even after we have left. This issue affects us all. We can have a greater impact if we all work together and we will continue to do that.

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