Following last Tuesday’s defeat of the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement and Parliament’s subsequent instruction to go back to Europe and seek alternative arrangements, Brexit took something of a back seat this week. However, disputes around the final outcome are still rumbling on in the background. This gave opportunities to highlight important issues
that Brexit has recently masked, in particular cuts to our public services. Therefore MPs grasped with both hands the chance to press home their concerns.

I made a brief visit to NATO’s HQ in Brussels at the start of the week, meeting delegates from what later in the week was formally renamed the Republic of North Macedonia. NATO
welcomed North Macedonia as its aspirant 30th member with the signing of the Accession Treaty on Wednesday. The US’s decision to pull out of the INF Treaty has placed the UK and NATO in a position where difficult decisions may have to be made, and I would urge you to read the Urgent Question asked about this issue.

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