The aim of the brexit briefings has always been to give an impartial analysis of the state of the Brexit process. However, this last update before my mandate ends takes a slightly different approach to usual.
Whilst Europe focuses on elections to the European Parliament taking place on Thursday in the UK and staggered over the following days across the rest of the continent, the government in Westminster presented a highly contentious final draft of its withdrawal agreement bill.
On Tuesday this parliamentary session had its 300th sitting day, making it the longest parliament since the Civil War, although it still has some way to go to match the 13 years of the long parliament.
Whilst I fully believe in respecting the 2016 referendum result and delivering an orderly Brexit, I also firmly believe it is my duty to continue to deliver for the West Midlands whilst we are still a member of the EU.
After a whirlwind few months, the Brexit waters were becalmed this week. The House of Commons broke up for recess while MEPs across Europe are preparing to hit the campaign trail ahead of the European elections.
Improving trust in online reviews, clamping down on ticket touts and publishing the methodology behind price comparison websites sites are key elements of new consumer protection rules approved by MEPs today.
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