A woman’s place is in the House (of Commons)

Parliament carried on as usual today. Parliament carried on because the people of this country had questions that needed answers.

In Parliament’s first hour of business on the morning after, I was one of them.

Hansard records that my MP, Kirsten Oswald, put my question forward as this:

T8. My constituent Heather Burns works in the digital economy. She has only ever known a borderless, connected world of work. Can the Secretary of State reassure her that he understands the difficulties that Brexit is likely to cause for this very globally focused industry? What action is he going to take to prevent problems from occurring? [909447]

Liam Fox answered:

One problem that we have faced in recent times is that although the European Commission has been relatively forward-leaning on digital issues, European Union members have prevented the Commission from taking forward some of the measures of liberalisation that would, in fact, help this country and others. As we leave the European Union, we will want to see what advantages there are for the United Kingdom in liberalising our economy, especially so that the digital economy and e-commerce can flourish.

That is part and parcel what we have come to expect from the May government.

The issues I discussed with Kirsten at her surgery, and have subsequently elaborated on with her staff, are about the problems that Brexit and its related uncertainty are causing and will cause for our industry.

Liam Fox twisted our EU membership into the problem itself, and presented Brexit as the solution.

We knew we were going to get that. We knew that.

But we had to show up in Parliament, put the questions forth, and make the effort.

We’ve done that. And now it’s time to roll our sleeves up and work harder.

About the author

Heather Burns is a digital law specialist in Glasgow, Scotland. She researches, writes, publishes, consults, and speaks extensively on internet laws and policies which affect the crafts of web design and development. She has been designing and developing web sites since 1997 and has been a professional web site designer since 2007. She holds a postgraduate certification in internet law and policy from the University of Strathclyde. Learn about hiring Heather to write, speak, or consult.