The levelling up agenda depends upon nation-wide digital inclusivity. If we give up on this, we will be trying to deliver it with one hand held behind our back.
This impasse is of Parliament’s creation. It is the failure of some MPs to honour the instructions of the British people which has led us here.
We also need to examine a ‘no deal transition period’ – i.e: a payment for a period of time to enable both the UK and the EU to adjust to the changes ahead of us.
When I tried to focus these concerns by calling for a vote to see if this deal did indeed have the agreement of Cabinet, opposition crumbled – and my colleagues fell silent.
2014 was a record-breaking year. Now we’re pushing further to ensure over 50s get the support they need to get back into work.