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My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to debate the Motion on the humble Address before us this evening. I am pleased to support the amendment in the name of the noble Baroness, Lady Hoey. The economic and cultural ties that bond the various parts of this nation are unmatched. Developing strong links across these isles and our open UK markets have brought huge benefits to England, Scotland,...
My Lords, the two statutory instruments before us tonight are supposedly designed to protect the union and to promote the free movement of goods. I contend that both these regulations fall well short of meeting their objectives. It is clear that the Northern Ireland protocol remains largely intact. The Irish Sea border remains largely in place and, ultimately, the European Union has the final...
I assert to the noble Lord, Lord Bew, that this is referred to in our first objective: “The Irish Sea border must go”. This Government pledged to protect and strengthen the UK internal market as part of New Decade, New Approach. We said that this will involve the European Union. Regrettably, the Stormont brake, if successfully applied, would apply only to future changes to EU law. It...
DUP Peer, Former DUP MLA for Belfast East
Entered the House of Lords on 24 July 2006
Positions held at time of appointment: Lord Mayor of Belfast. (from Number 10 press release)
Entered the Assembly on 9 March 2007 — election
Left the Assembly on 24 March 2011 — Dissolved for election
Also represented Belfast East