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Legislating for Uk Withdrawal from the EU (30 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: I commend the Secretary of State for ignoring some of the more over-excitable demands from parts of the Brexit press and some of his Back Benchers, and for confirming, as he has done today, that he will incorporate into British law some of the jewels in the crown of the EU—the habitats directive, the working time directive and the green renewable energy directive—that we can all...

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: I thank the hon. Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell) and the right hon. Member for Loughborough (Nicky Morgan) for the cross-party collaboration and work that has secured this debate on this all-important subject. In time-honoured Westminster fashion, there is an inverse relationship between the importance of a subject and the level of attendance, but that does not mean we should...

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: The hon. Gentleman is entirely right. I have gone on a bit of a journey on this: I have always had a somewhat kneejerk liberal reaction of slight squeamishness and reticence about the idea of politicians, the Government, Whitehall and public policy experts seeking to tweak or improve how parents choose to raise their children, which I intuitively think is no business of politicians, but I...

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: Have I got it wrong?

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: I am grateful for that explanation. I will not try to improve upon the technical proficiency and expertise that the right hon. Lady has just displayed, because I cannot match her for that. I hope in many ways that she has just made my point, which is that we are condemned to fiddling around in the undergrowth to shift a little bit of money here or there to try to square a circle. We came to...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (13 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: The right hon. Gentleman would start blaming bad traffic on the EU if he could. It is absurd. We picked the fight, not the EU. His party picked the fight; the EU did not. I have one observation that I want to press the Secretary of State on. Even if he gets the deal on the issue of EU citizens here and UK citizens there, which I sincerely believe he wishes to seek, and even if that goes as...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (13 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: Remind me, was freeing ourselves from red tape not one of the principal reasons why the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith) and so many others told us that we should leave the European Union? Yet this Government are going to create a tsunami of red tape, which EU citizens, including my mum and my wife, will rightly resent just as much as this Government have...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (13 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: I must make progress; there is very little time. Turning to the other, perhaps more meaningful amendment, the double standards that we have just heard about red tape are duplicated several times over by the double standards of Brexiteers saying, “We should free ourselves”—at any cost—“from the lack of democratic accountability in Brussels,” when the first...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (13 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: I must declare an interest, because the political is personal for me on the issue of EU citizens in the United Kingdom, as I suspect it is for many other Members in this House. The two most important women in my life—my mother, who is Dutch, and my wife, who is Spanish—are directly affected by this. While they are of course special to me, I none the less think that their fate, and...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Brexit (7 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the proportion of civil service operating costs that are allocated to matters relating to the UK's departure from the EU.

Written Answers — Home Office: Brexit (7 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contingency plans are in place for a situation in which no deal is reached with the EU on (a) extradition, (b) surveillance and (c) data exchange.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (7 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications made by EU citizens for permanent residency in the UK have been rejected in each of the last 12 months on the basis of insufficient health insurance provisions.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration Controls (7 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time taken is to process an individual arriving at a UK port or airport from (a) within the EU and (b) outside the EU.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Staff (7 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade negotiators are employed by his Department and how many were hired from (a) within the UK civil service, (b) the UK private sector, (c) from within the EU and (d) from outside the EU.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Staff (7 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much his Department has spent on the training of trade negotiators to date.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Staff (7 Mar 2017)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many hours have been spent on training for trade negotiators since the creation of his Department.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Parliamentary approval for agreements with the Union (7 Feb 2017)

Nick Clegg: The right hon. Gentleman is, as ever, making an articulate case from his point of view about the dangers of a vote at the end of the process. Can he explain why, on 20 November 2012, in a very interesting blogpost entitled, “The double referendum on the EU”, he advocated a second referendum with the following question: “Do you want to accept the new negotiated relationship...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Parliamentary approval for agreements with the Union (7 Feb 2017)

Nick Clegg: Will the Minister stress to the Committee again that that applies to both the withdrawal agreement and a final agreement on the future relationship between the UK and the EU? It is my view, which is shared by many others, that the former is feasible within two years but the latter is highly unlikely. What will happen if a withdrawal agreement is reached but not a new agreement between the UK...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Nick Clegg: As this is the formal beginning of a process that will most likely lead to the end of Britain’s leading role in the heart of Europe and the European Union—a cause I have espoused and defended all my political life both in opposition and in government—I have to confess that of course I feel sad that we have come to this point, much as I was surprised and saddened, as many...


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