Results 1–20 of 8000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Margaret Beckett

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I shall seek to be extremely brief, Mr Speaker, because I have been fortunate enough to catch your eye before on these matters. One of the merits of last week’s indicative vote process was that the arguments for each option, and also the prime concerns, have become much clearer. Discussions on the proposal for a confirmatory ballot devised by my hon. Friends the Member for Hove (Peter...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I agree that that would make it infinitely easier. The EU might be convinced of that on the basis of our wanting to hold such a vote, but I totally accept my hon. Friend’s point. This is all based on us trying, if humanly possible, to get such a deal.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I am trying to be brief, but all right.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I am sorry, but I utterly reject the notion that what I am proposing does not honour the outcome of the 2016 referendum, and I will come to the reason why I do not accept that for one second. We should take the step of a confirmatory vote whatever the deal or option that is finally agreed, or even if none is agreed, because whatever the hon. Gentleman may say, not one of the options before...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I am happy to agree with my hon. Friend about that, but I hope it cuts both ways. I heard the hon. Member for Grantham and Stamford (Nick Boles) say, “Of course, those who want a second referendum can come back to this some other time in legislation when all of this is done,” but it must be a two-way street.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I am sorry, but I really must go on.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I did; all right.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I am duly grateful to the hon. Gentleman. What is most often heard in these discussions is the argument that to hold a confirmatory vote would be not only wrong but undemocratic, which is the point that the hon. Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison) was trying to address. That argument is advanced both by those who believe that the view of the people has not changed and that they...

Business of the House (1 Apr 2019)

Margaret Beckett: Being something of a traditionalist in these matters, I have a good deal of sympathy with the points that the hon. Gentleman is making. I very much dislike the necessity, which has been forced on the House, to take control of the business from the Government because they are simply not doing their business. However, I would have much more sympathy for the complaint being made by him and some...

EU Exit Day Amendment: EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) (27 Mar 2019)

Margaret Beckett: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I would be grateful if you could correct or confirm my recollection. I do not know what anybody else expected, but I did not necessarily expect any motion to carry a majority today, certainly not the one I proposed, which, if I recall, has had almost an identical result to the one it had the last time it was moved in this House. My understanding of the...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (27 Mar 2019)

Margaret Beckett: Negotiations succeed when no one gets everything they want but everyone gets something they want, and I hope that is the spirit in which we can approach today’s proceedings. This consultative process is too little and too late, but it is a lot better than carrying on as we were. We all owe a debt of gratitude to hon. and right hon. Members on both sides of the House who have striven to find...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (27 Mar 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I am sorry, but I do not have time. As with the Good Friday agreement, whatever emerges from these complex negotiations, the outcome should go back to the people for confirmation. The people started this process. They set a desired goal. It has proved far more difficult and tortuous than predicted, but we will now soon have a potential outcome. It is the people who should choose whether, on...

Business of the House (27 Mar 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I am not entirely at one with the right hon. Gentleman, although I have some sympathy with the point that is being made. Surely, however, what we should recognise is that the House has been driven to these unusual proceedings today because the Government have failed to do their job.

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (25 Mar 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I will not detain the Secretary of State. If what I have suggested is acceptable, why does not he just accept the amendment?

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (25 Mar 2019)

Margaret Beckett: It is, as ever, a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Mid Sussex (Sir Nicholas Soames), although I should perhaps place on record that I totally disagree with what he and the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) said on one issue, because I feel that the only way we will resolve this situation peacefully and in a way that brings people together is by going...

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (25 Mar 2019)

Margaret Beckett: My right hon. Friend makes a powerful point, in line with the many contributions she has made on this issue. I will come to that in a moment. The amendment guards against a no-deal withdrawal that lacks the clear and evident consent of the House. It also allows for the possibility of the House being in recess when such a danger arises and provides for the seeking of any necessary extension of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 Feb 2019)

Margaret Beckett: Does the Minister recognise that while all that she has just said gives some reassurance, these continued rumours about HS2 raise concerns for companies like Bombardier in my constituency, which has a joint bid with Hitachi for the rolling stock? Can she say anything further to reassure such companies?

Petition - None[P002354] (5 Feb 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I rise to present petitions in the same terms on behalf of two nursery schools in my constituency that are both doing a fantastic job in very difficult conditions: Lord Street Nursery School and Harrington Nursery School. The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Harrington Nursery School, maintained nursery school in Derby City. [P002368] The petition of the parents,...

Business of the House (17 Jan 2019)

Margaret Beckett: I should like to declare an interest. Some years ago, when we were in a minority Government, I was in our Whips Office. Since then, for some five years, I was either shadow Leader of the House or Leader of the House. I feel an old-fashioned sense of unease when I hear people exploring options that might lead to the Government reducing or losing their control of the business of the House....

Leaving the Eu: No Deal: Leaving the EU: No Deal (19 Dec 2018)

Margaret Beckett: I am really sorry and dismayed to have heard what the hon. Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker) just said, because I have high regard and respect for him. I simply say to him that he could not be more wrong. He talked with great respect of the work that the Prime Minister has put in; she has made one catastrophic misjudgment after another and it is she who is threatening the national interest....


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