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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Household Debt (11 Sep 2018)

Vincent Cable: British families are currently spending considerably more than their disposable income and, as a consequence, debt levels in relation to income are rising back to crisis levels. At the same time, France and Germany have big savings surpluses. Which is the most sustainable of the two options?

Salisbury Update (5 Sep 2018)

Vincent Cable: I give strong support to the Prime Minister for her condemnation of the Russian state, but since our seriousness will be judged by actions rather than words, will she explain how many of the Russian oligarchs whom we know to be cronies of the Russian regime and who have wealth in the UK have had their assets seized under unexplained wealth orders following the powerful example of the United...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Sep 2018)

Vincent Cable: Can the Prime Minister explain why the process by which European nationals acquire settled status requires 59 pages of guidance? Is not this simply providing 59 ways of saying no in a continued hostile environment?

Health and Social Care: Drug-related Harm (24 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: What action is the Minister taking with colleagues in the Home Office in respect of the drug Xanax, which is reputedly freely available at very low prices, and is more addictive than heroin? What action is he taking to raise awareness and deal with rehabilitation?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Public Services: Local Authority Funding (23 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: How does the Minister justify an emerging system of negative rate support grants under which councils that have made themselves financially self-sufficient are now being told to make net contributions to the Government?

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: Does the hon. Lady not accept that there is a difference between accepting the referendum when it happened, and looking at the circumstances now, two years on, when the situation is utterly changed—not least because of the revelations, which were not available at the time, about large-scale cheating and criminal activity?

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: I beg to move, That this House believes that the Government’s negotiations to leave the EU have not progressed to the satisfaction of the people of the UK, with polls indicating that 69 per cent of the people now believe the exit process is going badly; calls on the Government to engage in cross-party discussions with a view to establishing a government of national unity; and further...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: I am perfectly happy to respect the referendum that we have had, but it is utterly respectful, and quite common practice in many countries, to have a confirmatory referendum when a Government have produced a deal. That is good constitutional practice and good politics, and Liberal Democrat Members argue for it strongly.

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: Yes. I think that most members of the Government, at various points, have subscribed to that perfectly correct constitutional position.

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: Since we are being pedantic about numbers, we are actually talking about the third referendum on this subject. The impact on the European negotiators would, I am sure, be absolutely negligible. They are fully aware of the chaotic and disorganised position of the Government and defining their negotiating position on that basis. I turn to what senior members of the Government felt about the...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: My party has never had any problem with the idea of having referendums on the European question. We have always argued that on questions of major constitutional change—for example, entry into the monetary union or signing the Lisbon treaty, which has already happened—it is appropriate to have a referendum. It is common practice in many EU countries to proceed in that way, and we...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: If people do in fact feel that way, they will presumably vote the same way again. We take the risk that we lose. That is the democratic spirit.

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: We did press for a referendum on the Lisbon treaty, as it happens. That was not the view of a majority in the House at the time, but we had no problem with the concept. Let me try to be a bit more positive about what the Government are trying to do. The first remark I want to make is about the conduct of the Prime Minister. I was going around the radio and television studios yesterday...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: Well, there are Members of the House—I am one, and the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) is another—who have experience of dealing with the United States through negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Several things were very clear. First, although the United States is important, it is considerably less important than the...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: Yes. There is a whole series of well-known instances relating to beef hormones, genetically modified foods and chlorinated chickens. I do not know how well based the arguments are scientifically, but clearly that will demand a repudiation of those European standards. The Government’s stance—again, this is a positive—makes it clear that concessions cannot now be given on...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: The European Union over many years has developed a sophisticated rules of origin system in order to develop an answer to precisely the problems presented by the complex nature of modern trade. They are quite right to say that in an environment of uncertainty, there is very little merit in pursuing an agreement. The other major disadvantage of what the Government are proposing is, as several...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: It is a lot more than ironic, because this goes back a long way. There has been consensus among successive Governments, starting with Mrs Thatcher and Lord Cockburn through the Blair Government and the coalition Government, on accepting that services exports to the European Union were a major objective of British Government policy. I recall being sent to Berlin and elsewhere to denounce the...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. We could of course have had a trade deal with India already under the auspices of the European Union, as we do with South Korea, Canada and various other countries. The country that blocked the deal was the UK, because increased services trade would involve increasing numbers of people crossing over to the UK. I was struck by the comment by one of the...

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: That is exactly right, and the current numbers suggest that a substantial majority believe that there should be a vote on the final deal. If the Government were totally rational, they would see the arguments for doing so from their own point of view. The Prime Minister could say, “I’ve done the best I can to achieve a deal. It’s obviously difficult with the Conservative...

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Vincent Cable: I congratulate the Prime Minister on effectively killing off the United States-UK trade agreement by agreeing to retain EU regulatory convergence, which of course the Americans cannot accept. I echo the calls she has just heard saying that, now she has lost the support of her Brexit fundamentalists, now is the time for national consensus. A majority in the House supports our retaining...


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