Results 21–40 of 8297 for speaker:Bill Cash

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

Bill Cash: The right hon. Gentleman is pursuing this matter relentlessly. Will he explain why he is doing so? I suggest that it is because he knows that the answer to the question he is putting depends on whether the European Court of Justice gets its hands on this matter. That is what it is about, as I am sure he will accept.

Informal European Council: Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) (6 Feb 2017)

Bill Cash: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Bill Cash: The main point I was making, and I stand by it, is that new clause 3 imposes a legal obligation, enforceable by judicial review, on the Prime Minister effectively—and not just effectively, but actually and legally—to break the confidentiality imposed by, for example, limité documents. As I have said, I do not always subscribe to such degrees of confidentiality, but that is a...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Bill Cash: My right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin), who was in the Chamber a short time ago, made an important point about this new clause. When imposing legal requirements and duties on anybody—let alone the Prime Minister—one has be sure that those requirements are capable of being realised. My right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) and...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Bill Cash: I have enormous sympathy with that. In point of fact, the Secretary of State for Brexit gave evidence in the House of Lords, where, as I understand it, he made it abundantly clear that any document that would be made available to the European Parliament and its committees would, indeed, be made available to this House. To that extent, I agree with the hon. Member for Eltham (Clive Efford),...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Bill Cash: Well, they certainly would not. That is really the purpose of the limité restriction. Although I have reservations about the restriction in certain cases, I can think of a number of instances in which it is absolutely vital that the documents remain confidential. If there were any breach of that confidentiality —there would have to be an undertaking by the Prime Minister that she...

Informal European Council (6 Feb 2017)

Bill Cash: Did my right hon. Friend observe that after she had spoken to the 27 they were far more realistic, particularly with respect to the question of defence and NATO, than they had been beforehand, and in particular than in respect of Donald Tusk’s letter to the 27, which he sent them on 31 January?

Exiting the Eu: New Partnership (2 Feb 2017)

Bill Cash: I deeply welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement and the White Paper, which is most emphatically in our national interest. Tomorrow, the Heads of Government of the 27 other member states will convene in Malta, where they propose to make a declaration about their vision for the future of Europe. President Tusk’s letter of 31 January does not bode well. Will my right hon. Friend...

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

Bill Cash: This has been for me, and for many of us, a very long journey. It is 30 years since I tabled an amendment to the Single European Act to retain the sovereignty of the United Kingdom Parliament. I have to say, Mr Speaker, that it was denied me; the amendment was not selected. However, I looked with interest at clause 1 of this Bill, which says: “This section has effect despite any...

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

Bill Cash: Yes, Bob Cryer, and others. This has been a huge battle, and I do not disrespect the Governments of either party for the decisions that they have taken during this period, because they have been forming judgments, although they fell short of what we needed in this country. In this democratic cockpit, we had to fight our battles and to stand up for our own constituents. As my right hon. and...

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

Bill Cash: From the beginning, my main objection has been that decisions are often taken in that way. The hon. Gentleman sits on the European Scrutiny Committee, which I chair, and he knows perfectly well that I have complained vigorously, for ever, about the fact that decisions are taken behind closed doors within the EU. It was not about our sovereignty; it was about theirs. Their sovereignty has...

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

Bill Cash: I am very touched by my good friend’s comment. We fought for a referendum on Maastricht and afterwards. We fought to unshackle the United Kingdom from increasingly undemocratic European government. Those who vote against the Bill will be voting against the outcome of the referendum. The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, my right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice...

Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Bill Cash: The United States Congress and courts, as well as the President and diplomacy, will play a part in arriving at a solution to this question. Does my right hon. Friend accept that there is a universal threat from jihadists? For example, Europol has estimated that up to 5,000 jihadists have come over from several of the relevant countries. Furthermore, we should remember the victims of 9/11 in...

Article 50 (24 Jan 2017)

Bill Cash: The Supreme Court this morning ruled that the form of the Bill is “entirely a matter for Parliament.” The judgment also indicated that the issues before the Supreme Court have nothing to do with the “political…merits of the decision to withdraw, the timetable and terms of so doing, or…any future relationship between the UK and the EU.” Will my right hon....

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

Bill Cash: In my speech, and when the Minister came before the European Scrutiny Committee, I referred to the question of the attitude to be adopted in relation to votes in the Council of Ministers. Will he give some indication as to the kind of trend towards being sure we make clear where we stand on Brexit matters within the framework of the decision-making process in COREPER?

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

Bill Cash: There is another problem that the European Scrutiny Committee has looked at in the past, when we had the Fair Trials team in to give us evidence: some of the judges are politically appointed.

Leaving the Eu: Security, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (18 Jan 2017)

Bill Cash: It is an enormous pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Tristram Hunt). He is pretty well my next-door neighbour and we talk regularly. We were even on a Radio 4 programme that he organised only a week ago on Asa Briggs and all the matters to which he referred. I regard him not only as an hon. Member, but as a good friend. The valedictory comments that he just made...


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