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Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: The Speaker got an ambiguous reply from me, and I will explain why in a moment, but first may I add my sympathies to those already expressed in the House, Mr Deputy Speaker, and say how delighted I am to see you back in the Chair? I will explain why I hesitated when the Speaker asked me if I wanted to speak. First, I think—I will have to check—I agreed with every word that the...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: I agree entirely with the hon. Lady. The Governor actually lessened the impact that the Bank forecast by taking very prompt action to minimise the consequences. He would still agree with me, however, and has done publicly, that there has still be damage to the economy already, and he has tried to quantify the effect on GDP as a whole. I will conclude with one last point—I said I would...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: rose—

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: I thank my hon. Friend for announcing that the common-sense decision has been made overnight to stop trying to withhold these documents. I accept what he says about the caveats attached to all forecasts, although the idea that they are all rubbish is a new and sensational claim made by some of his colleagues. Just to be clear about the status, is it not the case that the perfectly responsible...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: The right hon. and learned Gentleman described his experience of dealing with leaks. Does he accept that we have a curious cult of secrecy across Government today and have had for some years? A leak is a serious matter and I deplore leaks when documents are revealed whose contents compromise the national interest or are loaded with party political or other significance, but it is impossible...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: It is perfectly obvious to everyone on both sides of the channel that if the United Kingdom leaves the largest and richest multinational free-trade area in the world and constructs new barriers by way of tariffs, customs or regulatory barriers between ourselves and that market, future generations will to some degree be poorer than they would otherwise have been. Does the Minister not accept...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Intelligence Services: Detainees (30 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he will issue a direction to place on a statutory footing the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's oversight of the Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers and Service Personnel on the Detention and Interviewing of Detainees Overseas, and on the Passing and Receipt of Intelligence Relating to Detainees.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: Well, would my hon. Friend give way? [Laughter.]

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: Voices of inspiration, I trust. My hon. Friend mentioned the withdrawal Bill several times. Am I right—to be absolutely clear—that the withdrawal Bill will come forward and be considered, and probably approved, by this House before any withdrawal agreement is ratified, that we will not be presented with a Bill to implement an agreement that is already binding on the United...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend on that. One extraordinary thing about the division of opinion is that I have never known it to be so much on generational lines. There are some zealot young leavers and there are one or two, like me, old fogey, very sound remainers, but otherwise the public have not usually been divided so fiercely on generational grounds. In my limited...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: My right hon. Friend and I have many friends in common. I am delighted that she went over to see Michel Barnier and others, whom I saw in slightly different company shortly before. I agree entirely with what she says, and I would add that the people she was meeting, people like Michel Barnier, are not Anglophobes. They are not just seeking to strike points off the UK. Every person of any...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: I have, and everybody still seems to be awake!

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: My hon. Friend and I have been debating the subject for so long, and I think it would be unwise for the two of us to get bogged down in mercantilism. I will give way to the right hon. Gentleman.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: The points I hoped to make in my speech are being put to me by others, which may have the welcome effect of shortening my contribution. I entirely agree with the right hon. Gentleman.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: My defence is that I did not use any of those arguments in the campaigning I took part in during the referendum. The referendum campaign was somewhat taken over by the then Chancellor and the then Prime Minister, both friends of mine and people with whom I politically agree on Europe, and I would not have made the same choice of arguments. I thought at the time that they were spinning the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: That is possible. The idea that the Germans find membership of the European Union a disadvantage in their economic performance in the modern world is, of course, a rather farcical fallacy. If we weaken our attractiveness to inward investment and if we weaken ourselves as a base for trade with the rest of Europe, we will attract less investment and less trade with the wider world, too. I...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: I am glad to see my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne) in his place behind me, where I always welcome him. When I arrived, I inquired whether he had had a cup of coffee before today’s long proceedings, and I undertake to try to have no soporific effects on those Members who have survived to the eighth day of this Committee and Report stage. I do not...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: As I have mentioned the SNP, I will give way to the hon. Gentleman.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: I shall turn to that in a moment, but I agree with the hon. Gentleman entirely. I was not making a criticism of the think-tank, which has done its best, but we all know from experience that all economic forecasting should be taken with a slight grain of salt. It is utterly beyond the capacity of either the Treasury or the most expert outside groups to predict with absolute confidence what the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Kenneth Clarke: I would like to move on. I was merely making a passing remark about the unwisdom of trying to put a figure on this, but I will give way.


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