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Upcoming Business – Commons: Westminster Hall (14 Dec 2017)

Twelfth Report of the Home Affairs Committee, Asylum Accommodation, HC 637, Session 2016-17, and the Government Response, HC 551 – Yvette Cooper. Westminster Hall debate; 1:30 pm

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: It is my understanding that the Minister is saying that courts that were told that Ministers had two options, both of which might be necessary solutions to a particular problem, would therefore say that neither passed the necessity test because Ministers had chosen between the two of them. That sounds utterly ludicrous as a way in which the courts would make a decision. Will the Minister...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I rise to speak briefly to amendments 48, 49 and 52 in my name. They have cross-party support, including from other Select Committee Chairs, because they are about safeguarding the role of Parliament and preventing the concentration of power in the hands of the Executive. Before I talk in detail about those amendments, I want to support new clause 53 and the words of my Home Affairs Committee...

Report on Recent Terrorist Attacks (5 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I join the Home Secretary in condemning the terrorists who commit these vile attacks, and in extending our thoughts to the families affected. I also pay tribute to the work of MI5 and the police. They have very difficult judgments to make, and they do that with great integrity and expertise. I welcome their willingness to reflect on where there might have been an operational response that...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Yvette Cooper: In the chaos that was yesterday, it did at least seem to be clear at 9 o’clock in the morning that the Government believed in the idea of regulatory alignment for Northern Ireland and for the Republic, but what is their position now? Have they now ditched any idea of regulatory alignment for Northern Ireland, or do they recognise that actually regulatory alignment is really important...

Online Hate Speech (30 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: We agree about the importance of our relationship with the US, and our peoples have stood together against far-right extremism and Islamist extremism and will do so again. That is exactly why we cannot pander now. Britain First gets its succour from spreading its poison and its extremism online—that is how it works—and the President of the United States has just given it a rocket...

Exiting the Eu: Costs (29 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: The problem with the Chief Secretary’s answer is that all our constituents saw the slogan on the side of a bus. If the Government simply say nothing—if they keep radio silence for a long time—and then suddenly pluck a figure out of a hat at the end of the process, it will just be incomprehensible to everyone. Surely she can tell the House the kinds of things that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (29 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I understand that the woman in question has indeed already been convicted of hate crime in this country. On that basis, given the significance and seriousness of the President of the United States giving her such a huge platform, do you think it would be appropriate for us to hear some word of condemnation from the Home Secretary or the Foreign...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unaccompanied Child Refugees (20 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I welcome the announcement this weekend of an agreement to transfer a Syrian teenager from Greece under the Dubs scheme. I wrote to the Home Secretary about that case on 7 August. The boy has been locked in a police cell in Greece because there was no other safe accommodation for him, even though a local council here had offered a place. I understand that he still has not been given a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is right. That was the evidence we heard. Parliament has a responsibility to have a contingency plan. Whatever it is that we hope might happen over the course of the next 12 months, we have a duty to ensure that we have plans in place for every eventuality and that Parliament itself can take some responsibility. Right now, with the Government’s amendments made and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I share the hon. Gentleman’s concerns. As Select Committee Chairs, he and I have both heard evidence about security and wider issues, and I also share with him my personal views about the importance of having a transition period and a smooth process. To be honest, whatever people’s views on whether there should be a transition and on how we should respond to different negotiating...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: The hon. Lady is right. We had all those debates about taking back control and parliamentary sovereignty, yet somehow the Minister seems to want to rip it all up. The Government are trying to concentrate huge amounts of power in the hands of Ministers, rather than giving the whole of Parliament a say. Ministers have to stop infantilising Parliament and treating Parliament as if it is the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I agree with my hon. Friend, because this should be about the whole of Parliament, just as when we had the responsible debate on article 50. We know it is complex. It is our job and our responsibility in a democracy to deal with that complexity, and not just to abdicate our responsibility and hand it over to Ministers because, somehow, it is too difficult for us in Parliament to deal with. Of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I agree with the right hon. Lady. The truth is that the plans for our Brexit future have to be sustainable and have to command consent. The plans will have implications for many decades to come. They have to give us the chance to heal the Brexit divide across the country from the referendum, and they have to give Parliament the chance to debate the details and to have a proper, honest debate...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: Clearly, we need more transparency. I want to draw my remarks to a close. My amendment gives Parliament the opportunity to indeed take back control. The hon. Member for Stone (Sir William Cash) said he wants us to debate in this House how we are governed. Well, then he should vote for my amendment, rather than concentrate power in the hands of Ministers. At a time when we have seen...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I rise to speak to amendment 386, which has cross-party support and which I tabled late last night. The Minister said that it was somehow introducing “chaos” into this process. With the greatest respect, after a fortnight in which we have seen the Foreign Secretary, the International Development Secretary, the former Defence Secretary, the current Defence Secretary and the Cabinet...

EU Exit Negotiations (13 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: I welcome the Government coming forward with a separate Bill for the withdrawal agreement. That is something on which I and the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) have tabled amendments. Can the Secretary of State clarify the timing? He just said that it was only in an ideal world that this withdrawal agreement Bill would come before Brexit day. There is a real...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (13 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: The Foreign Secretary has rightly said that the priority for everyone should be the return of a wrongfully and inhumanely imprisoned mother, who has been separated from her child. That is welcome, but he also knows that words matter. Every time he says things such as, “My words were simply open to misinterpretation”, he provides a lack of clarity and sounds as if he is wriggling...

Counter-Daesh Update (7 Nov 2017)

Yvette Cooper: The Foreign Secretary had a week to correct the record and to apologise over Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, and he has not done so. This is not the first time that the Foreign Secretary has said things that are inaccurate or damaging, and he cannot simply shrug them off as a lack of clarity or a careless choice of words. In this case, there are fears that this could mean the extended incarceration of...


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