Results 1–20 of 2219 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Geraint Davies

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

Geraint Davies: This Bill is essentially about cutting and pasting the laws, protections and rights of the EU into British law, and the fundamental problems are that clause 9 gives sweeping powers to Ministers to strike out those laws, protections and rights and, quite simply, that we do not have the institutions to enforce those rights. In essence, new clauses 10 and 14 would ensure institutions are in...

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

Geraint Davies: I am. I urge people to support new clause 14.

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

Geraint Davies: Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman accept that we are less likely to catch up with the Germans on penetrating the Chinese market if we are out of the EU? We will have our back to the wall, facing tariffs, if we are not in the EU, and the Chinese will be able to bargain harder against a small player with few resources and little trade.

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

Geraint Davies: Further to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Great Grimsby (Melanie Onn), does my hon. Friend agree that either the institutions and agencies that currently enforce EU rights, privileges and protections should be maintained as EU agencies, or a transitional arrangement should involve agencies and institutions that will protect people’s rights in respect of, for instance,...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Geraint Davies: rose—

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Geraint Davies: Has the Secretary of State seen, as he has mentioned this area, the proposals made by Professor Mark Barry for an electrified Swansea metro, which, through straightening the line, would reduce by half the time it takes to travel from Cardiff to Swansea? Implementing those proposals would provide the electrification David Cameron promised, an integrated Swansea metro and a shorter journey time.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Geraint Davies: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. This speech is not about the Trade Bill; it is about the Opposition. The Minister had 10 minutes in which to talk about the Trade Bill.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Geraint Davies: Members have talked about free trade, but Brexit is of course the biggest reversal of free trade in the UK’s history. Margaret Thatcher was a great proponent of the single market, which is the probably the greatest example of free trade in the world. She also did not like referendums and quoted Attlee, who said that they were the instrument of demagogues and dictators because of their...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Geraint Davies: I will let the Minister intervene, but he can respond to this as well. The EU has quotas for various countries, but other EU27 countries will want to take some of that business, and we will lose again and again.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Geraint Davies: The Minister tells us that third parties are not behaving like that at the moment, so he infers that they will not behave like that in the future—what a false logic; what a naiveté. That is absolutely ridiculous. Any negotiator or country that sees Britain with its back to the wall, turning away from the biggest market in the world, will ask for more. If they did not say that they...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Geraint Davies: As we know, 51% of people currently want to remain while 41% want to leave. On the day, it is the case that the people of Wales voted as the hon. Gentleman said, but he will also know that Wales is the beneficiary of billions of pounds of EU convergence funding, that 70% of our exports go to the EU, and that 25,000 jobs in Swansea bay rely on the EU. It is very much in the interests of Wales...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Geraint Davies: I applaud my hon. Friend’s speech. The Government are making out that this is all about roll-overs and business as usual. Does he accept that what will actually happen is that countries will want to negotiate new terms of trade because we will be a small minnow compared with the EU giant? What is more, when an EU quota is involved, countries within Europe such as Spain may want to take...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Geraint Davies: I rise to support amendment 120, which would give the people the final say. People whom I meet in Swansea who voted in good faith to leave the EU on the basis of more money, market access and less migration, and to take control, are saying to me now, “This is not what I voted for.” They were told by the Foreign Secretary that they would have £350 million a week more for the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Geraint Davies: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Geraint Davies: Will my hon. Friend give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Geraint Davies: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that this would not be a second referendum? People are saying, “This isn’t what I voted for.” They voted to go out in principle. They were told they would get more money, but they are getting less money. They may get restricted market access. They have a right to vote on the terms of the deal. This is quite separate from whether they in...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Geraint Davies: My hon. Friend is making a marvellous speech and I do not want to disagree with him. Does he agree, however, that the equalisation of the pension age for this group of women is not fair? In the era in which they worked, many were responsible for the children and had to undermine their career; they had lower wages and did not make allowances for their pensions. Some have since suffered divorce...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: International treaties and agreements (13 Dec 2017)

Geraint Davies: I shall speak to amendment 352, which seeks to maintain for future trade deals the EU rights and protections that are currently enjoyed in other trade deals. A problem that has already been mentioned is that we are going to move away from the comfort zone of the EU, a massive trading bloc which, on 8 December, agreed the key provisions for a trade deal with Japan that will embrace 30% of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: International treaties and agreements (13 Dec 2017)

Geraint Davies: It is an interesting idea that foxes have been eating chlorinated chicken. As the right hon. Gentleman says, the concern is that the International Trade Secretary, even at this early stage, will look to undermine consumer standards, health standards and other standards in order to fix a deal and have something on the table to avoid the humiliation we see coming. As has been pointed out, it is...


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