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Arctic Ambassador: Appointment (29 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I thank the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Douglas Chapman) for securing the debate. The United Kingdom has a long history of involvement in the Arctic. As Minister for the polar regions, I welcome this opportunity to set out the Government’s approach to the Arctic and the steps we are taking to ensure that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombian Peace Process (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: Significant progress has been made since the signing of Colombia’s historic peace agreement last November—the FARC has disarmed and is now a political party; and a temporary ceasefire has been negotiated with the National Liberation Army—but difficult challenges remain and it is vital that momentum continues, especially as the country prepares for elections next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombian Peace Process (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: We fully support the Colombian Government in doing their utmost to implement the agreement as was signed. We are concerned by increasing attacks on human rights defenders, which are interrupting the passage towards a lasting peace, but we are in no doubt that responsibility for the majority of such attacks lies with illegal armed groups.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombian Peace Process (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to point to the fact that drug smuggling and trading is becoming a main threat to the implementation of the peace agreement. I am reassured that the Colombian Government are investigating the deaths of several individuals who protested against coca eradication in Tumaco on 5 October.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Colombian Peace Process (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: We are actively supporting the Colombian Government. We have provided almost £20 million from the conflict, stability and security fund. I am also proud that UK-led work has led to the UN Security Council resolutions to assist the peace-building process that we all want to see succeed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Antarctica (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: Maintaining the integrity of the Antarctic treaty is fundamental to protecting Antarctica. The UK’s leading role within the Antarctic treaty system has allowed us to push consistently for increased levels of protection for the continent’s vulnerable environment, and we are committed to continuing to do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Antarctica (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: I am very happy to put that on our agenda, but may I also reassure my hon. Friend that the UK is a co-proponent of the proposal to establish a marine protected area in the Weddell sea, and that is being developed by the European Union and its member states? British scientists are taking a leading role in preparing a final MPA proposal, which is to be presented to the Commission for the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Antarctica (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: This issue has been championed very much by my right hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Richard Benyon). Indeed, it is not just in the Antarctic that the UK is championing marine protection. The UK is on track to deliver our Blue Belt manifesto commitment around the overseas territories. We will have protected 4 million sq km of ocean by 2020, and the South Georgia and the South Sandwich...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Catalonia (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: The Foreign Secretary met Spanish Foreign Minister Dastis, and I met Europe Minister Jorge Toledo, at the UK-Spain Tertulias conference in Bath on 3 November. The Prime Minister spoke to Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy by phone on 27 October. The Foreign Office is actively engaged with the Spanish Government through our embassy in Madrid and the Spanish ambassador in London, including when he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Catalonia (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. Catalonia is a matter for Spain in the same way as Scotland was for the United Kingdom. The Scottish referendum was a legal referendum following the signature of the Edinburgh agreement between the Scottish Government and the Government of the UK. The referendum in Catalonia was not legal in that way. We fully support Spain in upholding the rule of law...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Catalonia (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: This is entirely a matter for Spain. It has rules under its own constitution that should be upheld and not challenged in an illegal way, as they have been in Catalonia.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Catalonia (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: Of course no one wants to see violent scenes such as we saw on our televisions, but if there is to be progress on this and it is what the Spanish Government legally and properly decide to do, of course we will support any such legal democratic action.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (21 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: I totally agree with my hon. Friend. Antonio Ledezma is but the latest opposition figure to flee from Venezuela. On 10 October, I raised our concerns with the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, who denied that Venezuela was in crisis. That is immoral, it is wrong, and it is why this Government consistently argued for targeted EU sanctions, which were adopted on 14 November.

Catalonia (2 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: The events of the past few weeks in Catalonia are a matter of public record. The Catalonian authorities held a referendum on independence on 1 October that was found by the Spanish courts to be illegal under the Spanish constitution. Holding it was, therefore, illegal and an attempt to undermine the rule of law. The Catalan Parliament then unilaterally declared independence on 27 October....

Catalonia (2 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: I do not share the hon. Gentleman’s view of how Britain should take an interest in the internal affairs of Spain. Talks for Spain are an internal matter. This is, indeed, a legal matter. We held an independence referendum, but it was within the law; in the case of Spain, it was not. In respect of UK citizens, I believe I am right in saying that we have had no reported consular...

Catalonia (2 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: Obviously, there were scenes on television of some acts of violence, and they are not the sort of things we want to see, but the fundamental point is whether this declaration of independence or the referendum were legal, and they were not. On the comparison between Scotland and Catalonia, no two situations are alike, and each needs to be considered in its own legal and constitutional context....

Catalonia (2 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: I agree with the second part, at least, of the right hon. Lady’s response—

Catalonia (2 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: As usual, not a lot. I agree that these things were illegal and against the rule of law. However, I disagree with how the right hon. Lady portrays this choice. This is not a binary choice in the way she describes; it is a binary choice between upholding the rule of law or not.

Catalonia (2 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: My hon. Friend draws a false parallel between Gibraltar and Catalonia. I repeat that we fully support Spain as it upholds the working of its constitution and will stand with it in opposing illegality wherever we see it.

Catalonia (2 Nov 2017)

Alan Duncan: I agree very strongly with the hon. Gentleman. Each country has its laws, and those laws, having been made by a sovereign Parliament—do not forget that Spain is a properly working democracy—should be upheld. We have been robust in saying so. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has spoken to Prime Minister Rajoy, I have spoken several times to the Spanish ambassador in the UK,...


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