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Petition - Proscription of Hezbollah: Paradise Golf Resort, Morocco (17 Jan 2018)

Iain Duncan Smith: I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on securing this Adjournment debate, which I fully support. My constituent Dr Shawarna Lasker is in exactly the same position as his constituents are, and I have written to the ambassador. I agree that the Moroccan Government have to stop hiding and pretending that they are working behind the scenes. Clearly, nothing is happening and individuals who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Inheritance Tax (16 Jan 2018)

Iain Duncan Smith: Pursuant to that question, may I add one further caveat, given that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is beginning to look at all the other referendums that have taken place? Will it take into consideration those organisations that are not charities or political parties, but which do public good? They are beginning to be concerned that HMRC will pursue individuals who have made...

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Iain Duncan Smith: I commend my right hon. Friend for his swift and urgent action on this issue. I urge him to pay no attention whatsoever to the politicking coming from the Opposition Benches, because it was of course Labour Members who, when in government, drove the process of private sector involvement hard. They did so for a very good reason: they said that it brought expertise that does not exist in the...

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

Iain Duncan Smith: Of course they didn’t.

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

Iain Duncan Smith: Is my hon. Friend asking me to give way?

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

Iain Duncan Smith: Excellent. It is always good to take a sedentary intervention from my hon. Friend. I said I would be brief, so I will bring my remarks to a conclusion. I support the amendments and I congratulate those who drafted them. I want the Government to get through this as best they can. They should listen carefully where there are changes to be made but, if we have to return to this matter on Report,...

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

Iain Duncan Smith: I always like to take an intervention from my right hon. and learned Friend. We agree on many things, but not on this, it has to be said. He will remember that, when he was Lord Chancellor, I supported him in getting through his very good and far-reaching reforms—I wish they had all been put through, but they were not, as he knows. To that extent, I have long supported him, but on this...

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

Iain Duncan Smith: That may be. I do not know of the Dog and Duck, unless they have moved a new building into my constituency, but I say to my right hon. Friend that people made a decision to leave, and that argument was debated extensively: it was on television, the Prime Minister was questioned endlessly and others such as Lord Mandelson said categorically that if people voted to leave, we would be leaving...

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

Iain Duncan Smith: I am all for consulting the British people. That is what we are here for as MPs, right? It is what we do when we go back to our constituencies and talk to people. The honest truth, however, is that we can consult them as much as we like, and we will get different opinions all the time, depending on the question. The biggest consultation I have ever seen took place in 2016: it was called a...

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

Iain Duncan Smith: I shall be brief because I support amendments 381 and 400, advocated by my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) and my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Torridge and West Devon (Mr Cox). I congratulate them on arriving at quite sensible arrangements. I know others want to speak, so I will not be drawn into the wider debate that the hon. Member for...

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

Iain Duncan Smith: For the most part, this is a fairly benign new clause, but I am not certain, even from listening to him now, what my right hon. and learned Friend’s concern is in subsection (2) of his new clause where it refers to subsection (1). It seems he is concerned that somehow there will not be an implementation period. Alternatively, is it just that that implementation period has never been...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Plain English summary of retained direct EU legislation (20 Dec 2017)

Iain Duncan Smith: Would the hon. Gentleman let me intervene?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Plain English summary of retained direct EU legislation (20 Dec 2017)

Iain Duncan Smith: Is the hon. Gentleman not guilty himself, however, of attempting to interpret what the vote was for? On the ballot paper was the issue of whether to leave; the rest is down to negotiation. So, surely, his position is as absurd as that of anyone who says they know these things. He does not know. He knows only one thing: that the British people voted to leave. The rest is for negotiation.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Plain English summary of retained direct EU legislation (20 Dec 2017)

Iain Duncan Smith: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman can skip that and go to the point that was in that pamphlet, which made it clear that when people were asked what their primary reason was for voting to leave, it was “Take back control”—control of our laws, our borders and our money. He can debate that as much as he likes, but the public knew about that when they voted.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Plain English summary of retained direct EU legislation (20 Dec 2017)

Iain Duncan Smith: I want to take up my right hon. and learned Friend on one small point. After agreeing with the hon. Member for Bath (Wera Hobhouse) and justifying the past 40 years by saying that decisions were agreed by Ministers sitting together to make law, he knocked down his own argument as to why he cannot support what Ministers are doing because, of course, they would use this power as Ministers who...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Plain English summary of retained direct EU legislation (20 Dec 2017)

Iain Duncan Smith: I only want to help the hon. Gentleman. Does he think it would have been a lot easier had the Exiting the European Union Committee asked the Secretary of State for the impact opinions that he may well have had?


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