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Prime Minister’S Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is being very generous in giving way. May I take him up on the very philosophical and logical argument that he is now trying to make? The argument from the Opposition Dispatch Box seems to be that the Opposition must have the European Union to protect them on workers’ rights because there is almost likely to be a permanent Conservative Government that...

Prime Minister’S Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: Does my right hon. Friend agree that those who now call for a second referendum have denied the result of the first referendum? How, then, could the British people ever trust us to follow through on a second referendum?

Prime Minister’S Statement (19 Oct 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: May I take issue—gently—with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister? For 27 years, some of us have been warning about the federal nature of the European Union. [Interruption.] I did say gently. I am in real agreement, as I stand here today, with my right hon. Friend the Father of the House, who has said that he will back this deal today. So will I. In that spirit, will my right hon....

Us Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria (8 Oct 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I rise to support the urgent question of my right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood). This is surely an issue on which we should be, in many senses, bolder and more public about our disagreement. In America, as the Minister will know, General Petraeus has made it absolutely clear that this is the wrong move and the Republicans themselves in Congress are absolutely...

Operation Midland Independent Report (7 Oct 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I agree completely with my right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis): the shining jewel of our criminal justice system is that somebody is innocent until proven guilty. That is their protection against the might of Government and, of course, the might of the media when they reach a speedy judgment. It has always been a concern that the processes we are discussing...

Operation Midland Independent Report (7 Oct 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I am not making any further reference to him other than that he was raised in the report—

Operation Midland Independent Report (7 Oct 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I will. I was simply referencing Sir Richard’s report. My point is a general one. Will the Minister address the reality of the police finding themselves unnecessarily influenced by public figures as to the direction of their investigations? There needs to be some method by which they can resist that.

Prime Minister's Update (25 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister—[Interruption.]

Prime Minister's Update (25 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on his very good put-down of the shallow Leader of the Opposition? I understand that his Government have changed the root origin of the term “yellowhammer” to describe the botched attempt by the Leader of the Opposition to dispatch his own deputy. I received and saw in my constituency, as others did recently, leaflets from the...

Brexit Readiness: Operation Yellowhammer (25 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: When my right hon. Friend refers to Operation Yellowhammer as a document that was introduced by the previous Administration but is being read and updated by the current Administration, does he also recognise that its purpose was to advise the Government of what more they needed to do to be ready? It was not meant to be an assistant to the Opposition spokesman, who struggles hard to get his...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I wonder if my right hon. and learned Friend, having read the full summary of yesterday’s judgment by the Supreme Court, was also struck by something that seems to be missing within its methodology. When it stood up, it said, for the right of Parliament to hold any Executive to account, at no point did it reference that one of the ways of avoiding or dismissing a Prorogation would have been...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I did not intend to intervene on the hon. Gentleman, but as he raised that point, I will. The point that I, and I think many of my colleagues, are making is that those who have served and have left—some are in their seventies, and so on—face this unedifying process of suddenly being hauled back, not because there is compelling evidence, but in the hope that people may find something that...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I apologise for interrupting the Secretary of State in mid-flow, and I know people want to get on. However, as someone who served over in Northern Ireland—and following the question from our right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis), which he stepped around—may I repeat this back to him? Even though he is reiterating the issues about criminal prosecutions and other...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I rise only briefly because I know we want to get through this. The reality is that this is about a general election. We have heard speeches from a number of Opposition Members that are all about nothing to do with the general election, but are about recycling the debate that we had earlier. The truth is that there is but a simple question in front of the Opposition parties. Only two days...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: No, no, wait a minute. The hon. Gentleman has made a fool of himself already. He should stay put; I am doing him a favour. [Interruption.] I am really doing him a favour—he may not understand it. If they do not vote for an election tonight—if they refuse to vote to have that election—they will be running away from their democratic responsibility. I say to Members such as the right hon....

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: No, honestly, the hon. Gentleman really does not want to do himself any disfavours. The right hon. Lady talks about a people’s vote. The problem with a people’s vote, if she wants to put it to a referendum, as the new leader of the Liberal party does, is that she would never accept the result—

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: Wait a minute. If the result was to leave, they would not accept it.

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: Wait a minute. Let me finish, because this is important. Here is the fault line: without a different Parliament, a new referendum will change absolutely nothing if the people vote to leave again, because we would come back to this Parliament and they would stop, delay and try to defeat that motion. The decision tonight is therefore the only decision that can be made in all reality. If we want...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I am going to conclude, Mr Speaker. If the right hon. Lady wants a people’s vote, I say to her that the people’s vote is in front of us tonight in this debate. It is called a general election. I have never known an Opposition not want to take over. This is a bizarre affair. They are running away from trying to defeat a Government. Let us have that election, let us make that decision, and...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

Iain Duncan Smith: I have been listening to the right hon. Gentleman with great care, but the one thing he does not say in all this is that the reason he has voted for the Bill tonight is that he and his party are adamantly opposed to ever delivering Brexit. Will he now admit that that is his purpose and the purpose of the Bill?


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