Results 1–20 of 4286 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Liam Fox

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: Well, that got a tumultuous welcome from the Labour Benches. I thank right hon. and hon. Members on both sides of the House for their valuable and insightful contributions to the debate, delivered with passion but without the rancour referred to in the elegant and wise contribution of my hon. Friend the Member for Hazel Grove (Mr Wragg). I wish that more Members could have heard his wisdom...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: If I may, I will come to the hon. Lady’s contributions a little later. This upward trajectory in employment shows no signs of slowing. Indeed, the OBR has calculated that we can add another 800,000 jobs without creating inflationary pressure, because there is still slack in the economy to do so. Throughout this debate, Labour has talked as though, post-referendum, our economy is on its...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: If the hon. Gentleman is serious about automatically wanting to roll over all the agreements that the European Union has, I hope that he will vote for the Government’s motion next Tuesday, because that is exactly what would happen if we had a withdrawal agreement and a movement into the implementation period. All those agreements would automatically be safeguarded. He might want to think...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: As the Chancellor said in his introductory speech this afternoon, it is widely acknowledged that when there is an agreement, there is potential for a dividend because investment that might be being held back because of uncertainty around Brexit could come forward. That is probably particularly true of domestic investment, rather than foreign direct investment, which I will come on to.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: I will give way again soon because, unlike the Labour Front-Bench spokesman, I am happy to have a debate in the House of Commons.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: I heard the hon. Gentleman—calm down. Clearly the vote to leave the European Union has not had the catastrophic effect on our economy that was predicted—quite the reverse—and it is worth making a point about the difference here between forecasts and scenarios. Throughout today’s debate, I have constantly heard scenarios portrayed as forecasts, but it is worth pointing out that, in a...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: Again, that is exactly the same pattern. We want a continuation of good economic management for the United Kingdom that continues to provide jobs and prosperity in our country, and record investment in its infrastructure. I can forecast that if the Labour party was ever to take office with its crazy spending plans, the financial and economic consequences for the prosperity of this country...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: Talking Britain down is what people do when they cannot bear the fact that the truth tells us that our economy is doing well, that exports are at record levels, that inward investment into the United Kingdom is at record levels, and that unemployment is at a record low level and employment at a record high level. Labour Members hate all those facts because they go against their basic...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: Once we get out of the realms of fairy tales and consider reality, we see that the unemployment rate in the United Kingdom is 4.1%—almost exactly half the level in the eurozone, which is 8.1%. Our exports are growing faster than in most other countries in Europe, with the exception of Germany, and investment in our infrastructure is at record levels.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: Now that the hon. Gentleman wants to come into the debate, I welcome him.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: I hate to bring this to the hon. Gentleman’s attention—it will no doubt come as a shock—but we have had a trade deficit since the 1980s. In fact, one of the few times when we have not was in February this year, when the UK became a net exporter for the first time in some time. The hon. Gentleman will no doubt be overlooking those facts because they do not suit his narrative.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: I give way to my right hon. and learned Friend, but then I will make some progress, much as I am enjoying this.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: My right hon. and learned Friend is right. It is certainly true that the draft political declaration was not as favourable to an independent trade policy as the final declaration is, given the changes that the United Kingdom insisted on in that negotiation. I was much heartened by those changes, not least because the declaration talks of building on and improving customs co-operation, not...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: Indeed—my hon. Friend is right to say that that was correct in all scenarios. The doom and gloom pushed in some quarters is not consistent with the reality of Britain’s economic performance. Now is the time to raise our sights and acknowledge that there is a world beyond Europe and there will be a time beyond Brexit. The referendum settled the question of our departure from the European...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: The Government will continue to make the case for what they believe is a balanced and reasonable agreement. But of course the Government will want to talk to Members and want to look to ways to give reassurance to the House wherever we are able to do that. Under this agreement, we will be free to decide for ourselves who comes to the UK, free to decide who fishes in our waters, free to decide...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: One thing that perhaps has not been fully understood in the public domain as a result of the complexities around Brexit is that it does not matter what model we want to have as the future partnership— we have to have a withdrawal agreement if there is to be any continuity. That is part of the article 50 process. We have to have a withdrawal agreement with a view to the future relationship...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: It is certainly true that there has been some movement on this issue. Originally it was envisaged that the backstop had to be permanent. Now the agreement is clear that it is designed to be a temporary measure. We should understand that, if we do not like the whole concept of the backstop here, it is also not liked in continental Europe. That should be the biggest incentive we have to never...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: The Government have the best interests of the whole Union at heart, which is why, for example, when we negotiate trade agreements, they are for the whole of the United Kingdom and not partial. The question was raised yesterday at the International Trade Committee whether the Government would implement during the backstop any trade agreement with the rest of the United Kingdom but not Northern...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: No, I answered the question. What I was concentrating on was excoriating the Labour party for the policy that it has set out today—a policy that is delusional because it does nothing that it actually claims it does. To the irritation of the European Union, the shadow Chancellor and his team do not even appear to understand the European law that they are praying in aid for their own...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Liam Fox: Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman can tell the House—I will give him the opportunity—under which articles of a European treaty does the EU allow a non-member to have a say? Under which treaty? [Interruption.] For those Members who cannot lip-read, it appears the shadow Chancellor was saying that he would singlehandedly be able to rewrite EU treaties to be able to accommodate Labour party...


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