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

Mike Gapes: There is another complication. If we are saying that we are going to have regulatory alignment on cross-border issues with regard to Northern Ireland, specifically on agriculture, given that we are in the EU orbit in that sense, how on earth can we then have WTO trade arrangements elsewhere unless we give the same conditions that apply to the Irish Republic to every other country in the...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: The draft phase 2 guidelines say: “negotiations in the second phase can only progress as long as all commitments undertaken during the first phase are respected in full and translated faithfully in legal terms as quickly as possible.” When are we going to get the legislation?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: I was here for seven hours on Monday before I spoke, so I feel that I can say at least a few words today. We face a fundamental choice in this debate. Are we still a parliamentary democracy, or do we simply—because of a very narrow vote on 23 June 2016—take our eyes off of the detail and go like lemmings towards anything in order to implement a decision that is thought to be...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: Will the Secretary of State tell us the difference between regulatory convergence and regulatory alignment?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: Having listened to this debate for seven hours and been in the Chamber for most of it, I can say that occasionally it was like watching paint dry. I want to comment on something that the Minister just said: that the Government cannot accept changes that would undermine the UK internal market or businesses. That seems a little ironic on the day the Prime Minister has shown how strong and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: Will the Minister give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: Will the Minister give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. Clause 11(3) refers to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Is the position for Scotland and Wales the same in the Bill as it is for Northern Ireland, given that the Good Friday agreement is underpinned by an international treaty between two countries and that it explicitly mentions the European Union?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: Is my hon. Friend aware that the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has said: “I am surprised and disappointed that the British government now appears not to be in a position to conclude what was agreed earlier”—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: The hon. Gentleman cannot compare an unconstitutional referendum in Catalonia, in which only 2 million people took part, with a constitutional referendum in Scotland and Wales organised according to legal procedures.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: My hon. Friend refers to Donald Dewar. The basis for the devolution process came about via referendums in Scotland, Wales and both parts of Ireland to agree the frameworks under which we now operate. Is it therefore not a contempt, an insult, to the people as a whole—not just this House—for the Government to undermine the Good Friday agreement and the devolution settlement, which...

Social Mobility Commission: Points of Order (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: rose—

Social Mobility Commission: Points of Order (4 Dec 2017)

Mike Gapes: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The media are reporting that a Europe Minister is at this moment briefing Conservative MPs about what has been happening in Brussels. Do you have any indication whether Members of the other parties will be given a briefing or a statement by the Brexit Department about issues such as regulator divergence?


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