Results 1–20 of 4134 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Barry Gardiner

International Trade: Topical Questions (22 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: Given the Government Front-Bench team’s uncharacteristic failure to welcome my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford South (Judith Cummins) to the Opposition Front Bench, I know that you would want me to do so, Mr Speaker. Is the Secretary of State aware that the Food Standards Agency recently detained large quantities of out-of-date meat in a company called Norish Cold Storage? The meat...

International Trade: Trans-Pacific Partnership (11 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I, too, welcome the new arrival to the Government Front Bench. I also welcome yesterday’s trade statistics. The Secretary of State and I may disagree over how much that owes to the depreciation of sterling, but we both agree that the narrowing of the trade deficit is a very good thing. With regard to the TPP, the Secretary of State says, “These are not mutually exclusive”,...

International Trade: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: The steel industry has repeatedly complained that the Government are not prepared to impose penalties on exports from countries with significant market distortions. America is clear, having imposed penalties on China under section 232, and the EU is clear, having recently voted to pass new anti-dumping rules, but the Secretary of State has constantly ducked the issue and refused to say what...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I beg to move an amendment, to leave out from “That” to the end of the Question and add: “this House recognises that on leaving the European Union, whether or not the UK concludes a new long-term customs union with the EU, it will need effective legislation to implement agreements with partner countries corresponding to international trade agreements of the European Union in...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: My hon. Friend makes an entirely fair point, and it is a criticism that I hope will be prosecuted fully in Committee.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, and I commend him for the article he published this morning on LabourList, which I thought was an excellent exposé of the Bill. To answer his specific question, once the UK leaves the European Union, it cannot remain in the EU customs union, because by definition when a state leaves the European Union all EU rules cease to apply to it, as set out in...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will happily give way to my hon. Friend once I have answered our hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie). As we will no longer be a signatory to the European treaties and no longer come under their territorial scope, we cannot formally be a member of the EU’s customs union. As the EU’s treaties currently stand, only EU member states, and territories attached to...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: No, I am not telling the House that at all. I am happy to try to answer not only the letter of the Secretary of State’s question, but the spirit. Those on the Labour Front Bench have always tried to make it clear that we recognise the benefits of the single market to this country, and the benefits that traditionally the customs union has brought and that a customs union could bring....

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will make a little progress, because that was a very interesting diversion, but one that we will leave there.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will press on. The Bill fails utterly to establish the legislative framework for the UK’s future trade policy, which it leaves entirely in the hands of Ministers. It also risks undermining the rights of the devolved Administrations through its undue centralisation of powers in Westminster. The impact assessment accompanying the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill, which the House...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will now happily give way to my hon. Friend.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I am very happy to respond to my hon. Friend, and I understand the distinctions she is making, but she will also understand what I have already set out about the force of the treaties, which is simply a matter of law. We will not be bound by the treaties and therefore we would not be able to continue as a member of the EU, and therefore as a member of the EU customs union, although, as I have...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will not give way again on that point. International trade agreements have the status of treaties under international law. They cannot be repealed in the same way that domestic legislation can be repealed, and they create real and binding obligations on future generations to uphold their provisions. In a word, they are serious undertakings that demand the most rigorous procedural safeguards...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will give way a little later to both the right hon. Lady and the hon. and learned Lady, but in the meantime I propose to make a little progress. There is nothing particularly remarkable about any of the strictures that we laid down in our manifesto. Many other countries around the world have such procedures to exercise oversight over their Executives. New Zealand requires its Government to...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: The right hon. Lady is free to suggest whatever she likes. I have dealt with the customs union at great length this afternoon and made our position quite clear. All information exchanged between the UK and US officials will be kept secret until four years after the working group has been concluded. That is why hon. Members should not take on trust any verbal reassurances that the Government...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: On transparency, yes. The hon. Lady has been very persistent, so I will give way.

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: Look, the hon. Lady is of course right that the European Union held a lot of those discussions in private, particularly over TTIP. However, she may be unaware though that although European Members of Parliament were able to access the text of the TTIP agreement, this Secretary of State refused for nine months to set up a reading room so that Members of this House could access the very same...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I will deal with issues around devolution later in my speech. Indeed, that is something that my hon. Friend the Member for Sefton Central (Bill Esterson) will be addressing in his winding-up speech. Having set the context, let us look at the detail. The Bill’s opening clause sets the tone for the power grab that is to come. It gives Ministers the power to implement regulatory changes...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: The honest answer to my hon. Friend is that I do not know, although I share his suspicion that that might well be the case. The point is that the Bill shows that the Government’s expectation is that these are not simply roll-over agreements and that, precisely as he suggests, third countries may demand additional features in new agreements. On that point, he is absolutely right and the...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Barry Gardiner: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct to say that that is a possibility, but while I have disagreements with the Secretary of State, do I think he is so foolish as to throw the Scotch whisky sector under a bus? No, I do not, because it is a very important player in our economy, as my hon. Friend knows. However, the point he makes is entirely right: it is possible that new interpolations in old...


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