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Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for East Londonderry (Mr Campbell), but I shall try to confine my remarks to the issue on the Order Paper, rather than the more general debate on the merit of the Government’s deal. I supported this debate because I happen to agree that what happened yesterday was essentially pretty unprecedented. We have a deal before this House, and this House...

Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: I am quite clear that the urgency of the situation that we face, and the divisions both in the country and within this House make it imperative that this House should be able to pronounce on the deal that the Government bring forward.

Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: For two and a half years now, we have watched the process of trying to implement the result of the 2016 referendum, and if there is one thing on which I hope we might be able to agree, it is that it is perfectly plain that it is proving extraordinarily difficult to do. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, mindful of the risks of economic damage and damage to our national security and...

Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: No, I will not give way again. That is the true problem that we face. The alternative, I suppose, is that this Government may collapse and we may have a general election, but I have to say to my hon. Friends—indeed, even to Opposition Members—that I am not sure that in itself will solve the conundrum that we face. As I say, what I would ask of the Government at the moment—I do not wish...

Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: If my hon. Friend listened to what I am arguing, he would realise that I have said repeatedly that I think we are embarked on an exercise in self-mutilation, but that I recognise that, if that is what people want now that the self-mutilation is so apparent, then that is what they will indeed have. What I am not prepared to do, as a Member of this House, is to carry it out myself without going...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: Statutory Obligations on Ministers (11 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his statement, but may I just pick him up on a couple of points? First, the section 13 procedure presupposes that the Government have an initialled deal with the EU, and of course we have such a deal, which is why we started debate on it last week, for the purpose of deciding whether the House should or should not approve it. In those circumstances, can he...

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: I entirely share my right hon. Friend’s concern about the maintenance of the Belfast agreement, the peace process in Northern Ireland and an open border, but is not the reality of what has happened, which this Brexit that is being negotiated highlights with total starkness, that, far from recovering sovereignty as has been proclaimed, we are in fact about to part with it, replacing a...

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: Why not? You get another minute. I am most grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. I have just two points. First, my hon. Friend talks about the WTO. If I understand her correctly, she therefore expects to get a whole series of deals from the EU around the WTO arrangements. Otherwise, she has not answered the question of our hon. Friend the Member for South Leicestershire (Alberto Costa)....

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: I am conscious that one should pay tribute to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister for the selfless devotion that she has shown over the past two and a half years in trying to carry out Brexit. I say that particularly because of the view that I have taken that I cannot support the deal that she is bringing before this House, but it would be wrong not to acknowledge the appalling hand that...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice): Business of the House (European Union (Withdrawal) Act) (4 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: I, too, wish to thank the Government for listening to the Procedure Committee and the engagement they had with the Committee over how the debate should be conducted. On that, I have nothing further to add. Members will recall that in June issues arose about how the House should proceed in the event of the Government motion being rejected. At that time, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice): Business of the House (European Union (Withdrawal) Act) (4 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: I am very happy to do so. The hon. Lady might remember that when I came before the Procedure Committee on the main business in this motion, I tried to be as conciliatory as possible in finding a way through. I am delighted that the Government have accepted the first principle of having amendable motions. The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that if we do not resolve this issue next...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice): Business of the House (European Union (Withdrawal) Act) (4 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: Most certainly not. We have just had in the past few hours an example of the assertion of parliamentary sovereignty, which I understand to be dear to many Members on this side of the House and elsewhere. I say to my hon. Friend that no statute may fetter in any way the procedure and processes that this House chooses to adopt. There is therefore no incompatibility whatsoever between this...

Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice) (4 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: I am not sure that members of the public who come to watch our debates necessarily appreciate our role as the High Court of Parliament, but that is what we are. By virtue of history, we have been given a whole range of powers normally enjoyed only by others of Her Majesty’s courts, by which we regulate our affairs and maintain our own privilege—which also means, by virtue of the Bill of...

Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Position (3 Dec 2018)

Dominic Grieve: My right hon. and learned Friend is to be commended for his statement, and also for the document that has been produced, which I have to say from my own experience is rather fuller than any advice he might ever have been called upon to produce. It might be helpful to the House if he could take this opportunity to confirm that there is nothing in this document that is incompatible with any...


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