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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I wonder whether what my right hon. Friend says can actually be correct. The feature of the Bill is that it removes the right of challenge for breach of the general principles of EU law. As a consequence, rights that currently exist and are exercised—indeed, were exercised by our right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union—will in future not be...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: My right hon. Friend is discussing matters that will have to be considered in detail in Committee. A sensible programme motion has been tabled, but can the Government assure the House that, if more time is needed because, in truth, we have difficulty getting through the programme within the period specified, they will properly consider making more time available to the House?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Canterbury (Rosie Duffield) on her maiden speech, which I greatly enjoyed. Canterbury is a city I know well: it is where I spent many of my early years at the Bar, cutting my teeth as an advocate. I hope I can remind myself of some of the lessons I learned there in contributing briefly to this debate. I shall support the Government in the vote on...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Absolutely. I entirely agree with my right hon. Friend. These are all curable, and readily curable, with just a little bit of will. There is another example on which we have already touched. EU law never used to be divided between primary and secondary legislation. Interestingly, it is all being treated as primary, which has the nice merit—I am sure that someone in Whitehall dreamed...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: No, I must make progress. There is another issue with Henry VIII clauses. We need to look at the ones we have, as some are much too widely drawn. For example, clause 7 talks about “any deficiency” in an EU measure. It is one thing to say that it is inoperable, but quite another to say that it is deficient. Frankly, I could find arguments to suggest that every single law in this...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: It is by no means the only ambiguity in this Bill, but I agree entirely that to ask the judiciary to carry out an interpretation of something that is so oddly and, I have to say, vaguely worded is a recipe for disaster and is something this House should avoid doing.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I have great sympathy with my right hon. Friend’s critique of European Union law. It is one of the reasons why the Brexit referendum ended up in the way it did, but that cannot be a justification for two wrongs making a right. The fact is that we do not need to legislate in this fashion in order to carry out the technical task of leaving the EU, and I remain utterly bemused as to why...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: The right hon. and learned Gentleman makes an important point. Reading the mind of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, I think he asked why this mattered because he would insist that the general principles of EU law being preserved would replace the charter. However, if they are not justiciable because we do not found a cause of action in our courts, the ability to assert those...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Will my right hon. Friend give way on that point?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I understand my right hon. Friend’s point about the charter, because I agree with him that general principles and the charter should be identical—although that does raise the question of why, in those circumstances, the charter should go—but schedule 1 says quite clearly that after we have done this: “There is no right of action in domestic law on or after exit day...

Terror Attacks (22 Jun 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I greatly welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement. I want to raise just two or three points. First, I particularly welcome the review of the sentencing guidelines. That should happen because of the evidence that individuals who commit acts preparatory to terrorism may be receiving sentences that are insufficient, although clearly they need to be proportionate. The second issue concerns...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is a pleasure to participate in this debate. As somebody who was accused during the election campaign of being a red Tory—I think my late father would have found that a strange and vile epithet to be hurled at me—I must say that I was greatly reassured by listening to the speech of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke)....

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Dominic Grieve: As I have said before, I see no sign that public opinion on Brexit has changed. I have no idea whether it will change in the future, but we have to proceed on the basis that we have to honour the commitment to take ourselves out of the EU. I am committed to supporting the Government in doing that. The question is how we go about it and how, within this House, we succeed in co-operating with...

London Attacks (23 Mar 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I join my right hon. Friend in everything she says in respect of the deaths and injuries that have taken place, and I join her in sending our condolences to the families and the injured. My right hon. Friend has set exactly the right tone. Those of us who are privy to the information and background of these matters know very well that it has been little short of a miracle that, over the...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Dominic Grieve: May I say how much I welcome this legislation, which seems to me to be going in exactly the right direction in terms of reforming prisons? However, my right hon. Friend will be aware that, ultimately, the ability to deliver these programmes will be intimately dependent on reducing prison overcrowding, because without that, as we have seen on many occasions, the programmes, however good,...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I assume, therefore, that this is intended to be justiciable, and that if the Secretary of State were not to respond within the time suggested the Government would be reviewable in court.

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I am most grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way again. I support the thrust and intention of the Bill. Normally a victim is the first witness for the prosecution, but is there not a risk that the question that someone may wish to ask the witness will be changed by the evidence that precedes the giving of that evidence by the witness? We shall have to have a system to deal with that...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (13 Mar 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I want to support the Government in carrying out an efficient and effective Brexit but, after listening to some of the contributions this afternoon, I think I am living in wonderland. I will focus solely on Lords amendment 2, particularly subsection (4). The first thing to understand is that, as matters stand, there will be a need not for resolutions of this House, but for primary legislation...


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