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Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: The Prime Minister appears to be saying that President Tusk’s suggestion of a Canada deal is not acceptable because it would result in some kind of hard border. That is not something I accept, but perhaps my hon. Friend can comment on it. If we have the facilitated customs arrangement, will we not need some tracking device and, if we have a tracking device, could that not be used to...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: My right hon. Friend was talking about the facilitated customs arrangement. Before Monday, it was already going to be difficult enough to persuade the EU that it was in its interests for us to collect tariffs on its behalf, but after Monday’s vote the arrangements must be reciprocal. Is there the remotest chance of us persuading the EU to collect tariffs on our behalf on some distant...

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: Those are warm words, which is absolutely fine, but what is the substance? Is it the view of Her Majesty’s Government that Russia should be expelled from the Committee of Ministers in the Council of Europe?

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: Will the Minister now reply to my question, please?

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: I fear I will be the grit in this debate, but maybe it will produce a pearl of a speech from the Minister—like him, small, but perfectly formed. I will see what I can do to put an alternative point of view, at least for the sake of debate. I am not one of Lenin’s useful idiots. I have no illusions about President Putin. Like everybody here, I could list all the appalling human...

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: Thank you, Mr Howarth; I will try to make these points as quickly as I can. As I was saying, nobody doubts Russia’s abuses. We did suspend their voting rights because of Crimea. Without getting into all the history, I should say that the history of Crimea is complicated and somewhat different from that of Gibraltar. Nobody, as far as I know, in the Council of Europe, the House of Lords...

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: My right hon. Friend makes a good point. However imperfect the Russian Government’s attitude towards the Court, at least there is a chance that the 144 million Russians will continue to have access to a genuinely independent human rights court. That is why Russia must maintain its place on the Committee of Ministers—so that at least there is a chance of ordinary Russians getting...

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: To be absolutely fair, we took away Russia’s voting rights.

Russia and the Council of Europe — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (18 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: No one doubts that Russia’s human rights record is egregious, and one can go on listing its faults forever—it has as many faults as countries such as Azerbaijan, which is in the Council of Europe. Surely, however, my hon. Friend is not suggesting that the Foreign Office should stop talking to or engaging with Russia. Similarly, in the Inter-Parliamentary Union, if one engages with...

Nord Stream 2 (17 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: Order. I understand that there will be two Divisions, so we will resume as soon as all the participants in this debate get back to this Chamber after the second Division. Sitting suspended for Divisions in the House. On resuming—

Electoral Commission Investigation: Vote Leave (17 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: Have the Government received any representations from the Labour Front Bench to rerun the referendum?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (17 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: Last night the House of Commons voted to enshrine it in law that if under a facilitated customs arrangement we collect tariffs on behalf of the EU, that should be done on a reciprocal basis. Is it really practical to expect a Croatian border guard to start levying tariffs on our behalf on bottles of wine? Is there the remotest chance that the EU will ever agree to this reciprocal arrangement?...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill: EU VAT area and pre-commencement requirements (16 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill: EU VAT area and pre-commencement requirements (16 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: I knew Margaret Thatcher; I worked for Margaret Thatcher. My right hon. Friend ain’t no Margaret Thatcher.

Trade Policy (16 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: My old mum told me that I should not cherry-pick rules. When we try to make free trade agreements with America, for example, will the Secretary of State confirm that, following the Chequers agreement last week, we will have to accept the common rulebook in its entirety and that nothing in those deals can deviate from it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: UK Visas and Immigration: Religious Literacy (16 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: What steps his Department is taking to improve religious literacy among UK Visas and Immigration staff.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: UK Visas and Immigration: Religious Literacy (16 Jul 2018)

Edward Leigh: Will the Minister set up a specialised unit in the Home Office so that we can have some religious literacy on this matter? Nuns and priests seeking to come from Iraq have been asked why they do not have a bank account, with officials seemingly unaware that they have made vows of poverty. A sister from Qaraqosh in Iraq is a perfect example: seeking to visit her sick sister, she was asked why...


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