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Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: For the Minister basically to excuse his not publishing the information because he has not yet had the chance to edit, twist or distort it or to redact the information within it is a total and utter disgrace. The public have a right to know about their livelihoods and their futures, and it is deeply irresponsible and dishonest for the Government not to publish the information. It is a...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether his Department plans to update its website entitled Information about the Withdrawal Bill to reflect the decision of the House to pass amendment 7 to clause 9 of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

Leaving the Eu: Implementation (29 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: The Minister will have heard some of the anxieties about Britain during a transition becoming a rule taker rather than a rule maker. May I make a constructive suggestion, because there might be consensus around this point? If we want to get a final trade deal done properly, why does he not explore the option of extending the article 50 timeframe so that we can negotiate while we are still...

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: Does my hon. Friend agree that it would be useful to have a connection between the new financial guidance body and the Financial Conduct Authority? I slightly regret the fact that we are moving away from Treasury involvement in this whole issue. My hon. Friend may know that some of the products that people are investing in with asset managers and insurers, having got their pensions freedoms,...

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: It is vital that we all work across party lines on financial guidance. I encourage the Secretary of State to place on the new financial guidance body a duty to promote financial resilience. Every year in Britain, 2 million people have unforeseen sickness absence. They cannot cope as their income suddenly falls. Eight out of 10 people in this country have very little savings, or none at all....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: That is absolutely right, and the right hon. and learned Gentleman neatly and helpfully moves me on to my new clause 3, which deals with the question of the Irish hard border. I think that many people read the phase 1 agreement in an optimistic light. In many ways, those words were all things to all people. The can was kicked down the road, but there will have to be a translation into some...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: I believe that that is essential. I completely agree with the hon. Lady, which was why I took the exact words from the phase 1 agreement to create the text of new clause 3. If the Government really mean to commit to there being no hard border, they should enshrine that commitment in the Bill. That is the test for the Government—it is what they have to prove if they really believe that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: That is indeed the case, but the Prime Minister said, “Oh no, that’s a red line.” The difficulty is that Prime Ministers can get into stubborn positions. Are they going to have to back down? How do they deal with these things? It would be a measure of the Prime Minister’s status and stature were she to say, “On reflection, I have looked at this issue and it...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: I did indeed see that. Think of all the distorting arrangements that will pop up.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: If the hon. Gentleman will allow me, I must make some progress, because I have to talk about new clause 4, which relates to the divorce bill—the payment or the settlement. The Prime Minister said that the amount would be somewhere between £35 billion and £39 billion. When the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Fareham, was on...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. It is important that our constituents know that nothing is inevitable. One parliamentary decision cannot bind a successor Parliament, because Parliament has the capability to do a number of things. Although the article 50 notice signalling the Government’s intention has been sent in, it is not a binding commitment.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: It might be my intention to give way to the hon. Gentleman, but I might change my mind by the time I get there. I can walk towards a Division Lobby while thinking that it is my intention to vote for a particular issue, but I might change my mind at the last minute. We are all able to change our minds. That is the nature of life, and we can all do the same in a dynamic democracy and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: No Parliament can bind its successor, and that Act was passed in a different Parliament. It may not be necessary for the UK to consider extending or revoking the article 50 process, but it might prove necessary. MPs and the public have a right to know that such options are available. Nothing is inevitable about this whole process. Choices and options are available to this country, and the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: I congratulate the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) on warming up the debate so well. In a way, Mr Speaker, I feel sorry for you in the Chair, because it is perfectly ridiculous that the programme order is such that we have to conclude our series of debates at 4.30 pm when so many issues have not been properly aired on Report. I said that during yesterday’s...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: Don’t say “Hear, hear” in that way. New clause 5 addresses a massive topic. It simply says, almost in the words of the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, that after we have left the EU, we should have the exact same benefits for the service industries in our country—including financial, legal and professional services—as we have now. The service...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: I do not have much time to go into new clause 5 and I shall try not to take too many interventions, but how can I resist my right hon. Friend?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: Absolutely; I could not have put it better myself. We currently have, in the shape of the single market, one of the finest free trade agreements available to any country anywhere in the world. It is frictionless and tariff-free and, of course, it offers great opportunities for those in the UK service sector to sell their services to 500 million customers. There was nothing about departing...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: We do have high animal welfare standards. I do not deny that there could always be improvements, but I want to retain what our constituents want, which is high standards. By leaving the European Union in this particular way, I worry that we will be forcing ourselves to chase after trade deals with other jurisdictions that have a totally different approach to regulation. The world effectively...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Chris Leslie: I will take one last intervention, but then I must conclude.


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