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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: The Union (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: The Government are unapologetically committed to the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom. As the Minister responsible for constitutional issues across the Government and as chair of a number of Cabinet Committees, I have regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues about such issues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: The Union (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: I am happy to meet the hon. Gentleman and his colleagues, as I am always happy to talk to the elected representatives of Northern Ireland constituencies here. It is important that we find a way to mark that centenary appropriately and do so in a way that is genuinely inclusive and recognises the sensitivities associated with many centenary anniversaries affecting the island of Ireland that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: The Union (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: My hon. Friend is right. The United Kingdom’s common market existed well before we joined the European Union, and it will continue to exist after we leave. The living standards of people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland alike benefit from the existence and strength of the internal market of the United Kingdom, and the Government will do their utmost to protect and defend it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: The Union (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: The withdrawal Bill, in providing for the transfer of considerable additional powers from Brussels to the devolved Governments in Scotland and Wales both strengthens devolution and upholds our constitutional settlement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: The Union (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: One of the virtues that I have sought to cultivate in this job is patience, as well as endurance, so we continue talking to both the Scottish and Welsh Governments, but the allegations of a so-called power grab are completely unmerited.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: The Union (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: One of the tasks that faces us, as the United Kingdom, as we leave the European Union is to devise the appropriate fisheries regime that provides a just result for fishing communities in all parts of the UK. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is looking forward to discussing that future with the devolved Administrations and with parliamentarians.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: Today we are publishing the Government’s state of the estate report for 2016-17. That report demonstrates the progress that we have made in transforming the use of the estate and in freeing up property receipts of £620 million to be reinvested in supporting local and national services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: These matters are always the subject of keen discussion between the business managers of all political parties. I am sure that the hon. Lady will encourage her party’s spokesman to make those representations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: Two weeks ago the Prime Minister launched a £90 million programme to help to tackle inequalities in youth unemployment. That is in addition to targeted employment support already under way in 20 areas across the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2018)

David Lidington: The inquiry launched a consultation on its terms of reference on 2 March. Details are on its website. The deadline for responses is 26 April. Sir Brian Langstaff wants to hear from as many of those who were affected as possible. As with any such inquiry, it is for the inquiry to decide the level of financial support, including for legal representation for the inquiry proceedings. I am very...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

David Lidington: Mr Speaker, I have been asked to reply. The Government have been consistent in their commitments to Northern Ireland as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. First, we will never accept any solutions that threaten the economic or constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom. Secondly, we will not accept a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, which would reverse the...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

David Lidington: Anybody would have thought that the right hon. Lady was nervous about facing me across the Dispatch Box again. The right hon. Lady started by questioning my credentials to be here. Since I have Cabinet responsibility for constitutional affairs, including the implementation of devolution throughout the United Kingdom, and since I also chair the Cabinet Committee on the domestic implementation...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

David Lidington: With respect to my right hon. and learned Friend, I do not think that there is a need for any misunderstanding about what my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister was saying. On the date when we leave the European Union, the treaties will, in the words of article 50, cease to apply to the United Kingdom. The effect of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which is currently before the House of...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

David Lidington: The entire Government are committed to there being no border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, or between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Both those elements were central to the December joint report, and they are both firm commitments of the entire United Kingdom Cabinet and the Government. The hon. Gentleman’s strictures about the Government’s approach...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

David Lidington: I have not had the pleasure of reading that particular report from the European Parliament yet, but I shall certainly add it to my reading list. What my right hon. Friend has just said is evidence that there are people here, as well as in the Brussels institutions and the 27 national Governments of our EU partners, who are keen to work constructively together to find an outcome that brings...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

David Lidington: I draw the right hon. Gentleman’s attention to the fact that last December’s joint report contains three options to ensure that there will be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The first—which the Government of Ireland and this Government are strongly committed to and want to see as the option that we are able to deliver—is the one that settles this...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

David Lidington: I am certainly proud of what the Belfast agreement has achieved in making possible a period of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. None of us would claim that that process was complete yet, but the Belfast agreement was an historic start that was attributed to the hard work of successive Governments under John Major and Tony Blair. I am happy to pay tribute to both of them for that....

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

David Lidington: I welcome what the right hon. Gentleman has said. Yes, there is of course a jurisdictional border that gives rise to tax and other differences, but they are currently managed in a way that allows people to go about their lives on either side of that jurisdictional border without any hindrance or delay whatever. This Government and the Irish Government are determined to try to ensure that that...


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