Results 1–20 of 4716 for speaker:Lord Lilley

Immigration Procedures - Question for Short Debate (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Lilley: Surely the reason concern is lower than before is that people believe that we have taken back control and that henceforth we will have proper controls on immigration. That is the only explanation.

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Lilley: I am grateful to the noble Lord for giving way. He seems to accept that the European Parliament has the right to veto this agreement, but the British Parliament does not. Why does he take that view?

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Lilley: As it has.

Brexit: Article 50 - Question (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Lilley: My Lords—

Brexit: Article 50 - Question (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Lilley: My Lords, given that the other place threw out the withdrawal agreement largely because of the backstop, that the governing majority then deputed the Government to replace the backstop, that the EU itself has said that if we leave with no withdrawal agreement there will not be a hard border in Northern Ireland and that the EU never reaches an agreement until the last minute, is it not clear...

Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: My Lords, the amendment tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, and others of the same gist are remarkable. In my 35 years in Parliament, I do not recall Parliament ever having subjected any trade agreement negotiated by the European Union to the level of scrutiny which it is proposed that future trade agreements negotiated by ourselves should be subjected. This is remarkable...

Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: Perhaps the World Customs Organization knows nothing about customs, but we have to reach the judgments that we can, and certainly under the REX system the fees that the noble Baroness referred to will not have to be paid, as I understand it. However, again, I ask the Minister to confirm that. Finally, the noble Lord, Lord Davies, waxed eloquent about the single market. I take that as personal...

Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: It is always a pleasure to be patronised by the noble Lord, Lord Davies. As someone who passed only parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Institute of Statisticians exams, I suppose that I must give way to him if he passed part 4. I fully know the difference. If he looks, for example, at a group of countries which are at a similar level of development to ours and which trade with the EU single market, he...

Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: It is quite true that other countries within the single market have increased their exports to each other more than we have—but that is not purely because of differences in productivity. Indeed, our GDP over most of that period has grown rather more rapidly than that of many other members of the single market. I do not know what the factors are but I would not just assume that it is all due...

Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on introducing this debate and focusing on rules of origin, which is the main complexity that will arise with trading goods. I suggest that this should not be exaggerated. It is the big difference between free trade areas and customs unions but I note that the Swiss, who have a free trade agreement with the EU—not a customs union—do not seem to be too...

Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: I am not sure that I said any of the things that I think the noble Lord is both telling me I said and that are not true. I suspect what he said is true but it is not what I said. Forgive me if I do not really respond to his point, which I do not fully understand. My point was that there is the pan-Euro-Med convention which has the same rules of origin among all the countries. Cumulation is...

Brexit: Support for Remaining in the EU - Question (16 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: My Lords—

Brexit: Support for Remaining in the EU - Question (16 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: Does my noble friend agree that it is very important to keep one’s word? Does he recall the then Prime Minister saying at the beginning of the referendum campaign: “When the British people speak, their voice will be respected—not ignored. If we vote to leave, then we will leave. There will not be another renegotiation and another referendum”? That was endorsed by all sides of the campaign.

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (3rd Day) (14 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to follow a thoughtful speech from the noble Earl. The Prime Minister claims there is no alternative to her deal—but there is. It is not mine, not Jeremy Corbyn’s—whatever that is—but Donald Tusk’s Canada-style free trade deal he offered in March and repeated in October. As he said, that is the only deal compatible with leaving the customs union and...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (9 Jan 2019)

Lord Lilley: Does the noble Lord intend to have a referendum every two and a half years?

Brexit: Bank of England Report - Private Notice Question (29 Nov 2018)

Lord Lilley: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that the report assumes that imports into this country will decline by 15% because of what it calls additional customs checks? However, customs checks are carried out on the basis of risk. The customs computer selects 1% of consignments for physical checks. The head of Customs and Excise and the head of sanitary and phytosanitary services have said that...

Brexit: Economic Forecast - Question (28 Nov 2018)

Lord Lilley: My Lords, is it not a myth that there is a conflict between democratic control of our laws and prosperity? In fact, democracy and prosperity go hand in hand, because in a democracy, if the Government do not deliver prosperity, the people can chuck them out. But the EU is not like that. Its principal economic policy, the euro, has been a disaster which has deprived millions of young people...

Brexit: Proposed Agreement - Question (14 Nov 2018)

Lord Lilley: My Lords, will my noble friend confirm that, if Parliament rejects this agreement—as may well be the case given that the opposition to it spans the vast gulf between a brace of Johnsons—taxpayers will save £40 billion, which could be spent on taxpayers’ priorities? The second consequence is that we would trade on World Trade Organization terms, which should not be frightening. I say...

Brexit: Preparedness for EU Exit - Private Notice Question (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Lilley: My Lords, can my noble friend confirm—since I am sure that, like me, he has in fact read the report, unlike many who are going on newspaper reports of the report—that it is about process and does not forecast any of these chaotic outcomes? It accepts that customs will prioritise flow over compliance, that there will not, therefore, be delays and that there will be no change in risks in...


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