Results 61–80 of 5940 for speaker:John Martin McDonnell

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I believe that under a comprehensive customs union agreement, it is so much more unlikely that there would be any need for that fall-back position, and we would be able to offer permanency in an agreement rather than something that is a defective insurance policy. Others may agree with the Chancellor on his initial assessment, and, in that case, I cannot see why this arrangement—

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Let me press on. A variety of commentators have criticised the Prime Minister’s proposals, none more scathing than Mervyn King, the former Governor of the Bank of England. Leaving aside his description of the Government’s handling of this issue as “incompetence of a high order”, overall he says: “It simply beggars belief that a government could be hell-bent on a deal that hands over...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: We will have a say in the future of those trade deals in our relationship with the European Union, and it will reflect the size of our economy and its contribution to the European Union overall.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Let me press on now. My fourth and final point is the vulnerability of our economy to a bad Brexit, and, indeed, the vulnerability of so many of our people—the people we represent. The Prime Minister’s deal does not give the certainty our country needs. Even the trickle of muted support from businesses when the deal was first done has now been replaced by a deafening silence. That is...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I thank the Father of the House for his intervention. Let me make this clear. First, we want a permanent customs union, and we want to ensure we have a future say in future trade deals that reflects the strength and size of our economy. Secondly, we want a close collaborative relationship with the single market, which we believe we can achieve, but we also want the ongoing protection of...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I will press on. I think I have been fairly generous in giving way.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I think the hon. Gentleman has already intervened twice. That is absolute generosity. I will press on, because I know that many other Members wish to speak. The Government need to recognise what motivated the Brexit vote. Over time, industries that sustained whole communities around the country have been destroyed or allowed to wither, tearing the heart out of our towns, from fishing ports...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: We need a major package, but one of the key criteria of that package is that it has to go beyond London and the south-east. It has to ensure that we invest in our regions, coastal towns and small towns—not just the cities. It has to bring everyone with us, as the result of a prosperous economy where prosperity is shared by everybody. Labour has set out our stall. We stand for change, for...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (28 Nov 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: (Urgent Question): To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government’s publication of the economic and fiscal analysis of various Brexit scenarios.

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (28 Nov 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: The Chancellor promised us that the House would have a detailed economic analysis of the options ahead of the meaningful vote on Brexit. The least we could expect is that, instead of touring the broadcast studios, the Chancellor would be here himself to present an oral statement on the information. Let us be clear. We are now in the ludicrous position of seeing an analysis produced today on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (6 Nov 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: There are reports that the Cabinet has been briefed on a possible deal with the EU that includes a customs union that can be ended through a review mechanism at any stage in the future. So after two years of uncertainty, of business holding back investment and of jobs relocated abroad, we are now presented with a fudge that gives no guarantees on a long-term basis of our future trading...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (6 Nov 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Well, it is interesting, because the Chancellor knows then that a free trade agreement without a permanent customs union will not protect our economy from the damage that a hard Brexit would cause, so to guarantee frictionless supply chains, we need a secure, permanent customs union with the EU. Businesses and workers are looking to the Chancellor to fight their corner, so will he join me and...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (30 Oct 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: What deal?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (30 Oct 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Four weeks ago, the Prime Minister promised to end austerity. She raised people’s hopes—the hopes of teachers that they would no longer have to rely on begging letters to parents to fund the running of their schools; the hopes of police officers that the safer neighbourhood teams would return to tackle the rise in violent crime; and the hopes of local councillors of all political parties...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (30 Oct 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: To be absolutely clear, the Chancellor gave the impression yesterday that there would be no departmental cuts, but the Resolution Foundation has said that, although some Departments will be protected, others will have a 3% cut as a result. I call that continuing austerity. Ending austerity is about more than that; it is about ending and repairing some of the damage that has been inflicted on...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (30 Oct 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: We are currently seeing local councils—the first wave has been Conservative—virtually going into administration. That must say something about the impact of a 50% cut in local government funding over the last eight years. People no longer accept the trickle-down economics that has gripped the Tory party for four decades.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (30 Oct 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I will in due course. The Parliamentary Private Secretary has done his job and handed out the briefings and questions to everyone. I respect the hon. Gentleman for his diligence and I will allow some interventions but, to be frank, people out there are fed up with parliamentary banter and want a debate that reflects the real world. People no longer accept the trickle-down economics that has...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (30 Oct 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: A former Local Government Minister gets to his feet in this House and does not express a word of apology for what the Government have done to local government. For some time, I have had concerns about the nature of the whole debate on austerity. First, many—I accept not all—in the Conservative party seem to have no appreciation of what austerity has meant and continues to mean for our...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (30 Oct 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: Not at the moment, if the hon. Gentleman does not mind. What shocked me yesterday was that the Chancellor delivered a Budget that so clearly failed to address the desperate needs of our society after eight years of austerity. Let us look at just some elements of the human cost of austerity and what the Chancellor brought forward in the Budget.


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