Results 1–20 of 1285 for speaker:Lord Mandelson

Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past - Statement (20 Jul 2021)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, it must be right in principle that every family bereaved in the conflict should have access to an effective investigation and meaningful process of justice, regardless of the perpetrator. This, rightly, has guided every Government since the Good Friday agreement. However, in practice, we must be honest with ourselves that effective, conclusive investigations in the numbers demanded...

Northern Ireland and Great Britain: Trade - Question (25 Mar 2021)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, the Government are in real danger of blundering around in Northern Ireland on these sensitive trade issues. The unionists feel, understandably, that putting a trade border down the Irish Sea is a betrayal of their community. To mitigate this, will the Government seek a Swiss-style veterinary agreement with the European Union, which would eliminate many—not all, but many—of the...

Covid-19: Orchestras and Cultural Venues - Private Notice Question (1 Jul 2020)

Lord Mandelson: I declare my interest as chair of the Design Museum in its new premises in the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington. Perhaps I may acknowledge the emergency short-term help that has been offered by the Government to national portfolio organisations, but this amounts to £90 million spread over 800 cultural organisations, and therefore inevitably it is being spread very thinly....

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness, with whom I have seen eye to eye on almost all business questions—certainly the majority of them—in the past. Before I comment briefly on the Bill itself, I shall make two preliminary remarks. The first is that, as a former Northern Ireland Secretary, I strongly endorse the remarks and arguments made by my noble friend Lord Hain. He...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Mandelson: Nor am I. I am not so sure that we should just push them all to one side as though they have absolutely no potential whatever. That is not my view. My view is that they are not realisable in the foreseeable future and that, in the meantime, we would put the Good Friday agreement and the peace process in Northern Ireland in great jeopardy in a way that would be unjustified and unforgivable....

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Mandelson: I do not remember any of those intricacies, highways and byways being set out by anyone at the time or since—but, of course, the House will be interested in what the noble Baroness has to say. The fact that any possibility of maintaining frictionless trade has been explicitly excluded by the Government is extremely serious for the manufacturing sector in this country and the long-term...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Mandelson: Perhaps my recollection is at fault, but I do not remember a huge amount of debate about the respective merits of a soft and hard Brexit, let alone a no-deal Brexit. In conclusion, I do not think that you can arrive at a clear choice about how we leave the European Union by means of a general election in which so many issues, subjects and personalities are at play. We should look to a...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, I must say I am slightly lost for words and do not know quite what to say in—.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Mandelson: I think it is the turn of this side, but there is plenty of time.

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Mandelson: I should have been on that list.

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Mandelson: What a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Heseltine, with his wounding insight and sagacity. I agree with him that this White Paper will not endure as a basis of our negotiation with the European Union, and I shall come back to that in a moment. It has served, in my view, one very useful and significant purpose already. It has completely buried the idea of a Canada-style bilateral free...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, this House has already voted in favour of the customs union to stop the imposition of trade barriers that would decimate our manufacturing base. We did so, I suggest, with the tacit support of half the Cabinet, and a majority of Conservative MPs, including in her dreams, I suspect, the Prime Minister. We have to do the same for Britain’s services industries as well. Unlike...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (30 Jan 2018)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, the noble Lord squeezed in very enjoyably. Following the referendum in 2016, as much as I regretted the result, I took the view that it must be upheld. I believed that the Government should deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union and that the duty of Parliament, including of this House, was to facilitate that. I no longer believe that to be axiomatic. The Government cannot...

Industrial Strategy - Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2018)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, I am very glad to follow the Minister, who set out the vision of the White Paper rather well. I hope noble Lords will forgive me if I do not dwell at any length on Brexit. That will at least allow me to agree with the Prime Minister on one thing—that the UK is facing much deeper economic challenges than simply its poor cyclical economic growth or squeezed living standards, bad as...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (28 Jun 2017)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, in the spirit of the noble Lord’s plea for cross-party agreement, perhaps I may say how much I agree with his successor as Chancellor of the Exchequer. I agree with Philip Hammond when he said that we cannot retain the trade advantages of EU membership without shouldering certain costs and compromises. These are precisely the costs and compromises which the Government’s...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Mandelson: Sorry, but would my noble friend allow me?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Mandelson: With great respect, we would not be mere recipients. We would be large, senior, influential members of the EEA negotiating our membership of it on terms that would give us significant influence over policy-making and rule-making in the European Union. Everyone accepts that and I cannot understand why my own Front Bench cannot see it.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, I am very pleased to follow the noble Baroness because, with her sharpness and clarity, she has brought this debate back to earth with a bump. Yes, whether we stay in the single market goes to the heart of the Brexit debate but, much more importantly, it goes to the heart of our future prosperity as a country—the lives, livelihoods, jobs and standards of living of all our fellow...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Mandelson: Why am I not fighting to keep us in the European Union? My word. Judging by my email inbox, the noble Lord must be the only person in the country who does not believe that I am fighting for Britain’s continued membership of the European Union. Of course being a democrat, I respect—oh, there is no point his waving his hand in that Edwardian way. I am afraid that we have had a referendum,...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Mandelson: My Lords, it is not a question of everything being hunky-dory, but of how desperately worse off we would be were we not to remain in the single market. For goodness’ sake, let us apply a little reality to this. Even President Trump may wake up one day and realise that, given the nature of 21st-century trade in the world today, 40% of the content of Mexican exports to the US actually...


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