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Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Peace in Northern Ireland (30 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: There is widespread disquiet among Unionists about the proposed deal, because of the concept of a border down the Irish sea. Does my right hon. Friend agree that when the UK comes out of the interim period and has a free trade agreement, Northern Ireland can have absolute equal status with the whole of the rest of the UK if mutual enforcement is introduced both north and south of the border?...

TB in Cattle and Badgers — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (23 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: rose—

TB in Cattle and Badgers — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (23 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: I will make a point briefly. Will the Government look at evidence from other countries, particularly Ireland, where the evidence is quite contrary to what the SNP spokesperson— the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock)—said, in that there is no intention of eliminating a species? This process is about getting the population per kilometre down to a level whereby the...

TB in Cattle and Badgers — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (23 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. I congratulate the hon. Member for High Peak (Ruth George) on securing this important debate and the measured manner in which she spoke. I take issue with the idea that there is a battle between badger welfare and culling. I have told numerous people this, and many of them laugh, but I am probably the only person in this Chamber...

Business of the House (22 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: We have just had the Second Reading of an extraordinarily important Bill, and Mr Speaker set a four-minute limit on Back-Bench speeches but, lo and behold, the Labour party could not put up enough speakers in the last hour. The Opposition have made an offer, and my right hon. Friend should take it up, because I do not think that they have the skills and the numbers to talk through the night,...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith); we share a Christian name—I think we are the only two Members of Parliament with the name—and I share his concerns about Northern Ireland, which I will come to in a minute, but I do not think we have that much else in common. People are looking at this debate absolutely exasperated; people were told that this...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: I totally agree with my hon. Friend. It was also wicked to promise the people that we would respect their judgment and not deliver it. So this Bill does begin to bring laws back. It does not yet begin to bring money back, but there is, I am pleased to say, with this version light at the end of the tunnel, which is a free trade agreement, which is where we should have gone from the very...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: Could my right hon. Friend give us his best estimate of what he thinks the bill will be?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: Will the Prime Minister give the House a categorical assurance that we will not make the mistake of the 1970s and use our marine resources and fish stocks as a bargaining chip to be traded during the upcoming negotiations? Will he guarantee that we will take total, 100% control of all our waters and resources within the exclusive economic zone and, like any other independent marine nation,...

Preparations for Leaving the European Union (21 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: Following on from the comments made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Wokingham (John Redwood), I entirely agree that there is no such thing as no deal; there is not leaving with a formal withdrawal agreement and with a whole lot of side deals. Will my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster make a point of publicising those deals to educate the Opposition? Will he...

Business of the House (21 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: Mr Speaker, I accepted your earlier statement, and I agreed entirely with you on substance, but I do not entirely agree with you on circumstances. Because the House passed the amendment put forward by my right hon. and very old Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin)—who put it forward, I am sure, with the very best intentions—that has driven 17.4 million people into a...

Northern Ireland: Restoring Devolution (21 Oct 2019)

Owen Paterson: I totally sympathise with the Secretary of State and his predecessor, who have time and again come to this Chamber to say, “We want to see the institutions up and running,” which we all do. We see today, with the meeting breaking up in disarray in less than an hour, the task that faces him. At the same time, we see outcomes of public services in Northern Ireland falling behind the rest of...

Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate (26 Sep 2019)

Owen Paterson: It is a great pleasure to follow my near neighbour from Wrexham, though sadly in the time available I will not pick up his points. I would like to pick up on the early intervention by the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon), who mentioned an horrific attack this afternoon using the word “fascist”. I must sadly remind her that there is balance on both sides. I am a member of the European...

Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate (26 Sep 2019)

Owen Paterson: Totally understood. The hon. Lady reported this horrendous and completely unacceptable incident. I was making the point that all of us should watch our language, but sadly one of her colleagues compared the ERG to Nazis. If you google “ERG fascists”, you get 227,000 results, and if you google “ERG extremists”, you get 176,000. We in the ERG would like a system of government where...

Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate (26 Sep 2019)

Owen Paterson: I entirely endorse what my hon. Friend says. People come up to me the whole time. The words that I get so frequently are, “Just get on with it.” Let us take up an earlier intervention. We are talking about normalisation. Our sales of goods and services are a bit over 13%. It is inconceivable that, even if we did have no deal—do not forget that on page 36 of our manifesto, we said that,...

Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate (26 Sep 2019)

Owen Paterson: I am grateful to the hon. and learned Lady for offering me the chance to intervene. The point I would make is that we have had this huge national drama over the past couple of weeks as to whether the Prorogation will be ended, because so many Members of Parliament were so extremely zealous to attend and to address the issue of Brexit. But if we look at the Opposition Benches, there are almost...

Prime Minister's Update (25 Sep 2019)

Owen Paterson: The people were told in the general election in 2015, during the passage of the European Union Referendum Bill through this House and during the referendum itself that we, the MPs, would give them the decision, that it would be a final decision and that whatever the result was, we, the MPs, would honour it. The crisis we have is that for the first time ever, the people have not obediently...

Prime Minister's Update (25 Sep 2019)

Owen Paterson: rose—

Prime Minister's Update (25 Sep 2019)

Owen Paterson: Does the Prime Minister agree that the only way to resolve this crisis is to leave the European Union on 31 October by taking back control, leaving the customs union, leaving the single market and leaving the remit of the European Court of Justice, as we promised in our election manifesto?

Thomas Cook (25 Sep 2019)

Owen Paterson: I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement. I especially liked the passage on employees, having received a call today from a constituent who was a senior employee of Thomas Cook Airlines and has been made redundant. He is, quite rightly, seriously aggrieved that directors of Thomas Cook Airlines are continuing to function as directors of Thomas Cook Condor, and to be remunerated. My right...


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