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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: The hon. Member for Wells (James Heappey) mentioned consensus, and the Prime Minister said in the summer that she sought a greater degree of consensus about Brexit. I gently say to the Government that it would have been helpful if we had seen more signs of that in our debate and consideration so far. It does not help, as we heard yesterday, when a new amendment is tabled and Members who...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: The Prime Minister has accepted that in a transitional period, the European Court of Justice would govern the rules of which we are part. Will the Minister explain to the Committee how that is compatible will clauses 5 and 6, which say that the ECJ will have no further sway after exit day, which the Government propose to set as 29 March 2019? Do the Government intend to amend the Bill as it...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: My right hon. Friend’s analogy about buying a house falls down at the first hurdle, because nobody commits to a date to buy a house before they know what it is they are buying. My substantive point, however, is about the fatal weakness of his proposal, even though, as always, I respect the way in which he argues his case. When the Secretary of State appeared before the Select Committee,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: I bought mine too!

EU Exit Negotiations (13 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: I welcome the Secretary of State’s announcement that there will be primary legislation to implement the EU withdrawal agreement. That is another recognition by the Government that they need to listen to the House of Commons. The question that I want to ask is about Northern Ireland. It is becoming increasingly clear that there is a contradiction between the Government’s clearly...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Analysis (7 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: We now know what this material consists of, but I am concerned to read in a letter that the Secretary of State sent me that Ministers now intend “to collate and bring together this information in a way that is accessible and informative for the Committee.” I would expect the Committee to receive these documents in the form they were in when the motion was carried—in other...

European Economic Area: Uk Membership: Transport in the North (6 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate, along with other hon. Members. She describes recent Government announcements. Do they not make our constituents ever more conscious of the significant disparity between investment in transport in the North, and in London and the south-east? Does she agree that if we really are to have the kind of transport infrastructure we require for our...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: Passions are running rather high, but this is a deadly serious business. This is about transparency and the need for Parliament to have the information and facts it requires in order to do its job. I raised this question with the Secretary of State when I was first elected as Chair of the Exiting the European Union Committee. I asked him how he proposed to handle the sharing of information....

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: I shall come on to that point at the end of my remarks. Thirdly, it is hard to believe that all the material has the potential to undermine our negotiating position. I would be intrigued to know how reports on museums, galleries and libraries, and crafts or real estate could contain information of such sensitivity that it would create difficulties for the Secretary of State when he next meets...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

Hilary Benn: It is not for me to argue the Government’s case, but if it were a bogus forecast I would be very surprised if the Government would have put it in an assessment they had drawn up—[Interruption] Please do not tempt me on this subject. This point raises the question of why, thus far, the Government have had a blanket policy of non-publication. Having said all that, I welcome the...

Leaving the Eu: Parliamentary Vote (26 Oct 2017)

Hilary Benn: The Secretary of State told the Committee yesterday that the Government’s aim was to conclude one agreement covering the divorce, the transitional arrangements and the new deep and special partnership with the EU, but he has also accepted that the last of these has to be agreed by a different process because that deal could not be finally concluded until we had left the EU. Given that...

Leaving the Eu: Parliamentary Vote (26 Oct 2017)

Hilary Benn: Of course it was my view.

European Council (23 Oct 2017)

Hilary Benn: Can the Prime Minister explain why it is frequently said by those with whom we are negotiating that they do not know what the UK wants when it comes to a long-term deal? Does she think this has anything to do with the fact that the Cabinet appears not to have reached its own view yet about what the nature of that deal is going to be?

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Hilary Benn: As evidence mounts that leaving the EU with no deal would involve an unacceptably high price, it is also clear that although the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence improved the atmosphere, it has not broken the logjam in the negotiations. Will the Secretary of State tell the House what the Government now propose to do or to offer so that the talks can move on to phase 2 and in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Hilary Benn: In view of the Foreign Secretary’s self-declared “ruthless consistency”, will he tell the House why he now thinks that we should accept the judgments of the European Court of Justice during the transitional period that the Prime Minister has announced the UK will now seek?

Iran (16 Oct 2017)

Hilary Benn: As the right hon. Gentleman can already tell, the Government’s strong support for the deal is widely shared on both sides of the House. Does he agree, however, that among the consequences of President Trump’s announcement are, first, that it will undermine confidence in international agreements of this sort—and, as we have already heard, this agreement was painfully and...


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