Results 1–20 of 6696 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Hilary Benn

EU Exit Negotiations (15 Nov 2018)

Hilary Benn: The Prime Minister has once again told the House that we will be leaving the customs union, but the truth is that we will be remaining in a customs union, both in the transition and in the backstop arrangement, which can be ended only with the agreement of the EU. The truth is also that the only way to protect jobs, investment and an open border in Northern Ireland in the long term is to...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice (13 Nov 2018)

Hilary Benn: This has been a very constructive and helpful debate, and it greatly illustrates the power of the House to concentrate the mind of the Government. I would say to the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), who has just sat down, that I do not think Parliament doing its job is coercing the Government; it is Parliament doing its job. I accept, as my right hon. and learned...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice (13 Nov 2018)

Hilary Benn: I absolutely bow to the right hon. and learned Gentleman’s expertise. I was going to make a second point, which may offer Ministers some comfort: also by definition, the legal advice the motion seeks to have released has not yet been written, because we do not yet have a withdrawal agreement. Only when we have a withdrawal agreement will advice be written about what it means, to advise...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice (13 Nov 2018)

Hilary Benn: I will, and then I shall bring my remarks to a close.

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice (13 Nov 2018)

Hilary Benn: I take the hon. Gentleman’s point, but I think the House agrees that there could not be a difference between the two, for reasons that Government Members have clearly set out. These are unique circumstances. It seems to me that, in his typically elegant way, the Minister went a long way towards meeting the requirements of the motion. If it is pressed to a vote, I hope he follows the...

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Centenary of the Armistice (6 Nov 2018)

Hilary Benn: I want to speak about two men who never came home from the great war: my great uncle Oliver Williams Benn and George Edwin Ellison. Oliver was little spoken of in our family when I was growing up, I suspect because the pain of his loss was still too raw despite the passing of the years. What we do know about him now is thanks to my son James, who wrote a book about his life. He was...

Leaving the Eu: Rights of EU Citizens (5 Nov 2018)

Hilary Benn: If the UK leaves the EU in March with no deal, and if, as the Minister has told the House this afternoon, employers will not be required to make any additional checks other than asking for an EU passport, she has in effect told the House that free movement will continue after we have left the European Union. Will she now address the question that the Chair of the Select Committee asked her:...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Leasehold Charges (5 Nov 2018)

Hilary Benn: Leaseholders in several private blocks in Leeds are being asked to pay huge bills to deal with unsafe cladding. The cost is between £10,000 and £28,000 for each leaseholder at Skyline Apartments, and the total cost of replacing the cladding in the Saxton development could be as high as £8 million. Given that my constituents are being asked to pay money that they do not have to...

Nuclear Treaty: Us Withdrawal (25 Oct 2018)

Hilary Benn: President Trump’s decision to withdraw unilaterally from hard-won international agreements, including the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal, is cause for concern. I agree with the Minister that states need to honour the commitments they have entered into, but does he agree that it sends a damaging message about the need for international agreements to solve the problems of...

Exiting the European Union: Leaving the EU (25 Oct 2018)

Hilary Benn: Last Sunday, when the Secretary of State was asked on “The Andrew Marr Show” how long the proposed UK-wide customs backstop might last, he said: “It could be time-limited, there could be another mechanism.” Whichever of the two it turns out to be, can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that the backstop—if needed—would not be terminated before the...

October EU Council (22 Oct 2018)

Hilary Benn: The Economic Secretary invited me earlier to put this question to the Prime Minister, so I will. He told the House that he expected the negotiations on the future partnership to be concluded by December 2020. The Prime Minister has just spoken about a short extension of the implementation period, but the Government said back in June, when they published their backstop proposals, that they...

Leaving the Eu: Meaningful Vote (22 Oct 2018)

Hilary Benn: Having read the Secretary of State’s memorandum to the Procedure Committee, and paragraph 13 in particular, may I point out to him that the Exiting the European Union Select Committee’s recommendation on amendments to the withdrawal agreement motion is that these be taken before the vote on the main question, not after? That is the issue. Will he take this opportunity to accept...

EU Customs Union and Draft Withdrawal Agreement: Cost (22 Oct 2018)

Hilary Benn: The Minister told the House a moment ago that the Government expect the negotiations on the future relationship to be concluded by December 2020. However, when the Government published their backstop proposal for Northern Ireland, they said that they expected those negotiations to be concluded at the latest by December 2021. Which of those two dates represents Government policy?

EU Exit Negotiations (15 Oct 2018)

Hilary Benn: In the paper that was published on 7 June, proposing a way to keep an open border in Northern Ireland, the Government said that their temporary customs arrangement would be in place “until the future customs arrangement can be introduced”. The Prime Minister has just reminded the House that she expects those arrangements to be in place by December 2021 at the latest—which,...

Government Overseas Aid Commitment: Private Investment: EU Exit Negotiations (9 Oct 2018)

Hilary Benn: The more no deal technical notices that the Secretary of State published over the summer, the more he confirmed as correct the judgment of the Select Committee that a no deal Brexit would be chaotic and damaging. My question, however, relates to the outstanding issue in the negotiations, namely agreeing a legally operable and sound backstop to keep an open border in Northern Ireland. Given...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Hilary Benn: rose—

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