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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

John Baron: I rise to address amendment 7, in particular, which I hope the Committee will reject if it is put to a vote. However, may I first quickly put on record an exchange I had with the Father of the House—I am sorry he is not in the Chamber. In his usual courteous manner, he suggested that I had misquoted him when I said he had once said: “I look forward to the day when the Westminster...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

John Baron: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. We are trying to negotiate a good deal, but it takes two to tango. The amendment leaves open the door for the other side not to try to negotiate a good deal, knowing that it could drag out the negotiations and therefore prevent, at least until this Parliament were to accept the deal, our leaving the EU. If that was the case—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

John Baron: I will in a second if I can just finish my point. If that was the case, it would be an outrage with regard to the result of the EU referendum, in which over 17 million people voted to leave with the best possible deal. Those 17 million people had no third option on the ballot paper. There was not an option of staying in a semi-permanent state of negotiating limbo while talks progressed over...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

John Baron: In a second; I will tell my hon. Friend when I am ready. Such a limbo would not be business-friendly as it would continue to create uncertainty when business wants certainty on a deal for making investment decisions. I now give way to my hon. Friend.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

John Baron: I can help my hon. Friend with her confusion, because the point is very simple. If an amendment suggests that the option is left open for the other side in any negotiation not to negotiate in good faith, so that this Parliament does not sanction the deal because it is not a good deal, that will delay our exit. It is very straightforward. It takes two to tango in a negotiation. I suggest that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

John Baron: May I suggest that amendment 7, as presently drafted—this is central to my right hon. Friend’s point—has a major deficiency, because it could leave things in a permanent state of limbo? There is no incentive on the EU’s side to help to negotiate a good deal that is acceptable to this Parliament, which means that we could be left in deadlock for a period of years. I...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

John Baron: My right hon. and learned Friend will know that I have never participated in any of that sort of language. May I gently put it to him that amendment 7 leaves open at least the possibility that, given that the EU does not want any member to leave and that there is therefore no incentive for it to negotiate a good deal that would be acceptable to this Parliament, we could find ourselves in a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

John Baron: I respect my right hon. and learned Friend’s consistency on this issue. He is on public record as having once said that he looks forward to the day when the Westminster Parliament will be nothing more than a council chamber of the European Parliament. When my right hon. and learned Friend says that leavers did not know what they were voting for, he risks sounding very condescending,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

John Baron: Many of us hear what the right hon. Lady says about the Henry VIII clauses and the power grab, but does she not accept that the quid pro quo of that is that, while many in this House were quite happy for the EU to conduct a power grab, they seem less trusting of their own Government when it comes to these clauses?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Public Services: West Midlands (6 Dec 2017)

John Baron: Yesterday, the all-party parliamentary group on cancer held its annual Britain Against Cancer conference—the largest one-day gathering of the cancer community in the UK—to launch our report on the cancer strategy. We heard from the Government and NHS England about the many good things that are happening. But there is one issue that is causing real concern to frontline services:...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

John Baron: The Secretary of State is absolutely right to remind the House that the only way of respecting the result of the referendum is by leaving the customs union and single market, which are part and parcel of the EU. Does he accept that in any negotiation there will be ups and downs, and that we should remember that both sides in this negotiation have agreed to the principle that nothing is agreed...

Exiting the Eu: Costs (29 Nov 2017)

John Baron: Most of us—certainly those of us on the Conservative Benches—accept that a good trade deal is better than no deal, that there is always give and take in a negotiation, and that it is important that we meet our financial commitments. However, does the Minister accept that this issue is largely a storm in a teacup, because nothing is agreed until everything is agreed? It is...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination (15 Nov 2017)

John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will publish (a) an assessment and (b) data supporting the responses to the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation's consultation on extending HPV vaccination to boys; and how many and what proportion of submissions reported that vaccination.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Nov 2017)

John Baron: No serious negotiation would normally allow one side to try to dictate financial terms before the wider terms were known. In preparing to embrace the world when it comes to trade through World Trade Organisation rules, will the Prime Minister please ignore the siren voices and defeatist voices who got “Project Fear 1” wrong and our need to join the euro wrong?

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

John Baron: Does my hon. Friend agree that those who accuse the Government of a power grab would be very happy for unelected EU officials to continue to exercise these powers, rather than an elected Government accountable to this elected Parliament?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Analysis (7 Nov 2017)

John Baron: This is a storm in a teacup. Given the extent of the analysis, the timeframe seems reasonable, because if an incomplete picture was presented, the Opposition would be the first to criticise and to suggest that we were hiding something. I also suggest to the Minister that we should not want to weaken our negotiating hand.


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