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Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

John Baron: As someone who was defeated last night by only 230 votes, may I encourage the Prime Minister to KBO and never tire of reminding the country that our good economic and one-nation record will be put at risk by a very extreme left-wing and high-taxation party?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

John Baron: I rise to speak to amendment (f) in my name and that of other right hon. and hon. Members. Briefly, it would give the UK Government the unilateral right to exit the backstop at a time of their choosing. It is very straightforward: the UK could not find itself suspended indefinitely in a backstop. If the amendment is passed, it would allow the UK to choose the time to exit, had we entered the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

John Baron: I am sorry: others want to come in. Passing amendment (f) would encourage both parties to negotiate constructively when it comes to the transition period and the trade deal, because if the EU knows that it cannot trap us in the backstop, it is more likely to constructively negotiate a trade deal for the benefit of both parties. The Prime Minister could then go back to the EU, which has a long...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

John Baron: My right hon. and learned Friend is making his case with his usual eloquence, but on that specific point and his point about airlocks, airlocks need exit mechanisms. In the absence of legal certainty that we could unilaterally leave the backstop—my amendment (f) addresses this and I will be pressing it—what certainty is there that the EU does not drag negotiations on, so that we could...

Leaving the EU (14 Jan 2019)

John Baron: The Prime Minister is aware that many of us have wished her well in these negotiations, but in the absence of any legal certainty about the UK’s right to leave the backstop unilaterally—something that my amendment (f) seeks to address—what certainty is there that the EU will not drag out the trade negotiations so that in, say, five years’ time we are still discussing the issue?

Finance (No. 3) Bill: Review of powers in consequence of EU withdrawal (8 Jan 2019)

John Baron: The right hon. Lady is being very generous in giving way, but may I encourage her to temper her dire warnings about WTO terms? There were many forecasts and predictions from business organisations, the Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund about the disastrous consequences if we voted to leave the EU in 2016, including predictions of 500,000 extra unemployed by Christmas 2016....

Finance (No. 3) Bill: Review of powers in consequence of EU withdrawal (8 Jan 2019)

John Baron: My right hon. Friend is very gracious in giving way. Does she accept that the UK trades profitably with the majority of the world’s GDP on World Trade Organisation terms? Therefore, this is not the cliff edge or crashing out that many people paint.

Finance (No. 3) Bill: Review of powers in consequence of EU withdrawal (8 Jan 2019)

John Baron: My right hon. Friend is being very gracious and I very much appreciate that. Many of us in this place—I would like to think the majority of us—would prefer a good trade deal to WTO. That is not inconsistent, but I think what my right hon. Friend misses is that on a bad deal versus WTO we have got to get the balance right, because the EU has had such a bad track record on negotiating trade...

Finance (No. 3) Bill: Review of powers in consequence of EU withdrawal (8 Jan 2019)

John Baron: Does the hon. Gentleman not acknowledge that by ruling out preparations for no deal one is in effect tying the hands of one’s negotiating team, which in effect makes a trade deal—which we all, I think, would prefer to leaving on WTO terms—more difficult to achieve and therefore makes leaving on WTO terms more likely?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Legacy Consultation (12 Dec 2018)

John Baron: In supporting the point made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois), may I remind the Secretary of State that veterans were upholding law and order in the Province and it was the terrorists who were trying to kill people? We should bear that in mind when looking at this issue as a whole.

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Baron: I speak to the amendment that stands in my name and those of my right hon. and hon. Friends. At times, although not so much in this debate, there has been a sadness of tone in these debates, but I wish to recognise how well the Prime Minister has handled herself during these testing times and commend her for that. Part of the problem is the way we have approached these negotiations from the...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Baron: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Baron: I appreciate the hon. Gentleman’s generosity. All the evidence shows that inward investment is about relative advantage. It is about lower corporation tax rates and flexible labour markets. It is about a skilled workforce and our universities. Tariffs of 3% to 5% are not as important as other factors, and I suggest that he looks at the record inward investment that we have seen in this...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

John Baron: I totally concur with what my right hon. Friend said about divided nations, but may I urge him to be cautious about relying too heavily on economic forecasts? We all remember the Treasury, the Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund predicting economic woe by Christmas 2016 if we voted to leave, with talk of 500,000 extra unemployed, a do-it-yourself economic disaster and so on....


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