Results 1–20 of 1969 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Baron

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

John Baron: Does the hon. Lady agree that, whichever option we choose, it is important that we do not break the 1,000-year link between the Governments of the country and this site, and that we should therefore have a debating Chamber on this site while the restoration works continue?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

John Baron: Will the Minister give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

John Baron: May I briefly take the Minister back to amendments 381 and 400? I thank him for his kind words about amendment 400, and for his work on the Bill. He will know that I did not put my name to amendment 381, but I will support amendment 400 so long as that power will be used only in extremis and for the shortest possible time. We have had an assurance on that from the Prime Minister at the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

John Baron: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

John Baron: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

John Baron: Before the hon. Gentleman whips himself up into too much of a state of pessimism, may I gently remind him that inward investment is at a record high? If anything, it has picked up recently. In addition, because the EU has no free trade deals with big trading partners such as the US, China, Australia and New Zealand, and neither do we. That has not prevented trade from being conducted...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Dec 2017)

John Baron: And a merry Christmas to you as well, Mr Speaker. The Prime Minister has just given an assurance that amendment 400 will be used only in extremis and for a very short period of time. May I press her to be more specific? Will she assure the House that if the power is used at all, it will be used only for a matter of weeks, or for a couple of months at most? There is a concern that it could...

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?


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