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Results 161–180 of 5289 for speaker:Nigel Dodds

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (30 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: In relation to budgetary matters, the Secretary of State will be aware of the massive extra boost to the block grant as a result of the confidence and supply arrangement. Will she ensure that the Northern Ireland Office works closely with devolved Departments to ensure that progress is made on all blockages to the proper roll-out of all that money, and the other major infrastructure projects...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Devolved Government (30 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: In relation to devolved issues more generally, does the Secretary of State accept that there could be a greater role for Assembly Members, who are currently not meeting, in input into decision making and policy making in Northern Ireland? It is deplorable that certain elected representatives from Northern Ireland do not take their places here, and that the same party refuses to get the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: In recent days we have heard the Irish Prime Minister talk about bringing his troops up to the border in the event of no deal. We have heard the Irish Deputy Foreign Minister talking of people jumping out of windows. Is not this highly reckless talk extremely dangerous in the present circumstances? That sort of rhetoric should be toned down and we should instead focus on what Michel Barnier...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (29 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. We represent 10 seats in Northern Ireland, the hon. Member for North Down (Lady Hermon) represents one other, and there are others who represent a different point of view but who refuse to take their seats in this House, and it is quite frankly outrageous—I am, I believe, speaking on behalf of both communities in Northern Ireland—to say that this vote...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (29 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: It is a privilege to follow the right hon. Member for Esher and Walton (Dominic Raab). Let me say at the outset that we have had very good discussions with the Government and, indeed, with Back Benchers in both parties in recent days, and that, for the reasons that he gave, we agree that the right approach is to vote for amendment (n) in order to give the Prime Minister the backing that will...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (29 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: That is absolutely right, and I urge Members on both sides to read what Lord Bew has said. He voted remain, he is a supporter of the Good Friday agreement; read what he said about this, instead of listening to some of the myths that are about. For instance there is the myth that the open border is part of the Good Friday agreement—the Belfast agreement. The Belfast agreement does not...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (29 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: I welcome what the Prime Minister has said about the need to address the issue of the Northern Ireland backstop, which she is quite right to emphasise as the primary problem. I also welcome the fact that she has said in terms that she will go back and seek the reopening of the withdrawal agreement. She can be assured of our support in trying to find a solution that avoids any hard border on...

Northern Ireland: Security Situation (21 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: I join the Secretary of State in saying that parties and communities across Northern Ireland are utterly united in their condemnation of this terrible event. I also join her in praising the work of the PSNI and the emergency services, who have provided and continue to provide safety and security on the streets of Northern Ireland. I also welcome what the Secretary of State said about this...

Leaving the EU (21 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: May I join the Prime Minister in her words about the despicable and reckless attack in Londonderry at the weekend? It was carried out, of course, by the republican terrorists responsible for the murder of prison officers David Black in 2012 and Adrian Ismay in March 2016. These people have nothing to offer anyone in Northern Ireland, and are rejected right across the board. On Brexit, I thank...

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

Nigel Dodds: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The result of the motion of no confidence tonight illustrates the importance of the confidence and supply arrangement currently in place between—[Interruption.] I am always delighted when our opponents illustrate the strength of that relationship and what it is delivering for Northern Ireland; and when the people of Northern Ireland see that investment in...

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

Nigel Dodds: May I say, however, that the confidence and supply arrangement is of course built upon delivering Brexit on the basis of our shared priorities, and for us that is the Union, and we want to deliver Brexit, taking back control of our laws, our borders and our money, and leave the European Union as one country? Let us work in the coming days to achieve that objective.

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

Nigel Dodds: Since yesterday evening, I have been struck by how many hon. Members have been assiduous in their entreaties that my hon. Friends and I should be present to speak in this debate and to vote in the Lobby in support of the Government in order to prevent a general election. Indeed, some of those entreaties have even come from the Government side of the House. [Laughter.] Never mind the people in...

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

Nigel Dodds: Does the Prime Minister agree that, whatever one’s view of this withdrawal agreement and whatever arguments people deploy, we should not be using the peace or the political process in Northern Ireland as arguments for voting for this deal or for voting against it? Does she agree that that is completely and utterly out of order, and will she make that clear to all her Cabinet colleagues as well?

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

Nigel Dodds: On this point about the legal effect and what the Prime Minister said—five weeks ago today, in fact—about legally binding assurances, does not what Attorney General has just said confirm the fact that legally binding assurances have not been achieved? That is the tragedy of where we find ourselves now, after five weeks. In fact, from our point of view, the thing that would have been...

Leaving the EU (14 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: To be fair to the EU, it has made it clear that there will be no changes to the withdrawal agreement, and there is nothing in these letters that is inconsistent with the withdrawal agreement. To be fair to the Attorney General, he says in his letter today that the letters do not alter the fundamental meanings of its provisions. Five weeks since the Prime Minister pulled the vote, saying that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: I have listened with great patience to what the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has had to say, and I respect the way in which he has put his arguments. However, I have to confess to a slight degree of frustration, because these arguments and some of the issues he has raised were all put in a previous debate; after three days, the Prime Minister came to the House and said that it was...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Nigel Dodds: I promise not to intervene again, because I will deal with these points at a future date. The Minister has mentioned for the second time that there are already regulatory differences. He knows that they are extremely small in number, and that they were instituted with the democratic will of the Northern Ireland Assembly under the previous regime in Northern Ireland. They were democratically...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 Dec 2018)

Nigel Dodds: May I join with others in wishing everybody a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year? As the Prime Minister ponders over Christmas what might be done to get her withdrawal agreement through this House, can I urge her to consider the necessary changes that need to be made—not just assurances—in order to get somewhere with any realistic prospect of actually winning that vote?

European Council (17 Dec 2018)

Nigel Dodds: I am sure the Prime Minister agrees that European Council conclusions and declarations are political statements. The Council has talked about clarifications and reassurances but ruled out renegotiating, contradicting or reopening the legal text. Indeed, it even struck out language saying that the backstop did not represent a desirable outcome for the EU27. Will the Prime Minister tell us...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: National Crime Agency and Police Service of Northern Ireland (12 Dec 2018)

Nigel Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) National crime Agency and (b) PSNI on contingency preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

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