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Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am most grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for allowing me to intervene. I would like him to explain in some detail whether or not the proposals that he is asking the House to vote on tonight protect the Good Friday/Belfast agreement in all its parts, and particularly the consent principle, which is guaranteed in the withdrawal agreement—the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal—on page 307.

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman allow me to intervene?

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: That is very gracious of the right hon. and learned Gentleman, and no surprise; it is characteristic of him. He has been a great friend to Northern Ireland. He mentioned Northern Ireland earlier in his comments, but he did not spend enough time talking about his assessment of the constitutional risk faced by Northern Ireland if—heaven forbid—the United Kingdom were to leave the European...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The Secretary of State will be well aware, as will other Members, that Northern Ireland has not had a functioning Assembly for over two years. We have had no Ministers in Northern Ireland for over two years. This House, including the Members of the Democratic Unionist party, must therefore give due weight to the serious warning issued last week by the head of the Northern Ireland civil...

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am most grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for taking an intervention. Will he take a moment to reflect on the advice given by the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who has asked for over 300 additional police officers? Quite rightly, the Government have acceded to his request. He has also taken off the market three unused border police stations that were up for...

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: Will the hon. and learned Lady give way?

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am very grateful indeed to the right hon. Gentleman for allowing me to intervene, because it gives me an opportunity to remind him of the many opportunities that he took during the EU referendum campaign to assert that this country was going to take back control of its borders. May I just ask him whether he has ever visited South Armagh or Crossmaglen? How, with the greatest respect, does...

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The right hon. Gentleman is a former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, so will he explain to the many businesses, the farmers, the fishermen, the community leaders and the people of Northern Ireland who support the Prime Minister’s deal why their views do not count?

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. I have enormous regard for him, so I just ask him to confirm whether the Labour party actually supports the backstop. He will know why the Government have argued, and been consistent on the need, for the backstop: to protect the peace process and to protect Northern Ireland and, indeed, the United Kingdom from the consequences of a...

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am sorry to interrupt the right hon. Gentleman’s wonderfully poetic prose, but will he look at the wider country of the United Kingdom and explain to this House, before we vote tonight, the consequences of leaving the EU without a deal, particularly for Northern Ireland? The Leader of the Opposition could not take an intervention from me, and we need to spell out the consequences for the...

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The Prime Minister should spell it out to the House that if we do not agree a deal tonight, all the arguments that we have heard, including the Attorney General’s advice on the backstop, become academic. We will not even enter into the implementation period and begin work on the alternative arrangements to deal with the backstop if we do not get a deal. We have to get a deal to go into the...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The Minister needs to address the point raised by a number of right hon. and hon. Members about those who entered the scheme in good faith with the legitimate expectation that it would last for 20 years on a particular tariff. How do the Government square that and address that really key point?

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The Minister, in response to a number of interventions, has repeatedly relied on data and detailed figures. Can he confirm that they are not in secret documents held in confidence within the Department for the Economy, and that they could be made public tonight and put in the House of Commons Library? I ask for the calculations to be published in the House of Commons Library within the next...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The Minister said that the figures have been published. What I would really like are the calculations underlying those figures. We need to know how the figures were arrived at. Are those calculations in the public domain or can they be put in the public domain? That is what I would like to see.

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: It is crucial that we tease out the details before we give our approval—if we give our approval—to this Bill. In the wind-up, I would particularly like the Minister to give further detail on what the Secretary of State said about how the Department for the Economy will seek support for affected participants: those who invested in the renewable heat incentive scheme in good faith. She...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Bill (6 Mar 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for allowing me to intervene. I have received a large number of emails mostly, if not exclusively, from individuals who are not constituents of mine but who feel extremely aggrieved by the proposals in this legislation. They entered into the RHI scheme in good faith and feel that they are now being unfairly penalised. I would like the Secretary of State...


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