Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Boris Johnson

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: This Government exist to serve the British people and this Queen’s Speech delivers on their priorities by strengthening our NHS with the biggest programme of hospital building for a generation, by putting 20,000 more police on the streets and by unlocking the potential of the whole country with new infrastructure, better education and high technology, from gigabit broadband to a new...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: Let me anticipate the point that my hon. Friend is going to make. We will also look after the interests of the 3.4 million. Labour wants to abandon immigration controls all together, to judge by what the right hon. Gentleman has just said. We back our armed services; that side were their enemies, historically. He has said he would like to disband them. We want to strengthen, and we will...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: The hon. Gentleman should support —and I hope that he will support us in the Divisions— a Government who are putting another £2.2 billion into our armed services, increasing spending on our armed services by 2.6%, investing massively in shipbuilding and taking our armed services forward. As he may know, measures will come forward as a result of the Queen’s Speech that will do more to...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: I thank my hon. Friend for everything he does to promote religious freedom around the world, and I can certainly give him that assurance. We will stand up for religious freedom in all our doings, and in all our foreign policy.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: I will give way with pleasure to my hon. Friend.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend has anticipated a point that I am about to come to, but let me deal with it out of order, as it were, and say that we will be bringing forward legislation to protect serving and former serving personnel. As he will know, the consultation on that matter has just come to an end. I have drawn several important points of distinction between this Government and the party led by the...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: I will give way, with pleasure.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: Not only can I give my hon. Friend that absolute and unequivocal guarantee, but I am delighted to say that 2 million EU nationals in this country have already registered under the EU registration system.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: I am very grateful to the right hon. Gentleman. I know that he campaigns passionately on this issue and I merely repeat what I think he would agree with: no one should escape justice for a crime he or she may have committed, but it cannot be right that people should face unfair prosecutions when no new evidence has been forthcoming, and that applies across the whole of our country. This is a...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: My right hon. Friend is completely right. What we have is a choice between a semi-Marxist, if not Marxist, Opposition that would set this country back decades and a one nation Government who understand the vital importance of wealth creation.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: I thank the hon. Lady for her question. She raises a very good point. At the heart of the Queen’s Speech is provision for a new independent environmental regulator that will invigilate this Government and any Government in the future as we achieve our climate change targets. That is how this country can hope to be carbon neutral—to be net zero—by 2050, and that is what we are going to...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: The hon. Lady raises a reasonable question. The answer is that this is the first wave—[Interruption.] Well, there are 7,000 or 8,000 being recruited this year, and the volume of applications is, I am delighted to say, very high. I believe that our approach is right.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: I am so grateful to my hon. Friend, because she gives me the opportunity to point out that it is this Government who are doubling spending on climate change to £11.6 billion over the next five years. That is a colossal sum—more than any other country—and we are leading the world in tackling climate change and setting a blistering pace for our friends and partners across the world. We are...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: May I respectfully suggest to the right hon. Gentleman that that might be a good reason—if it were true, which it is not—for his party to support a deal. I must say that I find it most peculiar that the leader of the Liberal Democrats has been off to see Mr Barnier in Brussels to beg him not to give this country a deal. That is a really quite extraordinary state of affairs. We believe in...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: Including, particularly, Cheltenham.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend is entirely right. That is why there is a massive increase not just in primary school funding, not just in secondary school funding, but in SEND funding across the country, giving local people the power to set up special educational needs schools where they desire. We will fund them, and we will support them.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. Of course, that is not the only act of wanton expropriation—theft by the public sector of the private sector—that is envisaged, because Labour wants a massive £196 billion programme of nationalisation. That is the destruction that it would wreak on the UK economy. By contrast, we want to boost the productivity of the whole UK with massive investment. We...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: The destruction that Labour would do to business is, I think, the single gravest concern that this country faces—far greater than any fears that business may have had about a no-deal Brexit. Worst of all for the certainty and confidence of business is what this Opposition would do were they ever to obtain power, because they would simply delay Brexit with yet more paralysis and pointless...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: I reassure the hon. Gentleman by saying that the trade Bill is in the Queen’s Speech, so I very much hope that we can count on his support in voting for any deal we might secure and in getting Brexit done.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend is completely right, and the entire country is yearning for this House to come together and to work together to get Brexit done. If we can get a deal, I think it would be the will of the people of this country for us to move that deal forward, because that is the way to get on with the priorities of the British people—not just controlling immigration, but ensuring that we...


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