Results 1–20 of 1568 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Hywel Williams

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Hywel Williams: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry). I rise to speak to Plaid Cymru’s amendments to Lords amendment 2, which would clarify that “a customs union” was the customs union. Plaid Cymru campaigned to remain, and we have been consistent in our support for remaining within the customs union and the single market and, for that matter, for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Hywel Williams: Does the Solicitor General not accept that the answer he has just given to the right hon. Member for Belfast North (Nigel Dodds), on the nature of the border between Dublin and Belfast, necessitates similar arrangements between Dublin and Holyhead if we are to sustain the Union between Northern Ireland and the rest of Great Britain?

Leaving the EU: Higher Education in Wales (23 May 2018)

Hywel Williams: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of leaving the EU on the higher education sector in Wales. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. Higher education is now devolved; Brexit, though, is not. As we have seen in the last few days, there are some people—just some in Wales—who are delighted to reverse the progress of devolution...

Leaving the EU: Higher Education in Wales (23 May 2018)

Hywel Williams: My hon. Friend makes a telling point, which could be repeated for the seven universities throughout Wales. To a greater or lesser extent, they all depend on European money. It is essential that that funding stream continues undisturbed, because research, and particularly scientific research, does not follow the fads and fashions of what today’s politicians see as all-important or what...

Leaving the EU: Higher Education in Wales (23 May 2018)

Hywel Williams: The hon. Lady makes the point that I was going to make next. In fact, when I asked a similar question in the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union, the answer persuaded me that I might have been better off researching unicorns. Last week, in that Committee, I questioned Dr Main of the Campaign for Science and Engineering and Professor Brook of the Association for Innovation, Research...

Leaving the EU: Higher Education in Wales (23 May 2018)

Hywel Williams: The hon. Gentleman makes a very telling point—the effects are with us already, even though we are still in. There are also effects that are not so apparent in facts and figures, which are to do with the morale of lecturers and students from abroad and perhaps even their commitment to their work, in the face of offers that they might get from universities outside Wales and outside the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Welfare Reform (2 May 2018)

Hywel Williams: If universal credit is such a good thing, why is the Minister’s Government denying some Welsh-speaking people the right to apply for it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 May 2018)

Hywel Williams: The Prime Minister has said many, many times that she will have no hard border between Dublin and Belfast. Can she tell this House, just once, what sort of a border she would like to see between Dublin and Holyhead?

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Hywel Williams: Two great problems have plagued Governments in this place for over 200 years —the Irish question and the European question. It takes a Government of some genius to bring those two questions down on their head simultaneously. I have been waiting a long time to say that. I welcome this opportunity to confirm that my party’s policy is, and always has been, to stay in the customs...

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Hywel Williams: I will give way once.

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Hywel Williams: As I said in an intervention, I have recently been to South Armagh with the Select Committee. I could scarcely spot the difference between the north and the south. The only difference was that the tarmac was slightly different, with the better tarmac being on the southern side. That is a light remark, but it does make the point that the Good Friday agreement has brought peace almost entirely...

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Hywel Williams: At the recent meeting of the Brexit Committee in Northern Ireland, the Deputy Chief Constable said that he was absolutely against a physical border post. Was he blackmailing us?

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Hywel Williams: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Hywel Williams: When the Exiting the European Union Committee visited South Armagh a couple of months ago, everyone we met, from Sinn Féin councillors to the deputy chief constable, agreed that there should be no infrastructure on the border, for the very reason that the right hon. Lady outlined.

Home Office Removal Targets (26 Apr 2018)

Hywel Williams: I have always been puzzled about why my constituent Shiromini Satkunarajah, a Londoner and student at Bangor University, was wrongly detained at Yarl’s Wood last year. The answer now seems to be clear. She was a Tamil who escaped from Sri Lanka as a child and was reporting to the police station, as she was required to do under law—she was doing her duty under the law. She was, to...

Leaving the Eu: Scotland and Wales Continuity Bills (18 Apr 2018)

Hywel Williams: In December, I asked the Secretary of State for Wales what he would do if he failed to gain legislative consent from Wales, and he replied, in his usual way, that he was very confident of success. And now the case is going to the Supreme Court. Is the Attorney General confident that this matter has been handled well, or even half-competently?

European Union Citizenship (7 Mar 2018)

Hywel Williams: Can the Minister confirm that it is a matter of political will whether we retain those citizens’ rights?

European Union Citizenship (7 Mar 2018)

Hywel Williams: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I will be very glad to be able to tell our European friends that this House now supports the idea of maintaining European Union citizenship rights. This follows the motion passed by the Brussels Parliament in March 2017, which also supported the idea of continuing associate EU citizenship for British nationals post Brexit. I seek your confirmation that...

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