Results 1–20 of 1426 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: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I rise to speak to amendment 88, tabled in my name and those of my hon. Friends in Plaid Cymru and colleagues from other parties. It would prevent Ministers of the Crown from being able to replace, abolish or modify the functions of EU entities without first laying impact assessments on its effect before both Houses of Parliament. I appreciate that impact assessments are not popular among...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I thank the Prime Minister for prior sight of her statement. On 26 October last year, I raised with her the danger of favouring particular sectors in any future trade deal. She replied: “I will be cutting the best deal for the United Kingdom—all parts of it.”—[Official Report, 26 October 2016; Vol. 616, c. 281.] On Sunday, the Brexit Secretary said that he would seek...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: The hon. Gentleman has made that point already, and I agree with it. In contrast to the EU internal market, the nature of the UK internal market appears to be self-evident and a matter of common sense to many people. It might be great and it might be something that has grown organically and suits us all, but how often have we seen apparently simple, clear and—crucially—unregulated...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I am intrigued. Can the right hon. Gentleman identify anyone who has spoken in the House today who has argued against having a UK internal market?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. There is a good deal of agreement between us. He talks about the 2017 Act and some of the more abstract aspects that people listening in perhaps might not understand or follow, but there are practical and technical implications for children’s rights, the environment and so on. Does he not think that those aspects should be explored...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (David Duguid), who talked about the promise of more and better powers than the Scottish Parliament currently holds. I suppose the same goes for Wales, but the problem is the question of when, and how we can be sure. While he ruminates on that, perhaps I will get on with my speech.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: Indeed. That was an instructive point for us all. I rise to speak to Plaid Cymru’s amendments 90 to 92. I am pleased to have co-sponsored the similar joint Welsh and Scottish Government amendments although, for reasons that I will make clear, I prefer my own versions. The UK constitution is unwritten—or at least it is not written down all in one place—and is constantly...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Hywel Williams: I agree with the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant). The other border between the United Kingdom and Ireland is the one that passes through Holyhead and Fishguard. When I asked the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, in the Select Committee, what consideration he had given to the position in Holyhead in particular—given the chaotic road across the island, the two...

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: What—[Interruption.] If I could have the Minister’s attention, what guidelines were provided to the officials editing the documents as to what should be excluded?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: Would the Minister concede that one man’s veto is another man’s respectful disagreement?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: I rise to speak to Plaid Cymru’s amendment 79, standing in my name and those of hon. Friends from several parties. This amendment to clause 1 would require the UK Government to gain the consent of the devolved Parliaments and Assemblies before they repealed the European Communities Act 1972. It would require proper consideration, consistent with the constitutional settlement within...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: As I said, it is unclear to me what the situation is in Northern Ireland. I have heard the rumours, one way or another, that they are extremely close to a resolution other than on the Irish language—[Interruption.] It is being motioned behind me that perhaps that is not the case. However, anything could happen. The principle of our amendments is that the democratically elected...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: I thank the hon. Lady for making that point. I am loth to stray into Northern Ireland politics for extremely clear reasons.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: I take that advice. I say only that it has been suggested that some in Northern Ireland would surely see the Government’s taking this decision with no Assembly in place as being the diktat of a governor general, or at the very least unwise as a basis on which to proceed. As I said, the elephant in the room is the question of who speaks for England. This is the last constitutional...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: I thank my hon. Friend for making that point. I was obviously about to come on to that matter. The Government might wish to use the Joint Ministerial Committee as a cover for proceeding with this matter, but so far that Committee has not proved itself to be a substitute for proper agreement obtained directly with the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament. The JMC—as obscure to many...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: I am arguing in favour of my own amendment, but I accept the force of the hon. Gentleman’s words. As he knows, we have supported several Labour amendments. Plaid Cymru has warned of the problems for quite some time. We wrote to the Welsh Secretary over the summer outlining our opposition to the withdrawal Bill and asking for answers about what would happen if the Welsh Assembly withheld...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: Amendment 79 might elucidate that point, which the hon. Gentleman put well. The final step of trying to prise an answer out of the UK Government about how they will react if the devolved Parliaments reject this Bill is to gauge their reaction to the amendment, which calls for the Sewel convention to be legally binding in relation to the Bill. That is why, with permission, I will press the...

Catalonia (2 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Catalonia.

Catalonia (2 Nov 2017)

Hywel Williams: I am asking the Government to act in two ways: to call on the parties in Catalonia to enter into talks and to offer their good offices to facilitate progress. No one can doubt that this is eventually a political matter, rather than a legal one. Getting both parties to talk is the way forward. In this situation, the UK Government have a responsibility and an opportunity. First, they must do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Hywel Williams: Vascular services in my constituency are to be moved to an as yet untested centre, while in Bangor we already have a facility with an international reputation. Does the Prime Minister share my concern that, due to bungling over health by the Labour Government in Cardiff, seriously ill Welsh patients will have to travel further and even, like the late Irfon Williams, have to move to live in...


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