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Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Pete Wishart: I thank the Leader of the House for announcing the business for next week, and I join her in sending congratulations to Australia. I wish the hon. Member for Walsall South (Valerie Vaz) happy birthday, and I wish you a happy wedding anniversary, Mr Speaker. Well, what a week! They do not come much more dramatic than that. Just when we thought that this chaotic Brexit cluelessness could not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (6 Dec 2017)

Pete Wishart: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am grateful to you—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (6 Dec 2017)

Pete Wishart: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The ongoing farce on the release of the Brexit analysis papers, as mandated by a binding vote of this House on 1 November, continues today as the Secretary of State now says that no such papers exist. This follows papers being made available in the most bizarre circumstances in a restricted reading room; media reports suggest that there is nothing other than...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Superfast Broadband (6 Dec 2017)

Pete Wishart: Does the Secretary of State not think the Scottish Conservatives should just stop embarrassing themselves on the issue of broadband? Thanks to the added value of the Scottish Government’s investment, we have the fastest broadband roll-out in the whole of the UK. Without that investment, only 41% of premises in my constituency would have access to fibre broadband; instead, 82% have. In...

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

Pete Wishart: I am listening carefully to the Minister’s speech, but I am not hearing much about addressing the concerns of the devolved Parliaments and Assemblies, which are clearly saying that what is being proposed drives a coach and horses through the devolution settlement. How on earth is the Minister going to take on board their real concerns about what this Bill does to devolution, not least...

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

Pete Wishart: Is the hon. Gentleman actually saying that if, for whatever reason, clause 11 was not passed or was significantly amended, what he refers to as the UK’s single market would be done away with?

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

Pete Wishart: It is quite straightforward. The hon. Gentleman is alleging and suggesting that, for some reason, if clause 11 were significantly amended, his internal market would be at risk. Does he actually believe for one minute that, if clause 11 were rejected, his internal market would absolutely disappear?

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

Pete Wishart: My hon. and learned Friend is absolutely right. The Scottish Affairs Committee has not heard one dissenting voice to the fact that clause 11 is thoroughly bad for devolution. It is not just all the constitutionalists and all the legal experts who agree with that; the Conservatives agree with it too. They do not believe that clause 11 is fit for purpose. What can she do to encourage them to...

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

Pete Wishart: Does the right hon. Gentleman think that France has a French internal market and that Germany has a German internal market, or are they just national economies? Does Perthshire have a Perthshire internal market?

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

Pete Wishart: I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s intervention, as always, but I do not recognise his view of the way things are progressing. If he will forgive me, I will make some progress and we will look at some of these issues once again. I am not going to satisfy him on these matters and his intervention has certainly not reassured me about the general progress that we have to make. Let us...

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

Pete Wishart: He is saying that it is, so I will accept that.

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

Pete Wishart: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, because I said that. I said that the amendments do not directly match our recommendations, but that they are in roughly the same territory. I think that he will agree with me about that. He is right that they do not match.

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

Pete Wishart: Yes, of course—as long as I am hearing from the Welsh Government.

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

Pete Wishart: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for clarifying that. I just refer him to exactly what is in new clause 64: “Ministers of the Crown shall only create UK-wide frameworks”. The presumption is that Ministers of the Crown will create them.

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

Pete Wishart: It speaks about consent, but that leaves it to Ministers of the Crown to create the UK-wide frameworks. That is not acceptable.

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

Pete Wishart: Absolutely, but that is not the intention of the new clause. It is shame we are in this position, because the Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly amendments, which all appear in the name of the hon. Member for Edinburgh South, were very clear in their focus and direction. Why Labour Front Benchers felt they had to come along and table new clause 64, I will never understand, but I leave it...


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