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European Council (11 Apr 2019)

Shailesh Vara: This House very much appreciates the Prime Minister’s desire to leave with a deal. However, the Prime Minister will appreciate that a responsible Government must prepare for all eventualities. There are Members of this House who do not favour a no-deal scenario because they feel that the country is not ready to leave in such circumstances. Given that we are now in extended territory in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Apr 2019)

Shailesh Vara: The Prime Minister earlier made reference to the British Indian diaspora. Does she agree that the diaspora should be commended for the fact that, despite comprising 4% of the UK population, they contribute some 10% of taxes to the Treasury?

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill (3 Apr 2019)

Shailesh Vara: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. This is on another matter.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill (3 Apr 2019)

Shailesh Vara: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek your advice, because many of the people who wish to have the debate that we are about to have argue that the mandate—[Interruption.] Mr Speaker, I am trying. They argue that the mandate given by a margin of a million people in a referendum was not sufficient. They also argue that a 4% margin was not sufficient, in percentage terms. Could you therefore...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill (3 Apr 2019)

Shailesh Vara: For the record, Mr Speaker, I got better than unclassified in politics.

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Mar 2019)

Shailesh Vara: Given that no-deal Brexit is the Government’s default position, will the Prime Minister kindly inform the House that she will instruct the Chancellor of the Exchequer to make available whatever funds are required to ensure that the country is as best prepared as possible in the event that we do leave on a no-deal basis?

Jammu and Kashmir (27 Feb 2019)

Shailesh Vara: The Minister is taking a very fine line, trying to sit on the fence, effectively, mindful that there are diasporas from both Pakistan and India living in this country. He is treading a very fine line in his answers. However, where it is abundantly clear that the terrorists are living in one particular country, will he give an undertaking to this House that the British Government will make it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Feb 2019)

Shailesh Vara: The Prime Minister will be aware that the British Army has engaged in a recruitment campaign in Commonwealth countries. However, only after soldiers have signed up for minimum four-year contracts do they find out that they are not allowed to bring their children to this country. Given that these brave women and men are prepared to put their lives on the line for us and our country, I hope...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (18 Feb 2019)

Shailesh Vara: The MOD’s announcement that all posts in the military would be open to women was certainly welcome. Will the Minister kindly inform the House what specific measures are being taken to ensure that women and girls in school are made well aware that there are no no-go areas for them in the military?

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Shailesh Vara: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is being extraordinarily generous in giving way. No self-respecting businessman or woman would walk into negotiations on a deal and take no deal off the table. The United Kingdom is negotiating the biggest business deal in its history. It therefore makes sense to keep no deal on the table, because we know from the history of the EU that it makes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 Feb 2019)

Shailesh Vara: My constituents and I have been campaigning for many years to secure a flyover on the A1 by Wittering. Will the Minister agree to meet me and my constituents with a view to progressing matters?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace and Reconciliation (30 Jan 2019)

Shailesh Vara: The recent events in Derry/Londonderry clearly showed that the peace we have in Northern Ireland is still fragile at times. Given that, does my right hon. Friend agree with me that, as the Brexit process progresses, it is crucial that politicians on both sides of the border and indeed in this House use language that is measured rather than inflammatory?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Shailesh Vara: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty). I have been a loyal Conservative Member of Parliament for nearly 14 years, but I do not believe that the withdrawal agreement before us is in the interests of my constituents or our country. That is why in November last year I resigned from my post as a Minister in the Northern Ireland Office,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Shailesh Vara: Will the Attorney General give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Shailesh Vara: My right hon. and learned Friend speaks of the legal complexities of the withdrawal agreement, and he also speaks of a coming together. May I refer him to the advice that he gave to the Prime Minister on 13 November in his capacity as Attorney General? On page 2, paragraph 8, he said: “for regulatory purposes GB is essentially treated as a third country by NI for goods passing from GB into...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Shailesh Vara: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Shailesh Vara: With reference to the possibility of trading on WTO rules, does my right hon. Friend agree with what was said this morning on the “Today” programme by the president of the Port of Calais, Jean-Marc Puissesseau, when he said: “The trucks will be passing as they are doing today…there will not be a queue in Dover because there will not be control, so where is the problem?”? Does my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (9 Jan 2019)

Shailesh Vara: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. You have said that you consulted the Clerks. For the sake of clarity, will you kindly inform the House whether the decision that you have arrived at is different from the initial advice provided to you by the Clerks?

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Shailesh Vara: The United Kingdom is at the forefront of advocating democracy on the international stage. Indeed, colleagues on both sides of the House have regularly spoken in Parliament of the need for democracy in other countries, and Members on both sides regularly instruct MPs and legislators from other countries at seminars held by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Inter-Parliamentary...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to the Prime Minister for giving way—indeed, she is being very generous in giving way to a lot of people. We are told that the EU does not wish to exercise the backstop, Ireland does not wish to exercise it and certainly, the UK does not wish to exercise it. Is it not the case, therefore, that this is a matter not of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement, but of the European...


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