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United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: After Clause 1 - Common frameworks process (7 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: The hon. Gentleman and I have known each other a long time, and if one looks at the record of Labour Members on the devolution settlement, and at everything that has happened over the past 20 years, I think we have absolutely shown fidelity to that devolution settlement in what we have done. [Interruption.] I will conclude because lots of Members wish to speak. This not just a technical...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: After Clause 1 - Common frameworks process (7 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: As the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) says, do not sign it, but I make another point. This is an agreement that the Government signed, and as the right hon. Member for East Antrim (Sammy Wilson) exposed, under article 16 of the protocol, there is not only a Joint Committee set up but a capacity for unilateral action in the case of social and economic...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: After Clause 1 - Common frameworks process (7 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: The hon. Gentleman says that that is completely untrue. I hope it is true, in the following sense: unless we remove the provisions in the Bill on lawbreaking and amend the provisions on devolution, we are massively undermining the Union, because as I will explain, we are departing from the principles of shared governance that we have developed over 20 years. It is not surprising that the...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: After Clause 1 - Common frameworks process (7 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: It is always a pleasure to give way to the hon. Gentleman, so I shall.

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: After Clause 1 - Common frameworks process (7 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: I think the hon. Gentleman and I have had this exchange before. The fact is that the reason this Bill has caused such concern—among five former Prime Ministers and all the people in the House of Lords I have mentioned—is that it will rip up a treaty that we signed. That message has been sent loud and clear around the world. As I said, there is already provision in article 16 of the...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: After Clause 1 - Common frameworks process (7 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: The right hon. Gentleman and I agree absolutely about the United Kingdom, and I am now going to come on to why I have such fear about this Bill. I fear that it is ignorant and blundering on the most important question about the way in which we share power across the United Kingdom. My fear about that and about the Bill is that it has given those who want to undermine the United Kingdom a...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: After Clause 1 - Common frameworks process (7 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: However we describe it, I do not believe that the Bill properly respects the principles of devolution. These are principles that we have developed in a very British way, in a sense, over the past 20 years or so. The principles of devolution are, I think, principles that it is crucial that we uphold. I ask the Minister to think again. He should think again, and should agree to Lord Hope’s...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: After Clause 1 - Common frameworks process (7 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: It is a pleasure to be opposite the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully). This big Bill began its life with the Prime Minister, then the Secretary of State and now it is a pleasure to be opposite him. I must say that I have enormous respect for him, but I did feel that I was living in a parallel universe...

Arcadia and Debenhams: Business Support and Job Retention (2 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to make a statement on support for business and the retention of jobs on the high street in light of the announcement of Arcadia entering administration and Debenhams going into liquidation.

Arcadia and Debenhams: Business Support and Job Retention (2 Dec 2020)

Ed Miliband: Let me join the Minister in expressing deep sympathy for those who are at risk of losing their jobs. The test of Government, and indeed the House, is whether that sympathy translates into action, so I have four specific questions for him. First, Philip Green owes workers at Arcadia a moral duty. His family took from the company a dividend worth £1.2 billion, the largest in UK history, more...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: I will start with the vital context to the Bill. At the heart of it is the first duty of any Government: to protect our national security, while meeting the shared desire across the House for our businesses to succeed and create wealth and jobs. The Bill must be seen against the changing geopolitical and economic landscape; the evolving nature of the threats to our national security in an age...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: My right hon. Friend speaks with great knowledge on this issue, and he is completely correct. Indeed, I do not want to answer for the Secretary of State, but one of the issues that was raised was the definition of national security. These things are hard to define, for a whole range of reasons that we can understand, but for the reasons that my right hon. Friend set out, it is absolutely...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: The right hon. Gentleman has taken a huge interest in these issues and, again, speaks with great expertise, and he may well be right that it is possible to do more on the definition. I am sure that is something the Secretary of State will consider. I can see there are definitely challenges, but I would agree with the right hon. Gentleman that the more guidance there can be for business about...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: It sounds like a good idea to me, and I would welcome that. Actually, that is a convenient segue to the wider points that I want to make on this Bill. Our view is that this is only one part of the change we need, because I believe that the existing legislation has been found wanting. That legislation was passed by a Labour Government—I checked—and I think it was more or less agreed across...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: I really appreciate the hon. Gentleman’s point. These are not Christmas tree baubles that I have suddenly raised now. In 2010, there was the issue of the Kraft takeover of Cadbury. In 2014, there was the threatened takeover by Pfizer of AstraZeneca that had deep implications for our science base. I have felt for a decade that our legislation is not fit for purpose—and I acknowledge...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: It is interesting; I believe the hon. Gentleman supports this Bill—I may be wrong—but on national security, the Government will apply some tests and we could apply some tests when it comes to our industrial base. Let me make this point to him: it is not just France, but Germany, Australia, Japan and the United States. It is all of the other major industrial economies that say, “Well,...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely entitled to his view; we just have a difference of view on this. When it comes to our industrial base, I believe that the current legislation is inadequate, and there have been a series of events that illustrate that point. Indeed, I would make this point as well, which is that the Government say that the crisis of coronavirus makes parts of our corporate...

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: I have such an array of options. I think the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Aaron Bell) was first.

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: The hon. Gentleman makes the point that the United States has exactly the regime that I am talking about and does indeed have those wide powers of intervention, so the notion that people are going to set up in the United States rather than Britain, when they have much stronger powers than us, does not hold water.

National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: I can say to the hon. Gentleman that this is the first time I have been called a Cummings-ite. I have been called many things in my time, but a Cummings-ite after Cummings is really unusual. The final point I will make before I conclude, because many hon. and right hon. Members want to speak in this debate, is that when I listen to Government Members, I feel that they accept the logic that we...


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