Results 41–60 of 10134 for speaker:James Brokenshire

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Republic of Ireland Border (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: We firmly want to see progress on the second phase of the talks. I gave that message to Michel Barnier when I was in Brussels last week, and I also said that we believed significant progress had been made in relation to the first phase. We continue to focus on not only demonstrating our commitments in respect of those first three items, but getting on with the second phase, which is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Republic of Ireland Border (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his comments. The solutions that we are determined to find will create no barriers, north-south or east-west, in relation to the trading and constitutional issues that he rightly highlights: that remains our firm intent. I believe that some of the commitments that the Commission has already made underline our position, but clearly we need to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Republic of Ireland Border (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: The right hon. Gentleman firmly sets out the constitutional framework for Northern Ireland: the Belfast/Good Friday agreement, the principle of consent, and, very firmly, the three-stranded approach. To be clear, it is ultimately for the UK Government to provide certainty over the delivery of public services and those strand 1 issues in relation to Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Republic of Ireland Border (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: I totally agree with my hon. Friend about the strength of co-operation between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda Siochana, and at all levels, in relation to fighting the threat from terrorism and organised crime. We must remain resolute against this severe continuing threat, and we are strengthened by that co-operation, which needs to deepen and flourish further in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Republic of Ireland Border (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: On the last point, we are firmly working on the basis that a hard border will not happen, and support for the common travel area and the principles that have been worked through jointly as part of negotiations underpin that. I would point to positive joint work between revenue and customs agencies in Northern Ireland and the Republic to confront organised crime and smuggling, and the way in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Republic of Ireland Border (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: It is right that we focus on getting that deal. We support the common travel area—it is equally supported by the Irish Government—and principles have already been agreed as part of the progress on the first phase of the negotiations. That is where our focus rightly remains, and I believe that doing that remains firmly achievable—it is where all our attention lies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: City Deals (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: The Government have a clear manifesto commitment to work towards a comprehensive and ambitious set of city deals across Northern Ireland to boost investment and help to unlock Northern Ireland’s full potential. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and I have already had some early discussions with partners in the Belfast city region.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: City Deals (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: I can. The fact is that Northern Ireland has had no city deals, whereas England, Scotland and Wales have made 33 deals worth up to £4.9 billion. This is about the change that city deals bring and the other finance that city deals are able to unlock. That is why we strongly believe there is a firm place for city deals in Northern Ireland, and we are committed to advancing them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: City Deals (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: Absolutely. We want the benefit of city deals to be felt across Northern Ireland. Although, yes, the Belfast city region has been advancing its own proposals, it is right that we look across Northern Ireland—to the north-west and to all parts of Northern Ireland—to see that the benefit and transformative effect of city deals is firmly felt.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: City Deals (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I had discussions with hon. and right hon. Members, as well as with Belfast City Council, during the initial phase. We are looking carefully at how that work can move forward practically through officials and by other means. I am determined to see city deals taking effect, with their benefit being felt. This engagement will continue to ensure that that happens.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Ireland Act 1949 (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: Maintaining our strong, historic ties with Ireland is an important priority, including the rights of Irish citizens in the UK as provided for in domestic legislation, including the Ireland Act 1949. These reciprocal arrangements reflect the long-standing social and economic ties between the UK and Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Ireland Act 1949 (15 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: All I can say to the hon. Gentleman in respect of the constitutional arrangements is that yes, of course we uphold the Belfast Good Friday agreement, and we are determined that that will be reflected in the final deal. I cannot offer him any greater insight in relation to the other matter he has brought to the House.

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: I point the hon. Gentleman firmly towards our proposals on customs and agriculture, as well as on issues such as the common transit convention. On a whole raft of issues, we have set out our determination to achieve that aim and how we believe it will be achieved. We are engaging in the first phase and into the second phase to make sure that that happens.

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Before I explain the details of the Bill, let me make some brief comments about events that took place yesterday. People who are intent on killing and harming others left a small but lethal bomb in Omagh before the Remembrance Sunday commemorations. Their actions stand in stark contrast to those of the brave men and women whom the...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for making that point, and for drawing attention to the incident that took place in Enniskillen 30 years ago, when 12 people lost their lives in an appalling bombing. I was in Enniskillen yesterday, as I had been in Wednesday, to remember and to mark the 30th anniversary of that appalling incident. I know full well the pain, the hurt and the suffering...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point about the accountability gap we have at present. At this time, the Northern Ireland civil service is effectively having to act based on its assessment of the political priorities of the outgoing Executive. There is no direct accountability. I will come on to certain steps I intend to take to seek to surface some of the issues, such as how any...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: As the hon. Gentleman will know, that is not a step that I intend to take while there is an opportunity for an Executive to be formed. Discussions have been ongoing—as they were even last week—between his party and Sinn Féin to try to find a resolution to the outstanding issues between the parties that can form such an Executive. I think it is right that we continue to pursue...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: The right hon. Gentleman has made this point on a previous occasion. I understand the question of accountability, and I feel this issue very keenly at this point. At this stage, these issues remain devolved. We are seeking to set a headline, outline budget of top-line numbers for each of the different Departments of the Northern Ireland civil service, but we are not seeking to provide a...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: Yes, we are in the position that we are in today because it has not been possible to form an Executive and because we do not have functioning devolved government. That is why, regrettably, I am having to introduce this Bill today: to put a legal framework in place to enable the Northern Ireland civil service to continue to spend in the way that it has done, to ensure that public services are...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

James Brokenshire: I agree with the right hon. Gentleman on accountability. The difficult job that the Northern Ireland civil service has had to do is effectively make its best assessment of the outgoing priorities of the outgoing Executive. It is worth noting that a lot of work was obviously done in the relation to the budget before the Executive collapsed at the start of the year—work that the parties...


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