Results 1–20 of 6009 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:James Brokenshire

Northern Ireland (20 Feb 2018)

James Brokenshire: It is good to be back, and I thank colleagues on both sides of the House for their kind, generous and supportive comments over the past few weeks. What is not so welcome, however, is the continuing lack of devolved government in Northern Ireland, which it desperately needs. I commend the Secretary of State for all her work and for her efforts in seeking to bring the parties together. I also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism continues to be severe within Northern Ireland, meaning an attack is highly likely. This Government will always give the fullest possible support to the brave men and women of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and MI5. We remain fully committed to keeping people safe and secure, and to ensuring that terrorism never succeeds.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: I absolutely will. There have been five confirmed national security attacks so far in 2017, and a small number of dissident republican terrorist groupings continue their campaign of violence. The threat is suppressed by the brave efforts of the PSNI and others, and by the strategic approach that we pursue. The PSNI and others who work to keep people safe have our full support for the public...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: The right hon. Gentleman may know that we have committed specific funds—an extra £32 million a year over the five-year spending review period—to deal with Northern Ireland-related terrorism. His point about legacy is valid and important, which is why we both want to see the Stormont House bodies take forward a new approach to legacy. That is what I want to see in the new year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: There have been various discussions with the US and Canadian authorities, and with Bombardier itself, in relation to the continuing dispute. Obviously, we see this as unjustified and unwarranted. We await the latest determination, but we will continue to challenge this and to underline our key focus and endeavour on seeing that those important jobs in Belfast are protected.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: The right hon. Gentleman, with his experience, will know about the cross-border work. I commend the work of the PSNI and the Garda Siochana in delivering security on the island of Ireland. Their very close co-operation points to a number of EU-related structures, which is why, knowing the significance and importance of deepening that relationship into the future, we want to see a new treaty...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: We have been clear that the UK as a whole will be leaving the customs union and single market. We want our future relationship with the EU to be a deep and special partnership that works for all parts of the UK, while recognising Northern Ireland’s unique circumstances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: As the joint report highlighted last week, there are three steps: reaching a free trade agreement; then providing responses that meet the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland; and, finally, the issue of alignment. We believe that it is possible and that we will address all these issues to ensure that we have not a hard border but a frictionless border that maximises the trading...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: I know this issue of impact assessments has been debated in this House previously. There are no formal impact assessments. Obviously, the Department for Exiting the European Union has provided detailed reports for the Select Committee, and it will be for the Committee to determine what happens with them. I can assure the hon. Gentleman of the joint working across government of assessing the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: Yes, trade—economic activity—between Northern Ireland and Great Britain is several times more than that in relation to Ireland. But the point is that we look to strengthen the whole economy. Indeed, as the UK leaves the European Union, we want to see the Irish economy equally having that access to Great Britain. A reliance is placed upon that. We want to succeed and prosper as we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: I absolutely agree with my right hon. Friend on that. Indeed, that principle was firmly enunciated through the provisions in the joint report, and that is the approach we will take as we move into phase 2 of the negotiations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: I entirely agree with the right hon. Gentleman that we want to see the Executive restored, and we will be approaching this in earnest in the new year to seek to see that re-established. That matters on so many different levels. He highlights the issue raised in Trevor Rainey’s report. I commend Mr Rainey for providing the report and I will be considering the responses carefully.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: I know firmly that an increasing number of decisions need to be taken. That has been highlighted this week by the Northern Ireland civil service publishing a consultation on budgetary issues, showing some of the determinations that need to be made. I want to see Ministers and an Executive up and running as quickly as possible to do those things. Obviously, it needs to happen quickly, given...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: I know the Prime Minister dealt with this in her statement on Monday, but let me say that we will be leaving the customs union and the single market. The hon. Lady talks about divergence, but actually the joint report talks about alignment, which is about pursuing the same objectives. That could be the same way, but it could be different. That is the whole point. It is about achieving those...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: They are both right. We have said clearly that yes, we are leaving the common agricultural policy, but we have also said that we will maintain payments in relation to those arrangements through to 2020. Indeed, if the hon. Gentleman wants to look back at what the Prime Minister said about maintaining the same arrangements during the implementation period, that will answer his question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: The only shambles is the Opposition’s approach to Brexit. At this time of the year, many people will mark the 12 days of Christmas; we have had at least 12 different approaches to Brexit from Labour. Yes, we will be leaving the common agricultural policy, as the Prime Minister said on Monday, but she also underlined clearly our commitment in respect of those direct payments and, as I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Free Trade Agreement (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: As the Prime Minister has made clear, we are seeking a bold and ambitious free trade agreement that is of greater scope and ambition than any existing agreement. We are determined to reach a deal that works for the people of Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Free Trade Agreement (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: I agree with what the hon. Lady has said: agriculture is a key part of the economy within Northern Ireland. It is something that we highlighted very firmly in our August paper and will want to take forward in the phase 2 negotiations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Free Trade Agreement (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: We are pleased that the joint principles on the continuation of the common travel area after the UK leaves were very firmly highlighted in the joint report. I believe that there is that joint endeavour, and that is what we have been pursuing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Free Trade Agreement (20 Dec 2017)

James Brokenshire: I agree with the hon. Gentleman’s comments about Bombardier and commend his work to highlight this important issue. Clearly the protection of the Northern Ireland economy and jobs will remain a focus of our attention.


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