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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Nick Clegg: The insult was that the Brexit campaigners deliberately withheld from the British people what they meant by Brexit. It was a deliberate, effective but highly cynical tactic. We never received a manifesto with the views of Nigel Farage, the Foreign Secretary or the former Education Secretary, the right hon. Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), explaining what Brexit means. Therefore, when...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Nick Clegg: No, I wish to make some progress. That is why I believe that this House has not a choice but a duty to withhold from the Government the right to proceed with Brexit in the way they have planned. That would not stop Brexit but would simply urge the Government to go back to the drawing board and to come back to this House with a more sensible and moderate approach to Brexit.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Nick Clegg: I really wish to make some progress. I have only four minutes. Some people say that there is no alternative, that we must leave the single market and that there is no remote chance that we could find an accommodation with our European partners. Nonsense. For instance, I confirm to the House that I have recently heard on very good authority that senior German decision makers, shortly after the...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Nick Clegg: No, I have only two minutes.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Nick Clegg: All right.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Nick Clegg: It is a novel concept that the winning side in a competition invokes the arguments of the losing side to make a case that it did not make itself. That is ludicrous. The Brexit campaign deliberately did not spell out to the British people what Brexit means, which is why it is right that, when we finally do know what Brexit means, the British people have another say. My final point is that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (5 Dec 2016)

Nick Clegg: Last Thursday, I met Jenny Hockey, a 70-year-old retired sociology lecturer who was, extraordinarily, arrested on 17 November as part of a council-directed dawn raid to chop down six trees on her street, with the assistance of 12 officers from South Yorkshire police against—it now turns out—the views of the local police and crime commissioner. What assurances can the Home Secretary give...

Article 50 (7 Nov 2016)

Nick Clegg: Is the Secretary of State aware that the Governments of the day, of different political persuasions, published White Papers on their negotiating priorities ahead of the Amsterdam treaty, the Nice treaty, the constitutional treaty and the Lisbon treaty, and that Maastricht treaty negotiations were preceded by two whole days of debate under John Major’s Government and a vote in this House?...

Parliamentary Scrutiny of Leaving the EU (12 Oct 2016)

Nick Clegg: Having heard the remarks made by the hon. Member for Stone (Sir William Cash), I am reminded how many fixed points in British politics have changed, and changed utterly, over the last few months. When I used to stand at the Government Dispatch Box, I could always rely on the hon. Gentleman and many other fervent Brexiteers to marry their loathing of the European Union to their passion for...

Parliamentary Scrutiny of Leaving the EU (12 Oct 2016)

Nick Clegg: As the Secretary of State said earlier, being outside the European Union, like Turkey, Switzerland and Norway, means a multitude of different things. That is now the challenge for the Government. That is what the Brexiteers cynically withheld from the British people in the run-up to 23 June because they could not agree among themselves, and that is why the House of Commons now needs to hold...

Parliamentary Scrutiny of Leaving the EU (12 Oct 2016)

Nick Clegg: Let me answer the hon. Gentleman’s question directly. I personally take the unfashionable view that with a bit of fancy diplomatic footwork and some political intelligence, the Government could negotiate retention of our membership of the single market along with curtailment of freedom of movement. What the Government cannot do—and, funnily enough, the hon. Member for Stone was correct...

Parliamentary Scrutiny of Leaving the EU (12 Oct 2016)

Nick Clegg: I shall make some progress, if I may. I want to cite one final precedent, which has not been mentioned in the debate so far but of which I have personal experience, and which I think has a direct bearing on the debate. When I was Deputy Prime Minister in the coalition Government, a Secretary of State—I shall come to who it was in a minute—came to me and said, “Look, I have to negotiate,...

Next Steps in Leaving the European Union (10 Oct 2016)

Nick Clegg: I have always been a great admirer of the Secretary of State for his staunch defence of civil liberties and his staunch defence of the prerogatives of this House. I was a great admirer when he brought forward the Parliamentary Control of the Executive Bill in 1999 and stirringly told us that “Executive decisions by the Government should be subject to the scrutiny and approval of...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Legal Opinion (12 Sep 2016)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much his Department has spent to date on legal advice relating to Britain's exit from the EU from (a) the Government Legal Department and (b) external legal firms; and how much he plans to spend on such advice over the next 12 months.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Secondment (12 Sep 2016)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff are on secondment to his Department from the private sector; from which companies they are seconded; what roles they perform; and what the cost to the public purse will be of their secondment.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Staff (12 Sep 2016)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many additional employees he plans to hire from outside the civil service for the purposes of negotiating or renegotiating trade deals as a result of the decision to leave the EU; in what roles such employees will be deployed; over what timescale their deployment will take place; and what the cost to the public purse will be of their...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (12 Sep 2016)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the resources required by his Department to negotiate or renegotiate trade deals as a result of the decision to leave the EU in the next 12 months.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Withdrawal from EU (12 Sep 2016)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on legal advice related to the UK voting to leave the EU from (a) the Government Legal Service and (b) external legal firms; and how much he plans to spend on such advice over the next 12 months.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Withdrawal from EU (12 Sep 2016)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many additional employees he plans to hire from outside the Civil Service for the purposes of managing the process of leaving the EU; in what roles those employees will be deployed; over what timescale those employees will be under contract; and what the cost to the public purse such employment will involve.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Withdrawal from EU (12 Sep 2016)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the resources required by his Department to manage the process of leaving the EU over the next 12 months.


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