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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Leaving the EU: UK Legal System (6 Mar 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Professional services, including legal services, are clearly one of the key exports of this country. What is my right hon. Friend doing to ensure that there will be new arrangements for the recognition of legal standards and qualifications?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Industry (2 Mar 2018)

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Sectary of State what progress has been made on agreeing Local Industrial Strategies; and which local areas are in discussion with his Department to develop Local Industrial Strategies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (27 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Will my right hon. Friend tell the House what assessment the Treasury has made either separately or jointly with the Department for Transport of how external initiatives on competitiveness and investment might help the rail sector and Network Rail in particular?

Leaving the EU: No-deal Alternatives — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (21 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The Minister remarked that the Government are, quite rightly, looking at all potential outcomes. In the unlikely scenario that there is no deal, the Government must surely prepare for what would ameliorate the economic damage that has been shown by the Government’s economic impact studies. Would it not be sensible to make sure that we have preparations for other solutions as well, one...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I thank the Minister for his response. Like my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone), I of course support the Government’s ambition to have a bespoke deal. Nothing I have set out this morning would in any way prevent that. The Minister, whom I regard as a thoughtful politician, will understand that I am disappointed by his response. Although this Chamber has had the...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman is, of course, laying out the range of options I said were available and making the point about all their pros and cons. However, I think it was pretty clear from my speech that I think that the EFTA/EEA arrangement, which is what I argued for consistently throughout my speech, is the option, one, that I prefer and, two, that the Government should look at.

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: They would.

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I beg to move, That this House has considered the European Free Trade Association. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes, and to see so many colleagues from across the House here so early on a Wednesday morning, when there are so many Select Committees and other things going on. We all know that this country voted to leave the European Union, and we accept that...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend, and I want to make a point in a moment about some of the Government’s ambitions regarding their Trade Bill. Joining EFTA would be a significant help when it comes to making up for the loss of EU free trade agreements. It would demonstrate to the world that the United Kingdom is not leaving Europe as it leaves the EU, and it would highlight our...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I see the hon. Gentleman also wishes to intervene. If he does so at this stage, maybe I could answer both points.

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: In response to the hon. Member for Ealing Central and Acton (Dr Huq), it is, of course, not my decision who is in the high command, but I understand her sentiments. I absolutely hear her point about financial services. That is why I was very pleased to see the Government taking the initiative and offering unilateral passporting to financial services. Of course, that will work to the greater...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend is absolutely right that it has great flexibility. That is why I am putting it forward. There is not only one option. I had a chunk in my speech about what one colleague said in response to the question last week from my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach), which cited the Switzerland option. Of course, that still allows for bilaterals, and some of those...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: My right hon. Friend is completely right. I am grateful to her for making that point, because such points need to be heard loud and clear so that the misconceptions can be fought off.

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I apologise if I, with a sweeping hand gesture, put the hon. Gentleman into the Brexit camp, which he does not wish to be in; that was certainly not my intention. I have had lunch with the president of the EFTA court, and I had lunch with the ambassador to the United Kingdom of one of those countries yesterday, but let me quote the Norwegian ambassador to the EU: “We would maintain an...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I certainly see EFTA more as a potentially permanent state, rather than transitional. I know a number of my Brexiteer friends would probably see it as more of a transitional arrangement, but I see it as potentially long term, partly because of the point I have been making—that membership in no way undermines the Government’s ambition to secure a long-term, bespoke deal with the...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend and I must be of the same mind, or he must have read or have had foresight of my speech. I was going to make the same point in a few moments’ time, but given he has made it for me, I shall cut my speech down. He is, of course, absolutely correct.

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman knows that I do not always agree with him, but he is absolutely right on this matter. That is why it is important that there is a consensus from us, as a Parliament, when speaking to the British people, pointing out that there are a range of options. We should not close any of them down as we look for the best solution for this country.

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: First of all, nothing in EFTA implies a customs union; there is no customs union with EFTA. That myth is being perpetrated. My hon. Friend is absolutely right that Switzerland is not in a customs union, and nor are any of the other EFTA members. I accept that we are likely to leave the customs union, but as he will know, it is the Government’s stated policy, in the Prime...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: As ever, my right hon. and learned Friend makes the point rather better than I can. It is absolutely clear that that is implicit and, based on the evidence we heard in the Treasury Committee, explicit in what the Government signed or agreed to at the end of phase 1 of the negotiations in December. EFTA provides a great deal of flexibility, as we have explored in a number of interventions. It...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I of course agree with the hon. Gentleman. I am about to make exactly those points, because it is important that they are made loud and clear. As he will know and will have observed, I have spent a lot of time in the Chamber over the last two years making the case for services, which is one of our biggest tax generators. The public services that we all enjoy will not be able to be funded in...


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