Results 1–20 of 4902 for speaker:Pat McFadden

Exiting the European Union: International Business Community (14 Jun 2018)

Pat McFadden: Business is getting more nervous as it watches the Government negotiating more with themselves than with the European Union. Can the Minister confirm that it is Government policy to ensure that there are no new impediments to trade for our world-leading service industries, such as financial services, education, the creative industries and others?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Pat McFadden: I agree. It is irresponsible to exclude options—that is what I am saying. The second big objection to the EEA agreement is that there is a customs border between Norway and Sweden, but that exists because those nations have chosen not to be in a customs union. It is our policy to be in a customs union. It is not a matter of irreversible legal necessity; it is a matter of choice. Michel...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Pat McFadden: I cannot give way anymore because so many Members want to speak. I know that there is a great deal of working-class disaffection behind the Brexit vote, and that people want action on migration and free movement. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras read out a list of things we can address, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke about others in his...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Pat McFadden: I want to speak to Lords amendment 51 and the amendment to it tabled by those on my own Front Bench. These amendments focus on our future trading and economic relationships, and our aims on this side of the House are clear. We want to secure frictionless trade with the EU, and we do not want to see new barriers or a race to the bottom on workers’ rights, environmental standards or...

G7 (11 Jun 2018)

Pat McFadden: The international rules-based order of which the Prime Minister speaks is under attack from the rise of nationalism in various parts of the world. What does she think about its strength when the President of the United States can call for the readmission of Russia to the G8 just weeks after Russia has used nerve agent to try to kill people on the streets of the United Kingdom? Even if we do...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Pat McFadden: My hon. Friend is making an important point about multinational supply chains and how it is important not to have delays, paperwork or checks in the middle of that operation. Does she agree that this is about not just customs, but common standards and rules? Anyone in this House, on any side, who thinks that this is just about customs and not about the adherence to common standards and rules...

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Pat McFadden: Israel has a right both to exist and to defend itself, and there is little doubt that Hamas has been involved in organising, encouraging and exploiting confrontation in Gaza, but it cannot be right to use live ammunition to kill more than 50 protesters and to injure many others. Does the Minister of State agree that those actions will not only cause dismay to Israel’s many friends in...

Tributes: Baroness Jowell (14 May 2018)

Pat McFadden: Tessa Jowell was both a very special person and a very special politician, and the qualities of one reinforced the brilliance of the other. She was the best friend that anyone could wish for: loyal, true, uplifting and empathetic. There are many people in this House and outside it who, when they found themselves at a low ebb, would know that Tessa was there for them, holding out love and...

Windrush (23 Apr 2018)

Pat McFadden: This is what happens when we have a national debate and a Government mentality that always sees migration in negative terms as something to be feared and resisted. Any Government has the right to take measures against illegal immigration, but the point is that the Windrush generation were not illegal. They came here legally, they worked here legally and they have stayed here legally. What...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

Pat McFadden: I very much welcome the fact that the Government are committed to the industrial strategy. When I was a Minister in the Secretary of State’s Department some years ago, we rebooted and renewed the belief in an industrial strategy in the wake of the financial crisis. I am glad that it has survived and that there has been a lot of continuity through the years of the coalition Government to...

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Pat McFadden: This debate is heavily coloured by the vote that took place in this House in 2013 against the use of military action, after the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons at that time. Can the Prime Minister tell the House how many times the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people since we took that vote and since Russia promised to oversee the elimination of the Syrian...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (15 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: While talking about Northern Ireland, the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Fareham (Suella Fernandes), made the significant statement that the report by Mr Lars Karlsson did not meet the Government’s test of there being no physical border infrastructure. Will the Secretary of State repeat that statement and say that, in his view, the report...

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: Responding with strength and resolve when your country is under threat is an essential component of political leadership. There is a Labour tradition that understands that, and it has been understood by Prime Ministers of all parties who have stood at that Dispatch Box. That means when chemical weapons are used, we need more than words, but deeds. Can I ask the Prime Minister what more she...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: World War II: Genocide (13 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) diplomats have made to the Polish Government on its Holocaust law.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: World War II: Genocide (13 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to raise with the Polish Government concerns about Poland's Holocaust law; and if he will make a statement.

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: I thank the Prime Minister for coming to the House with this very important, but sadly not surprising conclusion today. She is going to make a further statement on Wednesday, but can I ask her to say a bit more about the possible responses and to ensure, at a time when voices and forces are trying to erode confidence in open democratic societies, that those responses will place us firmly and...

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: On Friday and today, the Prime Minister said that our access to one another’s markets would be less than it is now. This is the public burial of the claim made by her Brexit Secretary a year ago in this House that the Government’s aim was to secure the “exact same benefits” as we now enjoy. The Prime Minister has admitted to the country that there is an economic cost...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Pat McFadden: Why does the Minister for the Cabinet Office think that the Foreign Secretary wrote this letter? Was it because he did not know that the Government had committed in paragraph 49 of the December agreement to “its guarantee of avoiding a hard border” or was it because any commitment can be set aside in the service of the cause that the Foreign Secretary really cares about: the...

Syria: De-Escalation Zones (26 Feb 2018)

Pat McFadden: It is good that the UN Security Council has passed a resolution, but why should President Assad fear the Security Council? What will it do to enforce the resolution?


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