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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Angus MacNeil: The hon. Gentleman talked earlier about co-operation and listening. Our party represents the Government of Scotland. Then there is the party that represents the Government of Wales. In this spirit of co-operation, which amendments will he be taking from either of those parties?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Angus MacNeil: Will the Minister give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Angus MacNeil: How does the UK Government’s approach to working together with the devolved Administrations differ from their approach to working together with, say, Dublin and the other members of the EU27? Is one not a meeting of equals and the other a meeting of master and underling?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Angus MacNeil: Surely the determination is very simple. It is set down in the Scotland Act 1998 that what is not reserved is devolved, so if it comes from Europe, it will be devolved. It is set down and it is simple. It should not be up to the Minister to be judge and jury. He talks about partnership, but he should respect the law.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Angus MacNeil: The hon. Gentleman is making a good point, and the rhetoric of a UK single market would make sense if the UK was composed of independent states, instead of being one super-state.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Angus MacNeil: Those concerns have been laid out by the Scottish Government for over a year now. Surely today’s actions by the UK Government show that if they can concede on Northern Ireland with regard to the customs union and the single market, despite the Democratic Unionist party vetoing that, they can make the same offer to Scotland and to Wales.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Angus MacNeil: Can the hon. Gentleman imagine any politician elected in the Republic of Ireland thinking that Ireland could not manage such matters itself, especially given what has happened today? Why does he require—demand, need—London to do this? Can he not stand on his own two feet and look at the world eye to eye? What is this puppy-dog need for London to sort it all out?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Angus MacNeil: Although the Tories might need to ruminate on that, clearly Leo Varadkar does not. He has the powers and he is using them.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Angus MacNeil: The hon. Gentleman is making a good speech showing up the deficiencies of the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament. Does he agree that current events show the vastly advantageous situation in which Ireland finds itself? Its Parliament is not dependent on this place but is actually pulling the strings and telling this place what to do, and this place has to listen.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: Both Labour and the Conservatives recently voted in this House to come out of the customs union. That will increase trade barriers with 27 countries, as well as another 67 countries that rely on 38 to 40 other deals with the European Union, so we stand a very real risk of increasing trade barriers with up to 94 countries. Surely to goodness that is putting an already perilously placed UK in...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: My hon. Friend brings up a fantastic point, on which his view is shared by the SNP and the Scottish Government. The UK Government choose to penalise the place where the wind resource is, but unfortunately the wind just will not blow at the whim of the bureaucratic pen of the UK Government. I would have thought that they would have realised that after all these years.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: My hon. Friend is giving a long list of impressive boasts by the SNP Government, but he may not know that people on the west side of one of the smallest islands in the Outer Hebrides can get 48 megabits per second. I believe that central London and many other places cannot match what the SNP Government have achieved in the west of the highlands and islands of Scotland.

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: The hon. Lady is talking about competing with our international competitors. Where will her industrial strategy be on trade defence? We know the Conservative Government do not seem to have trade defence, but she supports them on the UK being out of the customs union, and I presume she has the same view of not wanting to partition Ireland with a customs union. Therefore she would be running no...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: I just want to probe the Secretary of State about what thinking has been going on in government following Bill Gates’s speech in the spring about taxing robots. We only have to go into a high street shop to see that many jobs have been displaced by machines, which are not taxed. If a person was still working there, they would be paying tax to the Exchequer, and that money could help...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: The Secretary of State is being generous in giving way. How might the industrial strategy develop if we find ourselves with open borders and no border checks, which was talked about as recently as yesterday? If we are to have an open border with the Republic of Ireland, the UK will need an open border with everywhere else, meaning that the UK will not be running any tariffs at all. How will...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: My hon. Friend makes a very good point about EU nationals. While the UK has been in deficit since 2001, the only part of the population that has been paying its own way and standing on its own two feet are EU nationals. They are in surplus to the tune of £2 billion or £3 billion. We see what happens when they start to become scarce. It is happening in Cornwall, with crops unpicked....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: The right hon. Lady is making some very good arguments, which chime with the SNP’s position. The difficulty is that the Conservative party and the main Opposition Labour party have the same policy; they are both wedded to leaving the single market and leaving the customs union. Unfortunately, parliamentary arithmetic is against us in this matter, and that situation is taking the UK over...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Angus MacNeil: The UK Government are not content with raising trade barriers with the 27 countries in the world with which we do half our trade. By fact of the 38 other agreements that the European Union has with other countries, that means another 67, so there will be 94 countries with which trade would involve higher trade barriers. When Ministers are asked about the number of countries, they have no idea...


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