Results 1–20 of 1797 for speaker:Lord Goldsmith

EU Trade Agreement - Private Notice Question (8 Sep 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, can the Minister confirm that the reason for Sir Jonathan Jones’s resignation was his great concern about the proposed Bill, as reported in newspapers today? I know Sir Jonathan very well, because for many years he was the head person in my department when I was Attorney-General. I know him to be a hugely talented lawyer, very experienced in Whitehall and very loyal to the...

Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] - Virtual Committee: Amendment 14 (13 May 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I was looking forward to hearing the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge, and saying that I agree entirely with what he said. I still imagine that I will agree with him, even if he has to come in a little later in the debate. I start by declaring two interests. The first is as a practising lawyer whose practice includes international, commercial and public law cases, so some of the...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 19 (21 Jan 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: I thank the Minister for his reply and thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate, particularly those—and it is the majority—who supported this amendment. I will just clear one or two matters out the way, from what the Minister said. The first is on the scope of the Bill. There was no problem including protections of this sort in the Bill before the election. It has been...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 19 (21 Jan 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, Amendment 19 is in the name of my noble friend Lady Hayter of Kentish Town. One of the key issues in our debates has been the extent to which the United Kingdom will continue to safeguard the protections of certain rights that derive from EU law. The previous Bill, and assurances by the Government, indicated that protections would remain. The Government have repeatedly stated that,...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 12 (20 Jan 2020)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I did not have the privilege of attending the House when Committee took place, but I have read every word of the debate on this clause. It is so powerful to see, I think, three former Lord Chief Justices, a former Lord Chancellor, a former Law Lord, the chairman of our Constitution Committee and other distinguished people speak perhaps not unanimously as to the right outcome but...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: Perhaps I could help the noble Lord. The Supreme Court judges said they were all of the opinion that parliamentary sovereignty was what was at stake. As they made very clear, they were not taking a decision for or against Brexit. They were talking simply about the role of Parliament, and how wrong it therefore was for the Prime Minister to stop Parliament sitting. I do not see any difficulty...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, this is the first full opportunity that this House has had to debate Brexit since the Supreme Court told the Prime Minister unanimously that his Prorogation plan was, “unlawful, null and of no effect”, because it had the effect, in their view, of frustrating or preventing the constitutional role of Parliament in holding the Government to account. It is right that this House...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 - Statement (26 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for repeating that Statement. I have one question to put to him. He used the formula that the Government will obey the law. I think he used exactly the same formula a number of times in answering questions yesterday. Many people would like to know what the Government think the law is. In particular, do the Government think that it will be complied with by...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for helping the Committee at this stage by explaining the Government’s position. We do not support the amendment. In short, given that the Minister has said the Government’s view is that the Kinnock amendment is legally inoperable, it does no harm to keep it in the Bill. I do not know why noble Lords are laughing because the critical point, which...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: I am going to ask the noble Lord this question because he has questioned the comments that have been made about trust. In that context, does he want to comment on what the Prime Minister said this morning, which was that he will not seek an extension even if it is passed in law? Does that change his view on whether a question of trust is at play here?

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 4 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: This provision was put into the Cooper/Letwin Bill very much at the insistence of the Government at the time. I am not trying to make a point against the Government—the reason for it was to preserve the prerogative of the Government to accept an amendment. At that stage it was thought possible that the European Council would offer an extension at a Council meeting and there was the...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 4 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: Given what the Prime Minister has said, it is not going to happen. But the prerogative of the Prime Minister is retained under this provision—as it is in the other Bill.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 4 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: No. I want to be clear that there is no certainly commitment coming from these Benches that that is what the Bill requires. If it is passed into law, it contains those words, but it does not constrain what the extension is used for.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: The noble and learned Baroness is absolutely right about that, which is why I particularly complimented and thanked him for his intervention and observation. The conditions referred to by the noble Baroness, Lady Deech—such as the monetary issue, us being required to have a new Prime Minister, and a referendum—are not, in my view, things that the European Union could impose on this...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: I beg to differ from the noble Lord. The Committee will also bear in mind that anything the European Council does, or seeks to do, is itself subject to the requirements of the treaties. If it does something which is thought to be outside the treaties, that is justiciable in the courts of this country—we now know very well that they can do that—but also in Brussels and Luxembourg. I do not...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (6 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I said yesterday what a privilege it was to be in this House, but having heard the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Stirrup, the noble Lord, Lord Lisvane, and the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, who is not on the Cross Benches, they have answered the points that I wanted to make on this amendment. The starting point for the context is, obviously, as the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, said, the...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: I am just thinking through the implications of what the noble Lord has been saying. I have been hearing and reading that the Prime Minister has said he is negotiating and that the negotiations are going very well. I took that to mean that something was being discussed that he thought might be acceptable, not just the existing withdrawal agreement, and he jumped at the idea put to him by...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, who said that it is a privilege to be a Member of your Lordships’ House and to participate in debates such as this. I would make the point that I have said that before, but I am worried about being accused of dementia by the noble Lord, Lord Patten of Barnes, for repeating my previous speeches. To listen to this debate today and the...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: But of course it would be open to Her Majesty’s Ministers to advise her to give Royal Assent, and I assume that is what would happen. Can that be confirmed?

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (2E) (4 Sep 2019)

Lord Goldsmith: My Lords, it is hard to resist an invitation put by the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, but the position is quite straightforward: legislation is one thing, litigation is another. At the moment, Prorogation is going to take place; no court has said that it will not. In those circumstances we are faced with the ultimate guillotine, if your Lordships like, of seeing the business in this House...


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