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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I am unable to support the amendment. I say so with a heavy heart, but I am extremely conscious of the economic consequences, not least the ones the noble Lord just mentioned, of prolonged uncertainty. I will briefly sum up why. We have had uncertainty in this country from when the then Prime Minister made his Bloomberg speech, but more so since he started his negotiation. The...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (21 Feb 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I need to make a few declarations. The first is that I have the privilege in this House of chairing the EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee. I would say this, but in my opinion it is the most significant committee at this point in terms of the angles that it is looking at, such as financial services and the EU budget. My other declaration is more personal. I am married to a German, I...

Brexit: Financial Services (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (9 Feb 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, this has been an extremely fruitful debate and I am particularly grateful to the Minister for giving us, in the absence of a formal government response, a clear line of vision about how she is proceeding with her role. I particularly want to thank those noble Lords who spoke in this debate today who were not members of the committee—the noble Earls, Lord Caithness and Lord...

Brexit: Financial Services (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (9 Feb 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I am delighted to introduce this European Union Committee report. In doing so I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Neville-Rolfe, on her recent appointment to the Treasury and on her role as Minister in charge of “EU exit financial services”. I hope to have a very positive interaction with her in the future. In the wake of the referendum of 23 June last year, the EU Select...

Recent Changes to US Immigration Policy - Statement (30 Jan 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, the Minister tells the House that the reason the Prime Minister hesitated—if I can describe it that way—was because she was waiting to be on top of the facts and they were not clear when it originally happened. When moderate Muslims in this country—I hate to describe myself in that way; I prefer to use the phrase secular Muslim—are constantly exhorted to fight radical...

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (27 Jan 2017)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, for persevering in bringing this important matter before your Lordships’ House on such a regular basis. I hope that this time the Government will hear what the House is saying loud and clear. I put my name down to speak in this debate very late yesterday, which is why I was unable to attend the several briefing sessions on the Bill that...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (9 Nov 2016)

Report from the European Union Committee ‘Whatever it takes’: the Five Presidents’ Report on completing Economic and Monetary Union – Baroness Falkner of Margravine. Debate; 2:00 pm

European Union and Canada: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement - Question (27 Oct 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current state of negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada; and what lessons they have drawn from these negotiations.

European Union and Canada: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement - Question (27 Oct 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I thank the noble Baroness for her reply. I wonder whether she recognises these words: Brexit, “means immediately seeking Free Trade Agreements with the biggest prospective markets as fast as possible. There is no reason why many of these cannot be achieved within two years. We can pick up the almost complete agreement between the EU and Canada, and if anything liberalise it”. In case she...

Zimbabwe - Question (8 Sep 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, perhaps I may draw the noble Baroness’s attention to the original point of this Question. I myself have benefited from facilitation by our embassies and missions abroad, as many other Members of the House of Lords may have done. However, does she not accept that there was a slight error of judgment on the part of our high commissioner in Zimbabwe in facilitating a well-known...

Council of the European Union: UK Presidency - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords—

Council of the European Union: UK Presidency - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I think we need the Leader of the House to give us an idea of who should be next.

Council of the European Union: UK Presidency - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: While the noble Lord, Lord Bridges, is taking his time, does he accept that it would be extremely difficult for the United Kingdom to conduct a presidency if, under Article 50, it is banned from taking part in certain meetings that will inevitably have to happen during the presidency? Does he also accept that the parliamentary authorities will need to make arrangements—catering, venues and...

Defence: Continuous At-Sea Deterrent - Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I should declare that I am a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. I reassure the noble Lord, Lord Tunnicliffe, that I take comfort from the fact that the debate on replacing Vanguard has been going on since 2006, when his Government were in power. As for the Liberal Democrats, our thinking about Trident has been an almost continuous feature of Lib Dem...

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I start by thanking all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate on a Friday. It has been a long week, and I genuinely appreciate that their interest and their concern for our country, and the situation in which these things can go wrong, is heartfelt. I will start by going very briefly through some of the arguments that were put. I have great affection and respect for the...

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: I say to the noble Earl, Lord Attlee, that his problem is one for the noble Earl, Lord Howe, to deal with—not me. But I completely accept the concerns of the noble Lord, Lord Framlingham, which were voiced by the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, as well. But, ultimately, either we trust MPs to do a job and have access to the information or we do not. The concern expressed by the noble Lord, Lord...

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Jul 2016)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine: My Lords, I will start with a figure: 179 men and women, who proudly wore the uniform of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. They are the 179 casualties of the war in Iraq, whose families expected the Government and Parliament to do the right thing by them at the time and to take the right decisions. Through the Chilcot report they now know more of what happened but find themselves listening to Mr...


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