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Foreign Languages: European Institutions — Question (22 Oct 2013)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: Does my noble friend agree that it would be helpful if, in the course of speeches made by Ministers on European issues, the availability of such positions in the European Commission and other institutions was mentioned, as a ministerial reference would carry much more weight than just making it available on paper?

G8 Summit — Statement (19 Jun 2013)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: Will my noble friend agree that the last time a serious attempt was made to reach a wide-ranging trade agreement between the United States and the European Union it foundered on the absolute refusal of the US regulatory agencies to agree to any degree of mutual recognition, let alone harmonisation, and that unless at the very highest level action is taken to deal with that blockage, this...

EU: Recent Developments — Motion to Take Note (16 Feb 2012)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: My Lords, the dramatic unfolding of the eurozone crisis, in particular the inevitable focus on the handling of the Greek situation, risks obscuring the more fundamental underlying debate about the eurozone that, in my view, has to take place. That debate is over the extent to which, for a monetary union to work, it needs to be accompanied by a fiscal union, and what the nature of such a...

EU Council — Statement (31 Jan 2012)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: Does my noble friend agree that, whereas, of course, the Government were fully entitled to decline to sign the new treaty, it was also very wise not to try to deny the use of the European Union institutions to those countries that chose to sign the treaty? To attempt to do so would have been to risk the use against us of qualified majority voting as the normal legislative tool in areas of...

European Council — Statement (12 Dec 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: My Lords-

European Council — Statement (12 Dec 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: Would my noble friend agree that, as financial services regulation can be passed without unanimity, the only reason such regulation has not been passed in a way that is unacceptable to this country over the last 30 years is because we have been able to get sufficient goodwill from our partners? In order to retain the goodwill which will continue to be needed in future, would my noble friend...

Human Rights Act 1998 — Question (12 Oct 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: My Lords, does my noble friend recall that the European Convention on Human Rights derives largely from the work and suggestions of Conservative Ministers in the late 1940s and that, although individual decisions may be uncomfortable, the general thrust of giving effect to human rights through legislation of this kind is one that reflects well on this country and provides a good example for...

European Union Bill: Commons Amendments and Reasons (13 Jul 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: My Lords, at this stage in our proceedings we have to do two things. First, we have to decide whether we are persuaded by the arguments put forward in the other place that what we have decided here should not stand up. Secondly, we have to decide, if we are not persuaded, whether we stand by what we have done or whether we acquiesce in what the other House has decided. My fundamental...

European Union Bill — Report (3rd Day) (15 Jun 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: My Lords, I support the amendment. I start by saying that I am an unashamed opponent of referenda and always have been. It is not therefore surprising that anything that limits the operation of referenda inherently attracts me, as the amendment does. It is entirely reasonable that this piece of legislation, if it is to be passed, should be regarded as being wholly exceptional-which it is...

European Union Bill — Report (3rd Day) (15 Jun 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: I am fundamentally against referenda. I would not have favoured the holding of that referendum, but that does not in any way mean that I do not accept its result, especially as it was one that I politically favoured.

European Union Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 May 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: With great respect to my noble friends Lord Waddington and Lord Lamont, I do not think that they are correct in this case. The test of what is codification and is therefore excluded from a referendum provision is an objective one. It does not depend on the procedures used to achieve the codification; it depends on whether there has been actual codification or something going beyond it....

European Union Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 May 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: Just one moment-not the way in which that has come about either in this country or elsewhere. In the last analysis, the test of whether what has happened is codification and is therefore exempt from a referendum would be applied in the normal way by the British courts applying common-law principles.

European Union Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 May 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: I do not think that that is the case. The question is: is it codification or not? That is the question, not how it has come about. If it is not codification but the creation of a new law, the provision exempting the requirement for a referendum does not apply. If it is codification, which will be determined by an objective test applied by British courts in accordance with normal common-law...

European Union Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 May 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: I am not making any statement about whether or not any particular provision was codification. I am talking about the correct interpretation of this provision in this Bill with regard to the future, which determines whether or not a referendum is called on the question. The test is an objective one: whether what occurs in future amounts to a codification, however it has been achieved, or goes...

European Union Bill: Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (3 May 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: I assure my noble friend that whether or not that is a good thing or a bad thing-I have a lot of sympathy with the view that excesses happened there-by no wild stretch of the imagination could that be described in English law, and we are in the process of creating a British statute, as codification. It might be wonderful; it might be disastrous; it might be neither; but it is not codification...

European Union Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (22 Mar 2011)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: My Lords, I view the Bill with an undisguised lack of enthusiasm. I fully understand the political imperatives that have led the coalition Government to putting forward legislation of this kind, but those political imperatives do not make the Bill either objectively necessary or desirable. I suggest that it is neither. I suggest that parts of it are unnecessary, other parts objectionable, and...

EU: Codecision (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2010)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: I carefully noted the words "appropriate" and "certain". Can the Minister give any guidance on the criteria that will determine which limité documents are appropriate and which are the certain limité documents that he is prepared to disclose?

EU: Codecision (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2010)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: My Lords, I do not think that anyone would disagree that today it is more important than ever to ensure effective scrutiny of European legislation. The reason it is more important than ever-I do not say that just as a cliché-relates to the number of policy areas which are subject to what we must now call the ordinary legislative procedure. They have been increased by the Lisbon treaty. It is...

Public Expenditure — Question (13 Jan 2010)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: My Lords, does the Minister not agree that the only argument is about the timing of cuts, not about their necessity? If that is the case, would he not further agree that if a programme of cuts is not to be botched and therefore arbitrary, it needs careful planning and that it is not a moment too soon to begin the process of planning those cuts?

Queen's Speech — Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (4 Dec 2008)

Lord Brittan of Spennithorne: My Lords, I shall focus on what our approach should be to what is or should be going on in the European Union in the coming months. My task is rendered much easier by the fact that, as far as my general stance is concerned, I so completely agree with what my noble and learned friend Lord Howe of Aberavon said that I need say no more on that. I raise, first, the adequacy of the European...


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