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Visas: Certificates of Sponsorship - Question (13 Sep 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I think the noble Baroness said in an answer to an earlier question that there had been no change in policy since 2008. If that is the case, can she explain why the experience of people organising festivals and of individuals trying to perform at them has changed so dramatically for the worse this year?

UK-EU Future Relationship: Young Voters - Question (10 Sep 2018)

Lord Newby: The Minister is keen to talk about the Government respecting the will of the British people. How does that square with the fact that every recent opinion poll has shown that a significant majority want a vote on any deal, or lack of deal, and that if there were such a vote, a majority say that the country would vote to remain? Are the Government respecting the current will of the British people?

Salisbury Update - Statement (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I would like to thank the Leader of the House for repeating the Statement, which demonstrates what excellent work the police and security services can achieve when working together. They deserve our heartfelt congratulations for identifying the perpetrators of this terrible crime. Sadly, I suspect that identifying the perpetrators will prove to be the easy bit. The question is: what...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, it seems extraordinary that the Chequers Brexit summit was little over a fortnight ago and that the Government’s White Paper embodying the Chequers agreement is a mere 10 days old. At the time, it all seemed so rosy for the Prime Minister: “Chequers-mate: Theresa May ambush routs cabinet Brexiteers”, screamed the Sunday Times, for example. Well, it does not look so...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, it is very interesting that the noble Lord should ask that question. We are talking about the most important issue that the country has faced in my lifetime, and I can give him an absolute assurance, as I have said many times—including to him in response to identical questions—that, if there were such a referendum, it would lance the boil of this question. We would...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: I think that things have moved on since the last general election. At the time of the election, a lot of people believed the slogan on the bus; a lot of people believed a whole raft of things about EU membership, or leaving the EU, which have proved to be false. All I am doing is explaining how public opinion currently stands. The noble Lord might not like it, but that is where we stand. If...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: We are talking about what the options are. I am saying that there are three; perhaps the noble Lord believes that there are others. I believe that there are two relating to Brexit—no deal, or something broadly based on what the Government have produced. I believe the only other option is staying in, and the only way to get that accepted in the country, politically and morally, is...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: No, I am not going to give way to the noble Lord again. Sadly, we will now have to endure nine months of further tortuous negotiations, a bitter debate and loud recriminations before we reach this end point—but reach it we will.

NATO Brussels Summit 2018 - Statement (16 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, this NATO summit, despite an extraordinarily long communiqué, was essentially about only one thing: the future relationship of the US, and particularly its President, with Europe. President Trump says many worrying and extraordinary things, but when he describes the EU as one of America’s foes we are clearly in extremely challenging times. His statement is all the more...

Death of a Member: Lord Carrington - Tributes (10 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, Lord Carrington was, for people of my generation, a somewhat distant figure but someone who one knew embodied the highest values of public life: honour, integrity and a very strong sense of public duty and public service. As we have heard, he had a most remarkable and lengthy period of public and parliamentary service, and he had to cope with those elements of luck and chance which...

Exiting the EU - Statement (9 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I add my condolences to the family and friends of Dawn Sturgess. The Statement and the subsequent resignations lay bare the fundamental dilemma at the heart of Brexit. What is most important, access to EU markets and institutions, which is necessary for prosperity and security, or control, which is necessary for real independence of action? The former Foreign Secretary accurately...

Brexit: European Commission Discussions - Question (9 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, if I were an exporter to the EU, what difference would I notice between the Government’s plan for a free trade area and continued membership of a customs union?

European Council - Statement (2 Jul 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, this is a Statement of two parts. The first relates to the major issues on migration and security, which were rightly at the top of the agenda. The Prime Minister sets out in the Statement the things that we are doing to support the EU efforts to control migration: a further Border Force patrol vessel off Greece—leaving how many, I wonder, left to patrol our own territorial...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Amendments (20 Jun 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, it seems rather hard to believe but this really will be the last time we debate the withdrawal Bill in your Lordships’ House. As we did on Monday, we are focusing on only one issue—indeed, the significance of just two words in relation to a Motion that the Government would bring forward in the event of reaching no agreement with the EU on Brexit terms. The two words are...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (18 Jun 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I am sorry that the Government did not feel able to accept the amendment that your Lordships’ House passed on this issue, but at least we now have a workable amendment. I have just one question for the Leader. She said that she was confident that the committees would be able to respond “at pace” to the flow of statutory instruments coming before them. I am...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (18 Jun 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I associate myself with much of what the noble Baroness has said about the role of your Lordships’ House. The role played by the Lords on this Bill has been completely in line with constitutional precedent. We indeed defeated the Government 15 times, but the Government used the Lords stages of the Bill to introduce more than 150 amendments of their own, including extremely...

G7: Charlevoix, Quebec - Statement (11 Jun 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, it is easy to feel some sympathy for the Prime Minister and the other non-US members of the G7 today. It must be extraordinarily frustrating dealing with an American president given to “fits of anger”, to quote President Macron, and they must all share Chancellor Merkel’s view that it was “sobering and a little depressing”. Again, Sir Humphrey would...

House of Lords: Size - Question (22 May 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, does the Minister agree with the Institute for Government this morning that Andrew Tyrie cannot be an independent chair of the Competition and Markets Authority and take the Government whip? Will he suggest that he should follow the precedent of the noble Lord, Lord Currie of Marylebone, and sit as a Cross-Bencher?

House of Lords: Membership - Private Notice Question (21 May 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, if the Burns report is to be implemented, it is crucial that the Prime Minister follows its proposals when making appointments. The letter from the Prime Minister to which the noble Lord referred simply says that she will operate with restraint and allocate peerages fairly. Could he encourage her to give a firmer commitment to the Burns principle if he wishes other parties to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Third Reading (16 May 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, it may surprise them, but I begin by congratulating and thanking the Government Front Bench. I congratulate the ministerial team on passing the first test of successful politicians: they have survived, and that is a signal achievement. I also thank them for at no point suggesting that your Lordships’ House should not pass amendments. During previous Administrations, it has...


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