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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...

Brexit: North-East of England - Question (9 May 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, the Minister sought to rubbish the figures given by the noble Baroness, Lady Quin, on the basis that they represented an incomplete analysis. Can he tell the House whether the Government have produced a complete analysis and, if so, what does it show?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Newby: Is the Minister saying that the Government have no intention to come back on this issue at Third Reading?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I have nothing of substance to add to the speeches by the noble Duke, the Duke of Wellington, and the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, who have made a compelling argument to delete the date from the Bill. Having the date in the Bill was really a very silly move by the Government. It was not in the Bill to start with for very good reasons. It gave flexibility to Ministers to determine what...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, it has been an extremely serious and good debate, and I thank all noble Lords who have taken part. I will make just two comments on points that have been made. First, a number of noble Lords have said that it would be treating people with disrespect, or contempt, if we gave them more power. I am sorry, but I have difficulty with this concept. It would be treating people with...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: It would be a matter for member states acting unanimously. Not surprisingly, those of us who might wish for an extension of the Article 50 process have taken advice from Members of your Lordships’ House, from representatives of institutions and from other Governments, and we have formed the view that they would in those circumstances allow a limited extension of the Article 50 process...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: I suggest that the noble Lord reads the amendment.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, your Lordships’ House has just passed an amendment to the Bill that gives Parliament a meaningful vote on any Brexit deal. This amendment, standing in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Butler and Lord Wigley, and the noble Viscount, Lord Hailsham, is about what happens next. It says the Government must put forward the option of a referendum on the deal, a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, the first referendum was a mandate to the Government to negotiate Brexit. At the end of the process, a decision has to be taken on whether that mandate has been adequately fulfilled. The only question is whether the Commons alone or the Commons supported by the people should take that final decision.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, as I was saying, many noble Lords are opposed to referenda, and I have some sympathy with that view, but I am afraid that on this issue the pass was sold when Parliament, including your Lordships’ House, approved the 2015 European Union Referendum Bill. On Brexit, Parliament gave the initial decision to the people; it is in no position now to take a stand on the concept of its...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: Well, during the referendum Bill, all sorts of things were said, including by many people that it was an advisory referendum. That soon fell by the wayside, did it not?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I said that during the debate that was said. The truth is that, if you ask the people to have a vote, Parliament, having given them a mandate to have a vote, politically cannot come back and say, “Thanks very much, you’ve had your vote but, actually, we are going to ignore it”. Everybody knows that that is not realistic politics.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, that was in the completely different context of the Lisbon treaty. In previous debates in your Lordships’ House, a number of noble Lords have thrown at me what former leaders of my party have said. I would just ask the noble Lord, as we are talking about former leaders, whether he agrees with his former leader, Sir John Major, when he made a speech earlier this year and said,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: Whatever the legal words, it would be politically binding, by which I mean that the Commons would not seek to overturn it. That is the precedent set by this referendum. We know that, at the time, the vast majority of Members of the House of Commons opposed the outcome of the referendum. They accepted it, though, because that was the political reality, whether it was technically a binding...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day) (25 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I support what the noble Baroness, Lady Smith, just said. It is 6.40 pm. It would be unprecedented to break for dinner at this time. I do not suggest that there is anything other than concern for your Lordships’ stomachs in the mind of the Government Chief Whip, but I ask him to reconsider whether he wishes to put this matter to a vote.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day) (25 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: I suspect that the mood of the House is to negate it—and the quicker we do it, the better.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day) (25 Apr 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I too thank the Minister—I fear that that will not necessarily be very common, so I am pleased to be able to do so now. I am sure he will agree with me that these amendments are sensible, appropriate and necessary.


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