Results 1–20 of 2636 for speaker:Lord Newby

Exiting the European Union - Statement (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness the Leader of the House for repeating the Statement. This is a curiously insubstantial Statement. It appears to be a demonstration of one of the Prime Minister’s most tried and tested political tactics: kicking the can down the road for another week. Why? She is open and straightforward about that; she has been listening to what has been said and has...

Arrangement of Business (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, what the Government are proposing is that while the Prime Minister is addressing the House of Commons withdrawing from the Brexit battlefield, and while the Leader of the House is making a Statement immediately thereafter, suspending debate on this issue, Members of your Lordships’ House—and, most importantly, Members of your Lordships’ House who have worked hard on...

Arrangement of Business (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, we all want to hear the noble Lord, Lord Howell, but I point out to the noble Lord, Lord King, that many MPs who were hoping to make speeches today and tomorrow will now be denied because—this is the key issue—the basis of their speeches is being taken off the table, at least temporarily. I am afraid I have not been here long enough to know the procedure well enough but I would...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, when your Lordships’ House debated the withdrawal Bill, we agreed that the substantive, meaningful vote at the end of the Brexit negotiations would lie exclusively with the Commons. This is reflected in the Government’s Motion today. However, I think your Lordships would have felt cheated had we not had the opportunity to express a view on the two Brexit options facing the...

G20 Summit - Statement (3 Dec 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I too thank the Leader for repeating the Statement, but am rather disappointed that it contains an omission. We are told that all the leaders had a bit of downtime during their stay in Argentina, during which they demonstrated national character traits. Angela Merkel went to a steak house for a good meal; President Macron went to a bookshop for a meeting with writers and thinkers,...

Leaving the European Union - Statement (26 Nov 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I too thank the Leader for repeating the Statement. We now have the agreement signed and sealed; the time for wishful thinking is over. Given the constraints that she imposed upon herself, I agree with the Prime Minister when she says that she has probably reached the best deal available. Even if she had had a dream team of negotiators, drawn from the Brexiteers normally to be found...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I commiserate with the noble Baroness who had to repeat this Statement, because we know that she does not agree with it. It appears that she was one of 10 Cabinet Ministers who expressed severe reservations about the agreement. Will she explain her reservations in her reply? I think that the House would like to know. There is a lot of real and mock surprise and indignation about the...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (15 Nov 2018)

Lord Newby: Or thousands, I stand corrected. That was never true. At least the Prime Minister now accepts reality. I am not by nature an avid reader of the Daily Express, but I caught its front page today and I agree with its headline: “It’s a deal—or no Brexit”. I agree. And given that it is now abundantly clear that the current deal has zero chance of passing through the Commons, and we know of...

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales - Motion for a Humble Address (14 Nov 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, it is a particular pleasure for me to support the humble Address, which we are debating today. For 20 years from the early 1990s, I worked with the Prince’s Trust, first as a consultant and then as chair of its Football Initiative. Started with the Prince’s severance pay when he left the Royal Navy in 1976, the trust has now helped more than 900,000 young people. Its turnover is...

Devolution: Sheffield City Region - Question (5 Nov 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, can the Minister tell us the timetable for the consultation to be undertaken and concluded?

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement Scrutiny - Private Notice Question (31 Oct 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, will the Minister revisit his answer to an earlier question? He implied that a draft withdrawal agreement had been published by the British Government, whereas in fact it was published by the Commission in March. Can he explain why Michel Barnier is able to give, week by week, detailed descriptions of the negotiations from the perspective of the EU—without, presumably, undermining...

Brexit: People’s Vote - Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords—

October European Council - Statement (22 Oct 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for repeating the Statement. I begin by associating myself with the comments of the noble Baroness, Lady Smith, about the unacceptable use of inflammatory language in the Commons. At this point in our national life, matters are inflammatory enough without use of words such as “knives” and “nooses” about a Prime Minister. I hope that the person who...

Brexit: Negotiations - Statement (15 Oct 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for repeating the Statement, which is sober and sobering. It begins by saying that the Prime Minister wishes to set out clearly the facts as they stand. Unfortunately, as the noble Baroness, Lady Smith, said, there are virtually no facts in the Statement at all. It is extraordinarily difficult simply by reading or listening to it to have the...

Brexit: EU Commission - Question (10 Oct 2018)

Lord Newby: My Lords, in the Statement that the Minister repeated yesterday, the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU said: “On the future relationship, we continue to make progress … although there is still some way to go”.—[Official Report, 9/10/18; col. 65.] Does the Minister therefore now expect a draft statement on the future relationship to be available for the Council meeting next week?...

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 rosy now....


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