Results 1–20 of 1856 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Karen Bradley

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his support. The decisions that are being taken today are not easy, and I appreciate his guarded support for what we are doing. I will continue to work with him to ensure that the House is comfortable and happy with the decisions that we are taking. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. In an ideal situation, we would not have had 19 months without devolved...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: My right hon. Friend has campaigned on the treatment of veterans for many years. I have spent considerable time listening and talking to him about it, and he is right: the current situation is not tolerable. It is not acceptable that veterans are being subjected to a disproportionate focus by the authorities in Northern Ireland. We want to change that, and are consulting on how to do so, to...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank the hon. Lady for her points. I received a note from the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands). I understand that he has constituency business. We are all constituency MPs first and foremost and our constituents come first in all matters, so we all sympathise. I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her comments and for her support for the proposals. She is right...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank my hon. Friend, who is a very assiduous member of the Select Committee. As I said in my statement, I want to talk to the parties in Northern Ireland to ensure that decision making can be made in a way that has broad support across Northern Ireland. There are a variety of ways that that can be done and a variety of lengths to which we can go in terms of decision-making powers. I want...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his cautious welcome for the announcements I have made today. Pay and allowances for Members of this House are a matter for this House. It is therefore not be appropriate for me to comment on them. The decision I have taken today with regard to MLA pay is in relation to the recommendations put to me by Trevor Reaney, which were commissioned by my predecessor,...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that these are matters for the devolved Government. That is why we need to see a devolved Government: so that such decisions can be taken by those whom the people of Northern Ireland elected to do so for them. The sooner we have those people in Stormont, taking those decisions and dealing with those important matters, the better for everyone.

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: I apologise again for the error that led to the BBC report. That should never have happened and I apologise again to the House. The hon. Lady asks a question about the mechanics in relation to MLA pay. I will now write to all MLAs to inform them that I intend to reduce their pay in two stages, as set out by Trevor Reaney, with the first reduction in November and the following reduction three...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: I apologise to the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey). My hon. Friend raises the point that she raised. I will address both their points now. We are all concerned about the sustainability of the Executive. This issue needs to be resolved. Clearly, the changes made to the Belfast agreement in the 2007 St Andrews agreement have made the situation we have found ourselves in for the past 19...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: The right hon. Gentleman is right to refer to the initiative of the Alliance party and Naomi Long, who I spoke to earlier today. I commend her on taking that initiative, which demonstrates that there is some low-level engagement between the parties. That is something I want to explore. As I said in my statement, I rule nothing out. I will look at all options, but I need to do the right thing...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Gentleman refers to many, many of the decisions that need to be taken. We need ministerial decisions to be taken so that those many urgent matters around public services and their delivery, the reform of health and education, and matters regarding paramilitarism can be dealt with. We need Ministers to do that, and the right Ministers to do it are those whom the people of Northern...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: The hon. Gentleman will have seen the Government’s White Paper, which sets out our proposals on the movement of goods and people following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. He will have seen that the White Paper sets out pragmatic and sensible suggestions as to how those movements could continue in the way that they have done historically and in a way that...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to update the House on the restoration of government in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland needs devolved government. It needs all the functioning political institutions of the Belfast agreement and its successors. As significant decisions are taken at this critical time, Northern Ireland’s voice must be heard. With new powers coming back from...

Business of the House (6 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I was going to refer to the matter, which has just been brought to my attention, too. It is an honest mistake—it was human error—but I do apologise to the House for this. It was not intended that anything would be made public until I had made my statement to the House, and I do apologise to all Members.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Backstop Proposal (5 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: The December joint report commits us to avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, and to no new borders within the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister has been very clear that elements of the EU’s backstop proposal are unacceptable. It would, if implemented, undermine the UK common market and threaten the constitutional integrity of the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Backstop Proposal (5 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: I can assure my hon. Friend that in my discussions with all parties and Governments in the European Union, I am very clear that the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom must be respected, and that means no border down the Irish sea and that all businesses in Northern Ireland must have unfettered access to UK markets, as my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Backstop Proposal (5 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: We have been absolutely clear—the Prime Minister has been clear; I have been clear—that we respect the fact that the backstop has to be put into legal text, but that legal text has to be clear that the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom is sacrosanct.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Backstop Proposal (5 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: My hon. and gallant Friend has great experience from his time in Northern Ireland, and I am sure he knows how difficult it was to police that border. Some 30,000 military and police personnel were unable to close the border, so I do not think that anybody should expect us to see a hard border today. However, I would be very happy to have a conversation with him about technology so that we can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Backstop Proposal (5 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: Conservative Members are delighted that the hon. Gentleman is still in his place. When we saw the very welcome appointment of his colleague over the summer, we had concerns that that might have an impact on his position; we are grateful that it has not. We are aware of concerns raised in Northern Ireland about that Bill, which deals specifically with the threat elsewhere, and we are having...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Engagement (5 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: I am acutely aware of the deep frustration and difficulties faced by the people of Northern Ireland and the urgent need to re-establish a locally elected, democratically accountable devolved Government. I remain in close contact with the five main political parties and the Irish Government where appropriate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Engagement (5 Sep 2018)

Karen Bradley: Yes, I can confirm that. Abortion is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland, and it is only right that questions of law and policy on abortion, including the legality of any medicines, are decided by a devolved Government in Northern Ireland.


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