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Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: I join colleagues who have paid tribute to the work of Lord Crickhowell and Lord Richard. Lord Richard was from Ammanford, my home town, and although I am not that familiar with the work of Lord Crickhowell, I certainly pay tribute to the work of Ivor Richard and his incredible contribution to developing the devolution settlement in our country of Wales. The Secretary of State’s remarks...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: I do not think that the right hon. Gentleman can get away with trying to portray the Swansea Bay city deal as some sort of UK Government giveaway to the Welsh economy, because 90% of the money comes from the Welsh public and private sectors.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: Will the hon. Lady give way on that point, because this is a very interesting debate?

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: The hon. Lady is being very kind. As I understand it, the Labour party’s policy is that it supports being in a customs union, not the customs union. She will know that as a member of the customs union we benefit from trade deals with over 60 countries across the world, accounting for £150 billion-worth of trade at UK level—there are no figures for Wales, of course. If we are...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: Will the hon. Lady give way again?

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: But that’s just spin, isn’t it?

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his work on this Bill, but I would not want him to leave Carmarthenshire out of his list. Will he join me in congratulating the Plaid Cymru-run Carmarthenshire County Council—the council in Wales that has rehoused the largest number of refugees by a country mile in our country?

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: In the time available, I would like to touch on a number of points that are relevant to the debate, starting with what has been its main crux this afternoon: the future trading relationship between the EU and the UK. Yesterday, the European Parliament passed a resolution on the framework of the future trade relationship, which will feed into next week’s EU summit and the EU negotiating...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: We look forward, as I am sure my comrades in the SNP do, to holding the Government to account on the result of last week’s very important debate. With regard to a meaningful vote, Members should not be in a position in which we can vote for either a bad deal or no deal. That position was outlined in the other place yesterday when my colleague, Lord Wigley, raised this issue. That...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: I fully agree. We have had two referendums in Wales to enshrine our constitutional settlement, but we have a British Government who are driving a sledgehammer through that settlement. I enjoyed the phrase “puppet Parliament” that was used by right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood). The reality is that if clause 11 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill goes through...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: The right hon. Lady is making an excellent point. In Scotland, the Scottish Government produced a White Paper—650 pages long—outlining completely what they were proposing. During the European referendum, the leave campaign produced a poster on a bus. That is why we are in the mess we are in now.

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: Given the scenario that the right hon. Gentleman is putting forward, is it not the truth that the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments will also be puppet Parliaments post Brexit?

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: In The Times today, the Government made a song and dance about this apparent concession by the European Union that the UK would be able to negotiate and sign trade deals during the transitional phase. Does the hon. Gentleman honestly believe that the British Government and the British civil service are going to be able to renegotiate 70-odd EU free trade agreements that we already have...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: As a part of the customs union, we have trade deals with 50-odd countries across the world, and I understand that they are worth some £140-odd billion per annum in UK trade exports. Will the priority during the implementation period be to renegotiate and sign deals with all those countries with which we currently have a trade deal? We know that some of them want to renegotiate the terms...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: The Minister is being extremely generous in taking interventions. Taking him back to the implementation period and the negotiation of trade deals, will the priority be renegotiating the trade deals that we already have with all these third countries via the customs union or negotiating new trade deals with countries such as the United States and China?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Rail Electrification: Swansea (14 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: Diolch. As we heard from the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T. C. Davies), the Labour Government yesterday cancelled the electrification of the line to Ebbw Vale using exactly the same arguments as the Secretary of State for cancelling the electrification of the main line to Swansea—I do not know whether they swapped press releases or not. Is it not the case that when it comes to the...

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: Is the OBR right to calculate in its report that the United Kingdom will be making payments to the European Union until 2064 as part of the divorce settlement and that that will not include any new commitments that the British Government may make in the remaining parts of the negotiation? Would it not be better just to stay in the EU?

United States Tariffs: Steel and Aluminium (12 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: If faced with a trade war, what post-Brexit trade defence mechanisms would little Britain employ against the might of the US economy?

Northern Ireland Finances (12 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: Will the Secretary of State confirm that not all political parties—for instance, the Social Democratic and Labour party—were consulted on the actual content of the budget? Will she outline who made the political decisions in relation to the budget?

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: The main security challenges are state-sponsored terrorism, Daesh-sponsored terrorism and threats to cyber-security. Should not the UK defence portfolio be redesigned to meet those challenges, rather than concentrating on a new generation of nuclear weapons?

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