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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker, and to your wise words and guidance, you will recall that in business questions last week I specifically said to the Leader of the House that there was growing concern that although Ministers are properly accountable to this place and can be called if they have said anything that is not accurate, that does not extend to Opposition Members. Yet...

Leaving the Eu: Uk Ports (Customs) (19 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: As my right hon. Friend knows, if there were two countries that were ever going to have a completely frictionless border, they would be Norway and Sweden, because they are both in the single market, but, as we know, there is a hard border there. In any event, will he be so good as to go to his officials at the conclusion of his appearance in the House to ask them to make sure that the costs...

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

Anna Soubry: Conservative Members have rightly raised a very important point: what happens if an 18-year-old in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan decides to take advantage of this Bill by coming here and then getting his family over? Does my hon. Friend agree that that scenario simply could not happen, because somebody from Syria would be in Jordan as a place of refuge, and if they were then to enter...

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

Anna Soubry: indicated dissent.

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

Anna Soubry: I am grateful to the right hon. Lady for giving way; it is very kind of her. When I was in Jordan—I am sure that she has had experience of this as well—I saw that magnificent efforts are being made to settle refugees. However, I also came across a family where the elderly parents, or grandparents, were going to Austria and the youngest son and his wife and children were going to...

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

Anna Soubry: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

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

Anna Soubry: I, too, am proud to sponsor the Bill. I congratulate the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil), and endorse everything that he said in his excellent speech. I also fully endorse everything that was said by, in particular, my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill). Ever the lawyer, he made the valid point that the Bill is very modest. It not...

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

Anna Soubry: I could not agree more with the hon. Lady, and there are many such examples. I went to the Zaatari refugee camp, where I met a 19-year-old who had lived in a tin shed for four years. His father had had his own business in Syria. Again, he scooped up everything and fled, through terror. Meeting this 19-year-old was a genuinely concerning and distressing experience. Where was his hope? He had...

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

Anna Soubry: I completely understand my hon. Friend’s genuine concern; I just do not believe that there is any evidence to support it. Let us all stop and get real. History tells us: the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) referred to Biblical times, and we have referred to the plight of the Jews in Germany and other countries. As my hon. Friend will understand, these people are...

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

Anna Soubry: We are talking about people who are already here and whose status as genuine refugees has already been determined. The idea that there are gangs of people smugglers in Syria going through that desperate warzone and enticing families into putting their children into their hands is the stuff of fantasy. [Interruption.] No, it really is the stuff of fantasy. It is beholden on all of us to...

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

Anna Soubry: Again, my hon. Friend misses the point. These are people with the status of refugees; they have been through all the systems and are accepted as genuine refugees. This is just a fake and phoney point that is being put forward. It says a lot that there is this lack of understanding about the difference between an economic migrant and a refugee. During the referendum debate—I am not going...

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

Anna Soubry: Let me bring my remarks to a conclusion, Mr Deputy Speaker. Of course I agree with everything the hon. Gentleman has said; he is absolutely right on this. Hon. Members have nothing to fear in this Bill. It is the right thing to do, legally and morally. Even if they cannot vote for the Bill, I ask them to abstain. But they can go better than that, and I ask them to support this excellent piece...

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

Anna Soubry: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that those parents sent their children here to keep them safe, not so that they could join them—although, my God, it is a pity that we could not provide that facility?

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

Anna Soubry: I urge my hon. Friend to consider that this Bill is about refugees—not economic migrants, with whom one might have some sympathy, but people who are fleeing war, persecution and terror on a scale that none of us can even begin to imagine. The idea that someone would willingly put their child in an even more perilous place is frankly for the fairies.

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

Anna Soubry: Will my hon. Friend give way?

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

Anna Soubry: I gently say to my hon. Friend that this is not one of his greatest contributions. The Conservative party stands proudly on its record of offering refuge, especially to children in conditions of the kind he has actually described. May I please remind him that the Bill is about people who are genuine refugees and have been granted that status? If he could confine his comments to that, this...

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

Anna Soubry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

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

Anna Soubry: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on both his Bill and his powerful speech. Does he agree that the key word here is “refugee”? Everybody forgets what and who a refugee is; this is somebody who is fleeing a place they love—their home. They do not want to leave it, but circumstances, that we cannot even begin to imagine, mean they literally grasp the first things that come to...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I was making the case for the single market and the EEA, and I am sure the Minister would agree that that is not an extreme position to hold.

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: Is my hon. Friend concerned about the cost of all the provisions that will have to be made to govern all these various sectors and to manage all these new arrangements? Would he like the Government to produce, before any final meaningful vote in this place, the actual costs of delivering the Brexit deal?

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