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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?

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: The hon. Lady is making a very important speech. I suggest that my hon. Friend the Member for Clacton (Giles Watling) visits her constituency, and talks to Ford and Tata Steel in order to understand the importance of frictionless supply chains, membership of the customs union and membership of the single market in the very real industrial world that the hon. Lady and her constituents inhabit.

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: It is an absolute pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie). On this, we are absolutely as one. It has been a consistent feature not only of the debate in the run-up to the referendum, but in everything that has followed, that there has been so much agreement between those of us on these Government Back Benches and those on the Opposition Back Benches. If I may say...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: That is a really interesting point. Of course we had a referendum, but can we just get real about this? First, 52% of those who voted did so for us to leave the European Union, but not one of them to my knowledge—certainly in my constituency—voted to be poorer. Of course, 48% of people voted for us to remain in the European Union, and they have a right to a say in what now...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I completely agree; the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I take grave exception to the idea that across the length and breadth of this country people were sitting in pubs, cafés, bars or whatever discussing the finer points of the merits or otherwise of the customs union and the single market. The truth is that there are Members of this House who do not know what the customs union is,...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I might not quite go that far, but the hon. Gentleman makes a really important point. I was a member of the Government that decided we would have a referendum. To be very blunt, I am now quite ashamed of the fact that I made a decision that we should have a referendum without the proper debate that we clearly should have had and without the long run-up. More than that, this is the conclusion...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I will make one last point—no, I will take the intervention, because it is probably more relevant to what I just said.

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: The hon. Lady makes a very good point. Look, some people would argue that it is a miracle that 48% voted for the EU. Anybody who plays or watches cricket knows that before a game, they roll the pitch. We have taken a JCB digger to the pitch for the past 40 years. It is astonishing. On both sides, we have all blamed the EU for all our misfortunes: if something was difficult, we just blamed the...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: My hon. Friend shakes his head, but, with great respect, he should go and speak, as many of us have done, to ambassadors and senior members of Government. They are genuinely upset that our country is leaving, because of the loss from that and the damage and harm it will do to the EU and because of the great role our country has played in many respects in the best part of the EU’s work,...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: Will my right hon. Friend confirm whether he has seen the Government analysis—apparently it involves excellent modelling and is far better than anything they did in the run-up to the EU referendum—showing that if we were to crash out without a deal and rely on WTO tariffs, our projected increase in productivity and economic growth would be reduced by 7.7%? Is that what his...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I hope we can return to the subject we are meant to be debating today. The hon. Gentleman talks about manifestos, and of course his party failed to get elected on its one. Is he familiar with the Conservative manifesto, which some may say we have drifted away from to some considerable extent? It made it clear that the Government’s policy, should they be re-elected to govern our country,...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I do not want to alarm you, Mr Deputy Speaker, but I completely agree with my right hon. Friend the Member for Wokingham (John Redwood), which may a be a first in this sort of debate—[Interruption.] He is in a state of high shock. In all seriousness, this is an implementation period—the clue is in the name—but many of us fear that by October we will have achieved nothing...


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