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Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: The UK has a long-standing tradition of protecting rights and liberties. The decision to leave the European Union does not and will not change that. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill retains the rights, standards and protections derived from EU legislation and treaties as they exist immediately before our departure from the EU. That will ensure that, so far as is practicable, all rights...

Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: Our commitment to workers’ rights is unwavering. On the hon. Lady’s specific point, the fact is that, if that amendment had been taken forward, it would have severely damaged our capacity to have a functioning statute book as we left the European Union.

Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: My hon. Friend raises a point on which I am sure that many of us have received correspondence. I look forward to the day when it is within the powers of this House to change those rules.

Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: If you will allow me, Mr Speaker, I would like to pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman’s capacity to use parliamentary procedure to bring an enormous range of issues into his question. I suggest that he might wish to call an Adjournment debate if he feels that he has not had sufficient opportunity during the passage of the withdrawal Bill to debate all the issues that he raises.

Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: Yes. The fundamental political right is that power should derive from the consent of the governed. In leaving the European Union, we will re-establish that consent on a basis that has been traditionally understood, which is that it is this Parliament that will determine the laws of the United Kingdom.

Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: We disagree with the commission. The charter of fundamental rights is only one element of the UK’s human rights architecture. Most of the rights protected in the charter are also protected in domestic law by common law, the Human Rights Act 1998 or other domestic legislation. The fact of the matter, which the hon. and learned Lady does not seem to wish to accept, is that this House has...

Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: We have had wide-ranging debates about animals and animal rights, and the hon. Gentleman will know that that is a subject of continuing interest for the Government. The Government have tabled amendments on environmental protections, and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has brought forward a range of proposals on animal rights. I look forward to us carrying those...

Exiting the European Union: Rights, Standards and Protections (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: The Government’s position is that the UK firmly believes in strong labour protections while also embracing the opportunities that arise from a changing world of work. We do not need to stay aligned with the EU to have strong protections for workers, and a key tenet of the Government’s industrial strategy is continually to improve labour standards in domestic legislation.

Exiting the European Union: EU Withdrawal: No Deal Preparations (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: It is in everyone’s interests to secure a good deal for both sides and we are increasingly confident that that can be achieved. As my right hon. Friend will be aware, we continue to implement plans for all scenarios. Some delivery has already become evident; more will become public over the coming weeks and months. As an example, I congratulate my colleagues in the Department for...

Exiting the European Union: EU Withdrawal: No Deal Preparations (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: I hear my right hon. Friend’s case and I agree that it is prudent for all Departments to prepare for all possible outcomes. We will continue to engage with business to reduce uncertainty wherever we can. Over the next few weeks and months, our preparations for what is an unwanted contingency will become increasingly visible to him and the country.

Exiting the European Union: EU Withdrawal: No Deal Preparations (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: We will be bringing forward and publishing our plans for the future relationship in due course.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: We have been engaging with businesses up and down the country to build a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities that Brexit brings, particularly in relation to immigration, and that will help us to design a new immigration system that ensures that employers have access to the skills they need. I am happy to tell my hon. Friend that I discussed her proposal with the Minister...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: I can give my hon. Friend that assurance. We are determined to take back control of our laws, borders and trade policy. We will ensure that we go forward as a normal, independent country, where people know that it is this Parliament that governs their lives.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: First of all, I refute the idea that this is a divorce. I prefer to think that we are loving siblings who have decided to grow up and move out into the house next door. We have reached a fair financial settlement, and I am pleased that we have.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: We have done a huge amount to engage with business. As I said in response to earlier questions, we will reveal more of our plans in the next few weeks and months, and as we do that, we will engage in more detail with businesses right across the country.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit (13 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: It is in everyone’s interests to secure a good deal for both sides. We think that is by far and away the highest probability. However, as a responsible Government, we are preparing for all potential outcomes from negotiations with the EU, including for the unlikely scenario in which no mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached. Every Government department has drawn up well...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit (13 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: DExEU does not classify or categorise budgets and expenditure by potential negotiation outcome. The 16-17 Annual Reports and Accounts covers expenditure and budgets since the Department’s inception see link below. The expenditure of 17-18 will be published in the 17-18 Annual Reports and Accounts in the summer 2018. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/annual-report-and...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit (13 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: DExEU does not classify or categorise budgets and expenditure by potential negotiation outcome. Budgets from April 2017 to March 2020 are provided below and are in line with funding agreed by Parliament in the Mains Estimate. Budgets during the transition period not covered below are subject to the next spending review in 2019. BUDGETS 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 TOTAL...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Department for Exiting the European Union: Staff (13 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: All departments are equipping themselves with the resources they need to get the best deal for the UK, and to prepare for all possible outcomes of negotiations. The Department for Exiting the European Union now has over 650 staff based in the UK plus the expertise of over 120 officials in Brussels. The Department is continuing to recruit the brightest and the best. The Department for Exiting...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Business: Costs (13 Jun 2018)

Steven Baker: It is in everyone’s interests to secure a good deal for both sides, and we are confident that good deal is clearer and closer than ever since we agreed the terms of an implementation period with the EU. While we think that is by far and away the highest probability, as a responsible government we have a duty to plan for a circumstance whereby we leave without a negotiated agreement....


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