Results 1–20 of 782 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Steven Baker

Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: The UK already goes beyond EU minimum standards in a number of employment areas, and similarly we have a long history of environmental protection. We are committed to safeguarding and improving both. The EU Withdrawal Bill will ensure that EU-derived workers’ rights and environmental protections that currently apply will continue to be in place in domestic law on exit, and will enable...

Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: Yes, I am happy to reassure the hon. Gentleman and his residents. I can reassert the Government’s commitment not to roll back workers’ rights. As I have said, the UK already goes beyond EU minima, and it will be for Parliament in future to determine the future course of the law.

Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: I am extremely grateful to my right hon. Friend; of course I agree with him. I am invigorated and excited to find that Parliament is reawakening to the need for full and proper scrutiny of secondary legislation.

Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for reminding the House that we are committed to leaving the environment in a better state than we found it.

Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: She asks how we will do it. The Bill makes provision for Ministers to bring forward statutory instruments that will correct deficiencies that would otherwise arise as we bring EU law into UK law. I very much look forward to the debate on the particular instruments.

Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: I do agree with my right hon. Friend, and I am most grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to put on the record again that we will uphold all our commitments to international law in relation to the environment.

Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: The powers in the Bill have been drawn widely in order that this country and this Parliament can meet the imperative of delivering a working statute book on the day we leave the European Union, to deliver certainty, continuity and control and, on the area that the hon. Gentleman raises, in order to implement the withdrawal agreement in a way that allows us to leave the European Union smoothly...

Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: With respect, the hon. Gentleman may be confusing clauses 7 and 9. I look forward to the fullest debate on these matters on the Floor of the House when we come—I hope, Parliament willing—to Committee stage.

Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend for his congratulations and his support, and I look forward to his support in future. He is absolutely right: the best way for Members of this House to ensure that they serve their constituents by delivering a working statute book, and delivering the continuity of the rights and protections currently in EU law and applying to the UK, is to vote for this...

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: We have been working closely with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on support for farmers. The Government will provide the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of the Parliament. We are working closely with a range of stakeholders, as well as the devolved Administrations, to maintain stability for farmers. The Department for Environment, Food...

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: I am happy to tell my hon. Friend that the Government keep our position on seasonal workers under review. Until we have left the EU, employers in the agricultural and food processing sectors are free to continue to recruit EU workers to meet their labour needs. It remains the Government’s policy not to operate migration schemes for non-EEA nationals coming to fill vacancies at lower...

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: Of course we wish to secure tariff-free access to European markets, and indeed to markets across the world, but these are matters for negotiation. I am sure the hon. Lady would join me in saying to the EU that it is in all our interests to move swiftly to discussions on our future agreements.

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is a unique opportunity for the UK to craft agricultural policies that suit our unique needs, which I hope will be to the benefit of the UK and our farmers.

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: I am very grateful for that detailed question, and I look forward to answering the hon. Lady in writing.

Exiting the European Union: Leaving without a Deal (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: A future partnership between the UK and the EU is in the interests of both sides, and I am confident that we will secure a good deal for the UK as a whole. A responsible Government, however, should prepare for all potential outcomes, including the unlikely scenario in which no mutually satisfactory agreement can be reached. The Government are undertaking a comprehensive programme of...

Exiting the European Union: Leaving without a Deal (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: It is our intention to do what is in all our interests—the mutual interest of all the nations of the EU and the UK—which is to secure a deep and special partnership, including a broad and deep free trade agreement, and I look forward to doing so. I think, however, that the WTO is one of the great achievements of liberalism against the forces of economic nationalism, and I look...

Exiting the European Union: Leaving without a Deal (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: I agree with my right hon. Friend and refer him to what the Chancellor famously said on “Marr”: what we cannot do is accept some kind of punishment deal. An environment in which the UK trades with the world while having control of our own tariffs, taxes and domestic regulation is one of which we should not be afraid.

Exiting the European Union: Leaving without a Deal (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: We recognise that the freedoms of the single market are indivisible and that the people of this country wish for Parliament to set its own laws and for a UK migration policy that meets with their democratic consent. It is the ambition of Ministers to secure trade with the absolute minimum of frictions, and I hope and look forward to doing so.

Exiting the European Union: Leaving without a Deal (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: The Government have agreed that the country would benefit from a period of implementation, but how that works and the destination to which we will be heading remain matters for negotiation.

Exiting the European Union: UK Food Safety Standards (7 Sep 2017)

Steven Baker: The UK Government are committed to maintaining food safety standards and ensuring that the UK has an effective food safety regulator. The Food Standards Agency is a science and evidence-based Department, responsible for protecting public health and consumers’ other interests. Any proposed changes in UK food safety rules once we have left the EU and are no longer subject to EU...


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