Results 1–20 of 866 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

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: I am happy to tell the right hon. Gentleman that, as a good Conservative, I certainly hope to reduce the costs on businesses and individuals. I will come to his amendments in a moment. New clause 17 and amendment 54 show an understandable desire to protect the role of this House, but they are not necessary. The Government have always been clear that the negotiated financial settlement will be...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: I am confused by the hon. Gentleman, because he is such a diligent Member of the House. I explained moments ago that we will bring forward the withdrawal agreement and implementation Bill, which will cover any financial settlement, among other withdrawal issues. I would of course expect that Bill to go through the normal legislative processes, during which he and other right hon. and hon....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: This Bill, first and foremost, is about exiting the European Union successfully, with certainty, continuity and control, as the right hon. Gentleman will know. I draw his attention to schedule 2(7), which makes it very clear that in the event that a provision imposed a fee or charge, or conferred a power to sub-delegate, it would go to the affirmative procedure and this House would have the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: Thank you, Mr Hanson. The power is available only if the public authority is taking on a new function under this Bill, and the fees and charges must be in connection with that function. The amendment would force Ministers to exercise this power on behalf of public authorities, such as the Financial Conduct Authority, which this House has made statutorily independent from Ministers. The...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: As the hon. Lady would expect me to say, what I want is Parliament to have proper control over our laws, our money, our borders and our trade policy. Having expressed my gratitude for her intervention, I hope that I have tackled right hon. and hon. Members’ concerns, and I urge them not to press the amendments.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Steven Baker: I thank right hon. and hon. Members for their participation in this debate. I congratulate the hon. Member for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie) on his new clause, because he has achieved a considerable widening of the debate’s scope, which has led to a wide range of contributions. Clause 12 is not about paying any negotiated financial settlement. It is about ensuring that Parliament has...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I hope that the hon. Gentleman will read the report published by the Treasury Committee during the referendum campaign. The report, which has my name and that of my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg) on it, calls into question the veracity of claims on both sides of the campaign.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I believe that the Labour party wants to have a smooth transition to a good quality future relationship, but I draw to the hon. Gentleman’s attention what the Prime Minister said in her Florence speech: “Neither is the European Union legally able to conclude an agreement with the UK as an external partner while it is itself still part of the European Union.” My point is that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I responded on this subject in a recent debate, and I refer the hon. Gentleman to everything I said on that occasion. He is wrong: we are planning to secure a deep and special partnership with the EU, and we intend to achieve that within the implementation period, which the Prime Minister described and set out in her Florence speech, and we look forward to passing the necessary legislation to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I shall give way twice more and then conclude my remarks.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: As a responsible Government, we are going to go through the process of making sure that our country is ready to leave the EU without a deal if that proves necessary. We will take the steps to be prepared, as a responsible Government should. However, this Bill cannot pre-empt the negotiations by putting things into statute before they have been agreed. The Government intend the UK to leave the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I am very grateful to my right hon. Friend. He has perhaps anticipated my speech by a few paragraphs. UK Ministers and Ministers in the devolved Administrations have made nearly 6,000 domestic regulations under section 2(2) on topics as disparate as air fares, public contracts and preserved sardines. The House, of course, has not remained supine in absorbing all this legislation. We have...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I am most grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend. I think the question at stake here is not whether there are legitimate processes in the EU; it is whether we approve of them. The one that I am always glad to bring to people’s attention is, of course, the ports regulation, which we will have to stick with all the while we are within the EU. It is perhaps unique in being opposed by...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: Indeed. I have often thought that the scenery of our constitution had remained in place throughout my lifetime, but not the practical effect the electors of this country expected it to have.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend. I thoroughly recommend the report of his Committee relating to that subject. I think what has been established in this sequence of interventions is that clause 1 could scarcely be of greater constitutional significance. It will repeal the 1972 Act on exit day, removing the mechanism that allows EU law to flow automatically into UK law, and remove one of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I am happy that we have announced the withdrawal agreement and implementation Bill, which will follow in due course, to establish that legal basis, but for the moment I want to conclude this section of my remarks and move on to the amendments.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: Not just now. [Hon. Members: “Ooh!] I have given way quite a few times. I am now going to make some progress and get on to the amendments. How we exercise this restored power in the future will be a choice for this place. The Government are clear that we want a smooth and orderly exit, achieved through continuity in the law at the point of exit, as we shall discuss at later stages. For...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I will come to that point. I listened carefully to the right hon. Gentleman’s speech, and I have great sympathy for the case he makes. I will just pick up on two points. First, on using our time, he has not of course given a time of day in his new clause. One thing I learned during my service in the Royal Air Force is the ambiguity that arises when one implies or deliberately specifies...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Steven Baker: I am most grateful to the right hon. Gentleman. He has made his case well, of course, but we will move the amendment that we have tabled.


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