Results 1–20 of 1893 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Dominic Raab

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for his welcome to the White Paper in general. He will appreciate that the decision to publish it now was a finely balanced one because the negotiations are ongoing, but ultimately it was deemed more important and more respectful to this House to provide the information and consult as early as possible. On the right hon. and learned...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I can assure my hon. Friend that that will all be part of the same process, and I am happy to work with him on the detail and substance, as we move forward.

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. I think that the initial part of his statement was a backhanded way of welcoming the fact that we have got this out now so that Members of not just this House but all the devolved Administrations have a proper chance to scrutinise the terms of the withdrawal agreement Bill and the implementation period. The hon. Gentleman asked about EEA nationals....

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. There are two distinct issues at play here. We are absolutely committed to the Belfast agreement and to peace and stability in Northern Ireland. At the same time, it is unacceptable for a customs border to be drawn along the Irish sea, as that would be a direct threat to the territorial integrity of this country. I am sure that that is not what our...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I apologise for the disruption that this is causing to the right hon. Gentleman’s evidence session, which I look forward to joining later. We are very clear that, in the event of no deal, there would be no wholesale removal of rights of EU nationals in this country. We are absolutely committed to providing the reassurance and security that they need. That is the point of agreeing these...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: My right hon. Friend heard what I said in my statement. The most important thing is that we are clear that there is no deal until the whole deal is done, and it will be important to establish that linkage in the withdrawal agreement directly.

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: Yes.

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I appreciate the way in which my hon. Friend tries to tempt me down that particular path, but I think that it is only right to prepare for all eventualities in relation to the money, to the operational contingency planning that we are doing, and to the legislative steps. Obviously our overriding focus is on getting the best deal, and I shall be spending the weeks and months ahead in Brussels,...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I have already mentioned our approach to the Northern Ireland issue. We believe that the proposals in the “Future Relationship” White Paper provide a sustainable, deliverable approach, and we want to make sure that we are aiming to achieve that. In relation to Michel Barnier, the negotiations are of course ongoing, and I will protect the integrity of the negotiating room, if the...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, particularly in relation to the protection of UK nationals abroad in the same way as we are protecting EU nationals under UK law. We are setting up a monitoring authority, and the Commission will perform that function in relation to UK expats abroad. None the less, we want to ensure that the legislation and mechanisms are in place to give that security to...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I do not think that I have ever said that this is an increasing risk, but it is certainly a real risk. As the time for the deal approaches, the only responsible thing for us to do is to ensure that we are ready for all eventualities. Without going into some of the more hair-raising examples that the right hon. Gentleman has highlighted, I think it is right to ensure that we are ready for all...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to get back to the key overarching objectives. I believe that, with this White Paper and the previous one, the full strategy can be seen in the round. Yes, we have had to take a pragmatic as well as a principled approach, but it is faithful to the referendum in the three key areas that he describes.

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question; he has raised this matter a few times. We will ensure that the appropriate analysis is done on all aspects of all elements on both sides of the deal.

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend is right to raise that aspect of the arrangements. We are working closely with all the other arms of Whitehall, including the Department for International Trade, and we are ensuring that we have the right flexibility. The advantage of the implementation period in the White Paper is that it is finite, so that those who want to see an end to the eternal haggling with the EU and...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I do not share the hon. Lady’s gloomy assessment. When the detail of the White Paper is made clear to EU nationals here, the focus will be on their substantive rights and the mechanism by which they will be able to rely directly on them in UK courts. There will be an independent monitoring authority not just to take up complaints, but to take legal action. If the negotiations do not...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I share my hon. Friend’s passion and respect his views. If he looks at the package in the round—at the finality that the implementation period provides; at the ability to give effect faithfully to the referendum and to take back control of our borders, law and money; at our ability to trade more liberally and energetically with the growth markets of the future; at the wider...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I share the hon. Gentleman’s desire to nail down those reassurances for onward movement. That is our objective in the negotiations, but we have not yet finalised that aspect.

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I think that many European businesses are well aware of that. On Friday, we had a meeting at Chevening with a whole range of leaders of businesses small and large, and there was widespread positive feeling about our negotiating position and many offers to help. It will not be just me going around the capitals of Europe; there will be a lot of support from businesses trying to ensure that we...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: I always argued that we should stay within the European convention on human rights, but that we should look at how it is implemented in UK law. However, the Government’s position is clear on that. More broadly, the hon. and learned Lady is quite right to point out the time pressure that we are under, but we have set out a principled but pragmatic approach. We are bringing extra energy...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legislation (24 Jul 2018)

Dominic Raab: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The point is that the growth markets of the future will be areas such as Latin America or Asia, and that has also been confirmed by the European Commission’s analysis. This is not just a UK position; it is widely shared.


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