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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Robert Buckland: I just want to respond briefly.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Robert Buckland: The right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) mentioned the Dubs amendment made by the Lords and, in her absence, I reiterate my assurance that the Government will go away and look at drafting an amendment for their lordships’ House when the matter goes before them. On that basis, I hope she will not press the amendment in her name.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Robert Buckland: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. I have listened carefully to opinion right across the House about the outstanding matter on the Dubs amendment. The Government will look again at the particular issue raised by the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), with a view to a potential amendment in lieu in the other place.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Robert Buckland: I anticipated that the right hon. Lady would come back for more, and I quite understand the position that she and my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) have put forward, but the key consideration here must be the best interests of the child. Bringing children to join underage relatives might well be in their best interests sometimes, but not always. It is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Robert Buckland: The hon. Lady is kind and compassionate, and I think that all Members of the House are kind and compassionate people, but the interests of the child in our domestic law lie at the heart of the courts’ consideration. The paramountcy of the best interests of the child is what the Children Act 2004 is all about, and I have to apply that.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Robert Buckland: I respectfully disagree with the right hon. Lady. There is still an issue with the applicability of that particular amendment and with how it would mesh with our domestic law. We must not forget that such changes are not about the conferral of rights. The passage of such amendments does not confer direct rights upon people. This is about the Government’s negotiating position....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Robert Buckland: I cannot give way, because I really must press on. We are committed to proper scrutiny and engagement with Parliament and the public on our corrections to EU law and future changes. In addition to all the changes we have already made to the Bill, there will be a presumption in favour of engagement or consultation where it is proportionate and sensible to do so. Of course, Departments will...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Robert Buckland: I hear my right hon. and learned Friend. Both he and I have had anxious discussions about the definitions within the amendment. We are seeking to allow protections to be carried forward through our existing framework, so that the sort of changes that need to be made can apply to a whole range of areas. Changes could relate to the trade in seal products—cruelty to seals—or to...


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