Results 1–20 of 1214 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Graham

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2019)

Richard Graham: Thank you very much for calling me, Mr Speaker. One of the most exciting developments of recent times has been the announcement from the University of Manchester of a way of desalinating water through graphene sieves, which can turn it into drinking water. That has huge implications around the world. Does the Minister agree that one of the greatest possible benefits is the decrease in the...

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Richard Graham: My hon. Friend is making a good case for why this should be a vote of no confidence in Her Majesty’s occasionally loyal Opposition, but does he agree that it should also be a vote of no confidence in the EU’s negotiators, who have continually failed to provide the legally binding annexe on the backstop that would make all the difference to the deal?

Leaving the EU: European Union (Withdrawal) Act (14 Jan 2019)

Richard Graham: My right hon. Friend says that his concerns over supporting the Government’s deal and the withdrawal agreement Bill relate to the position that they would leave us in for future free trade agreements. However, without the withdrawal agreement Bill, there can be no future trade agreements. What is his position on that?

Leaving the EU: European Union (Withdrawal) Act (14 Jan 2019)

Richard Graham: Is not the point about the future trade relationship and the opportunities for global Britain that without this withdrawal agreement there can be no negotiation with Europe, whether to achieve a Canada-plus solution or any other solution? The danger with no deal is that without an agreement at the beginning, we would never be able to structure a future free trade agreement with the European Union.

Leaving the EU (14 Jan 2019)

Richard Graham: Much of the concern about the Northern Ireland backstop relates to trust, so will the Prime Minister confirm my understanding of one of the reassurances that she has secured, which is that even if EU member states have not ratified a future trade agreement, that agreement would still be applied in order to avoid the backstop? That would mean that we would not be hostage to those in any...

Leaving the EU: European Union (Withdrawal) Act (14 Jan 2019)

Richard Graham: Our duty in debating the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 this evening is not to focus on what we do not want, but to work out what we will support, in order to ensure that we respect the result of the referendum to leave the EU, but in a way that does not inadvertently cause damage and that can identify and realise future opportunities. The Act is the end of the beginning—what the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Russian Military Activity (NATO Discussions) (14 Jan 2019)

Richard Graham: The implications of Russian policy in the near east may be more dramatic now that the US has withdrawn from Syria. Will my right hon. Friend tell us whether there is a cross-departmental plan on the implications of the new regional dynamic for us and our other partners?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (9 Jan 2019)

Richard Graham: The US decision to stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency support to Palestine risks vital education and healthcare services there. I welcome DFID’s decision to increase funding in the short term, but is that sustainable in the longer term?

Yemen (19 Dec 2018)

Richard Graham: I thank the Foreign Secretary for his contribution, as well as that of Martin Griffiths and Foreign Office officials, to the Stockholm ceasefire agreement, which gives a chance for peace and humanitarian relief in Yemen and is perhaps also a boost to multilateral negotiations in general. But does my right hon. Friend agree that for a ceasefire to be permanent, both sides and their backers,...

European Council (17 Dec 2018)

Richard Graham: I very much hope that the Prime Minister can agree with the EU a legally binding annex to the withdrawal agreement on any intended use of the backstop as that could unite many Members of this House. Given that they too, like us, were elected on a manifesto of respecting the referendum result, should not any further reassurances be the moment for Labour Members to join us in supporting a...

Institute for Statecraft: Integrity Initiative (12 Dec 2018)

Richard Graham: This is the first time I have come across an accusation from a Labour party spokesperson that retweeting a New Statesman article was smears against Labour. Despite the fact that the Government’s financial support has nothing to do with the institute’s UK activities, will my right hon. Friend reassure Members that if any evidence is found that the institute is involved in efforts to...

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Richard Graham: I respect the Prime Minister’ efforts to try to get the reassurances on the backstop to deliver on the referendum, and let us remember that delivering on it was a manifesto commitment for Conservative and Labour Members. Does she agree that those Members who hope that this situation leads to no deal should realise that the House will not support that outcome and that any other deal will not...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Funding (10 Dec 2018)

Richard Graham: What steps his Department is taking to review the distribution of funding to local government.

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