Results 1–20 of 1427 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chuka Umunna

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Chuka Umunna: Does the Minister not accept that if we are to do the free trade agreement that he and his colleagues in government keep talking about, we are going to have to comply with European standards anyway? We have much more chance of having some influence—albeit, I accept, not a vote—if we do so through EFTA and EEA membership. The hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond) has been...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Chuka Umunna: They would.

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Chuka Umunna: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this important debate. First, with regard to CETA, one reason why that kind of relationship would not be appropriate for the UK is that CETA substantially covers goods, whereas 80% of our economy is services. Secondly, as he may come on to, one of the objections raised to our being part of EFTA, and using that as a way of accessing and being part...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Chuka Umunna: The Government are not protecting the interests of the British people but withholding information from them. The Minister keeps invoking the referendum, but of course that did not give us any indication of the form of Brexit that the public wish us to follow. Will he confirm that what the analysis shows is that the least worst option—staying in the single market and customs...

Joint Enterprise (25 Jan 2018)

Chuka Umunna: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Joint Enterprise (25 Jan 2018)

Chuka Umunna: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. I reiterate that it is very good to see you back in the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker. I have two questions. First, following on from the point raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Blackley and Broughton (Graham Stringer), the statistics show that 37% of those serving long sentences for joint enterprise are black. That is 11 times the proportion...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chuka Umunna: I will be as brief as I can. I rise to speak in support of new clause 6 on the legal standing of article 50. I voted in the last Parliament to invoke article 50 because I believed it was the duty of the House to seek to deliver Brexit in the form in which it was sold to the British people, but it was conditional on it being in that form. I said that if it turned out to be materially...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chuka Umunna: The right hon. and learned Gentleman is quite right. The Brexit Minister in the House of Lords, Lord Callanan, repeated this false claim when asked by a Conservative colleague whether he could confirm that the judgement in the Miller case had in ruled in “precise terms” on the revocability of article 50. He replied, “I can confirm that” and went on to say that the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Chuka Umunna: With regard to the issue of transition or implementation, as the Government call it, does my hon. Friend agree that while it is of course necessary in particular to give time for our businesses to prepare, transition or implementation is no safe harbour if this Government are determined to pursue the extreme break from our relationship with the EU which have set out with their red lines? That...

NHS Winter Crisis: Rail Franchising (10 Jan 2018)

Chuka Umunna: I sat here and watched the Secretary of State chuckle and smile as my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough (Andy McDonald) made his contribution. My constituents have been suffering from the most dreadful services from Southern and Thameslink, and that is no laughing matter. The Secretary of State refers to industrial action. The NAO report is clear that his Department did not check...

Trade Bill (9 Jan 2018)

Chuka Umunna: Will the Secretary of State answer three questions? First, on the existing agreements the EU has with third countries, which he says will be transposed, will he guarantee that those 65 agreements will be transposed by the exit day? Secondly, this Bill does touch on new agreements, to the extent that the Trade Remedies Authority will have a locus and oversight on those agreements. He was part...

Harassment in Public Life (18 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: I believe something very dangerous is going on in our country. As the hon. Member for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach) said, it is being perpetrated, unfortunately, by some Members, certainly by members of other bodies and definitely by elements of our media. What they do is to imply to varying degrees that if Brexit—there is undoubtedly a link to that issue—is not delivered in...

European Council (18 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: Last year, the Prime Minister wrote to me giving the same general assurance on workers’ rights that she just gave to the Leader of the Opposition. She did not actually answer his specific question today, however, so I ask her again: given that her Cabinet colleagues are now agitating for some of those rights to be done away with, will she guarantee that none of the working time...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: I could not agree more with the hon. Lady. She is absolutely right. As my third point, before I quickly wrap up, I want to be absolutely clear about what I believe we mean when we talk about a meaningful vote. For all the technical points that have been made from the Dispatch Box today and for all the high-quality legal debate we have had in this Chamber, the fact of the matter is that we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: I will try to do this in three minutes, and I have three principal points. I do not want to speak for long because the points I will make in support of amendment 7 and new clause 3 have already been made very well by the right hon. and learned Members for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) and for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve), my right hon. Friends the Members for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: May I ask the Minister two questions? First, in respect of the statement made by the Brexit Secretary this morning, can the Minister confirm that the withdrawal agreement Bill is not guaranteed to come before the House for a vote before exit day? All the statement says is that the Bill will be introduced before exit day. Secondly, why do the Government find so objectionable the idea of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: The Father of the House is absolutely right that the Bill essentially gives the Government a blank cheque. On timing, the only commitment I can see in today’s written ministerial statement from the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union about what will happen before we leave the EU is that the proposed withdrawal agreement and implementation Bill will be introduced before we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: The argument that we have heard from the right hon. and learned Member for North East Hertfordshire (Sir Oliver Heald) and the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin) is really quite ludicrous. They opposed what they described as a power grab by Brussels—by the European Union—while we were members of the European Union. They now seem to be advocating a power grab by...

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: Have you been there?

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Chuka Umunna: The “brutal reality”—to use the Minister’s words—is that the staff at King’s, which also serves my constituency, are doing all they can in impossible circumstances. If we are honest about this, we on both sides of the House have perpetuated the fiction for too long—over decades—that we can have Scandinavian levels of public services on American...


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