Results 1–20 of 2019 for speaker:Lord Callanan

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Customs: Northern Ireland (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Callanan: In the new Northern Ireland/Ireland Protocol, Northern Ireland will only be aligning with those EU rules on goods necessary to remove the need for regulatory checks at the land border. Goods and agricultural products entering Northern Ireland will need to be compliant with the rules of the regulatory zone. Northern Ireland will remain in the UK customs territory but will apply EU customs...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit: Northern Ireland (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Callanan: The department has engaged extensively with representatives of businesses, industry groups and trade unions from Northern Ireland. This includes through the government’s Alternative Arrangements Business Advisory Group and Technical Advisory Group. Ministers are continuing to engage with representatives from all sectors of the Northern Ireland economy. We also liaised extensively with...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: European Economic Area and European Free Trade Association (5 Nov 2019)

Lord Callanan: It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Dissolution. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: The noble Baroness is correct that we want to see a best-in-class free trade agreement. That should be relatively straightforward to negotiate, and we believe that it can be done before the end of 2020. We want to see that done and in place so that we can move on to the next phase of our relationship.

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: I can certainly assure the noble Lord that we have had extensive discussions and that planning has taken place with the security services to ensure that they have all the data available to them to enable them to do their job. It is the case, of course, in terms of national security, that many of these discussions go on outside the European Union, and those good relationships will continue....

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: I thank the noble Lord for his comments. It is indeed common sense that we prepare for that eventuality. It seems to be a common sense that escapes a number of Members in this Chamber, but it is the sensible thing to do. I indeed want to pay tribute to the many officials who are working extremely hard, up and down the country, seven days a week. As I walked into a meeting in the Cabinet...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: I thank the noble Baroness for her question. I cannot believe that I am being lectured about sloganeering by the Liberal Democrats. I would repeat the slogan that they gave us on Brexit, but it would probably be unparliamentary language, so I had better not. We should indeed get Brexit done.

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: It is extremely difficult to say. However, the noble Lord is well experienced in parliamentary matters. The previous referendum, I think I am correct in saying, took about seven or eight months in total to get through the various Houses and their procedures and to take place. That was with a Government with a majority and a manifesto commitment to do it, so we can draw our own conclusions as...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: What the Minister is surprised about is that the noble Lord clearly has not read the letters. We do not say in the second letter that the first one could be ignored. We were complying with the terms of the Act. We were sending the letter as required by the Benn Act but making clear what the policy of the Prime Minister and the Government is. The noble Lord, Lord Pannick, and other legal...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: I thank my noble friend for his question. I know the close interest he takes in this matter, which he asked me about a couple of weeks ago. I hope he will understand why I was not able fully to answer his question then. It would indeed be a matter for legislation in this country although, given the terms of the Good Friday agreement, we would want to consult closely with the Irish Government.

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: The President of the European Council tweeted to say that the request was valid, and he had accepted it. Of course, the legal default remains in place, but as soon as this Parliament agrees a deal and the EU agrees a deal or an extension is granted, we will want to discontinue the arrangements for leaving on 31 October. But many of the preparations we are undertaking will be required on our...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: I repeat the answer I gave to the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter. It is not odd at all—it remains the legal default. The irresponsible thing to do would be not to prepare, because we cannot be sure that the extension will be granted, as a number of European leaders have made clear. The noble Lord has occupied senior positions in the Civil Service. In his previous career I am sure he would have...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: I thank the noble Baroness for her question. I suppose we are getting into the semantics of what “done” means here. It will be done in the terms that we will have left the European Union, but if she accepts that concession, I will be happy to agree with her that of course discussions will need to take place and agreements will have to be made across a range of areas. I have many times...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: My noble friend asks some good questions. The answer is complicated. If the terms of the withdrawal agreement itself were to be altered by amendment, the effect would be that we could not ratify the treaty and therefore there would be no deal. Of course, there are other elements that could be amended, which would affect operations in the domestic sphere but would not affect our ratification...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: After my experience with Commissioner Timmermans, I do not think I am going to get into “Dad’s Army” analogies any further. We want to get Brexit done by 31 October. We have spoken about these issues and debated them endlessly and it really is time to get on with it.

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: My noble and learned friend Lord Keen in not in his place, but he would be telling me that I am unable to comment on legal advice that the Government are given, but it certainly follows a range of advice from officials and government.

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: The long-term consequences will flow partly from the withdrawal agreement but also from the political declaration and the future arrangements. We have committed to involving Parliament fully in the detailed negotiating mandates for the future arrangements. I am sure there will be lots of happy hours for all of us, endlessly discussing these matters for a long time to come.

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: The noble Baroness demeans herself with some of those statements. The original level playing field provisions were in the Irish protocol, which has been abolished and replaced with entirely new arrangements. We have committed to provisions in the political declaration, and she will know from her experience that our environmental standards go much further than many in the European Union....

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Callanan: I thank the noble Baronesses for their comments and questions. I will turn first to the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter. It is important to point out that, in these matters, we are acting on the appropriate official advice. Not to act on that advice would be the irresponsible thing to do. The noble Baroness made the quite incredible statement in her introduction that an extension was guaranteed...


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