Results 1–20 of 411 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Suella Braverman

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: I beg to move, That this House has considered legislating for the withdrawal agreement. It is a great pleasure to open this debate. The Government published the White Paper on legislating for the withdrawal agreement in July, and the Secretary of State made a statement subsequently. Over the summer, we have made further progress in the negotiations, and the vast majority of the withdrawal...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: As the hon. Gentleman will hear in my speech, we are proposing an implementation period from March 2019 until the end of 2020 under which our immigration and customs rules will continue to operate broadly as they do now. I hope that that satisfies him.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: I will make some progress, and if the hon. Gentleman still has outstanding questions, he can raise them with me later. The House will be aware that the Government have also taken steps to prepare for the unlikely event of being unable to reach a deal with the EU and have published a series of technical notices to inform people, businesses and stakeholders of the steps they would need to take...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: I gently remind the hon. Lady that no deal planning and the technical notices are not the subject of this debate. We are here to talk about the contents of the White Paper published before the recess, which covers the implementation period, the proposals for EU citizens and the financial settlement. That is what I am here to talk about, and I ask her gently to keep to the subject of the debate.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: I am going to proceed. The EU withdrawal agreement Bill is a vital part of our exit. Its purpose is simple: to implement the agreement we reach with the EU in domestic law. It is the means by which we will protect the rights of EU citizens in this country, pay the negotiated financial settlement and enter into an implementation period that is strictly time limited to prepare for the future...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: I disagree with the hon. Gentleman about a second referendum—it would be a complete betrayal of the voters, because we had that exercise and it was two years ago—and I am optimistic that we will strike a mutually beneficial free trade agreement with the EU that honours the result of the referendum, retains the territorial integrity of our country and enables a smooth withdrawal...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: I will make some progress and then come back to hon. Members. If Parliament votes in favour of the deal, we will introduce the withdrawal agreement Bill to give the withdrawal agreement domestic legal effect. Any parliamentarian who is truly committed to delivering the people’s decision to leave the EU will, I believe, find cause to vote in favour of the Bill. The final content of the...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: The Bill will be introduced after Parliament has approved the terms of the final deal with the “meaningful vote”. In that context, the Bill will have a normal passage, like all other legislation. Of course, the views of parliamentarians will be welcome. The Bill can be amended, voted on and scrutinised in the normal way, but it will always be set in the context of...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. When I say that we have reached agreement with the EU on those sections—citizens’ rights, implementation and the financial settlement—I am talking about the legal text of the withdrawal agreement, which is in the form of a draft international treaty. Members will be familiar with the screeds of...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: I share my right hon. Friend’s passion for the prospect of our country’s leaving the EU and our prospects outside the EU, and he has considerable expertise on this issue. I hope that he will be heartened by the technical notices that have been published over the summer, which take a step forward in setting out how our preparations are evolving in relation to that aspect of a no...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: For this Government to take Labour’s lead on anything to do with Brexit would be a serious derogation of our duty, because Labour does not have a plan and would completely let down this country if it was in charge of Brexit negotiations. We have prioritised the position of EU citizens from day one of these negotiations. This agreement will safeguard these rights, and the withdrawal...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: Of course I am saddened to hear that, but I do feel that the Government have put this on the record, made it very clear and carried out extensive outreach with diaspora groups and EU citizens’ representative bodies and have worked with our opposite numbers on the continent to ensure that both citizens residing in the EU and those in the UK affected by this are aware of their situations...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The Prime Minister herself has said, “We value your contribution; we thank you for your presence in this country; and we want you to stay,” and I am not quite sure which part of that Opposition Members fail to understand. Under the withdrawal agreement, any administrative procedures introduced for UK nationals are required to be smooth,...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: I encourage the hon. Lady to read the contents of the White Paper, which sets out in extensive detail the exhaustive and wide-ranging provisions covering EU citizens. Any Member who has constituents who are worried or anxious should please direct them to that document. It is agreed with the EU, and it sets out the basis of the immigration status and people’s access to benefits, pensions...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: That is precisely why the Home Office is leading a pilot of the settlement scheme in the north-west as we speak, to identify what is working for people and what is not. So far, that is proving to be successful and showing that there is a good uptake of the scheme, but of course it is still in its pilot stage. The Home Office is very much in dialogue with the people who are directly affected,...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: We are working towards a mutually beneficial agreement. The terms of the withdrawal agreement are mutual, so they will apply equally to EU citizens in the UK and to UK citizens in the EU. In the event of no deal, we would make strenuous efforts to reassure the position of UK citizens in the EU so that they would be able to enjoy the rights that they enjoy today, but we would definitely have...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: My hon. Friend raises an important point. He will know as well as I do that Council directives and regulations that will come into effect in the UK during the implementation period are currently going through the scrutiny process in the EU, so we will have played a part in the development of many of those rules that might come into effect—

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: If I may finish my point, I will then give way. For rules where we feel that there may be an adverse effect or on which we have not had sufficient say, we are committed to enabling parliamentary scrutiny, and we are looking forward to discussing those options with Members.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: When it comes to the implementation period, the withdrawal agreement, in its draft treaty form, contains agreed provisions on a joint committee. That committee could be a forum for resolving the issue to which my hon. Friend alludes. I hope that that provides some reassurance that there is an element of governance that commands some confidence and legitimacy in this process. Significantly,...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Suella Braverman: I am disappointed that the hon. Lady is not here to welcome the implementation period, which has been welcomed by many businesses not only in her constituency, but throughout the UK, because it provides time and certainty. It is part of the withdrawal agreement, which is part of the final deal package, which is intricately linked to the future framework on the economic partnership. Together,...


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