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

Peter Grant: I respect that fact that someone who gets elected is expected to implement the manifesto commitment on which they stood, but two years earlier the hon. Gentleman stood in the same constituency on a manifesto promise of keeping us in the single market. What caused his personal journey to Damascus from 2015, when he was determined to stay in the single market, to 2017, when he was determined...

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

Peter Grant: I am a bit surprised to have to remind a Conservative MP of what was in his own manifesto in 2015. Admittedly it is no longer available on the official Conservative party website—I wonder what the party does not want us to see—but I can assure him that it said: “We are clear about we want from Europe. We say: yes to the Single Market.” I ask him again: what changed his...

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

Peter Grant: Does the right hon. Gentleman think that possibly the reason the Government will not tell us their view is that they know perfectly well that article 50 can be revoked and that the European Union would be quite willing to talk on those terms? It is not a question of legality; it is a question of obduracy and obstinacy on the part of Her Majesty’s Government.

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

Peter Grant: Everyone knows that one of Scotland’s major challenges is the fact that the age profile of our population is all wrong. Can the hon. Gentleman explain why the free movement of people is such a bad thing for his constituency?

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

Peter Grant: Which Europe are we dealing with: the one that is all friends and civilised countries that would never knowingly do anything bad to us; or a lot of miniature people who want to tie us down and, presumably, leave us to drown when the tide comes in? Or does the hon. Gentleman have a way to prevent the tide from coming in?

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

Peter Grant: Scotland did it.

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

Peter Grant: The hon. Gentleman may have misheard me. I said that we could not have a meaningful vote here until we knew what the terms of any supposed people’s vote would be. I do not think anyone could sign up to that. We certainly want to see a meaningful vote in Parliament, not the Hobson’s choice that the Government intend to impose on us.

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

Peter Grant: It is interesting that the right hon. Gentleman thinks that we went into the European Union on the basis of a referendum in which people did not understand the question but we are not allowed to use that argument now. Is it not the case that when new members join the European Union, they become liable for liabilities that occur only after they join? In the same way, if any member is daft...

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

Peter Grant: I am pleased to be able to contribute to this debate. First, I invite Members to spare a thought for our good friend, my hon. Friend the Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Marion Fellows), whose husband passed away recently and his funeral is taking place today. I have no doubt that otherwise a lot more of my colleagues would have been here. Certainly, my thoughts are very much with Marion...

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

Peter Grant: The right hon. Gentleman touches on something that Members on both sides of the House have referred to in the past. We know that a lot of very significant businesses right across the whole spectrum of the UK economy have serious concerns. They are telling Ministers in private what their concerns are. They are bound to be saying it in private, because they do not feel that they can go public...

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

Peter Grant: An alternative explanation might be that Germany has had a succession of Governments who actually believe in investing in the long-term stability and sustainability of its economy, whereas the United Kingdom, for decades, has not had Governments with the ambition, the imagination or the long-term vision to do so. In answer to a question from an Opposition Member about the 65 trade deals that...

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

Peter Grant: I come from a tradition where the people are sovereign, and if Parliament cannot decide what the people actually meant when they voted, Parliament should ask the people. I am not that bothered about going back to ask the people in my country what they wanted, because they made it perfectly clear by a majority of almost 24% that they wanted to stay.

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

Peter Grant: I love it when somebody who hardly knew I existed 18 months ago knows more about my political philosophy and political motivations than me. I suspect that I have lived in this body for longer than the hon. Gentleman has. I want to make this quite clear to him yet again, although I cannot say that I will only use words of one syllable, because “syllable” is too big a word to use....

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

Peter Grant: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. One of my concerns about the growing campaign for a people’s vote is that if it is as meaningless and as flawed a process as the 2016 referendum, it will not bring us any further forward, regardless of the result. What the Government can be in control of is the wording of the motion that they bring forward and demand we give our unanimous support...

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

Peter Grant: When I was in the Netherlands with the Exiting the European Union Committee a few months ago, we had the opportunity to meet members of the Dutch Parliament’s equivalent committee. Halfway through that meeting, we had to stop because the Dutch Members were called to a vote. The Dutch Parliament had an absolute, binding vote on how its fisheries Minister would conduct himself or herself...

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

Peter Grant: Does the hon. Gentleman share my frustration that although the UK Government agreed in December last year that their primary responsibility was to introduce specific proposals for the Irish border, in the intervening period we have seen next to nothing of substance from them? All they are doing is throwing stones at the partly completed proposal that the EU has had to introduce out of sheer...

Idlib (10 Sep 2018)

Peter Grant: I am grateful to the Minister for his answers and I commend the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) for securing the urgent question and for the well-informed and passionate way he set out the background. He reminded us of the humanitarian catastrophe that is happening even as we speak. May I press the right hon. Gentleman on something about which I asked the Minister...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (10 Sep 2018)

Peter Grant: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-resident parents are in maintenance arrears through the Child Maintenance Service; how many of those non-resident parents are in the Glenrothes constituency; and how much money is outstanding in those arrears.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2018)

Peter Grant: The Minister will realise that it is a bit too late to welcome Scottish pupils and teachers back to school, because they have been back for the best part of a month. They are attending schools and universities in what is now the only country in the world where schools and universities provide free sanitary products, funded entirely by the Scottish Government. What discussions has the Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Border Infrastructure (5 Sep 2018)

Peter Grant: What discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential implications for border infrastructure in Northern Ireland of legislative proposals for a single UK customs territory.


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