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

Peter Grant: I am grateful for the opportunity to begin the winding-up speeches. Scotland’s preferred option was not to leave the European Union at all. It is dangerous to conduct this debate on the basis that all the arguments have been lost. I sympathise with a great deal of what hon. Members have said today, but their starting point seems to be, “We have now lost the argument—we are...

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

Peter Grant: I will give way once, but I am conscious of time.

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

Peter Grant: As I said, our best option is to respect the wishes of the 62% not to be dragged out of the European Union, but if that option is taken off the table—

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

Peter Grant: I note that Scottish Conservatives want to pooh-pooh the idea that 62% of the population of Scotland can just be ignored. My concern about EFTA is not that I do not like what it offers, but that it does not offer nearly as much as we have now. In particular, it does not involve membership of the customs union. Switzerland does not have what it regards as a hard border with the European Union....

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

Peter Grant: I really do not have time. Those repercussions are among the reasons—they are possibly the single most pressing reason—why we have to persuade the Government that they have got it wrong. The unilateral and politically motivated decision to leave the customs union was a mistake, but there is still time for it to be rectified. There is still time for the Government to accept that...

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

Peter Grant: I was a bit concerned when the hon. Gentleman referred to pragmatic Brexiteers and pointed at me; I may be pragmatic, but I would certainly not call myself a Brexiteer. I am interested in his suggestion that the UK would be welcomed into EFTA. Can he give us his basis for that? Three expert witnesses appeared before the Exiting the European Union Committee yesterday—I understand three...

Written Answers — Home Office: Passports: Concessions (6 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of granting passports with a five year duration to people aged over 75 at a reduced cost.

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Agriculture — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone, and to start the summing up speeches. We have had an interesting debate, but the most interesting aspect of it was what nobody said. Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of those who spoke were Conservative MPs, nobody suggested that free-market capitalism should be the basis for the production of our most basic,...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Agriculture — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: It would be nice if the Government’s approach to Brexit was based on evidence, facts and proper analysis, rather than ideology. The hon. Gentleman also welcomed the opportunity to have what he described as an informed debate about immigration. I think it would have been nice if we had had an informed debate about immigration, rather than the desperately ill-informed debate we had up to,...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Agriculture — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: I will give way very briefly indeed.

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Agriculture — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: I am not convinced that defining a specific voting system now would be particularly helpful. I would not have a problem with the system being more devolved in England, if only there were a government structure to allow that to happen, because farmers in Devon do not necessarily need the same response as the farmers of east Anglia—but that is for the people and representatives of England...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Agriculture — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: Yorkshire, absolutely—we could possibly even split Yorkshire into north and south, if the hon. Gentleman wants to go that far. Decisions used to be taken by Ministers or civil servants in the ivory towers of Whitehall and imposed on communities the length and breadth of these islands, but those days have simply got to be over. Scottish farmers produce a significant amount of our food...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Agriculture — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: Will the hon. Gentleman tell us the source of his information? The National Farmers’ Union of Scotland is under the impression that most of its members voted by a narrow majority to remain, so what is his source of information?

Foreign Affairs Committee (1 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: I commend the hon. Gentleman and the members of his Committee for a sobering but very, very useful report. Given the number of quite serious concerns that it raises—for example, the fact that it appears that three different witnesses for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave three different understandings as to what their role in the Brexit process was—can he advise the House...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: We now know—no thanks to the Government—that all the analysis that the Government have done to date shows that Brexit is bad news. We know that the Prime Minister was shown that analysis a few days ago, and we know that the first thing she did was to jump on a plane to China. Will the Minister confirm the accuracy of the reports yesterday that the Government’s analysis also...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Peter Grant: My question was whether yesterday’s report was correct. I take it from the Minister’s attempt to dodge the question that that report, like the previous ones, was entirely accurate. Given that the Government’s own analysis shows that leaving the European Union is bad news, leaving the customs union is bad news and leaving the single market is bad news—and now that we...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Peter Grant: Given the hon. Gentleman’s desire to retain access to the single market, can he explain why he does not want to just stay in the single market? Would not that provide the best possible access?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Peter Grant: I am grateful for the chance to speak in this debate and I commend the main Opposition party for securing it. I am wondering why we are here because, yesterday, the Minister’s colleague beside him on the Front Bench, the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr Baker), spent over an hour valiantly, loyally and completely unsuccessfully...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Peter Grant: At this point, the answer is no: I neither condone nor condemn because I do not know what the circumstances were. I walked away from a potentially successful career in NHS financial management. I wrestled for six months with my own conscience, seeing things that I knew had to be brought to public attention but knowing there was no way I could do that, and knowing that the public were being...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Peter Grant: I am grateful for that intervention. We have to be careful about language. There is whistleblowing as defined in the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and it is not clear whether this incident would comply with that. As a council leader, I sometimes found myself having to respond to information that technically should not have been disclosed. I always took the view that, if the motivation...


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