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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Leaving the EU: Contingency Plans for No Deal (12 Sep 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: Following on from that question, what are the implications for the proposed common frameworks of not having a deal on exiting the European Union? No matter how complicated and chaotic the discussions become, will the Minister give an assurance that they will not be used as an excuse to force through arrangements without the consent of the devolved Administrations?

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: Whatever deal the Government are minded to agree will have significant implications for the operation of the proposed UK-wide framework arrangements that the Government want to set up with the devolved Administrations in a wide range of policy areas. May I ask the Secretary of State for a commitment that he will discuss the final proposals, whatever they are, with the devolved Administrations...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: rose—

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: To clarify the record, that is not what I said. I said that, in retrospect, had I been there at that time, I would have made the same decision. That is not the same as saying I would vote to do it today.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: Will the hon. Gentleman way?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: First, let me congratulate the Government on being so efficient at managing their legislative programme that they have been able to find a full day for a debate on this issue on the penultimate day of the parliamentary Session. I had hoped that, today, we might come and find some new Government statement, some new policy, or something that would demonstrate the Government’s desire to...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: If the hon. Gentleman bears with me, I am coming to that. I was in 1955 just there, but let me jump to the 1960s. In the 1960s, things change and two things come together. [Interruption.] Conservative Members might want to listen and learn. The first thing is that this country —Great Britain—begins a process of rapid decolonisation. It is a new world. Suddenly, rather than the...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: I am happy to give way, although I may be getting to the hon. Gentleman’s point in a minute.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: I was coming to exactly that point, as it happens. The Labour Wilson-Callaghan Government then introduce the Scotland Act 1978, although it takes them four years to get that Act through, for some unknown reason. We then have the referendum of 1979, in which the people of Scotland vote to set up a Scottish Parliament. But that is frustrated because of an amendment to the legislation by a...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: I fear I need to crack on.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: I thank the hon. Gentleman. As he said, in 1979 we get the introduction of the Thatcher Government, and we begin a process of polarisation and of nothing happening in this constitutional debate. Meanwhile, people are preparing, organising and advocating the cause of Scottish self-government. In 1989, we have the establishment and the declaration of the claim of right, which I note from our...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: The result was 45:55. When the referendum campaign started, the split on the question had been about 75:25, so during the period of a two-year campaign, three quarters of a million people decided to vote for Scotland to become an independent country who did not feel that way when the campaign started. That was really quite a remarkable achievement. Since the referendum campaign people have...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: It does indeed. Democracy must allow people to exercise their right to revisit a decision if the options that were presented to them beforehand substantially change.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: No, because that really could not have been a controversial point.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: Okay, on that point.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: No. I wish I had not given way now, because the hon. Gentleman was not wanting to comment on the point that I was making at all. When Alex Salmond or Nicola Sturgeon talked about “once in a generation”—it was actually said very rarely—they were doing so not as a promise or a qualification, but to remind those who were campaigning for this opportunity that they might...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: No, the hon. Gentleman has had his say. The truth of the matter is that if one changes the proposition, then people have the right to revisit the decision, do they not? I would have thought that that was reasonable. If somebody buys something in a shop that promises one thing, and they get it home and open the box and it is not what was promised, they can take their goods back. Well, we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: White Paper (18 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: What discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the UK Government’s White Paper on leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: White Paper (18 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: The Government have proposed 26 policy areas where joint arrangements will be necessary with the Welsh Government after Brexit. Given the proposal in the Chequers agreement and the White Paper for a common rulebook with the EU, in how many of those areas will such arrangements no longer be necessary?

Electoral Commission Investigation: Vote Leave (17 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: The Government are presiding over crisis and chaos as they drag the country towards an exercise in collective self-harm on an unprecedented scale. They are doing that on the back of a campaign that was morally questionable, based as it was on mobilising fear and prejudice, and politically questionable, based as it was on glib half-truths and lies, and we now know that it was a campaign that...


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