Results 1–20 of 284 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Matthew Pennycook

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: That point is very well made. I expect that other hon. Members will touch on that in more detail when they speak to amendments 93 to 95. We support amendments 148 to 150 and new clause 34—the efforts of my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston to remedy deficiencies in the Bill with respect to the rights of children. Her amendments are designed to preserve in domestic law any...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin), and I welcome the fact that he thinks this is a debate about means not ends. The debate should continue in that constructive spirit. I am particularly interested in his ideas for an environment Bill, presumably to be introduced before exit day, and his ideas about governance, which we will be debating in...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I agree with that, and I would add that if the environmental principles are brought into UK law in the fashion that I am describing, they will of course inform the frameworks for the devolved legislatures. The Minister may wish to comment on this, but there is also an argument to suggest that enshrining the principles in statute is necessary to ensure compliance with the UK’s...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I know how many speakers have put in for the next debate, so I will be brief. It has been a good debate with many thoughtful contributions from both sides of the Committee, and I genuinely welcome the Solicitor General’s constructive tone. I also welcome the guarantee that, whether amendments are passed or not, we will have a Report stage. That suggests to me that, as we have long...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I agree with that, and I agree—I think this was also my hon. Friend’s point—that the public will expect these rights to continue to have the protection they have enjoyed while being underpinned by EU law. These rights should not have a reduced level of protection in the future.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I will make a little more progress if that is all right. Let me remind the House of the sentiments on the Government Benches when it comes to workers’ rights. Throughout the referendum, prominent leavers drew attention to what they claimed was the high cost of EU employment regulations, including those such as the working time directive and the temporary agency work directive. Prominent...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I was not going to quote Sir James Dyson, but the right hon. Gentleman has, happily, added to my remarks.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I am happy to be corrected on that point, but I would say to the hon. Gentleman that it is a bit rich to suggest that the many public pronouncements that have been made on employment rights over many years by so many Conservative Members have been forgotten entirely and that Conservative Members are suddenly the champions of enhanced workers’ rights. We do not believe that, which is why...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I am going to make some progress. It may be the case that pragmatism and electoral appeal trump ideology, but there is no guarantee, and that is the point. We should not take risks with rights, standards and protections that have been underpinned by EU law. Hard-won employment entitlements, along with entitlements relating to the environment, health and safety, equalities and consumer rights,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Rosie. I will speak to new clause 58. Clauses 2 to 4 provide for the preservation of EU and EU-related law post-exit day in a new category of law, retained EU law, which itself comprises three principal sub-categories. Clause 2 provides that existing domestic legislation that implements EU law obligations remains on the domestic statute...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: With all due respect, that issue will be more prominently dealt with during the days of debate on devolution. I understand that EU retained law will apply across the United Kingdom. In the respect that I set out, new clause 58 is broadly similar in its intent to new clauses 25 and 55, both of which have as their primary purpose the prevention of modification of retained EU law save by primary...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I could not agree more. That is exactly what new clause 58 would do; it would provide enhanced protection for equality, rights and protections after we have left the EU. Taken at face value, clauses 2 to 4 appear relatively straightforward. But, as many hon. Members who spoke in yesterday’s debate made clear, the Bill as drafted creates a considerable degree of ambiguity and uncertainty...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Lady makes a good point. Of course we will need to do that, and businesses will have to comply with those standards. That is why we need to ensure that the EU and EU-derived rights we have are underpinned by an enhanced status. We will then need to move on to the conversation—which we will have to have—about how to stay in some form of regulatory alignment, if we want the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Gentleman may have missed my point. I completely accept the fact that these rights will be brought into UK law, that they will not be underpinned by EU provisions and that many of them were there first and have been added to over the decades of our membership. What we are talking about here is ensuring that retained EU law cannot be chipped away at by secondary legislation—that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I could not have put it better myself. That is precisely the problem, and that is precisely what new clause 58 seeks to address. The uncertainty that surrounds the status and interpretation of retained EU law is a real weakness, but irrespective of what happens, retained EU law, as defined in the Bill, is vulnerable to secondary legislation contained in other Acts of Parliament, which will...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Analysis (7 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union if he will make a statement on when the Government intend to provide the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union with impact assessments arising from sectoral analyses carried out by Her Majesty’s Ministers.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Analysis (7 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: Here we are again, Mr Speaker. As you will know, Members from both sides of the House have repeatedly requested that the 58 sectoral analyses undertaken by the Government be released. On each occasion prior to last Wednesday’s debate on our motion, Ministers argued that publication of these analyses would compromise the UK’s negotiating position. On no occasion did Ministers...

European Economic Area: Uk Membership (6 Nov 2017)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to wind up this debate, and I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock) and his co-sponsors, my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham East (Heidi Alexander) and the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry), for securing it. Each of them made forceful and thought-provoking contributions, and I thank the many other Members who have made excellent...


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