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European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: Yesterday the Prime Minister wondered what the history books will make of all this, and I would like to venture a few suggestions. She will be remembered as the Prime Minister who presided over the biggest failure of government and leadership in the United Kingdom in modern times. Instead of having the moral courage to face up to the fact that the EU referendum was won on the back of lies and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: The right hon. and learned Gentleman says he is much exercised about legal certainty, so may I ask him about paragraph 2 of his letter yesterday on the exchange of letters? He said that the letters from the Council “would have legal force in international law and…be relevant and cognisable in the interpretation of the…Agreement…albeit they do not alter the fundamental meanings” of...

Leaving the EU (14 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: The Prime Minister has said that these written assurances have legal standing and legal force, and that they will be taken into account, but she has also acknowledged that paragraph 2 of the Attorney General’s letter of advice says that they do not “alter the fundamental meanings” of the provisions of the withdrawal agreement. Can she confirm that, ultimately, as a matter of law, in any...

Universal Credit (14 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: Universal credit is now being rolled out in my constituency and across Edinburgh, and I have been meeting those who specialise in advising my constituents on the problems that they encounter in the benefits system. The Community Help and Advice Initiative wants to know why the Government are not halting the roll-out until all universal credit’s flaws are properly addressed.

Journalists: International Protection (9 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: I will keep my comments short. I only want to raise with the Minister the case of Mehman Huseynov, who, as I said earlier, is an Azerbaijani journalist, human rights activist and blogger who has been in prison for the so-called crime of slander since March 2017. As has been said, independent human rights organisations view Azerbaijan as one of the world’s most repressive countries, and its...

Journalists: International Protection (9 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: The right hon. Gentleman is being very generous with interventions. He will be aware that the Council of Europe has taken up the case of Mehman Huseynov, an Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist who has been in prison for nearly two years for the so-called crime of slander. He has been on hunger strike for two weeks. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the British Government...

Seaborne Freight (8 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: I am very concerned about the legality of this procurement process. In his statement yesterday, the Secretary of State said that he had proceeded under regulation 32 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, which allows the Government to circumvent the normal, transparent and EU-mandated procedures. I have a copy of the contract notice here, which is freely available on the internet, and it...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes (7 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: Nonsense!

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes (7 Jan 2019)

Joanna Cherry: Today’s written statement from the Transport Secretary on the Government’s no-deal Brexit contract with the self-styled ferry operator Seaborne Freight says that the “negotiated procurement procedure without prior publication was concluded as allowed for by Regulation 32 of The Public Contracts Regulations”. I have been studying those regulations fairly closely, and they seem to...

Leaving the Eu: No Deal: Leaving the EU: No Deal (19 Dec 2018)

Joanna Cherry: rose—

Leaving the Eu: No Deal: Leaving the EU: No Deal (19 Dec 2018)

Joanna Cherry: I am grateful to the right hon. and learned Gentleman for giving way. Let me congratulate him on achieving this important debate this afternoon. On the question of the extension of article 50, is he, like me, not hearing from interlocutors in the EU that the EU would be unlikely to grant an extension of the article 50 period for further negotiation, but that it would grant an extension of the...

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Joanna Cherry: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I wonder whether you can help me. The hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford)—[Interruption.]

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Joanna Cherry: The hon. Member for Chelmsford has directly and, I am sure, inadvertently misrepresented the position of the two SNP Members of the European Parliament, both of whom are personal friends of mine. I can absolutely assure her that they have made their position clear that they are against this deal. Indeed, one of them was my co-litigant in the article 50 case. I ask your assistance for the...

Modernising Defence Programme (18 Dec 2018)

Joanna Cherry: I have repeatedly raised with the Government the closure of important military bases such as Redford barracks in my constituency and not got a satisfactory reply. Will the Secretary of State now pledge to look again at the better defence estate plan?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: EU Withdrawal Agreement: Co-operation on Justice (18 Dec 2018)

Joanna Cherry: The political declaration makes no reference to the Schengen information system database or the European criminal records information system. Both Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland are concerned about that, because both tools are fundamental to fighting and investigating crime. Can the Minister confirm that Scotland will lose access to these...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (18 Dec 2018)

Joanna Cherry: Can the Lord Chancellor assist me in finding out the answer to a question that the Attorney General and the Brexit Secretary have been unable to answer: how much taxpayers’ money did the UK Government spend fighting the litigation that established that the article 50 notice can be unilaterally revoked?

European Council: Points of Order (17 Dec 2018)

Joanna Cherry: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. In response to a couple of questions from my hon. Friends, the Prime Minister implied that Scottish National party MPs and the Scottish Government were aware at the time the Bill was brought that the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill was outwith the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. I am sure that the...

European Council (17 Dec 2018)

Joanna Cherry: Last Thursday, the Attorney General told the House that he was reviewing the question of whether article 50 could be revoked by a simple vote of this House or by legislation. This Thursday, the Scottish case is being referred back from the European Court of Justice to the court in Edinburgh to look at this issue. Can the Prime Minister confirm for us that the Government’s position on how...


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