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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: The Government have now made it clear that the House will have a final meaningful vote on the EU withdrawal agreement before the UK leaves, which is extraordinarily important because the last point in the process of withdrawal is actually the vote in the European Parliament. My former colleagues—the ones who are trying to help us get an amicable agreement in that Parliament—have...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: I thank the Minister. I am going to take a moment to reflect.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: As a new Member, I have listened intently as many Members on both sides of the Committee—some who voted to remain and others who voted to leave—have talked about the fundamental flaws in clause 9. The rest of the world is watching how we regulate at the moment. Will the Minister give an undertaking that the Government will come up with amendments to clause 9 on Report?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: May I take my right hon. Friend back to what he said about article 50? It is true that that says: “The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless”— I repeat, unless— “the European Council, in agreement...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: It is a great honour to follow the wonderful women from Wealden and Walthamstow in their different speeches this evening. This is not a time to re-argue the referendum debates—they happened last year. This is the time to look forward, not to think about what we have left behind but to think about how we forge new relationships not only with the EU but with its single market and with...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: I agree with the hon. Lady that a great deal of European legislation on the environment has been a force for good, but I warn her against scare- mongering, because much of that great European environmental legislation was led by British influence. British MEPs led the habitats directive, the birds directive and much else. The Government have said that they are committed to keeping high...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: I have a quick question about financial services legislation and deficiencies. I want to get it clear in my head, as a non-lawyer, that deficiencies would not cover material policy changes. For example, European banks, including British banks, currently do not have to hold any capital against sovereign debt issued by EU member states. Changing that could be considered to be dealing with a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: May I ask my hon. Friend to give way on this point?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: May I make a very brief observation about the sifting committee and the expertise? In my experience, the scrutiny of detailed European legislation is sometimes best performed by people with expertise in it. That is why the House of Lords EU Committee has sub-committees on financial affairs, external affairs, energy and environment, justice, home affairs and so forth. Would my hon. Friend at...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: On quality of the committee and the scrutiny process, the committee will be scrutinising changes to detailed pieces of European legislation. In my experience, in other countries’ Parliaments, an expert committee often does the scrutiny. So financial experts would consider a piece of finance legislation; environmental legislation would be considered by environment experts; and a judicial...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: My hon. Friend has made excellent points about share ownership, but I want to bring him back to property ownership. Does he agree that reducing stamp duty for first-time buyers will make it so much easier for people to get on the property ladder—it is worth more than £3,000 for the average first-time buyer in my constituency?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: Looking back in history, the Conservative-led Government introduced the bank levy in 2011, but Labour voted against it. In 2015, we introduced the 8% surcharge so that banks would pay more. Again, the Conservatives voted for that, but Labour voted against it. Why is the hon. Gentleman now rewriting history?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: Does my right hon. Friend agree that since the bank levy was introduced, the risk of bank failure has decreased dramatically due to new capital requirements on banks, and the considerably reduced risk that British taxpayers will have to fund cross-border bail-outs, given that we have international agreements on such matters?

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: I congratulate the Prime Minister on a very detailed agreement. Paragraph 73 says that the UK “may wish to participate in some Union budgetary programmes…post-2020” as a third country. Is it likely that those programmes could include co-operation on the three S’s—security, scientific research and student exchanges?

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Egypt: Attacks on Religious Communities (7 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: What steps the Church of England is taking to support religious communities in Egypt as a result of the recent attacks against Coptic and Islamic communities in that country.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Egypt: Attacks on Religious Communities (7 Dec 2017)

Vicky Ford: What steps is the Church taking to highlight the importance of a cross-Department approach to tackling the persecution of religious minorities, especially Christians abroad, not simply because that is the right thing to do, but because it is important for our security at home?


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