Results 1–20 of 67 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Masterton

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: North Wales Growth Deal (13 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: What progress has been made on delivering a growth deal for north Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: North Wales Growth Deal (13 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: Will my hon. Friend outline how the north Wales growth deal will build on the positive cross-border work that is already taking place, most notably through the Mersey-Dee alliance? I am sure he is aware that the alliance is of unspeakable interest to the good people of East Renfrewshire.

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: Can the hon. Lady clarify whether her proposed—I will not say second referendum—new referendum would provide an option for saying, “No, we don’t like this. We want you to go back and push on these items,” or would it be a binary, all-or-nothing choice, where we either take what is on the table or cancel the whole process?

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I am pleased to speak in the debate—it will be for only a couple of minutes, I promise—which combines various petitions on the question of a second referendum regarding Britain’s exit from the European Union. My constituency recorded one of the highest remain votes in the country—about 76%—so hon....

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: The hon. Lady said right at the start of her engaging speech that the referendum had left the country polarised and divided. Would a second referendum make the country more or less polarised and divided?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Leaving the EU: University Staffing (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: Many of my constituents in East Renfrewshire work in academic research and are concerned about the impact of Brexit on collaboration with European institutions. What reassurance can the Minister give to my constituents that Brexit will not put that collaboration in doubt?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: Does my right hon. Friend agree that if regulatory alignment in certain specific areas is a requirement to solve the Northern Ireland border issue, then protecting the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom requires that solution to be adopted UK wide?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the amendments he is discussing do not reflect the recommendations of the Scottish Affairs Committee and go further than those recommendations? Does he therefore understand why we as Scottish Conservatives are not in a position to support those amendments? It is not about talking Scotland down or being whipping boys for the Conservative Government, but a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: The hon. Gentleman is giving a very good speech, but he is not giving a speech in support of his own amendments; he is giving a speech in support of a middle ground between the positions of the UK Government and the Scottish Government. Does he not understand that his amendment would devolve everything from day one, with no constraints, thereby enabling all four constituent parts of the UK to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: The hon. Gentleman does not seem to have read his own amendment. I do not want either clause 11 as it stands or clause 11 as suggested by the Scottish and Welsh Governments, because both go too far. We need a middle ground, and that means knowing what the position will be in relation to powers. We do not seem to be too far apart, but the hon. Gentleman is intending to vote for something that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: Does the hon. Gentleman not accept that his amendments would allow every single one of the 111 powers to be immediately devolved from day one, with no constraints, and that they would therefore enable all the devolved Administrations to do whatever they wanted, meaning that we could have divergence from day one? He believes in continuity and maintaining similarities between the four...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: I am grateful to have the opportunity to speak, as a Scottish Conservative MP and as a member of the Scottish Affairs Committee, on what I believe is being termed devolution day. I draw Members’ attention to the Committee’s—in my biased view—exceptional report, which our Chair, the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart), may well highlight at some...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: If the hon. Lady will bear with me, I am coming on to talk about that. Clause 11 provides that the 111 powers that I have mentioned will be released to Scottish Ministers on a case-by-case basis once UK Ministers are satisfied that it is safe to do so. There is no timescale for that, and the process is unilateral. Under clause 11, the powers, once repatriated from the EU to the UK, are for UK...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: The hon. and learned Lady and I perhaps have different definitions of what is interesting. Ostensibly, amendment 164 and the consequential amendment 165 to schedule 3 are in the names of Opposition Members, but they have in fact been tabled on behalf of the Scottish and Welsh Governments. This distinction is important, and Ministers should be mindful of it. The amendments would turn clause 11...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: I absolutely agree, but the point is that the amendments proposed by the Scottish and Welsh Governments go far too far. There is some middle ground, on which, if the hon. Gentleman will allow me, I will set out where I believe we can get to.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: For the simple reason that there is another JMC meeting on 12 December, and we do not believe it is right to prejudge or prejudice the outcome of those negotiations. There is going to be an agreement, and it is much better to allow such an agreement to be reached and incorporated into the Bill. Much has been devolved since 1998, but nothing that jeopardises the UK’s single internal...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: I am going to make some progress. These rules are now uniform throughout the UK and many, but of course not all, should remain so after Brexit. Amendments 164 and 165 go too far and are dangerous to the Union. Frankly, I am startled that Scottish Labour—only one Scottish Labour MP is here—and Scottish Liberal Democrats are prepared to support these amendments, which could so...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention, but I do not agree. I think that amendments 164 and 165 are fundamentally dangerous to the Union, and it would be dangerous for the integrity of the Union to pull them into the Bill.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: If the hon. Lady was listening, she will have heard me say that I agreed that that was the purpose of the 1998 Act. I am coming on to say explicitly that clause 11, as drafted, is not fit for purpose and must be changed. It does not need to be tweaked a little; it needs to be amended and replaced with a new version. However, I do not consider now to be an appropriate stage in the process at...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Paul Masterton: Again, I draw the attention of the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) to the fact that I said that most of the 111 powers are technical and regulatory. They cover areas either where divergence in policy between UK and Scottish Government Ministers would not be a threat to the integrity of the UK internal market, or where consistency could be maintained through...


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