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Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Colin Clark: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mike Hill). It was great to hear about his admirably level-headed constituents; my constituents in Gordon are equally level-headed. I was inspired by the paper on the withdrawal Bill that the Secretary of State published in July. He expressed a very positive view, referring to “a smooth transition to a comprehensive future...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Colin Clark: It is worrying that free movement into the rest of the United Kingdom has continued strongly during the Brexit debate but has fallen in Scotland. That prompts us to ask what it is about the Scottish economy and the Scottish Government that is putting people off coming to work in Scotland. It is deeply worrying that people are not moving from the south, from other countries, to work in our...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Colin Clark: I could not agree more. The last thing that the country needs is more doubt about its politicians. The same applies to the referendum in Scotland. The people vote and trust us to represent them in a democratic system, and that is what we are here to do. We are here to make the difficult decisions, and we must be brave enough to do that. Non-trade agreements can be made for aviation, customs...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Colin Clark: I could not agree more. The UK’s aim of a deep and comprehensive trade agreement is a matter of degree, not principle, so this is surmountable.

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Colin Clark: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, and I am glad he was intervening on the intervention on me. We are either inside or outside the single market. Pragmatism shows derogations are possible, and in the latter case there have been many concessions. So is it in or out? The British people voted out; they expect us to deliver, not drive them into a cul-de-sac. The EU has a record of...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Chemicals (18 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what arrangements he has planned for agriculture chemicals registration in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: What recent steps he is taking to tackle knife crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: I welcome the Offensive Weapons Bill, which will put tough legislation in place and make it harder than ever before for people to get dangerous weapons. Will my right hon. Friend reassure my constituents that banning the delivery of bladed articles to residential addresses will not prevent the legal pursuits of tradesmen and hobbyists?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farming: Environmentally Sustainable Produce (12 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: What steps he is taking to enable farmers to grow produce in a more environmentally sustainable way.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Farming: Environmentally Sustainable Produce (12 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: What provisions is my right hon. Friend’s Department making to maintain high environmental standards in farming in case of no deal?

Leaving the Eu: Negotiations (10 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: Is my hon. Friend not amazed that the stock market is doing so well, and that we have the lowest unemployment we have had for many years? Is that not a reflection of how well the economy is doing—costing in the fact that we are leaving the EU?

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. In my question to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, I mentioned EU payments to farmers. I should like to set the record straight and declare an interest, in that I am a recipient of the EU single farm payment. My farming interest is recorded in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

Leaving the EU: Implications for Scotland — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: Thank you very much, Sir Roger. It is a pleasure, as ever, to serve under your chairmanship, and to follow the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson). As a Scottish Conservative and Unionist, I strongly believe in democracy. The Scottish people rejected independence in 2014, just as the British people voted to leave the EU two years later. Both referendums were massive...

Leaving the EU: Implications for Scotland — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: I thank the hon. Gentleman very much for that question; I absolutely respect that point, and I covered it in the first line of my speech. People voted to stay in the United Kingdom, and we had a United Kingdom vote in the European Union referendum.

Leaving the EU: Implications for Scotland — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: I will make some progress. The Scottish people now expect politicians to carry out their wishes. I was disappointed to hear the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran take quite such a negative tone. Nobody on the Government Benches is denying the challenges that surround our exit from the EU, nor are we naive to the scale of the work still to be completed, and much work has been done....

Leaving the EU: Implications for Scotland — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: I thank the hon. Lady for the question, but I have an absolute respect for the institutions of this country, including the Electoral Commission, which will investigate funding, whether in Scottish elections or the EU referendum. I will respect its findings, because I have respect for UK institutions. On day one after exit, more than 80 new powers will go directly from Brussels to...

Leaving the EU: Implications for Scotland — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: That is a good question. As the hon. and learned Lady knows, we are not leaving Europe. We are leaving the EU. We would hope to form a market in a frictionless free trade arrangement with the EU. Norway is also a huge exporter and is not a full member of the EU. We hope to negotiate a free trade arrangement with the EU.

Leaving the EU: Implications for Scotland — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: It will go to Europe, with us outside the EU. It will go to Japan, America and the rest of the world. Those are the enormous opportunities that we have. It is incredible that the hon. and learned Lady does not realise that the common fisheries policy means that British fishermen catch only 40% of their potential fish catch. We cannot go to other countries in Europe and take their agricultural...

Leaving the EU: Implications for Scotland — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Colin Clark: I will only point out that my party, and this Parliament, will listen to science. I hope that the Scottish Government will also do so; on many things they do. I want finally to mention farming, the oldest industry. Just under two weeks ago I was at the Royal Highland Show, as I am sure were many other hon. Members. I learned that the Scottish Government’s climate change ambitions pose a...


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