All 18 results for speaker:Baroness Meyer

UK’s Ambassador to the USA: Resignation - Statement (11 Jul 2019)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, this is a sad episode but we should not rush to replace Sir Kim. A chargé d’affaires is perfectly capable of being in charge during the summer months. We need to concentrate on catching the culprit and on how we can keep classified documents confidential. We should reflect coolly and calmly on how to handle a relationship with the United States and President Trump. Does the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Marshall Scholarships (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Meyer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for increasing the number of students who can participate in the Marshall Scholarship programme to 100; and what assessment they have made of the benefits of that programme to the UK's international reputation.

UK Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 May 2019)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Howell, and the committee for this excellent report. At a time of great uncertainty in global affairs, it is essential to examine rigorously where the national interest lies and how to safeguard it. The report is an outstanding contribution. Our role in the world is about not only the detail of policy but the spirit in which it is carried...

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (24 Apr 2019)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, I apologise for arriving a bit late. I hope that noble Lords will forgive me. Like the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, I think that a lot of things in the regulations are really good. I am a bit more conservative; I fear that I consider sex education something that is rather more private. However, it is necessary. I started life in a Catholic school. In those days, of course, we were...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, it is a great honour to speak in celebration of International Women’s Day. It has a special personal meaning for me. On this day 102 years ago, my mother was born in St Petersburg in Russia. She lived for 100 years and two weeks. When I think of her life’s journey, I am reminded of women’s resilience and courage. I am also reminded of the many misfortunes that women of that...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, this is my third time speaking and my third time doing so after the noble Baroness, Lady Bull. I do not know whether there is any significance to this. Anyway, this Brexit debate is nothing if not a contest between two visions of the future. There is no surprise about that. However, the debate has become so dogmatic, dug-in and devoid of good old English common sense that it is has...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness Meyer: I will cover that particular point in my next paragraph. I will continue because I am not yet confident enough to speak without notes, but beware: it will happen one day, and noble Lords might regret it. I was living in Germany. We were there in September 1989, the first time that the East Germans were allowed to leave East Germany. We ran to the border and saw people coming out on bicycle,...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness Meyer: I completely understand what the noble Lord is saying and completely agree with him. In the East, they all wanted to join the European Community. It was seen as a symbol of freedom. This is not my point. My point is that it was implied in the previous debate that the European Union—when it was called the European Community—played a role in liberating the communists, and that this is...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness Meyer: Absolutely—I have the same recollection. The point I am trying to make is that people are over-exaggerating in all these debates. I know that some people say the Brexiters are exaggerating on one side, but the remainers and reversers are also totally over-exaggerating. They have a nostalgia for a European Union which is a completely different entity. The European Community that noble Lords...

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness Meyer: Are noble Lords democrats? Did we have a vote? Did the majority of people vote to leave the European Union? We have to deliver. It is insulting of us, because we are privileged—

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness Meyer: Of course. It is an honour to be here. However, first of all, we need to respect what our Prime Minister has said, as well as what the people have voted for.

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness Meyer: We need to try to work together to find a solution and stop bickering and reinventing the facts. Do not delay; do not betray. Let us get on with it. There must be a solution somewhere that we can agree and work together on. As noble Lords keep saying, there is a future generation. They will not see us as very good if we keep on fighting, discussing and bickering. We need to look forward. I am...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (10 Jan 2019)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, there are two harsh truths about this debate. First, there is little one can say about Brexit which has not been said before. Secondly, nothing any of us can say is likely to change the minds of people who think differently. I have not changed my mind since I last spoke in December, but I do have a new perspective after spending two weeks in continental Europe in the company of the...

EU Council - Statement (17 Dec 2018)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, how much taxpayers’ money would be spent if we had a second referendum? A second referendum would be a complete disaster. As the Prime Minister said, it would damage the core of a democracy that we took 1,000 years to achieve, and this Parliament is part of it. If you do a second referendum, why not a third or a fourth? Actually, why not govern by referenda and get rid of...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (12 Dec 2018)

Baroness Meyer: To ask Her Majesty's Government what scope the UK will have to negotiate and conclude third party trade agreements under the terms of the EU Withdrawal Agreement if the backstop provisions come into effect.

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Dec 2018)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, what distresses me most about the Brexit debate is the defeatism and pessimism that run through it. It is for me a very un-British thing—the very opposite of what I have always admired about this country. We have behaved as if we were defeated from the start. If I have heard it once, I have heard it 100 times: “The people did not know what they were talking about or voting...

Leaving the European Union - Statement (26 Nov 2018)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, given that the head of HMRC, Jon Thompson, has again confirmed that, in the event of no deal, no hard border will be built in Northern Ireland; given that the Prime Minister of Ireland offered the same assurance last month; and given that the backstop remains the main source of dispute in this country over the Prime Minister’s deal, can the Leader of the House help us to...

Trade Bill - Second Reading (11 Sep 2018)

Baroness Meyer: My Lords, it is a great honour and privilege to introduce myself to you today. I would like to thank noble Lords from all sides of the House, officials, staff members and the wonderful doorkeepers, all of whom have welcomed me into this House so warmly. I am particularly grateful to my sponsors, my noble friends Lady Jenkin of Kennington and Lord Black of Brentwood. Even as I stand before...


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