Results 81–100 of 11174 for speaker:Lord Clarke of Nottingham

Early Parliamentary General Election (28 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Would the right hon. Gentleman accept that this dreadful border down the Irish sea would be avoided if the whole United Kingdom left the customs union and left the single market, which I think his party has always supported? But now that the Prime Minister has gone back on and abandoned that position, would the DUP be prepared to accept the entire United Kingdom staying in the customs union...

Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Yesterday, my right hon. Friend achieved the first landmark of his premiership by getting the House to vote, by a comfortable majority, in favour of Brexit. If he now proceeds in the reasonable and statesmanlike way I would hope for, he can go on to deliver Brexit in a month or two’s time, before having a general election on the sensible basis of a mandate for a Government on the fuller...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (PROGRAMME) (22 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (PROGRAMME) (22 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. It is your decision; I do not think that either of us particularly minds. It is a point of order—almost.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (PROGRAMME) (22 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: May I ask the Prime Minister and everybody else to reconsider the suggestion he made that we pause the progress of the Bill tomorrow? I congratulate him on winning approval for the deal he negotiated. I think I said in the House once that I would apologise to him and congratulate him if he actually got it, and he has achieved it, and the Second Reading vote was the approval of his deal. The...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (PROGRAMME) (22 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (PROGRAMME) (22 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am grateful for your indulgence. Would it be in order for the House to adjourn for an hour, so that the Leader of the House could come back with an amended timetable motion to put to the House for its approval?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I thank my right hon. Friend for giving way. I regret that I am on a different side from him on this occasion, as I was on Maastricht, but I am enjoying his speech as much as I did then. Does my right hon. Friend accept that, until very recently, there was no suggestion that England, Scotland and Wales were going to go into their own customs union and single market, and that the whole of...

Business of the House (21 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Further to the very valid point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone), I do not usually like to dwell on my status as a veteran of long standing in this House, but the fact is that I was here for the Maastricht treaty Bill and for the European Communities Bill when we first joined the European Economic Community. They were both debated for weeks on end, with many...

Business of the House (21 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Mr Speaker, are you prepared to indulge me with a second question—a follow-up question—to the Leader of the House? My long-standing preference for Britain to be a member of the European Union has nothing to do with my question. I propose to vote for the Bill on Second Reading, and I will vote for Third Reading when we get there. The question is why are the accelerated procedures so...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and Extension Letter (21 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Will my right hon. Friend try to ensure that the Government stop giving this sacred quality to the date of 31 October, which is a really rather silly point that has intruded into the extremely complicated arguments we are having? I would be quite happy if we concluded a withdrawal agreement along the lines the Prime Minister is proposing by 31 October, if we could do it properly, but the...

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I hoped I would never be driven, in these long debates on Brexit, finally to deciding what my opinion is on the choice between a no deal and a bad deal. I regret to say that when my right hon. Friend the previous Prime Minister put forward the proposition before, I had considerable doubts about her belief that no deal was better than a bad deal. Those doubts have increased, because what we...

Prime Minister’s Statement (19 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: The Prime Minister began his statement, for which I am grateful, by saying how rare it has been for Members of this House ever to support federalism and a united states of Europe, and I entirely agree. Federalism and a belief in a European superstate are as rare in this country as they are, nowadays, in every one of the other 27 member states. Does the Prime Minister accept that, for the past...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: The right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) asked a question that is very important to our region of the country. The Prime Minister has announced a review of HS2, which I understand, but I hope he gave no commitments during his leadership campaign on the future of that project. Will he ensure that the review carefully consults on the economic impact on the east...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements ( 2 Oct 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Sir John Major rang me about half an hour ago simply to give vent to his indignation, which I already fully shared, that a major policy announcement of historic significance—our last offer, apparently, to the EU of a withdrawal agreement—was being made not to this House of Commons, which is not even to have a statement, and not after discussion in the Cabinet, most of whose members know...

Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment (26 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I was only just beginning to stir, Mr Speaker. You spotted me rather promptly! What concerns me is whether there is any sense of a deliberate strategy in all this. I would like my hon. Friend to reassure me. I assure him that I have been a junior Minister myself, so I do realise he is probably not consulted closely about strategy—I am not sure many members of the Cabinet have much idea of...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that if, in the future, we were unfortunate enough to have a Corbynista Labour Government—[Interruption.] That is obviously not thought to be a very likely prospect, but if that misfortune were to occur, if that Government were to decide to suspend the House for a long period because there was a parliamentary majority against their principal...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election ( 4 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I do not know whether the House wants a debate, so I will be very brief. I was going to join in if other people were going to debate. Thank you for encouraging me, Mr Speaker—no doubt to the deep distress of everybody else waiting to have an important vote. I merely say that I have found these exchanges quite predictable; they had been well rehearsed before they took place today. With the...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill: Duties in connection with the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union ( 4 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: As the hon. Gentleman says, the House has never voted on the proposal that so nearly came forward. I think I would have supported it had it got that far. Does he agree that had the whole House realised then what form subsequent events would take to lead us to today and what would happen to public opinion in the ever increasingly wild debate that followed—if the vote could have been taken...

Spending Round 2019 ( 4 Sep 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I genuinely welcome my right hon. Friend to his appointment and congratulate him on it, and I sincerely wish him every success in carrying out his extremely important duties. I also welcome the many spending announcements he made. In particular, I single out further education, to which successive Governments have been trying to give better priority for the last 30 or 40 years. I hope that it...


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