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Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Votes) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. With the help of the people who work with me, I have got a damn sight nearer to a majority in this House than anybody else has so far, apart from the rather curious and now historic Malthouse compromise, which I fear is dead. Three votes is quite near. We cannot go on with everybody voting against every proposition. The difficulty is that there are people who...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I agree that in addition to a customs union we would probably need some modest regulatory alignment to ensure an open border in Ireland and at Dover, but the regulatory alignment would be the same for the whole of the United Kingdom. I thought the DUP’s objection to the backstop was that it would put in place different arrangements for Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK and therefore...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way because I did not have time to give way to him in the end. I think he would acknowledge that it is a slight exaggeration to say that the British Government would have as little influence over deals being negotiated by the EU as a Latvian MEP if we moved into a customs union. As the right hon. and learned Member for Holborn and St Pancras...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I beg to move motion (C), That this House instructs the Government to: (1) ensure that any Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration negotiated with the EU must include, as a minimum, a commitment to negotiate a permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU; (2) enshrine this objective in primary legislation.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: May I first of all say that I hope, for the reputation of this House and the reputation of the political institutions of this country, that we will achieve a majority for at least a couple of these motions this afternoon in order to reassure the public that we do know what we are doing, or we are beginning to know what we are doing, and that we are capable of delivering responsible government...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I might do so when I have got going, but the filibustering on the business motion means that we have very little time for debate, so I am going to make an effort to keep my speech short. With respect to my hon. Friend, who is an old friend, I will not give way. What happened last week was understandable. People plumped for what they wanted, and we spread so widely over eight motions that...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: With apologies to my hon. Friend the Member for Ribble Valley (Mr Evans), I will give way to my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset once, because this is his process.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: My right hon. Friend and I are in complete agreement. As he quite rightly says, we must avoid no deal occurring by default in a fortnight’s time simply because the House of Commons could not agree on anything. In fact, 400 Members of the House of Commons have voted against no deal, and it would be calamitous just to collapse into it because we cannot reach any compromise among ourselves...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: No, I will not give way. As I have said, we have just had two hours of filibustering, and I do not want my speech to be spun out. Let me illustrate why I think motion (C) does not conflict with the body of opinion in most of the political parties in this House, starting with the Conservative party. My motion does not conflict with the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement. Indeed, it...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: No, I am not going to give way. It would be unfair to other Members who have had this whole debate crammed into three hours. In 1972, we used to have all-night sittings on much smaller issues than this. I do not recommend going back to that, but I object to listening to my colleagues having to speak on three-minute time limits because chaps want to get to dinner and will not sit after 7...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: As I have said, the motion does not conflict with the Government’s withdrawal agreement. If the motion is passed or if it is subsumed by common market 2.0, which I will also vote for—that motion would subsume this one if it is carried—the easiest way of proceeding is for the Government to proceed with their withdrawal agreement tomorrow and for the Labour party to abstain because it is...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I shall be accused of bias if I give way to my right hon. and learned Friend. I urge the Liberals to proceed on that basis, and similarly, the Scottish nationalists. I agree with them—I would much prefer to stay in the European Union—but I am afraid that in trying to give this country good and stable governance by giving steers to the House of Commons, I have compromised on that, because...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: As I have mentioned the Scottish nationalists, I will of course give the hon. and learned Lady the right to reply.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I will vote for the single market, if it is presented in a proper way, and I would have voted for the motion in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) last week, had he not at the end added a gratuitous sentence ruling out a customs union. If we can get a majority for the single market, I will vote for it again. I accept that if we pass a motion for the single market, or...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: As I am referring to the DUP, I will give way to the right hon. Gentleman, but I am a Unionist. He thinks the Irish backstop is not a Unionist proposition. Motion (C) is a Unionist proposition and does no harm to the DUP’s position.

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I agree that to have an open border—unless we invent these magic X-ray cameras whose discovery some of my hon. Friends think is imminent—we will need to be in a customs union and have some degree of regulatory alignment. In the case of the Irish border—and, I think, of Dover—a customs union gets us 90% of the way. As I say, it is not the customs union that is inconsistent with the...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: No, I am sorry; I will go back to being strict, though when I refer to parties or people, I feel it is courteous to let them respond. Let me now deal, finally and very briefly, with the only substantial argument that has been raised in the House against the customs union from the beginning to the end of our debates. That argument is that it will stop us having our own customs arrangements...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: No, I will not, in the interests of other Members who wish to speak. First, that argument is not actually accurate. It is true that trade agreements with other countries would mean that we would not be able to make changes in external tariffs. Of course, we would have the benefit of no tariffs at all: totally tariff-free entry into the rest of the EU. What we would be able to have trade...

Business of the House ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: My hon. Friend keeps referring to me, yet I voted for the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement three times. I accept that the House, by a large majority, is settled on a course, which I deeply regret, to leave the EU, and therefore I am trying to make some progress on what the House can agree about the form of that leaving. The Government are not prepared to give the House time to express...

Business of the House ( 1 Apr 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: When the Leader of the House last made this point, I pointed out that the Prime Minister promised that if her deal was not passed, she would find time and make arrangements for the House to have indicative votes. Had the Government done that, the procedural point that the Leader of the House raises would never have arisen. Having got where we are, and given the situation the country is in,...


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