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Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union (14 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I think my right hon. Friend agrees with me that no Government in the 28 member states wishes to have a British election to the European Parliament in the course of any process, but the obligation that he refers to is, I think, based on the treaty. It would take a comparatively minor amendment to the treaty to make the obligation not apply to a country that has submitted an article 50...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. When the arrangements for this week were announced, my understanding was that the Government were saying that if they lost the vote on their preferred deal, there would then be two days in which the House would be given the opportunity to express its clear opinion on no deal, and if that was clear, another day to say whether an extension was desired by the...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: rose—

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

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Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: As my hon. Friend knows, I never said that I would change my lifelong opinions on the strength of one opinion poll. If I fight an election and urge the case for a Conservative Government, but the Labour party wins and takes office, does my hon. Friend think that I should then attend this House as an Opposition Member supporting the Government’s policies because they had just won a...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: It is almost three years since we had the referendum, and we have reached this extraordinary moment. Effectively, we are back to square one. There is absolutely no consensus within the Government, within the main Opposition party, within this Parliament or among the public on exactly what leave means. We are having to have a debate today on the question whether, after three years of futility,...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: We have 16 days left. The hon. Gentleman and I have tabled an amendment that faces up to something that I think very few Members are facing up to. I have discovered in a fortnight that things change very rapidly—I did not anticipate 16 days ago that we would be in this debate—and anybody who forecasts with confidence the state of British politics in 14 or 16 days is being a little...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I really should get on. I am not a Front-Bench spokesman, and lots of people want to speak. I am tempted to give way and debate—I would like to— but, knowing myself, I know I would take too long if I did. I do not wish to intrude on tomorrow’s debate, but we need to agree as quickly as possible what we are now seeking and the reason for the delay that I think the majority of the House...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I am being drawn outside this debate. The best deals with other countries are achieved through the EU—that is the basis on which British Government have proceeded for years—and it is a disaster that we are in danger in 16 days of falling out of some of the most favourable trade deals, which the British Government have played a part in negotiating. I think that if we insist on that...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I am going to be very brief—as brief as I can be. I have already taken longer than I intended. The argument is that these matters were settled by the referendum, but one of the problems is that the debate at the time of the referendum does not resemble the debates that we keep having, with ever more frequency, in the House. That is not because we are out of touch with the real world. It is...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: My right hon. and learned Friend and I do not agree on referendums, but we agree on practically everything else. As he is a close political ally and a good friend of mine, I shall give way to him.

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I agree with my right hon. and learned Friend entirely. I have no idea why the Government thought it necessary to put the second half of the motion on the Order Paper. I have been reassured, however, so let me try to reassure him on this. When my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State opened the debate, he referred several times to revocation as the alternative—he is now nodding in the...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: On the point that was concerning the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry), can the Secretary of State confirm that it is the Government’s position that we are ruling out leaving on 29 March with absolutely no arrangements at all—that we are ruling out the complete collapse of all our legal and trading arrangements with the continent that we have built up over the last 50 years?

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: My right hon. Friend keeps saying that when we reach 29 March, we will not leave unless we have a deal, and he has been considering the alternatives, because currently doing nothing means that, by law, we will leave with no deal. He keeps suggesting revoking article 50. Is that because we could seek an extension, if by then the House has some idea of what it is seeking an extension for, but...

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: May I sincerely congratulate my right hon. Friend the Chancellor on keeping his head while all around are losing theirs? I am sure that he would have liked to have delivered a rather different statement if the vote had gone the other way last night. Does he agree that economic forecasting is difficult at all times, particularly at a time of slowing global growth, trade war, Chinese debt...

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: What I put to the Leader of the Opposition was that the only things we are settling today with this vote are the deal we have on citizens’ rights, the money we owe and the Irish backstop. Those are the only things that will be resolved if we pass this withdrawal agreement today. I still cannot understand what the Labour party’s objection is to any of those three.

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: As the right hon. Gentleman knows, I rather agree with him on the broad principles he sets out for our final aspirations and long-term goals, and indeed I voted with him in this House the last time he put the principles forward, but earlier he was giving his reasons for voting against the withdrawal agreement tonight, yet actually none of the things he mentioned had anything to do with the...

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: My right hon. Friend just said that, if she manages to get her withdrawal agreement approved by this House, she does not want the next stage of serious negotiations about our long-term future to proceed in the same way and that she will give a greater role to Parliament. I strongly endorse that. We cannot have another arrangement where she reaches a perfectly satisfactory agreement on the...

Shamima Begum and Other Cases (11 Mar 2019)

Kenneth Clarke: I think it is well established international law that one does not take away the citizenship from even one’s most unpleasant fellow citizens if it will leave them stateless. I thought it was policy not to take away citizenship unless someone had substantial citizenship of and some connection with another country. I had not previously heard it described as some sort of punishment for past...


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