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All 12 results for boris speaker:Lord Adonis

Higher Education and the Economy (19 Apr 2007)

Lord Adonis: ...student support made during the passage of the Higher Education Act 2004. It will also allow us to continue widening participation and increasing employer engagement. With his customary panache, Boris Johnson said recently in his role as opposition spokesman on higher education: "If Universities UK says our universities contribute £45 billion to the economy, I am not going to quibble". I...

Airports: Heathrow — Question (8 Feb 2010)

Lord Adonis: ...proposal for an estuary airport has been widely dismissed by sensible commentators, including most of the official spokespeople of the Conservative Party. The official Tory spokesperson says that Boris takes an independent line as Mayor of London. I thought he was a Conservative, but clearly this is not the case for the purposes of this and so many other decisions. Paul Carter, the leader...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (28 Jun 2017)

Lord Adonis: ...Gang of Four in the West End play “Limehouse”, and the Limehouse Declaration promised that Britain would be, “a constructive and progressive force”, within the European Community. As for Boris Johnson, 20 days before he led the leave campaign, he was Mayor of London, urging an expansion of the single market in services and capital and unrestricted migration within the European...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...of the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, very serious—potentially the most serious failure of British public policy in Ireland since the collapse of the Sunningdale power-sharing agreement in 1974. Boris Johnson complained last week that Northern Ireland was, “the tail wagging the dog”, of Brexit. This is the most irresponsible statement by a former Minister in my lifetime. The reason why...

Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (4 Sep 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...about this in a debate last week, he said that the concerns about Northern Ireland were, “entirely got up by Barnier”, and that, anyway, Ireland was a “tiddly” country. This echoes Mr Boris Johnson who attacks Mrs May every day for letting Ireland become the “tail wagging the dog” of Brexit. Not to be outdone, Mr Rees-Mogg has suggested that the answer to the Irish problem is...

Trade Bill - Second Reading (11 Sep 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...unrest, uncertainty and an absence of democratic institutions able to deliver for the people. Since I spoke last week the position has worsened, because of the incredibly inflammatory remarks by Boris Johnson, Mrs May’s Foreign Secretary until two months ago, about her Brexit policy being a “suicide vest”. Leaving aside the nauseating attention-seeking tone of that metaphor, it is...

Brexit: People’s Vote - Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...too pro-EU in fact wants to leave the EU without a treaty that ensures the continuity of aviation, the ports, the movement of people and goods and so forth. Most of the radical Brexiters, including Boris Johnson, are in favour of a financial settlement with the European Union which involves us honouring debts. It must be a cardinal principle that no proposition is put to the people that is...

Constitutional Convention - Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...political authority of the mayor but also, crucially, the mayor’s tax-raising powers, including the ability to raise a supplementary business rate which two successive mayors, Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson, persuaded the London business community to sign up to because they were so desperate to have a credible scheme for improving London’s public transport capacity. The mayor put...

Brexit: Appointment of Joint Committee - Motion to Agree (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, the bad news is that Boris Johnson says he is contemplating no deal; the good news is that he does not really believe it. He knows that it would be disastrous and that Parliament will not agree to it. More to the point, he does not really believe in Brexit itself. He was against Brexit; then he was for it. He was against Mrs May’s deal; then he was for it. Anyone who knows Boris...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 6 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Adonis: that Parliament must meet in September and October. If the noble Lord agrees with that, why on earth are we having this argument in the first place? The only other point that needs to be made—Boris Johnson is clearly considering this, otherwise these stories would not be running and we would not be in this situation—is that it would be a grave constitutional crisis if a Government...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee: Amendment 6 (15 Jul 2019)

Lord Adonis: ...The Governor General thought long and hard about whether to accede to the advice of the Prime Minister. It was immediately after a general election, when the circumstances were very different. If Boris Johnson is thinking of dragging Her Majesty into a controversy as deep as would be involved in banning Parliament from meeting in October, he will be doing a massive disservice not only to...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Adonis: .... That is why Theresa May agreed the backstop. It is why the Minister has many times justified the backstop to this House, in the way that he descried it earlier. Since the Government changed and Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, the Brexit policy has descended into doublespeak. What now happens all the time is that Ministers say something is sensible and workable when it is clearly...

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