Results 1–20 of 36 for brexit speaker:David Drew

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

David Drew: ...day of our consideration of the Queen’s Speech, which was more about a political programme for the forthcoming general election than about how this country is going to be governed. Sadly, the Brexit morass that will envelop us all will carry on, regardless of what happens on Saturday and whatever happens by the end of this month. I wish, however, to start on a conciliatory note and...

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

David Drew: ...reform, and that includes devolution in this country of England, where we have failed to do anything to deal with the centralisation of power. That is a fundamental reason why people voted for Brexit; they did so because they feel disconnected from the way in which decisions are made. That comes into the need for a fundamental rethink, with votes at 16, electoral reform and unitary...

Yemen: Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (1 Oct 2019)

David Drew: ...am not sure in which debate I said this, because we have taken part in so many and we conflated a number of SIs, to the benefit of the Government. We did not have to do that, but clearly, with 500 Brexit-related SIs, of which more than 120 were DEFRA related, we had to do something to address the time restraints we faced and to do the job as well as we could. We warned that mistakes would...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Subsidies (13 Aug 2019)

David Drew: ...result of a new systems of agricultural payments as outlined in the Government's policy paper of 12 September 2018 on health and harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a green Brexit, what the size of those farms are; and the type of farming undertaken by those farms.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Subsidies (2 Aug 2019)

David Drew: ...included in a future environmental land management scheme as outlined in the policy statement of 12 September 2018 on health and harmony: the future for food farming and the environment in a green Brexit, to ensure all farm businesses can create land management plans and participate in the new payment schemes.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture: Subsidies (31 Jul 2019)

David Drew: ...included in a future environmental land management scheme as outlined in the policy statement of 12 September 2018 on health and harmony: the future for food farming and the environment in a green Brexit, to promote farm cluster working and landscape-scale enhancement projects.

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture) (20 Feb 2019)

David Drew: ...Government’s draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill. The principal concern of the Agricultural Industries Confederation is about certainty, which is not there because of the current Brexit situation. It would be interesting to know what discussions the Minister has had with the AIC. If we crash out and have to adopt WTO tariffs, that will have a major impact on the industry...

School Funding: Gloucestershire (30 Jan 2019)

David Drew: I will comment on that. I disagree with the hon. Gentleman. Although Brexit has completely overwhelmed Parliament, I have been inundated with comments from headteachers, teachers, teaching unions, parents and even some pupils. Their message is that they face cuts. We can argue about how much those cuts are and how they came about, but the reality is that they face cuts. That is what they...

Leaving the EU: European Union (Withdrawal) Act (14 Jan 2019)

David Drew: ...I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Gillingham and Rainham (Rehman Chishti). There can be few times in the history of Parliament when MPs have faced two such difficult issues as Iraq and Brexit. There are parallels. Those of us who voted against the invasion of Iraq were continually leaned on by the Executive and told that if we knew what they knew, we would vote for the...

Leaving the EU: State Aid, Public Ownership and Workers’ Rights — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (11 Dec 2018)

David Drew: ...for as long as it lasts. I want to make three brief points that it is important to make, as they sometimes do not feature in debates. Although we are here in this important debate to escape from Brexit, it very much relates to Brexit or what might result from it. First, when I have been involved in trying to save companies and looking at how the public sector can get involved in that, I...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Agricultural co-operatives (20 Nov 2018)

David Drew: ...he will continue his discussions with Co-operatives UK and other farming organisations to see how this can be developed. The UK farming and environmental sector will need to co-operate if we face Brexit, because it will be subject to many of the winds of change, some of which could be very turbulent. I hope that co-operation is one good thing that comes out of this. I beg leave to withdraw...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: UK-wide framework for agriculture (20 Nov 2018)

David Drew: .... Otherwise, we will end up with a race to the bottom, which we all want to avoid. Another issue that has not been raised yet is the way that we will meet our international obligations post Brexit. As much as we have devolved Administrations, as the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith rightly says, we have signed up to many international conventions as the United Kingdom. We need...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: UK-wide framework for agriculture (20 Nov 2018)

David Drew: That is a point. We were talking about relationships with the EU post Brexit and about whether we have some form of common market, if not a single market. It would be helpful if we knew that that would happen within the four nations of the United Kingdom, let alone in the relationship with the Republic. The issues are pretty important, and even more so in environmental terms, so I want not...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Duty to report on international obligations (15 Nov 2018)

David Drew: ...part of the EU, so that will take place automatically through some of the ways in which the EU meets its international obligations, but we are presupposing that the UK will not be part of the EU. Brexit means that we need to put into domestic law what was previously implied through our membership of the European Union. I will immediately sit down and not go any further if the Minister...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: WTO Agreement on Agriculture: regulations (15 Nov 2018)

David Drew: ...identified but laid down as tablets of stone. It would be difficult to change. It would be interesting to know how things stand under the devolution settlement in that regard. If and when we get to Brexit, and when the WTO application with its agricultural implications is put in, the debate about the effect on the devolution settlement will be interesting. We have grave fears about the UK...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: WTO Agreement on Agriculture: regulations (15 Nov 2018)

David Drew: ...about how it affects agricultural trade, how it shapes agriculture policy, what the future direction of travel is and what it means for the United Kingdom, but I want to concentrate on the post-Brexit situation when we will be making this application. That is why these amendments are important. We have to ensure that all four countries are on the same page when we make that application....

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Marketing standards and carcass classification (13 Nov 2018)

David Drew: ...cases; it is just not able to pursue cases because of the gap in the law, which should lead to criminal proceedings when someone been wilfully negligent. Again, we are having to learn. In a post-Brexit situation—if we get to that situation—the British Government must have fool-proof security in how they deal with food standards and food safety. Given the a huge call on the Government...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Support for rural development (13 Nov 2018)

David Drew: ...countries. The amendment is about the functionality of these schemes. Many of us know them and feel strongly that they have considerable merit. The question is how we take them forward post-Brexit—if that happens. Many of the schemes have gone on for a long time; they should have a proper run down, or perhaps they can be reinvented in a different guise. Farmers have made heavy investment...

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Financial assistance: forms, conditions, delegation and publication of information (1 Nov 2018)

David Drew: ...Environment Bill, this Bill and, dare I say, the Fishing (Access to Territorial Waters) Bill, all of which we hope will be enacted; otherwise, we will have no legislation to move forward with post Brexit. All these things really matter, but unless we put them in the Bill, given that so much will be down to the powers of the Government, the Government will be able to do them or not do them....

Public Bill Committee: Agriculture Bill: Secretary of State’s powers to give financial assistance (30 Oct 2018)

David Drew: ...much fast food, which the Bill must recognise is a huge public health issue. Despite the title of the White Paper, “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit”, health has been marginalised. That is disappointing. Health should be central to the whole debate on the food we produce, who it is produced for, and whether it is affordable.


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