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Results 1–20 of 31 for brexit speaker:Viscount Hailsham

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2017)

Viscount Hailsham: ...House of Commons, where I was meeting staff whom I have known for many years. One of the waitresses there whom I have known for years came up to me and said, “What is going to happen to me when Brexit takes place?” She was born in France, but she has worked in the United Kingdom and been in the House of Commons for many years. I gave her my personal opinion, which was that there would...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Viscount Hailsham: ...of Parliament. It is, in our view, Parliament and not the Executive which should be the final arbiter of our country’s future. Ironically, in this sense we stand with the campaigners for Brexit who wanted Parliament to recover control over policy and legislation. Incidentally, too, we stand in that long tradition of parliamentarians who have stood for the primacy of Parliament against...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Viscount Hailsham: ...is possible that my noble friend Lord Hill is right about this. There is sometimes a price to be paid for democracy. Indeed, that is the argument that underpins many of the assertions made by the Brexiteers. They argue that, yes, there may be a cost involved in withdrawal but it is more than compensated for by the recovery of democratic control. That argument also applies to the process of...

Brexit: Farm Support - Question (6 Nov 2017)

Viscount Hailsham: My Lords, have the Government made it plain to the agricultural community that, contrary to what was said by many Brexiteers during the referendum campaign, overall support for agriculture is likely to be much less when we leave the European Union than it would have been if we had stayed in?

Brexit: Food Prices - Question (14 Nov 2017)

Viscount Hailsham: My Lords, is it right that the best estimate within my noble friend’s department is that, after Brexit, food prices for the consumer will rise as a result of changes in the exchange rate—and, furthermore, that the income of the farming industry will fall due to an overall reduction in subsidies?

Brexit: Costs - Statement (29 Nov 2017)

Viscount Hailsham: ...committed remainer I say to my noble friend that if the reports are true, I welcome them. Is it not also correct, however, that they are difficult to reconcile with the advantages identified by the Brexiteers in the course of last year’s referendum campaign? Should we not treat those stated advantages with a degree of caution?

Brexit Negotiations - Statement (11 Dec 2017)

Viscount Hailsham: ...the Prime Minister to show similar pragmatism in the future, because does she understand that, despite the voices of some prominent members of my own party, there is very limited support for a hard Brexit? Consequently, if we are to get approval for the ultimate outcome of these negotiations, it has to be on the basis of a very close alignment between the institutions of the European Union...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (21 Feb 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ..., Lord Newby, that they should be published. They may not be right to the nearest decimal point, but I am certain that they correctly identify the direction of travel. I have never thought that Brexit was a car crash, but I do believe it takes the form of a seriously deflating tyre and will cause the same kind of trouble. Turning to the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, on...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (21 Feb 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...in order to refrain from doing our duty. I will certainly do whatever I can to ensure that we remain as close as possible to the customs union—and if I could, I would also frustrate the policy of Brexit.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (26 Feb 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: My Lords, my purpose in adding my name to Amendment 12 is to enable the Government, through my noble friend, to explain what arrangements they intend to put in place before Brexit, in order to ensure that the United Kingdom is a full participant in the formulation of foreign and security policies which inevitably will be of great and enduring consequence to us all. The absence of such...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (12 Mar 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...—the test of appropriateness—which I regard as wholly unsatisfactory. For all those reasons, my view is that the regulations made under the regulation-making powers should die two years after Brexit and should, if necessary, be replaced by primary legislation. That is my suggestion to the Committee, and I hope it commends itself to your Lordships. I beg to move.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (6th Day) (Continued) (12 Mar 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...is slightly misconceived. The noble Lords, and my noble friend, who put their names to the amendments are lacking ambition. They should require these reports to be published, in any event, before Brexit day. As the Committee knows, later on in this debate we will come to the issue of parliamentary control. Parliament can only exercise full control if it is in possession of facts, and the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (7th Day) (14 Mar 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...say that these amendments, individually and collectively, would give to Parliament—here I acknowledge the primacy of the House of Commons—a decisive and conclusive say over the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. It is for Parliament, not the Government, to determine whether we leave the European Union and, if so, on what terms. If Parliament thinks it appropriate that that decision...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: I think my noble friend, for whom I have the greatest respect, tempts me, and I am going to be tempted. I do not believe that there is a parliamentary majority for Brexit, either in this House or in that House. I certainly do not think that there is a parliamentary majority for a hard Brexit. I think that if Members in that place were to consult their consciences, they would vote to remain...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (10th Day) (26 Mar 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...; I want to give Back-Benchers the decisive ability to trigger that process. I simply do not trust the Front Benches on this matter. If Back-Benchers in the House of Commons want to stop a hard Brexit; if they want to stop Brexit; if they want to stay in the European Union—which is my position—I want to enable them to put down a resolution which requires a debate on precisely those...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...by that very distinguished signatory to the Single European Act, under whom many of us were privileged to serve: “No, no, no”. However, I will briefly address the one argument advanced by the Brexiteers to justify denying Parliament the decisive say on this country’s future. Their argument is that the referendum of June 2016 was decisive on this matter and requires the United Kingdom...

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Report (12 Jun 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...sometimes have a curious habit of forgetting the obvious and their obligations. For example, I was rather surprised about three weeks ago when the noble Lord, Lord Callanan, during the debate on Brexit, said that Ministers had never used the phrase “meaningful vote”. That was a curious lapse of mind, and it may well be that Lord Chancellors will forget the obligation to consult the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (18 Jun 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...with the Prime Minister. It is reported by those present at that meeting that the Prime Minister herself gave a personal assurance to those present that their concerns about the risk of a no-deal Brexit would be addressed. I have known Mr Grieve for very many years. He is a man of the utmost personal and professional integrity. I accept without reservation what he has said about those...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (18 Jun 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: My noble friend’s second question was whether I am seeking to frustrate Brexit. I do not believe in Brexit, that is perfectly true. I think it is a national calamity. But I believe above all that the House of Commons should have a decisive say one way or another. Moving on from that point, which I had the pleasure of making to my noble friend—

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Dec 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...to the regret Motion proposed by the noble Lord, Lord Butler of Brockwell, for the reasons that he so eloquently expressed. I start from the proposition that I am wholly opposed to the policy of Brexit. I believe that Brexit will damage Britain in many important respects. The dire economic consequences were highlighted in the recent Treasury and Bank of England assessments. If this were...


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