All 18 results for brexit speaker:Ivan Lewis

Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2) (9 Sep 2019)

Ivan Lewis: In its handling of Brexit, this House has lost the respect of the country and made us a laughing stock around the world. Prolonged uncertainty, as much as no deal, can tip us into recession, with disastrous consequences for jobs and living standards. I hear high-minded speeches about protecting the constitution and the propriety expected of Government, and I accept that a small number of...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill: Quarterly reports on environmental impact, costs and progress (15 Jul 2019)

Ivan Lewis: ...of HS2, but it is sad that we do not hear enough from them about the centrality of rebalancing the economy if we are to achieve our potential on a long-term basis. Whether we are for or against Brexit, that is a fact. If we continue to ensure that swathes of this country are not supported to fulfil their potential through investment, we are not only damaging those communities and...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill (8 Jul 2019)

Ivan Lewis: ...uncomfortable compromises, which existed not so long ago on all sides, to deliver an end to bloody conflict and create a peace process that, for all its imperfections, has stood the test of time. Brexit is inevitably a major obstacle to progress when Sinn Féin and the DUP hold such polar opposite views. As an ardent campaigner to remain, I believe that the result of the referendum must be...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill (8 Jul 2019)

Ivan Lewis: ...in the UK have needed DUP support to govern, informally in the coalition period and subsequently openly in the form of a confidence and supply arrangement. This has had an impact not just on Brexit but on the willingness of the Westminster Government to apply any serious pressure on the DUP to compromise. By the way, this is a very important point: I do not condemn the Government or the...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill (8 Jul 2019)

Ivan Lewis: To my mind, it is extraordinary that the Prime Minister failed to avoid alienating the DUP in the position she adopted on Brexit. I would have thought it would be her top priority in the discussions. What clearly happened was a trust issue as much as a substance issue, in that things were said in private about the Government’s position on Brexit and the opposite in public. On the specific...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill (8 Jul 2019)

Ivan Lewis: ...to make their voices heard on these issues. The Government should bring forward legislation to hold one referendum covering abortion and equal marriage, and they should be consistent. As with Brexit, they should commit to introducing the necessary legislation if the people of Northern Ireland chose to vote for change. I understand those who argue that these issues are about fundamental...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill (8 Jul 2019)

Ivan Lewis: ...the vote in their respective communities—that is the political reality of Northern Ireland—but around the world, the certainties of elites and establishments are being shattered. We are seeing Brexit in our own country, and we saw Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. Those are two examples of the crumbling of elites and establishments who thought that they were in the ascendancy. If...

Business of the House: NHS Procurement and Subcontractor Exclusion (4 Jul 2019)

Ivan Lewis: ...in my constituency, but to highlight wider issues about Government procurement policy, particularly in relation to the national health service. The Government rightly talk about delivering a Brexit that supports UK businesses, jobs and our standard of living. However, this sorry story illustrates how, even before Brexit, we are unable to create a level playing field for our companies, let...

Business of the House (Today): Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations (18 Mar 2019)

Ivan Lewis: ...about the potential negative effect on pharmacists, but a greater concern relates to the potential impact on patients and families. This legislation is not simply another complication caused by Brexit. It may present serious challenges for many years to come. It is first and foremost about patient safety, and in those circumstances, the Government need to take appropriate time and care...

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

Ivan Lewis: Public dissatisfaction with this place has never been greater. It is true that, when the country is so divided on Brexit, it was always going to be the toughest of challenges to earn public confidence and respect, but the failure of leadership in both the major political parties, coupled with the rigid ideological dogma of some Members, has made the situation far worse than it needed to be....

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Ivan Lewis: ...to seek a pragmatic compromise that can secure a majority in this House and in all political parties. I do not care whether this is presented by the Government or facilitated by this House. Putting Brexit back to the people would be an abdication of our responsibility; it has nothing to do with breaking a logjam and everything to do with seeking to reverse the result of the first...

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

Ivan Lewis: ...European, are not delivering for them, with wage stagnation and rapid migration fuelling alienation and resentment. The Prime Minister is fond of talking about the national interest, but the whole Brexit shambles is a consequence of the eternal European fault line in the Conservative party. This shambles of a negotiation, which has left our country a laughing stock, has been caused by red...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Oct 2018)

Ivan Lewis: The Prime Minister has an admirable sense of duty, so will she be honest about Brexit? There is now only one viable option in the short term that can reconcile the referendum result with the interests of all parts of the United Kingdom, with the genuine concerns of many Members on both sides of the House about the impact of a flawed deal or no deal, with our communities and with Labour’s...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Ivan Lewis: ...the will of the people. That meant supporting the Government to trigger article 50, allowing the process of negotiations to begin as soon as possible and offering support to the Government on Brexit if they were acting in the national interest. Any Government post referendum would have had to begin the negotiating process to leave the EU quickly, and any Government would not have found...

Universal Credit (13 Mar 2018)

Ivan Lewis: ...with similar economies. The Government’s own assessments predict that this economic failure will be made even worse by the uncertainty and instability that are the inevitable consequences of Brexit. Perhaps right the hon. Lady will agree with me on this point: history will record that the referendum was nothing to do with the national interest or giving voice to the will of the people....

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (13 Mar 2017)

Ivan Lewis: ...facing our country now and in future. I shall focus on three of those challenges: the need for support for business to alleviate the inevitable uncertainty that will prevail throughout the Brexit negotiations; the need to tackle the inequality that is dividing our society more each and every day; and the need to provide sustainable funding to build a new integrated NHS and care system that...

The Government's Plan for Brexit (7 Dec 2016)

Ivan Lewis: ...to face up to the fact that a growing proportion of our population have lost faith in this place and in our collective ability to address their concerns and offer them hope for a better future. Brexit was a shock-and-awe wake-up call from too many who feel that mainstream politics is broken and does not work for them. Of course, some voted against the notion of pooled sovereignty and the...

The Government's Plan for Brexit (7 Dec 2016)

Ivan Lewis: ...cohesion. It has nothing to say about the inequality in our society. We must have an honest dialogue with the people. The language of hard and soft—and now, apparently, red, white and blue—Brexit is meaningless to many of our constituents. The Government’s shambolic and secretive approach to our negotiating position is cutting our constituents out of some of the most crucial...


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