All 19 results for brexit speaker:Lord Robathan

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Robathan: My Lords, so after three and a quarter years, here we are again discussing Brexit. Actually, there are one or two new things to be discussed, such as this proposal that we have just heard and that the noble Lord, Lord Empey, has been talking about, but basically, there is nothing much that is new. The old arguments have been trotted out, so I will not disappoint the House and will repeat one...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Robathan: ..., because we know better”, notwithstanding 10 years of campaigning for a referendum. Why have we been called back? While we are here for a total of seven or eight days, we at least are discussing Brexit. Down the other end, an empty House of Commons has been discussing the Domestic Abuse Bill—a very important measure.

Spending Round 2019 - Motion to Take Note (25 Sep 2019)

Lord Robathan: ...for war”. I think we need to consider that a bit further, so I welcome the spending, although I would probably go further. Finally, on spending, I will turn to the £2 billion put aside for Brexit funding for 2020-21. We are in a mess. I think every noble Lord can agree with that—indeed, my noble friend Lord Cormack and I agree about that. The country is divided. We have those within,...

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

Lord Robathan: ...but, like my noble friend Lord Cormack, I am pretty depressed at the moment. I have been depressed for about two years about politics, perhaps longer, and the current situation is really not good. Brexit has turned some people in this country completely barking mad on both sides of the argument—especially the Liberal Democrats, of course; I will come to them in a minute, do not worry....

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

Lord Robathan: Thank you. This House is unelected, privileged and unaccountable, and the last word is the most important. I think we should be very wary of trying to stop Brexit—which, I have just heard from the shouts of “hear, hear”, many people wish to do. Regarding no deal, I sit on one of the EU sub-committees and we have heard about many of the preparations. Indeed, my noble friend Lord Bridges...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Lord Robathan: ...because my noble friend Lord Young on the Front Bench has implored me—begged me on bended knee—not to go over 15 minutes. I doubt I shall. The first point to make is that this is not about Brexit. It will not have escaped many of your Lordships’ attentions that I believe we should leave the European Union, and I voted so to do. However, I do not wish to mention Brexit again, because...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Exit Day) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (27 Mar 2019)

Lord Robathan: ...and you cannot trust the Prime Minister—and I find that very worrying. I could trust Tony Blair. Many in this House may imagine—some smugly, perhaps—that this will lead to our cancelling Brexit and staying in the EU. Again, I say that this will undermine the trust of the British people. Those who think that must understand the damage being done to our political system and to trust in...

Brexit: Outstanding Commitments - Question (6 Feb 2019)

Lord Robathan: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what agreement, if any, has been reached with the European Union concerning payment in the event of a no-deal Brexit of £39 billion for the United Kingdom’s estimated outstanding commitments.

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (6 Dec 2018)

Lord Robathan: ...the governors—the Government—and the governed seems to be becoming very shaky. We should all worry about that. We pledged to implement the result of the referendum. I am probably a rabid Brexiteer in the minds of some because I think that, having pledged something, you should stick to it. This deal, I regret to say, does not implement the pledges we have made. The Prime Minister said,...

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

Lord Robathan: .... I have always found him both highly intelligent and very entertaining. However, on a point of clarification, can he say whether it remains his position that he wishes at all costs to destroy Brexit?

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

Lord Robathan: Can he say whether he wishes to destroy Brexit—that is not a very parliamentary gesture, if I may say so to the noble Lord opposite—and that this amendment is in fact about sabotaging Brexit? That seems to be the case. On a second point of clarification, can he tell us what discussions he has had with the Opposition Front Bench on this amendment?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) (2 May 2018)

Lord Robathan: ...frictionless border. Noble Lords who are tempted to support the amendment should consider, as has been alluded to, that we should not use Ireland and its history as a stick with which to beat Brexit or as a pawn. Let us instead give Ireland, north and south, and its good people—nationalist, unionist, whatever they may be—what they really want: co-operation, friendship, prosperity and...

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

Lord Robathan: ..., but move on. The reason for those people saying that there should be an end to the Northern Ireland agreement is the failure to get together a devolved Government; it was nothing to do with Brexit.

Brexit: Negotiations - Question (7 Dec 2017)

Lord Robathan: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their red lines in their negotiations with the European Union over Brexit.

Air and Water Pollution: Impact - Motion to Take Note (26 Oct 2017)

Lord Robathan: ...done. What has surprised me, if I may gently say so, is that although this should not be a party political debate in any way, I have heard quite a few party political comments. It was said, “if Brexit does happen”; well, the good people of Britain want Brexit to happen, as we know, and while I applaud the EU for some of the steps it has taken in pushing Britain over the last 30 years...

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

Lord Robathan: ...and not entirely happy. But we had one. This Parliament abrogated responsibility to the people and the people have spoken, much to the distress of many others, I know. But to those who want to stop Brexit—and I have heard one or two speeches that seemed to say they would like to—I say that we must listen to the democratic decision of the people. I was particularly struck by what the...

Article 50 (Constitution Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2016)

Lord Robathan: ...would win? Contrary to what is written in some newspapers, a lot of people say to me, “I voted remain but actually, I am delighted with the result and I am working towards a very good end for Brexit”.


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