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Results 1–20 of 33 for brexit speaker:Albert Owen

Broadband in Wales — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (6 Jul 2016)

Albert Owen: ...the Welsh Government be making a contribution, or will it come from local authorities? We are unclear how that is going to work. Hopefully we will be able to get some European money during the Brexit negotiation period for areas that currently benefit from it. My constituents and industries in rural Wales want those certainties. There are areas in my constituency that are without bus...

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Albert Owen: ...forward. I am a strong advocate of the European Union. Indeed, I am a strong advocate of unions—the EU and the Union of Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. I do not like the word “Brexit”, because it excludes Northern Ireland. We must have a better, more positive word about the United Kingdom’s future outside the European Union. I worked with the Minister on structural...

Leaving the EU: Wales — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (25 Oct 2016)

Albert Owen: ...on the same side in the 1980s and 1990s fighting for such funds; the then Conservative Government refused even to apply for them, which is why we are now in a dire situation. Will he commit, post-Brexit, to fight for the assisted areas scheme in Wales, to help the areas that need the greatest help?

UK Maritime Industry (12 Jan 2017)

Albert Owen: ...Britain and Northern Ireland. This industry creates vital jobs in communities. My own port community of Holyhead is the busiest seafaring port on the western seaboard. I will stray slightly into Brexit. I am concerned, as people who live in the communities on the west coast and the gateways into Wales and the United Kingdom from Ireland are, that this issue has not had sufficient...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Albert Owen: ...on trust. It is imperative that every Member works to unite our communities and our countries, works with the devolved Administrations, and wins the trust of the people, so that we have a post-Brexit United Kingdom that stands proud in the world and does not ignore any part of the United Kingdom. I will support the Bill, but I will be looking for amendments in Committee and on Report...

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Albert Owen: ...to Government in the Welsh Assembly and that we again have a Labour First Minister of Wales. Since St David’s day 2016, there have been some issues that have divided the country and the world. Brexit divided many of our constituencies—it divided Wales and the United Kingdom—and Bush was elected President of the United States. To talk of building walls—I said Bush, but I mean Trump....

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Albert Owen: ...schools in my constituency, one of which I visited on Friday—I did not ride a horse—and it is suffering from that. I conclude by saying that the UK Government must take the Welsh dimension to Brexit far more seriously; I hope, and am sure, that they will. The Joint Ministerial Committee is important in areas that are wholly devolved to Wales. That voice of Welsh MPs and the Welsh...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Albert Owen: ...notice to exit Euratom as we did to exit the EU through article 50. I disagree. I was a member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, which held a comprehensive inquiry into how Brexit will affect energy. We looked at the single internal energy market, Euratom and meeting our climate change commitments. We heard evidence from across the board. Euratom was raised by many...

Queen’s Speech: Implications for Wales — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (19 Jul 2017)

Albert Owen: ...as MPs being excluded from its consideration? I know that the Minister has sympathy with me on the second issue I will raise, which is Welsh ports. That is because Welsh ports will be impacted by Brexit more than any other ports in Europe, because they are the corridor to the Republic of Ireland. If we are to have a “seamless” or “frictionless” border, we want to know what that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Albert Owen: ...campaign, I said that I would vote for article 50, and I did so, because I accepted and respected the referendum. In the general election campaign of 2017, I said I would support a “sensible Brexit”, and I will, but not by bypassing Parliament. I told the electorate that I would respect the devolution settlement in our country, and I will. The Bill will be enacted to replace the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Albert Owen: ..., which were set up following referendums and have been given powers by the House of Commons. The Opposition’s reasoned amendment is sensible. It amounts to what I would describe as a sensible Brexit. For instance, it respects the charter of fundamental rights, which we would put into UK law, and we would propose sensible transition arrangements. Again, the Government are now talking...

Energy in Wales — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Albert Owen: ...talked about, and they also set up the Hendry review, which reported at the beginning of this year. Reports take time, and I understand the Government’s frustration when they get external issues. Brexit is dominant, and we had a two-month election period that everyone wanted—apart from the Conservatives themselves, when they saw the results. That election cost the taxpayer £140...

Backbench Business: Rural Economy of Wales (28 Nov 2017)

Albert Owen: ...our views to Government as a Minister in the Wales Office. He talks about securing EU funding to 2020, but I challenge him to go further than that. Our farming industry needs safeguarding post-Brexit. The money we receive from the common agricultural policy needs to be ring-fenced. If the funding is done through the Barnett formula, we will lose out. That is the challenge for the...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Albert Owen: ...of the right hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Stephen Crabb), who is no longer in his place, my constituency is the gateway to Britain from the Republic of Ireland and on the frontline of Brexit. Businesses that I have spoken to in the past few weeks and months want, because of the uncertainty, an analysis of what Brexit will mean for them specifically. Will the Minister tell the...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Albert Owen: The hon. Gentleman is right: his own party’s Government have now put aside an extra £39 billion for the Brexit divorce bill. Did he advertise that fact when he was campaigning for us to leave the European Union?

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Albert Owen: ...there is a Welsh dimension to that, because the Prime Minister went for a walk in the hills of north Wales and thought that it was a very good idea to have a general election. We called it the hard Brexit general election, because she was seeking a mandate and an increased majority in the House, but the people of Wales and the people of the United Kingdom took away her majority.

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Albert Owen: ...occasions that she was not going to hold a general election, but she did. She said that she wanted to put her trust in the people of the United Kingdom, and they voted overwhelmingly against a hard Brexit. Before moving on to Brexit, particularly the links with the Republic of Ireland, I am sure that the House will join me in congratulating the island of Ireland on winning the grand slam...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Albert Owen: ...capital city to my constituency, and we have had trade for many decades—hundreds of years—between the Republic of Ireland and Wales. Much of that will be put in jeopardy if we do not get the Brexit deal right. We need a special arrangement, and I am appealing to the Secretary of State because he has been to my constituency to see the port of Holyhead and the problems that could occur....

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Albert Owen: My right hon. Friend mentioned trade through ports. She is aware that my constituency is on the frontline of Brexit, and is the busiest port with the Republic of Ireland—400,000 lorries a year pass through it. This is not scaremongering: already, Irish companies are making contingency plans to trade directly with mainland Europe, bypassing Britain altogether, on a business case.

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Albert Owen: To me, this debate means more than just customs and borders; it means jobs and investment in my constituency. I live on the frontline of Brexit—my constituency is on the frontline. I am closer to the great city of Dublin than the hon. Member for Arfon (Hywel Williams), and over the years, European Union and Irish politics has meant a lot to people in north-west Wales, because we are linked...


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