Results 1–20 of 57 for brexit speaker:Hywel Williams

EU/British Citizens’ Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Hywel Williams: ...and communication has he had with the Welsh Government to ensure that Welsh students and staff in the EU27 and the EU staff and students in Wales have equal rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

EU Parliament Elections: Denial of Votes (4 Jun 2019)

Hywel Williams: Listening to the Minister’s initial answer, I wondered, if this was all so good, why did it turn out so badly? The Government claim to have been preparing for “all Brexit eventualities”, yet despite the billions of pounds being set aside, we have still had this blundering democratic deficit. Is there not a real danger that this Government’s reputation for Brexit splits and betrayals...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Withdrawal: Welsh Economy (15 May 2019)

Hywel Williams: Given that the Wales Office has no exclusive responsibility for any of the 300-odd work streams associated with Brexit and that we have had 20 years of devolution under a Welsh Government who have legislative and taxation powers, can the Secretary of State give the House a necessarily brief definition of his role and function?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Withdrawal: Welsh Economy (15 May 2019)

Hywel Williams: ...answer but, just for starters: electrification of the railway west of Cardiff, abandoned; electrification of the north Wales line, a pipe dream; the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, cancelled; the post-Brexit shared prosperity fund, handed to an England-only Department; and, as I said, the Wales Office has no exclusive Brexit responsibilities. Is not his function just to nod through Conservative...

Eu: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions) (1 Apr 2019)

Hywel Williams: My remarks will be brief. I will explain why Plaid Cymru will be supporting only one option, and two procedures, as a potential solution to the Brexit deadlock. The Prime Minister insists on bringing forward the same votes on her botched deal, only for the House to reject it again, as has happened twice already. We believe it is essential to hold a people’s vote on the final deal....

Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union (13 Mar 2019)

Hywel Williams: ...problems we foresee for my country if we follow the no-deal course. It would of course endanger public services and put people’s health at risk. According to Welsh Government analysis a no-deal Brexit would wipe £5 billion off the Welsh economy, meaning fewer jobs and lower wages. Some 60% of Wales’s exports go to the EU; in that respect, we stand out among the countries of these...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the EU (27 Feb 2019)

Hywel Williams: ...tabled in my name and those of my hon. Friends. Yesterday, the Prime Minister had the opportunity to completely rule out no deal once and for all and to put forward a credible plan to break the Brexit deadlock. Instead, we had further options, further steps to take and further hoops to leap through. The House of Commons has already voted against no deal, a month ago. The end of March looms...

Uk’S Withdrawal from the EU (27 Feb 2019)

Hywel Williams: .... He outlined his decisions on trade protections following a flawed consultation on EU trade remedies that was begun over 18 months ago, when conditions, perceptions, knowledge and understanding of Brexit were, to say the least, a little different from today. According to the statement, we are abandoning most existing trade protections on the basis of criteria that have produced some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Business Preparations (27 Feb 2019)

Hywel Williams: In respect of Welsh business preparation for Brexit, can the Secretary of State tell me how many of the hundreds of Government Brexit work streams have been allocated exclusively or primarily to the Wales Office?

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Hywel Williams: ...Despite the furious denials, that seems increasingly clear, as we have heard this afternoon. It seems the Prime Minister cannot move an inch without enraging one faction or other of her own party. Brexit is problematic, but currently the problem is not the Irish, it is certainly not the Scots, or, for that matter, the supine Welsh Government, and it is not the backstop; the problem is...

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Hywel Williams: ...) that it was in her power to seek to extend the article 50 period; President Tusk has said as much. Extending article 50 would give the Prime Minister more time to try to find a way out of this Brexit impasse, not through squeezing her friends but by reaching out across this House and across the countries of the UK so as to avoid the no deal that she herself admits would be disastrous for...

Business of the House: [3rd Allotted Day] (6 Dec 2018)

Hywel Williams: I have had many opportunities to comment on Brexit in respect of Wales, the UK and the implications for our European partners, so today I wish to outline some concerns I have as a constituency MP that lead me to say that I will oppose the Prime Minister’s deal when I have the opportunity to vote on it. Arfon is part of the West Wales and The Valleys region. We have a low GDP; it is on a par...

Exiting the European Union: Welsh Assembly (6 Dec 2018)

Hywel Williams: I thank the Minister for that answer. In the Exiting the European Union Committee on Monday, the Government’s chief Brexit adviser told me that Welsh representatives will not sit on the new joint committee of five. He said that the Joint Ministerial Committee might be used, or “other structures that may be invented in due course.” The JMC is widely seen as not being fit for...

Leaving the EU (26 Nov 2018)

Hywel Williams: If the Court of Justice rules tomorrow that article 50 is revocable, will the Prime Minister institute a British Brexit pause so that she can make a better fist of resolving the disagreements that are so obvious in the House today?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Hywel Williams: ...word “austerity” may have been scratched out of the Prime Minister’s dictionary, but the people of Wales will be feeling its impact for years to come, and over everything looms the cloud of Brexit. The figures are hugely worrying. In 2016, gross value added per head in Wales was 72.7% of the UK figure—in fact, the lowest figure in the UK—and between 2014 and 2017 the proportion...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Hywel Williams: ...of staying in the European Union rather than risking a no-deal exit? Does he not agree that that is a shift in public opinion, and that the most obvious pragmatic answer to the divisions over Brexit is to hold a people’s referendum?

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Hywel Williams: The hon. Gentleman is being very generous in giving way. On the point that he has just made, Michel Barnier gave evidence to the Brexit Committee last year and he said that there is a cultural difference here. He said, “Your side seems to think that this process is, ‘You give us a bit of that and we’ll give you bit of this’, whereas on the European Union’s side it is a matter of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Hywel Williams: ...the problems with the Galileo programme, at which point he said, “You’re from Wales aren’t you? I went up Snowdon once.” That suggests to me that he has a promising career ahead of him as a Brexiteering MP evading the real questions that face us. As I said in an earlier intervention, the arrangements for the north-south border in Ireland will be very instructive for the...

Leaving the EU: Higher Education in Wales (23 May 2018)

Hywel Williams: ...this House has considered the effect of leaving the EU on the higher education sector in Wales. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. Higher education is now devolved; Brexit, though, is not. As we have seen in the last few days, there are some people—just some in Wales—who are delighted to reverse the progress of devolution achieved with so much effort...

Leaving the EU: Higher Education in Wales (23 May 2018)

Hywel Williams: ...rules—but we will be a third country. At some point, the Government will collide with reality, and the sooner the better as far as I am concerned. Now and again I get angry emails from frustrated Brexiteers, usually late at night, which say, “We’re leaving. Get on with it.” I only wish that the Government here would get on with it. Uncertainty is the most obvious feature of Brexit,...

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