All 17 results for brexit speaker:Meg Hillier

European Union (Withdrawal) (3 Sep 2019)

Meg Hillier: ...majority and we are in uncharted constitutional territory, so it is absolutely right and proper that we exercise our judgment in the interests of the country to avoid, at the very least, a no-deal Brexit. For all the right hon. Gentleman’s talk, we must exercise that judgment, and that is what we are doing. It is entirely responsible.

United Kingdom’S Withdrawal from the European Union (29 Mar 2019)

Meg Hillier: ...who were secretive. I am Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, and my Committee has worked hard, along with other Committees, to try to get information about what was happening to prepare for Brexit, and answer came there none. I met the late head of the Cabinet Office, and he said it would damage our negotiating position if the Government revealed that information—information that is...

United Kingdom’S Withdrawal from the European Union (29 Mar 2019)

Meg Hillier: ...said that businesses and people need to know what is happening, yet the Government advised businesses only in October 2018 about some of the preparations they would need to make for a no-deal Brexit. We estimate huge costs for businesses, billions of pounds—I do not have time to go into it today—just to prepare for a potential no deal alone. This deal was unveiled last November with...

Leaving the EU (12 Feb 2019)

Meg Hillier: The Prime Minister has talked about wanting to achieve an orderly Brexit, but the Public Accounts Committee has carried out a lot of work which shows that even with a deal, Brexit will be far from orderly. In the light of that and the points raised by the right hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) about the constitutional challenge of getting the deal through, will she commit...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes (7 Jan 2019)

Meg Hillier: ...ferry company with no ferries. We have also seen the issues around Operation Brock in Kent. Given that his Department’s job is to assure itself and Parliament that the Government are prepared for Brexit, what does he say about the Department for Transport? Is it really up to the job?

EU Exit: Article 50 (10 Dec 2018)

Meg Hillier: The Public Accounts Committee has produced eight reports in the past year raising serious concerns about the Government’s preparedness for Brexit, whether there is a deal or not. I did not vote to trigger article 50, partly for that practical reason, but also because of my love of the EU. The Secretary of State is a thoughtful man and a former member of the PAC, so does he really believe it...

Income Tax (Charge) (29 Oct 2018)

Meg Hillier: ...enough to make up the short weeks they are having to introduce and not enough to reintroduce the full curriculum that they have had to cut. I have not even had a chance to get into the details of Brexit or the fact that policing is under such siege in our city and in my borough. Extraordinarily, for the first time in my 13 years as an MP and 25 years in elected office, I have had a stream...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Food and Drink Standards (18 Oct 2018)

Meg Hillier: At the Public Accounts Committee on Monday, we heard from DEFRA officials about preparedness for Brexit, and we are very concerned. One of the biggest concerns is that many businesses do not know what they will have to do to comply with the rules around Brexit. What is the Minister doing to make sure that real effort is going into telling those companies and businesses how they should be...

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Meg Hillier: ...the customs union. The Public Accounts Committee, which I have the privilege of chairing, is a cross-party Committee made up of Members from four parties in this House—Members who voted both Brexit and remain and whose constituents voted similarly differently. Yet as a Committee we have produced a series of reports, two of which I want to talk about today, that highlight the practical...

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Meg Hillier: My hon. Friend raises an important point. In another report, published last December, we looked at Brexit and the border—I say “looked at”, but the situation is not static; we are working closely with sister Committees, particularly the Treasury Committee, with which we are doing some joint work on the cost of Brexit. We need to look at the wider cost and what Departments are having to...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Meg Hillier: I should declare that my husband is a dual Irish-British national, which gives me a particular interest in the relationship we have after Brexit with our largest trading partner in the EU. The Secretary of State talked about “significant, concrete progress” in this vital area. Yet when I was in Ireland this summer, commentators universally were saying what Fintan O’Toole from The Irish...

Bills Presented: Exiting the European Union: Sanctions (19 Jul 2017)

Meg Hillier: ..., on 7 July, the permanent secretary to the Treasury confirmed, when questioned, that the Prime Minister had said at several points that the civil service was not, as a whole, preparing for Brexit. On 13 July, Sir Martin Donnelly, the permanent secretary to the then Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “We were following the guidance given by Ministers, which was not...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...points that he made. Overall, this is a very thin Queen’s Speech. It avoids big issues, some of which I want to talk about, particularly education, housing and health. I will come to those, but Brexit is clearly the dominant issue for this Parliament, and it is notable that the speeches preceding mine have focused almost entirely on it. Before I talk about Brexit, though, I think it is...

Amendment of the Law (8 Mar 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...Budget therefore leaves many questions unanswered. In particular, there is the fact that, as many Members have pointed out, the Chancellor did not really address the elephant in the room: how will Brexit affect our economy and what measures will he take at the Treasury to make sure he provides a buffer?

Future Flood Prevention: Health and Social Care (27 Feb 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...will give us an update on the numbers of people going into nursing training now and, crucially, on whether the people taking those training places will stay and work in our NHS, especially given Brexit and immigration issues.

Future Flood Prevention: Health and Social Care (27 Feb 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...pipeline and how we fill the gap. While the Minister is on his feet at the end of the debate, it would be helpful if he could say what analysis the Department of Health has done of the impact of Brexit and any changes it may herald for our NHS workforce, because a high percentage of them are from Europe. We are hearing the right sounds from the Government, but we have not yet had any...

Outcome of the EU Referendum (27 Jun 2016)

Meg Hillier: Many of my constituents are European citizens and they are fearful for their future. The Prime Minister has talked about a group of officials set up to determine what Brexit will mean. Can he give any comfort to these people? If not now, will he give a timetable for when they will know how they can apply to remain in the UK?


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