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Making Tax Digital for VAT (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (29 Apr 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...we are giving this discussion the time and space it deserves today and not trying to rush it through, as had been intended when it was to have been a precursor to weighty and important debates on Brexit. Although I speak on small businesses for my party, I am no expert on tax—as will soon become painfully apparent. But even I could understand the sensible conclusions that the Making Tax...

Employment Rights (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for outlining the main provisions in this suite of SIs. I have to say, it is a great pleasure not to be talking about Brexit, and to be talking about improvements in employment rights following the Taylor report. I record my thanks to the TUC for its briefing, although I do not necessarily agree with all its conclusions and comments. It is very...

Brexit: Protection for Workers - Statement (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...and the Opposition’s response is a playing out of the traditional distrust between the two parties. The Government seek to assure the Opposition that they will not dilute workers’ rights post Brexit. However, I agree with Labour that the Statement does not provide all the protections that would guarantee that workers’ rights will not fall behind those enjoyed by workers in the...

Brexit: Small Businesses - Question (5 Mar 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the preparedness of small business for a no-deal Brexit.

Brexit: Small Businesses - Question (5 Mar 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...17% of small businesses that trade exclusively with the EU had signed up to the necessary identification to continue trade in Europe. Small businesses are far less able to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. They lack the legal and regulatory expertise to do so, and the cash and the space to stockpile. They, and we, are staring disaster in the face. Should we not put a stop to this madness now,...

Employment Rights (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...we are considering this afternoon? In discussing the withdrawal Act—it seems a long time ago now—we sought assurances from the Government that employment rights would not be weakened post Brexit. Our fears were echoed by the noble Lord, Lord Monks. We do not know what will happen; indeed, one needs a crystal ball to predict what will happen next week, let alone after any possible...

Brexit: Consumer Protection (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2019)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...protections will not be the same, particularly ongoing. In paragraph 60 of the report, the Government is requested to address specifically the rights of UK citizens who visit EU 27 countries post Brexit. In their response I am unable to see anything that is particularly clear or helpful, other than the fact that they are working on it. I ask the Minister: have I got this wrong? If I have...

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...groups purporting to act in the name of Islam has enabled some to feel greater justification for their prejudice. Why people feel this way, and why we suffer spikes in racism after events like the Brexit referendum, is a subject for a whole other debate; sadly, we do not have enough time for that today. Islam is blamed for many things but in truth, pure Islam, and most other religions, are...

Postal and Parcel Services (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (4 Dec 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...them. My first question relates to the directives that we are rejecting which opened up the sector to competition and defined a universal postal service as a right. What will the situation be post Brexit for remote communities, for which the universal postal service is vital, even though it might not be economically viable to provide? As the Minister said, Regulation (EU) 2018/664...

Competition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (4 Dec 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...can know is to have a say on the deal that Mrs May has negotiated and vote to the end the madness and remain. We have the advice of the chief legal adviser to the EU that we could pull out of Brexit with no penalty right now. I appreciate that if Brexit continues to prevail, we have to have a plan. Having retained much existing EU law, we have to pick through the bits of legislation which...

Enterprise Act 2002 (Share of Supply Test) (Amendment) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (1 May 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...calling for a public interest test that could widen the grounds for ministerial intervention. However, this is controlled at EU level so would require EU agreement or would need to be done post Brexit. Does the Minister agree that the grounds for ministerial intervention in corporate takeovers, particularly by foreign companies, need to be expanded? For example, would he be prepared to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...importance of cross-border co-operation between the EU and the UK on enforcing child maintenance claims is clear, and I will not detain the House at this hour by going into it. However, in post-Brexit times we need a mechanism to ensure that this cross-border co-operation is maintained. The clause is very modest in its intention. It does not tell the Government how to do this; it merely...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...the spirit of what she is saying and the desire to form these arrangements will be satisfactory to families. Although the Government may consider this not to be a huge issue in the great context of Brexit and everything that is going on, it is a big issue to those families who are similarly affected. The Minister is nodding, and I take comfort from that. With that, and given the lateness...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day) (25 Apr 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...orders and preventing the sexual exploitation of children is also at risk. It is disappointing, therefore, that violence against women and girls has not appeared in any of the Government’s Brexit-related policy papers. It is in all our interests to ensure that the tremendous work and collaboration that we have enjoyed until now with our EU partners should not be lost. Vulnerable women...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...borders without co-operative and reciprocal—that word again—arrangements would be nigh on impossible. Will the Minister commit to ensuring that parents with care are not left high and dry post Brexit, and that we have arrangements in place before we actually leave?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...protection orders, plus other measures which give victims of violence equivalent protections across the EU, will be lost to UK citizens. But violence against women and girls has not featured in any Brexit-related papers. Can the Minister please tell us what provisions are being made to continue co-operation and data sharing on known and suspected perpetrators of human trafficking, FGM and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (8th Day) (19 Mar 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...to British trade and investment, especially where cross-border insolvencies between the UK and EU are concerned. We need to ensure that the benefits of our existing arrangements can continue, post Brexit, and we need an agreement in place before we exit the EU. We have a strong insolvency framework in the UK, as the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter, mentioned, and some good reforms to corporate...

Brexit: Employment Protection for Women - Question (8 Mar 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, we have listened with varying degrees of patience to the Government’s assurances that they have no intention of diminishing the rights of women post Brexit. I understand what the Minister says with regard to our current level of provision. Nevertheless, the Government have built a get-out-of-jail—through the back door and without primary legislation—Henry VIII card into the EU...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (Continued) (5 Mar 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...add and I will test the patience of the Committee by making only a couple of brief points. I emphasise that Amendment 40 is not a grab for any further powers to keep the EU linked to Britain post Brexit. We merely wish to ensure that the UK Government consider any future EU developments in the areas of family-friendly employment rights, gender equality and work/life balance. I hope that...


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