All 13 results for brexit speaker:Lord Alderdice

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (16 Oct 2019)

Lord Alderdice: My Lords, I do not intend to focus all that I wish to say solely on the question of Brexit, but there is one question that I would like to put to Her Majesty’s Government on that subject. Before the referendum, I spoke on a number of occasions in your Lordships’ House and in other places about my fear, as a supporter of and as someone committed to the European project, that people’s...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (16 Oct 2019)

Lord Alderdice: ...number of speeches setting out exactly what I would suggest, and have suggested, over the years. I suggest that I continue with what I have to say, rather than focusing entirely on the question of Brexit and matters that have been gone over repeatedly. My concern is that our country has become increasingly polarised by focusing on this question. It is not just in this country with Brexit....

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Alderdice: ...number of them have not read it, or if they have read it they have not understood it, or if they have understood it they are disingenuous about it and are using it to promote one side or other of a Brexit argument that has nothing to do with it. What happened with the agreement? First, the British and Irish Governments realised that they had been poles apart for a long time, and that that...

Reconciliation: Role of British Foreign, Defence and International Development Policy - Motion to Take Note (14 Dec 2018)

Lord Alderdice: ...London, we can be the bridge with the rest of Europe. We can take things forward in an exciting way”, the response of the Irish Government was, “We will stand with the other 27 against the Brexiteers in the UK”. What was happening was a return—a regression—to the old split. It is a long time since the creation of the slogan, “England’s difficulty is Ireland’s...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill - Second Reading (30 Oct 2018)

Lord Alderdice: ...regarding the resumption of devolution. Therefore, it is actually important that they be addressed, whether by ourselves, the people of Northern Ireland, or otherwise. We are all preoccupied with Brexit now but I tell the House that, one way or another, elected representatives in Northern Ireland must get the matter resolved within a short period after Brexit. I know that Sinn Féin is...

Good Friday Agreement: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Alderdice: ...question, and I hope that this debate is part of a rather belated but important exploration of how we can find a constructive outcome to the situation we find ourselves in. When the question of the Brexit referendum arose, colleagues here in the rest of the UK, knowing that I was pro-remain, asked if I would be prepared to run a pro-remain campaign in Northern Ireland. I said I certainly...

Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (18 Jul 2018)

Lord Alderdice: ...the result—good, bad or indifferent. This legislation carries us through in terms of the budget until 31 March 2019. A couple of days before that there will be quite an important development: Brexit will happen on 29 March. What we are saying is that this would carry us through to the other side of Brexit. The noble Lord, Lord Adonis, is getting excited about the possibility that...

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

Lord Alderdice: ...agreement within Northern Ireland and between the north and south, which is marvellous. I ask myself how things might develop over the next year or two, when there are those who are unhappy about Brexit and those who want to promote it. That is not the Brexit we are talking about, of Britain exiting the European Union, but the Brexit that is Britain exiting the island of Ireland and...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Lord Alderdice: ...us involved and informed, and we appreciated that very much. In February, in March, in April—not in May, because of the election—I spoke on issues of Northern Ireland, its political crisis and Brexit. I return today to speak again about Northern Ireland, not to repeat anything I said before, but to point up one or two issues on the politics of Northern Ireland, the problem of Brexit...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (26 Apr 2017)

Lord Alderdice: ...Northern Ireland Assembly, not just at the level of local government. It is also crucial that we find ways in which elected representatives at a senior level can be involved in the negotiations on Brexit, as has already been said. That requires a Northern Ireland Assembly, but it requires one that is taking responsibility because, quite rightly, the people of Northern Ireland will not...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments - Statement (28 Mar 2017)

Lord Alderdice: ...way there would be an elected body with which Northern Ireland Office Ministers and other Ministers could consult, with Members duly elected and their leaders, particularly about the question of Brexit as well as that of general devolution.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Alderdice: ...the border in Ireland, I hope that people in Brussels understand that it is in their interests to start being flexible over it and not simply to say, “Well, take it or leave it. If you want to do Brexit, here are the consequences”. Rather, they should say, “First, this is a relationship. Secondly, we are a peace project, and we are not about disrupting a peace project that was...

Outcome of the European Union Referendum - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (6 Jul 2016)

Lord Alderdice: ..., Charlie Flanagan, the Foreign Minister of the Irish Republic, was able to publish a contingency plan for all departments of the Irish Government on how they were going to address the problem of Brexit—Her Majesty’s Government, take note. The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, quite properly paid tribute to Prime Minister Cameron, because one of the first people whom the Prime Minister rang was...


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