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All 17 results for brexit speaker:Lord Birt

Outcome of the European Union Referendum - Motion to Take Note (5 Jul 2016)

Lord Birt: My Lords, some voting for Brexit were sincere British nationalists, opting for the romance of freedom and independence. For most, however, it was a vote of pure protest against an elite that has let them down. Our failure in the UK, as elsewhere, effectively to regulate the financial sector and to be prudent with government finances has brought nearly 10 years of austerity. Immigration is...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: UK Withdrawal from EU (25 Oct 2016)

Lord Birt: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to publish a consultation paper setting out and assessing the different routes to Brexit.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Financial Services: City of London (5 Jan 2017)

Lord Birt: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to offer early clarification to City institutions on how they will be able to operate within the European Union after Brexit.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Birt: ...political challenge. The backdrop to meeting that challenge is grim. The noble Lord, Lord O’Donnell, mentioned his role in the IFS. As the IFS’s work demonstrates, it seems highly likely that Brexit will prolong public and private austerity in the UK well beyond 2025—well into a second decade. The mood of the country will become more disgruntled still, with unknown consequences. We...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (28 Jun 2017)

Lord Birt: My Lords, we are mired in crisis. Our economy, our public finances, our Brexit negotiating leverage and our Government are all weak, not strong. The causes of this run deep. The UK was ill prepared for the sharp global shock of 2008. After a period of overoptimism in our public finances and of inadequate financial regulation, our cupboard was bare. So nearly 10 years later, we are still...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit (5 Dec 2017)

Lord Birt: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by the Director-General of the CBI on the impact of Brexit on investment and jobs in the UK that progress must be made on the Brexit negotiations or “a trickle of lost opportunities could become a flood”.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries (8 May 2018)

Lord Birt: ...the British Embassy in Paris; what answers were given; and whether they plan to extend the scope of their communications to UK citizens living in the EU on how those UK citizens will be affected by Brexit.

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Birt: ...of the referendum must be honoured. It is unfortunate, to say the least, that it has taken the governing party, racked by internal division, two years to produce a White Paper on the form of Brexit—a White Paper which is long on generalisations and short on detail, particularly, as others have observed, in respect of the mainstay of our economy: services. In the Times last week, Sam...

Written Answers — Treasury: Financial Services (8 Nov 2018)

Lord Birt: ...Majesty's Government whether they will require firms offering international money transfer services to show the difference between the exchange rate they are offering and the interbank rate after Brexit.

Brexit: Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2018)

Lord Birt: ...and will leave everyone involved—including me, in this instance—uncomfortable with many aspects of what has been agreed. Taken in the round, this agreement is preferable to a car-crash Brexit in a few months’ time, with the shock to our economy and social harmony that that would trigger. If, however, as seems likely, the House of Commons fails to endorse this deal—if, indeed, it is...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (Continued) (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Birt: ...by hanging, by firing squad or by beheading. Most chose the firing squad, a few hanging. No one chose beheading. We ourselves face three unpalatable, or difficult, choices. The first is a car-crash Brexit on WTO terms, without a seat belt. There are those who will submit to the surgeon’s knife when ill, or trust a ground engineer when they fly, but who none the less defy climate science...

Nissan in Sunderland - Statement (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Birt: ...of the real economy. The important story here is that Nissan is not unique but typical. Routinely, I experience decision-makers in business and in the international investor community building Brexit into their day-to-day calculations. The result, as we have seen, is a massive loss in the value of our currency and the UK experiencing the lowest growth rate among the G7. Does the Minister...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Petrol (25 Feb 2019)

Lord Birt: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many days of reserve petrol stock are currently held by the UK, both inside and outside its borders; and how many days of stock will be held within the UK post-Brexit.

High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - Second Reading (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Birt: ...of our future rail infrastructure and should be supported wholeheartedly. We should run the project as efficiently and as cost-effectively as we can. But we should also hold our nerve and, Brexit or not, in respect of our national infrastructure we simply must regain Britain’s one-time boldness and ambition from centuries past.

International Climate Action - Statement (26 Sep 2019)

Lord Birt: ...embracing the net zero target. However, as the Minister has made clear in his answers already, finding the pathway to achieving that target is an enormous task. As he says, on the other side of Brexit it will be arguably the single biggest challenge that this country has to face. For instance, the previous Chancellor identified the scale of GDP that will have to be devoted to ensuring that...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Birt: ...the bizarre position of having to agree a backstop arrangement covering the most sensitive land border in Europe in the event that future trade negotiations may fail. Northern Ireland is where the Brexit rubber truly hits the road. The Brexit process intensified division when every attempt, however difficult, should have been made to promote reconciliation. It was not. As a result, we are...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2019)

Lord Birt: My Lords, I am as nervous as I ever have been about the consequences of Brexit for our economy and our union. If there is a pathway to a further referendum, I will take it. But, if there is to be a choice between this deal and no deal—and I am fearful that that now is the choice—I will choose this deal, for it satisfies the key demands of those who, unlike me, voted to leave: ending...

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