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Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Lord Desai: ...the noble and gallant Lord, Lord Craig. I shall not speak on what he spoke about, because I have no expertise there. I will speak about what is likely to happen in the next three or four days with Brexit. I have said before that, while I voted remain in the referendum, I believe that, if there was a majority vote for leaving, we should leave. The first time I spoke on this issue, on the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Lord Desai: ...or no cricket. We should not believe our own fake news. I am sorry that that was such a long answer. But, as the noble Viscount, Lord Ridley, said—and I said before him—once the uncertainty of Brexit is over and people know the nature of the beast, the British economy is so resilient and innovative that it will recover, perhaps within six or eight quarters, and resume its prosperous path.

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (19 Jul 2019)

Lord Desai: ...have a benefit, you pay a price. The idea that every vote counts is really frightening. If a seat went one way or the other due to the vote of a local grandee, people would be outraged. Part of the Brexit rebellion and so on is that people are asking, “Who are these people laying down the law?” I am sorry but when we came here we gave up certain rights. If you want to vote, the way is...

Brexit: Parliamentary Approval of the Outcome of Negotiations with the European Union - Motion to Take Note (28 Jan 2019)

Lord Desai: My Lords, I have not spoken on Brexit more than about three times in the past two years—I think that I deserve a prize for that. I spoke last on 5 December and more or less what I said then I will say again, but with a few more caveats. My principal view is that people voted for Brexit. I voted remain; people voted for Brexit. It does not help to say, as did the noble Lord, Lord Newby,...

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

Lord Desai: ...1922 Committee has not happened—and I think will not happen—this deal will be approved by the House of Commons; it will not be rejected. I think the fear of no deal, as well as a dislike of no Brexit, are strong enough in the House of Commons for there to be a temporary coalition of enough Conservative Members plus enough Labour Members who will probably follow not their leader’s...

Life Sciences Industrial Strategy (Science and Technology Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (23 Oct 2018)

Lord Desai: ...very good presentation. I also blame him for getting me to speak, otherwise I would not have spoken. Being the 11th speaker I promise to try to say something different. I promise not to talk about Brexit or the 29 Nobel Prize winners. In a long time following government policies I have never seen an industrial strategy succeed if it was formed by the Government. Governments are not very...

Brexit: UK-EU Relations (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (2 Jul 2018)

Lord Desai: ...be a big jolt or a small jolt—but there will be a jolt. There is the problem of governance: at what stage did the Government neglect to find out what it would mean to withdraw? Did even the hard Brexiteers ever have a document prepared or published in which they knew all the things that would be done? I think that when we had our first debate after the referendum, the noble Baroness,...

Brexit: The Future of Financial Regulation and Supervision (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2018)

Lord Desai: ...about that. We also know that access to the City is of great benefit to EU countries. But I say to my noble friend Lord Liddle that we could not write a report on any assumption other than that Brexit will happen. We had to work that out. If it does not happen, who knows what will happen—but we had to do that. My doubt is this: yes, it is a fact that we are a very good financial centre,...

First World War: Empire and Commonwealth Troops - Question for Short Debate (4 Jun 2018)

Lord Desai: ...World War. Gallipoli, for example, is remembered for Australians and New Zealanders but a lot of Indians died there as well. As I said when we had a debate on the Commonwealth, if, in the post-Brexit era, we need friends and we look to the Commonwealth for friends, we ought to be friendlier towards the Commonwealth.

Palace of Westminster: Restoration and Renewal - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2018)

Lord Desai: ...11 years after the debate started. Even so, in the Commons, one-third of the Members were not there to vote on the crucial decant amendment. The majority was very small—almost the exact image of Brexit, with 52% to 48%, or 236 to 220. As only 456 Members voted, the Commons does not think this is either important or urgent. On the final resolution, fewer than 456 voted. One should not...

Islam: Tenets - Question (7 Dec 2017)

Lord Desai: ...to each other for many years and of course we have often disagreed, but the thing about the noble Lord, Lord Pearson, is that everyone thinks he is wrong, but he wins in the end—as he did with Brexit—so we have to listen to him carefully. Let us hope he does not this time, but that is another issue. Ever since 9/11, I have taken the view that Islam will be used by the terrorists for...

Devolution (Constitution Committee Reports) - Motion to Take Note (9 Oct 2017)

Lord Desai: .... Given the two speakers who will follow me, I think that I have to speak for England, because no one is here doing that yet. I point first of all to the very useful table provided in the report, Brexit: Devolution. Noble Lords will see from the numbers there that the devolved regions together voted to remain; it is England which voted to exit. The margin in England was larger than the...

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

Lord Desai: ...changed and now people do not like it—and we have to do what people want us to do and not interpret that as we would like to. Given that immigration is off the table, the other main aspect of the Brexit debate—mainly among the leaders of the Conservative Party—is the idea that leaving the European Union would release us to make lots of free trade agreements. That may be the case, but...

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

Lord Desai: ...of 2 million was exactly the difference at a national level—18 million to 16 million—so the 3 million votes on either side were cast in the three devolved regions. So the majority for Brexit comes from England. This was an English nationalist vote—make no mistake about it—and we have to take it seriously because this is the largest part of the United Kingdom. There is a double...

Brexit: Financial Services (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (9 Feb 2017)

Lord Desai: ..., it is a pleasure to follow the noble Earl, and I also thank our chairman, the noble Baroness, Lady Falkner, for guiding us through this extremely complex subject. The more I study the problem of Brexit, the more complicated it appears to be, and I am sure that no one, when they ventured into this territory, knew exactly how complicated it was. As the noble Earl also said, the City has...

Brexit: UK-EU Relationship - Motion to Take Note (1 Dec 2016)

Lord Desai: ...on the result of the referendum and I shall say the same as I did in the first debate: I voted to remain but out means out. I do not think that we do any good by demeaning those who voted for Brexit or describing them as—to use Hillary Clinton’s word—“deplorables”. In England, 28 million people voted out of 34 million, and the margin for Brexit was seven percentage points—53 to...

Article 50 (Constitution Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (22 Nov 2016)

Lord Desai: ...will is being denied. Although the margin overall was 4 percentage points, the margin in England was 7 percentage points and England voted with the same difference, 2 million votes, in favour of Brexit as did the entire country—so the rest of the country cancelled out between remain and leave. England made the difference and the English public will be extremely angry if their will is...

Finance Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Desai: ...we have to consider are not so much those in the Finance Bill before us, and on which my noble friend Lord Hollick and his committee have made some useful comments. In the new situation we face of Brexit and its unknown and unestimated effects, however, in which new direction will the economy go? Let me first take up the issue of monetary policy. Many people have mentioned that we—the...

Poverty - Motion to Take Note (14 Jul 2016)

Lord Desai: ...where the distribution of income is such that no one is under 60% of median income. There always will be people living at that level. It depends on how high the median income is. Now that we have Brexited, I hope that one of the few things the Government could do is set up a proper measurement of poverty that really accounts for how many poor people there are, how many poor children, and...

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

Lord Desai: ...task. A friend of mine who works in the private sector said that one leading agency had made some contingency plans. He told me that two months ago they had decided to hire 4,000 people in case Brexit was voted for—and they have done that, let me assure you. The Government may have to hire 10,000 extra people to get through this, because it is going to be an enormous task. We will need...


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