All 19 results for brexit speaker:John Howell

BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (15 Jul 2019)

John Howell: .... The first is the news coverage and whether there is an appreciation of bias in that. I suppose that comes down mostly to whether the BBC is biased in one way or the other in its coverage of Brexit. Personally, given the way Brexit has divided the country, I think it would be difficult not to see BBC presenters divided in the same way. The second factor is the range of content. A...

Future International Trade Opportunities (1 May 2019)

John Howell: One initiative that preceded the referendum was the appointment of trade envoys. That had nothing to do with Brexit, but it illustrates the point about the enormous opportunity, in particular in developing markets. I happen to be trade envoy to Nigeria. Will my hon. Friend join me in saying what a wonderful job that that initiative does in helping to keep us in the forefront of international...

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

John Howell: ...helpful. Allow me to pick up where the Minister left off: the guidance published by the Government for pharmacists and members of the public is not to stockpile medicines. As part of the Brexit contingency measures, the Department of Health and Social Care has asked drug manufacturers to ensure they have a six-week buffer stock, on top of the three months already in place, but the public...

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

John Howell: ...much more leisure time than me, as he can still watch the BBC. I cannot remember when I last watched it, but I am pleased to join him in condemning its attitude. He makes a strong point. During the Brexit campaign, the health sector was dominated by the promise on the side of the famous bus, but equally, the remain campaign has lied through its teeth in saying many things. I have no real...

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

John Howell: ...think that they should simply send patients to a bed when they can be treated better at home. I have taken various Ministers along to look at that hospital. I do not think it will be affected by Brexit in the slightest. The model set up there is one we can all take as a better way for the system to work in future. I extend an invitation to the Minister to come and see that hospital and how...

Human Rights in the UK — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (13 Feb 2019)

John Howell: ...from the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake). I agree with the Minister wholeheartedly: human rights are too important to be used as a political football in this game of Brexit or, indeed, in anything else. We have a long and successful track record of using our involvement with the European Court of Human Rights and our long relationship with the Council of...

Points of Order: [7th Allotted Day] (11 Jan 2019)

John Howell: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield), who is my honourable friend from the Council of Europe. This is only the fourth time that I have spoken in a Brexit-related debate. It is not the fourth time I have spoken in any debate, and it is important to point out that we continue to participate in things that are going on as part of normal business....

Europa School (10 Jan 2019)

John Howell: ...Ofsted report. I believe that everyone expects the school to have done rather well out of it, and I hope that that expectation is fulfilled. However, this approach needs to be set in the context of Brexit, and the difficulties of negotiating a Brexit that does not see the school become a casualty. The European School, Culham—not the Europa School—had for some time been destined for...

Europa School (10 Jan 2019)

John Howell: ...its behalf, and to offer a no-holds-barred assessment of how the school can continue even if the UK is not a member of the EU. I urge the Minister to explore every avenue as a matter separate from Brexit. I hope that this excellent educational establishment may continue its development in the direction that the founders of the free school have planned. Finally, let me turn to the...

Free Schools and Academies in England — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (5 Dec 2018)

John Howell: ...a free school offers a particular mindset for how to approach the area, which we should all bear in mind. The Europa School is the successor to the European School. I am not going to get into a Brexit debate—in fact, I was at a naval dinner last night where, if anyone mentioned the term “Brexit”, they had to drink a large measure of neat rum.

Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill [Lords] (27 Nov 2018)

John Howell: ...The point I made to my right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor earlier was about the speed of justice. I am not a great advocate of speed in itself, but I think there is a threat to English law: not Brexit, but the ability of our courts to dispense justice on a timely basis. When I sat in with judges, I saw that they were often so preoccupied with the minor administrative elements of their...

Leaving the EU: Legal Services (21 Nov 2018)

John Howell: ...law is admired around the world. I raised that issue with the Lord Chief Justice this week, and I asked him how secure he is in believing that we will be able to continue with this regime after Brexit. He said, first, that it is difficult to see it continuing unless we do something about the fact that the number of judges is so diminished at the moment. That is a very important point....

Child Migration Programmes (Child Abuse) (3 Jul 2018)

John Howell: ...hon. Member for Wigan (Lisa Nandy) kindly took, and to raise an issue that has troubled us greatly at the Council of Europe. We are members of the Council of Europe and we shall still be so after Brexit. It is an important body. The convention that I mentioned is the convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, which is known colloquially as the...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

John Howell: ...but—but we cannot simply go on piling constitutional referendums on top of each other until we have our house in order. The petition was inevitably influenced by the House of Lords’ reaction to Brexit. Many hon. Members have commented on how that House has overreached itself in proposing certain amendments. There is, however, a conflict with the Venice Commission’s guidance on how a...

Council of Europe — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (18 Apr 2018)

John Howell: ...organisation where both are present and both speak regularly in debates. It is important to bear that in mind. I repeat the comments I made about the European Court of Human Rights. During the Brexit campaign, I think many people thought we were arguing about the European Court of Human Rights when we were actually arguing about the European Court of Justice. There is a tremendous amount...

Anglo-Polish Relations — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

John Howell: ...great deal of involvement with Poland and Polish MPs. It is worth remembering that Poland supplies many Members of Parliament to the European Conservatives Group at the Council of Europe. In a post-Brexit world, the Council of Europe goes far beyond the 27 EU members, with a full membership of 47. That says a lot about the Council’s interest in human rights, democracy and the rule of...

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

John Howell: ...written to the Commission to continue with the JET—Joint European Torus—project, and to commit the UK’s share, which has gone down very well. Everything has been delayed to accommodate Brexit, and willingly so, but there is a need to get a move on with this. Staying a full member of Euratom provides the best continuity to that programme. I do not believe that the legal issues are as...

Commonwealth: Trade — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (22 Feb 2017)

John Howell: ...have made. The country is Nigeria, where I am the Prime Minister’s trade envoy. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] I thank hon. Members for that endorsement of my role. My appointment was a pre-Brexit one, although admittedly it has relevance in a post-Brexit world, which goes to show how much this country values the relationship it would like to have with Nigeria. Trade is of mutual...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

John Howell: ...spent 60 hours discussing the EU and our leaving of it. That is 60 hours of debate to which the Front-Bench team has listened. Let me quickly comment on two things. The first is the term “hard Brexit”. It is one of the laziest forms of journalism I have ever heard. It is a great shame that it has been used in this House. How maintaining the common travel area with Ireland and the...


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