Results 1–20 of 87 for brexit speaker:Chi Onwurah

Endometriosis Workplace Support: Northern Ireland Economy and Innovation: Government Support (29 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...for one, learned a lot from it. I am proud to represent the party that helped broker the Good Friday agreement, and the current Government’s cavalier approach to preserving that agreement in the Brexit negotiations worries me. As hon. Members have said, the Good Friday agreement is the foundation of peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland, as well as the Republic. The absence of the...

Endometriosis Workplace Support: Northern Ireland Economy and Innovation: Government Support (29 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...their mind. Labour’s £250 billion national transformation fund would invest in transport and digital infrastructure across the UK without preconditions. Finally, I will turn to the topic of Brexit. In the 2014-20 block of EU funding, Northern Ireland was allocated a total of €3.5 billion—significantly more than the Government’s offer to the DUP. As we have rightly opposed the...

Speaker’s Statement: The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...in the world they come from, who do such fantastic work for the health and wellbeing of my constituents in Newcastle. I reiterate all that has been said about the devastating impact that any Brexit, but particularly a no-deal or a hard-right Brexit, will have on the NHS and on our European Union brothers and sisters who work in the NHS in Newcastle and across the country. The labour...

Preparations for Leaving the EU (8 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: This so-called no-deal readiness report is no such thing. It does not reflect the readiness of businesses in Newcastle for the devastating impact of a no-deal Brexit, it does not talk about currency fluctuations or how many businesses have got their documentation for import and exports, and most importantly it does not talk about how many jobs will be lost. How many jobs will be lost in Newcastle?

Backbench Business: Internet of Things: Regulation — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (3 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: My hon. Friend is making excellent points. Although my remarks on Brexit and technology were limited, I want to emphasise his point. If we agree that part of the Brexit vote was based on people’s sense of disconnect from Brussels and the corridors of power, how much greater will that sense of disconnect be when all decisions are made through technology that monitors but is not under the...

Backbench Business: Internet of Things: Regulation — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (3 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...to “go to the mat” and fight her over it. However, when the Prime Minister talks about “pink-eyed terminators” the world laughs. That matters, particularly as the Minister advocates a hard Brexit, after which we would not have the support of our European friends and colleagues in establishing internet of things regulation. The internet of things could represent a more profound...

Brexit Negotiations (3 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...manufacturing and exporting economy, and leaving our NHS and our gorgeous landscape open to the depredations of American big business. Is this not just an attempt to put the blame for this ongoing Brexit shambles anywhere but where it belongs—with the Prime Minister?

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Port of Tyne: Finance (3 Oct 2019)

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Port of Tyne has not received grants from the Brexit Readiness Fund.

No-Deal Brexit: Short Positions Against the Pound (30 Sep 2019)

Chi Onwurah: I hope the Minister recognises that we are talking not about companies protecting themselves in good faith from the devastating impact of a no-deal Brexit, but about large-scale—industrial—shorting of the pound, that that can drive extreme behaviours, as well as market crashes, and that, at the very least, this needs to be investigated by the Electoral Commission, in order to see what the...

Brexit Readiness: Operation Yellowhammer (25 Sep 2019)

Chi Onwurah: The Minister has said that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, people will have “the food they need”, raising the terrifying spectacle of him deciding what we in the north-east should be eating. What actually puts food on the tables of many people are our excellent manufacturers with their closely-integrated European supply chains. That is why Make UK has said that we stand to lose the most...

Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...the productive potential of the whole north-east—just as he did about freeing kippers, but without the detail. What three things does he admire most about the north-east, and how will a no-deal Brexit make it more productive?

Hong Kong (2 Jul 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...to validate that validity, as it were? Does he agree with the last Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, that that might be more effective if we were not simultaneously trying to negotiate a post-Brexit trade agreement with China?

Visa Processing Algorithms (19 Jun 2019)

Chi Onwurah: .... The Home Office is broken. We know that it is unable to fulfil its basic visa-processing duties in a timely or consistent manner. If we add to that a powerful and unregulated new technology, Brexit and bias, we have a recipe for disaster. I know that there are many able and hard-working civil servants in the Home Office, though fewer than there were. When I say that the Home Office is...

Visa Processing Algorithms (19 Jun 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...agenda must be part of the reason for these failures, but there is also the culture of disbelief, which I mentioned earlier, the hostile environment, of which we have heard much, and the impact of Brexit, because what staff do remain are being moved on to Brexit preparation. It is in this environment that the Home Office decided that the answer was an algorithm. According to the Home...

High Streets and Town Centres in 2030 — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (13 Jun 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...streets, failed our retail sector, and failed our economy. They have no claim to be the party of business. As the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Douglas Chapman) highlighted, a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for businesses, extending that failure and wrecking many of the businesses on our high streets and in the retail sector. I ask the Minister to rule out a no-deal...

Industrial Strategy: North-East of England — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (5 Jun 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...disproportionately affects the north-east—a region that still takes pride in making and building things. Its legacy is low productivity and low pay. As we heard from many of my hon. Friends, Brexit adds more uncertainty. The north-east exports more than it imports, as my hon. Friends the Members for Sedgefield, for Washington and Sunderland West, and for Blaydon highlighted, and more...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK-EU Trading Relationship: Industrial Strategy (30 Apr 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...to access international markets and drive up exports. However, according to Make UK, stockpiling in the UK is now the highest of any G7 nation ever, as manufacturers try to protect themselves from Brexit uncertainty. Chambers of commerce across the country report falls in cash flow because money tied up in stock is not available to drive exports or pay wages. Cash flow is the lifeblood of...

Electoral Registration: EU Citizens (25 Apr 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...our public services, our economy, our communities and our country, and to my city of Newcastle. I hope that the Minister recognises that and recognises that they have suffered immensely through the Brexit process, not being able to vote in the first place and facing a rise in hate crime and continued uncertainty about their status and that of loved ones. Does he not think that he should go...

International Trade: Topical Questions (25 Apr 2019)

Chi Onwurah: Because of the shambles over Brexit, UK manufacturing currently has the highest-ever level of stockpiling in the G7. The latest survey conducted by the North East chamber of commerce shows low levels of cash and, as a consequence, a sharp downturn in export activity. Cash is king: it is the lifeblood of business. Will the Secretary of State speak to his colleagues in the Department for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Manufacturing Output Levels (9 Apr 2019)

Chi Onwurah: ...of any country in the G7 ever. The chamber of commerce tells me that, in the north-east, stockpiling is putting huge pressure on warehousing and cash flow. That is a direct consequence of Brexit uncertainty. What additional support will the Minister offer to manufacturers? I asked a similar question of the Brexit Minister last week, and he did not seem to know what I was talking about....


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