Results 1–20 of 32 for brexit speaker:Bill Esterson

UK Trade and Investment Strategy — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (23 Jul 2019)

Bill Esterson: ...partners and build confidence among investors. We are about to have a new Prime Minister—I am assuming it will be the right hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip—who advocates a no-deal Brexit and is keen on the idea of undermining our economic relationship with our nearest neighbours and a trading bloc that accounts for well over half of our trade, either directly or through...

Exiting the European Union: No Deal: Economic Impact (27 Jun 2019)

Bill Esterson: ...be clear to everyone by now. Will the Secretary of State agree that no self-respecting Minister could possibly serve in the Government of a Prime Minister in denial about the reality of a no-deal Brexit?

Future International Trade Opportunities (1 May 2019)

Bill Esterson: ...should have voted for the Prime Minister’s deal. The fact that the details of the future relationship with the EU will be negotiated only after we have left means that what is on offer is blind Brexit. That is why the Opposition cannot support the current deal.

Future Free Trade Agreements (21 Feb 2019)

Bill Esterson: Was he? That is very kind of him. In 2017, a number of Australian academics warned of the danger that “Australia’s interests get caught up in the possibly unrealistic worldview of the Brexiteers and thus Australia becomes collateral damage of…British politics.” Why might they say that with this Secretary of State in charge? In the real world, my constituents who put their goods on a...

EU Free Trade Agreements (24 Jan 2019)

Bill Esterson: ...over deals on trade with approximately 70 countries, which constitutes 13% of our exports and 12% of our imports—it would be a cut-and-paste job. The Government would be ready on day one after Brexit, he told us. That was never true, was it? Those deals are entirely separate and independent from any deal that we may have with the EU. If we leave with no deal, can the Minister confirm...

Northern Ireland: Security Situation (21 Jan 2019)

Bill Esterson: The 300 extra officers announced have been welcomed, including by constituents of mine from Northern Ireland, but they are for Brexit planning. As my hon. Friend the shadow Secretary of State said, the number of officers is still below the number recommended for the PSNI. In the Secretary of State’s conversations with the police and security services, how many more police officers do they...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Starting and Growing Businesses (20 Nov 2018)

Bill Esterson: The Prime Minister’s botched Brexit deal creates uncertainty for business. The lack of any commitment to permanent customs arrangements means that there is no guarantee of tariff-free, frictionless trade. Frankly, I am amazed that any Business Secretary would put their name to this deal. Without any commitments to frictionless trade, how can the Government claim to be helping business?

Construction Sector Deal (5 Jul 2018)

Bill Esterson: ...of warnings from manufacturers vital to the success of British industry, and the same warnings apply in construction and throughout the construction supply chain. The Government’s mishandling of Brexit makes a mockery of their industrial strategy; they must listen to businesses and place workers and our economy ahead of ideology.

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Bill Esterson: ...multiple times. Car retailers need certainty, as do our supermarkets, because 79% of food is imported by retailers. Certainty is needed for retailers to plan for the trading arrangements post Brexit. Arrangements at the Port of Dover, Holyhead, Liverpool and across the country will play a huge role not only in business life, but in daily life, and retail is one of the sectors that most...

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Bill Esterson: ...make up their mind, stop negotiating with themselves and start negotiating with the EU for a deal that puts jobs and the economy first and that is not just in the interests of a handful of extreme Brexiteers in the Conservative party. Let us have a proper sector deal that sees action, not just words. Let us see the Government make a proper commitment to retail. Three mentions of the...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Bill Esterson: ...and Chile, have told the EU that they want to revise terms of their existing deals once the UK has left. Meanwhile, other countries have publicly called for changes to their trade with the UK after Brexit, calling for divergence from EU standards or liberalisation of tariff rate quotas. They do not want the same terms as before; they want better terms—for them, not for the UK. It will...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: HMRC: impact (1 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: ...was well stated. The same is true of my constituency, with the closures in Bootle and Liverpool. The Minister advised the Committee in an earlier sitting that “the resources given to HMRC post Brexit to deal with Brexit are already there.” He also said that “the power has been assessed and its likely cost looked at. It has been deemed to be relatively inexpensive and overall will not...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: HMRC: impact (1 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: ...on the one hand see cutbacks, and on the other hand expect an expansion of HMRC’s work commitments. The Public Accounts Committee recently published its report, following an inquiry into our Brexit readiness, in respect of the border planning group. It raised concerns that “HM Treasury’s usual business model is inadequate for allocating Brexit funding to departments who are forced to...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: HMRC: impact (1 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: ...I am speaking—often it is in response to comments from those his own side. If the Department for International Trade has any purpose, it is surely to absolutely change the volume of trade after Brexit. That, in turn, suggests that HMRC was not right to say that there would be no changes in trade flows. It also suggests that HMRC is significantly under-resourced, which is more to the...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: HMRC: impact (1 Feb 2018)

Bill Esterson: .... Coming back to what the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun said, HMRC has suggested to the Public Accounts Committee that it will need 3,000 to 5,000 extra staff to perform effectively post-Brexit, but that will depend on the level of risk that Ministers are willing to take. The Public Accounts Committee received written evidence suggesting: “There are very few International Trade...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Approval of draft decisions under Article 352 of TFEU (10 Oct 2017)

Bill Esterson: ...EU, which accounts for 44% of our trade. On Second Reading on 4 July, the Minister told the House, in answer to my question whether the UK could remain part of the Fundamental Rights Agency after Brexit: “The Government are looking at the UK’s relationship with all EU bodies, including the FRA, as part of the exit negotiations.” Further to that answer, may I ask her, three months...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: ...in this room or elsewhere thinks that there might be just a short-term blip or no blip at all, the evidence from history suggests that we need to think very carefully. The uncertainty caused by Brexit is cause for concern. Let us look at some of the figures behind our FDI position. In 2016, the UK remained the premier preferred destination for inward investment projects, but despite a rise...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Bill Esterson: ...decline of up to 30% in some of those criteria, which is unprecedented in the past decade. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said just last month, as the Bank reduced its growth forecasts, that Brexit uncertainty was holding back investment. Of course, in the past year we have grown more slowly than our competitors—a fact that supports that comment and some of the other analysis I...

Exiting the European Union and Global Trade (6 Jul 2017)

Bill Esterson: ...her on the enthusiastic way she spoke about her constituency. My hon. Friend the Member for Bishop Auckland (Helen Goodman) spoke about her commitment to her constituents and their need for a Brexit that supports exports and jobs. She also spoke about the importance of the European Medicines Agency to this country and about the need to support the hill farmers in her constituency. I think...

Exiting the European Union and Global Trade (6 Jul 2017)

Bill Esterson: ...Government are out of ideas when it comes to boosting exports and tackling the productivity slump forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility. This is a Government who talk big on trade and Brexit, but who have failed to provide the support for British businesses wishing to export and grow into new markets. The latest Office for National Statistics figures show that the UK’s trade...


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