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Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Monks: ...a need for an agricultural food supply chain. Is that yet in place? If so, what is it and how will it work? Perhaps we can be told about that. Shifting away from trade for a moment, in the event of Brexit UK citizens will lose their EU citizenship and access to services such as free emergency healthcare in other countries. What arrangements are being made to protect and advise British...

Trade Unions - Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2019)

Lord Monks: ...scale in the UK, criticising aspects of the Thatcher era anti-trade union legislation. The ILO also works to secure labour rights in trade agreements: that is likely to be crucial in any post-Brexit free trade agreements that are to be negotiated. The ILO is run on tripartite principles—unions, Governments and employers working together and, historically, coming up with plans that...

Employment - Motion to Take Note (6 Jun 2019)

Lord Monks: .... We are in a low-growth, low-productivity, low-investment, low-innovation economy in many parts of Britain, where people work long hours to compensate for nugatory pay levels. The prospect of Brexit is resulting in the loss of some good jobs already. I shall not labour the Brexit debate—we have debated it many times in this House—but today’s tragic news about the closure of the Ford...

Employment Rights (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2019)

Lord Monks: ...these regulations were drafted—as was necessary—before the conclusion of the current talks that the Prime Minister very belatedly initiated with the TUC and others about employment rights post Brexit. I understand that talks with the Business Secretary are still going on. I hope that, at the back of the Minister’s mind, is the thought that these regulations might well be altered in...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (10 Jan 2019)

Lord Monks: ...plan. The need for such a plan is therefore now urgent. If the Cabinet cannot come up with one, Parliament must rise to the occasion and do so. The PM recently added the third possibility of no Brexit, admittedly more as a threat than a real option. But it should be crystal clear to everyone that anything that a UK Government can negotiate will be less favourable than our current...

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

Lord Monks: ...supplicatory features. The Prime Minister’s determination has been admirable, her political skills—I am afraid—less so. As my noble friend Lady Smith put it, we are heading for a blindfold Brexit that offers no certainty after the implementation period for the working people and businesses of our country. The best that can be said about the deal is that it is better than no...

Trade Bill - Second Reading (11 Sep 2018)

Lord Monks: ...rather reluctantly towards supporting a popular vote on the outcome of the talks. Why did it do that? It is because the trade unions are worried: worried about the impact on jobs and rights after Brexit, the byzantine complications of the Chequers proposals, and our country crashing out of the EU with no deal and becoming distanced from our biggest trading partners, with no customs union...

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

Lord Monks: ...to build a consensus in her own Cabinet and her own party, which has been extremely painful to watch. Instead of reaching out, she started with her red lines, which got a round of applause from the Brexiteers in the party but which in reality took us into a cul-de-sac, a dead end from which we are finding it devilishly difficult to extricate ourselves. Parliament must share some of the...

Trades Union Congress 150th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (14 Jun 2018)

Lord Monks: ...Minister, derided by Winston Churchill and Lord Birkenhead, who said: “I think Baldwin has gone mad. He simply takes one jump in the dark; looks around and then takes another”— a bit like the Brexit negotiations at the moment, by the way. However, Baldwin was consistent in some respects. He was aware that something had to be done after the General Strike to improve matters and he...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Monks: ...to put pressure on the Government to come up with some clarity. There has been activity, yes—and the Minister laid out the wide range of things that have been going on in Parliament about Brexit—but the crucial issue of the future relationship of the UK to the EU is still vague or wishful thinking or a combination of the two. I think that the Government can do better than that and owe...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Monks: ..., it is time—indeed, over time—that Parliament exerted influence on the conduct of the talks about the future relationship between the UK and the EU. I am talking about the relationship after Brexit. This is not some attempt to reverse Brexit; it is about applying our minds to what that future relationship will be. To bring this about, Amendment 51 proposes an earlier, extra step that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (31 Jan 2018)

Lord Monks: ..., I want to follow the line of argument developed by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Judge. In fact, a number of speakers in this debate have called for a meaningful role for Parliament in the Brexit process. Indeed, the noble Lord, Lord Hague, was characteristically eloquent on this subject, and tonight I want to address the role of Parliament in the withdrawal process. At the moment,...

Trade and Customs Policy - Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2017)

Lord Monks: ...as this is a much bigger country than Norway in the constellation of European states. If we are to stick to the result of the referendum, however, it is the only option that minimises the damage of Brexit, as others have said, and solves the Irish border issue. It is the only way I can see to keep at least some cake and possibly be able to eat it. It is a better bet than Canada-plus. If...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Lord Monks: ...car industry is a spectacular example—rest on foreign entrepreneurship attracted by the UK being part of the single market of the EU. We hold our breath about how these companies will react to Brexit and to life outside the single market and the customs union. I join those who welcome the Government’s conversion to an industrial strategy. In a sense, we have been doing it without...

Battle of Passchendaele - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2017)

Lord Monks: ...for sure that the EU and its member states have not risen adequately to all these challenges and so have fed scepticism and disillusion about the project. Into this tinderbox, the UK decision on Brexit has tossed a match—a match which we hope will not provoke other countries to think that they too need to “roar like lions”, to coin a current phrase. One thing I remember from the time...

Public Sector Pay Cap - Question for Short Debate (13 Jul 2017)

Lord Monks: ...of our banks then has led to an explosion of food banks now. British workers, according to the OECD, are languishing at the bottom of the pay increase league, and this is before the effects of Brexit are felt fully. The Government need to listen to the TUC’s campaign that Britain needs a pay rise. A decent living on offer to all public sector workers should be and must be our goal. There...

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

Lord Monks: My Lords, as a natural optimist and a former trade union general secretary—and I assure you that the two are compatible—I see no economic upsides at all to Brexit. Quite the contrary: I live in fear of the consequences for jobs, worker rights and prosperity, particularly if and when we quit the single market and the customs union. We learned yesterday that apparently that will happen by...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Conditions of Employment (4 Apr 2017)

Lord Monks: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to transpose into UK legislation, both pre- and post-Brexit, all European employment rights.

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Monks: ...; hearts are ruling heads; nationalism is trumping common sense. This is very evident in the reckless decision that we are making to leave the single market and the customs union—this hard, clean Brexit. It is also evident in Nicola Sturgeon stirring up the Scottish independence question at a time of exceptional fragility for Scotland’s economy. On current form, an independent...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Monks: ...its flaws. However, the Bill is not simply about triggering the divorce and those who keep saying it is should think a bit more widely. It is also a de facto endorsement of the Government’s post-Brexit plan: the White Paper and the plan set out in it. If the Bill passes Parliament without amendment, we are giving the Government a mandate for a very clear but very hard Brexit, with the UK...


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