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Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...rattles in the Government’s protestation: “The integrity and prosperity of the union that binds the four nations of the United Kingdom is of the utmost importance”, to the Government. Brexit poses a massive threat to the union, yet the Government ignore the threat of Scottish independence and the fact that the form of Brexit that might be implemented could be the most inimical...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: My Lords, we have repeatedly heard this week the Conservative conference slogan: “Get Brexit Done”, followed by, “then we can get on with our domestic priorities”. That is an entirely false prospectus. Deal or no deal, if we leave the EU, our leaving on 31 October or on any other date is only the first stage in the process. No serious commentator doubts that, if we leave, we will be...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Report (12 Mar 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...hope that it does that. This Government and future Governments must show more restraint and respect for the proper limits to the scope of delegated legislation. In the Bill, as in others to do with Brexit, they have not done that. It is to be hoped that they return to a wiser path in future.

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Report (12 Mar 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...healthcare across the countries that they cover. They enjoy very wide public support and are clear. Millions of our countrymen and countrywomen would be very unhappy to lose them as a result of Brexit, but there is absolutely no urgency for introducing legislation now for healthcare deals around the world. Throughout the debates on this Bill, the Government have not come up with a single...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (19 Feb 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...noble Baroness, Lady Wheeler, has asked. My concern is that there seems to be an aversion, which I would accurately describe as pathological, among members of the Government, and many advocates of Brexit in the Conservative Party’s ranks, to dispute resolution that depends on the European Court of Justice having a role that ultimately monitors the development of the law. It is important...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (19 Feb 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...here to seek treatment from the NHS in competition with UK residents. They could put added pressure on a service that is already suffering from staff shortages, which will be compounded after Brexit by the additional loss of large numbers of EU doctors, nurses and vital support staff. What the Bill needs to do, and all it needs to do, is to ensure that in the appalling event of no deal,...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (19 Feb 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...pipeline, but any which are in prospect can be dealt with individually in their own time. The Constitution Committee, as has been said, reported on the Bill yesterday. While it acknowledged that Brexit legislation might justify, “broader powers than would otherwise be constitutionally acceptable”, it was absolutely clear that such powers should be used only for the limited purpose of...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (19 Feb 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...count, not what Ministers of the day might envisage for their use. The powers are not limited to such benign purposes. I am not generally a cynic, but if we leave without a deal, then the day after Brexit one can foresee this Government, battered by the failure to reach an agreement, being desperately keen to make all kinds of trade deals with third countries across the world, in an effort...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Second Reading (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...utterly objectionable. Furthermore, as I will argue, the breadth of these is entirely unnecessary to achieve what is needed to enable satisfactory reciprocal healthcare arrangements to be made on Brexit. I shall start by turning to the proposed powers. Clause 1 states: “The Secretary of State may make payments, and arrange for payments to be made, in respect of the cost of healthcare...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Second Reading (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...extra healthcare agreements outside the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. Such arrangements can be made if relevant, when necessary and authorised by a proper and detailed statute—nothing to do with Brexit—just as they could have been made at any stage over the past few years. The need now is for provision in the event of no deal. I suggest that in that ruinous event, the only arrangements...

Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (continued) (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...yesterday we considered SIs laid by the Government on this topic. The noble and learned Lord, Lord Keen, was very clear that the SIs were laid only against the undesirable possibility of a no-deal Brexit, and accepted that should that occur we would be losing a significant benefit; I refer to columns GC 231 and GC 233 in yesterday’s Hansard. We would be forced to fall back on less...

Exiting the European Union - Statement (10 Dec 2018)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: My Lords, the CJEU’s judgment this morning gave the UK a simple way of withdrawing from Brexit—by unilaterally revoking our Article 50 notice. Should not the Government now reconsider their argument that a people’s vote would be undemocratic, as it is now two and a half years since the 2016 referendum and the various options for Brexit and their risks are better understood? Why should...

Brexit: People’s Vote - Motion to Take Note (25 Oct 2018)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...Labour’s interest, given its divisions, to commit to a people’s vote. Its favoured general election would inevitably and rightly be concerned with multiple issues facing our country, not just Brexit. If we get a people’s vote, may we talk about the issues with more respect than last time for the rules, the truth and each other—not just about the economy, but about peace and...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Second Reading (9 Oct 2018)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ..., it is one of the ultimate contradictions of this extremely difficult period that while our Government struggle to improve domestic counterterrorist legislation, they nevertheless risk through Brexit abandoning most of the UK’s international work in this area over decades. With our active participation, the EU has painstakingly constructed the most comprehensive and effective...

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day) (10 May 2018)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ..., in connection with the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, the Government have largely resisted accepting the committee’s recommendations and relied on the large volumes of legislation needed for Brexit and the need for a very large number of statutory instruments in that connection. While I do not go along with their argument in anything like the whole of the way, I can nevertheless see...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (4th Day) (5 Mar 2018)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...rejecting the decisive role of the Court of Justice in determining the application of the rules. Amendment 29 would insist on some frankness on the part of the Government about the consequences of Brexit for family law—frankness with the British public, who have a right to be informed of the threat to international co-operation in this area, and frankness with this Parliament, which...

Brexit: European Arrest Warrant (European Union Committee) - Motion to Take Note (8 Feb 2018)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...of the warrant in combating serious crime across Europe, and all speakers have recognised the importance of reciprocity. Day after day in this House we hear Ministers answering questions on Brexit topics by saying that the Government’s aim is to maintain our relationship with the EU as closely as possible in its existing form. Those of us who believe that the whole project of leaving...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...other noble Lords around the House are so relieved—that the Government no longer plan to scrap the Human Rights Act or undermine the European Convention on Human Rights. I turn to the proposed Brexit legislation. In doing so, I propose to challenge the Government’s almost obsessive determination to end the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Government...

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

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...out in an annexe a medley of other dispute resolution mechanisms, but this is an inadequate and meaningless response to the problem. Like the rest of the Government’s ill-thought out approach to Brexit, it does the Government no credit.

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