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Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (15 Oct 2019)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, I welcome this gracious Speech, especially its emphasis on innovation and science. I would have liked to speak on those topics, but I cannot be here on Thursday, so I will speak on Brexit. Who knows, perhaps this is the last chance to speak on Brexit in the future tense. Over the past few months, I am sure I am not alone in being told by people elsewhere in the country, “You sit...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Viscount Ridley: In a minute—I have not even finished a sentence at this point. I said that I wanted to talk about the procedural points, and I have, but I have been diverted by these interventions on Brexit. I would be quite happy to save these points for the Second Reading later today, if noble Lords would prefer.

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Viscount Ridley: ...dangerous fashion, it is now. The people of this country are watching us and, as the polling evidence makes clear, they are not in favour of this kind of manoeuvre. Given the choice between a bad Brexit and a Brexit with no withdrawal deal, they have clearly expressed a view for the latter, yet this Bill would deny them that. Moreover, I am astonished that so many Members opposite, who...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Viscount Ridley: ...of Lords suddenly needs to discover its constitutional teeth, it is when the Commons is doing something unconstitutional, egregious, hurried and potentially worrying. This is not an argument about Brexit but about doing things properly. If there ever was a justification for the constitutional monstrosities of hereditary Peers being still here, it is that we can occasionally cry foul when a...

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Viscount Ridley: Those 17.4 million people voted for Brexit, and it is abundantly clear from what both Houses of Parliament have done since—passing Article 50, setting a date, and the Prime Minister saying hundreds of times that no deal is better than a bad deal—

Business of the House - Motion on Standing Orders: Amendment to the Motion (4 Apr 2019)

Viscount Ridley: ...leaver majority in the country. That is why we are here; that is the problem we are trying to resolve. My argument is that this Bill does not resolve it because it denies them the clearest form of Brexit, which all the polls suggest an awful lot of people want.

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (3rd Day) (14 Jan 2019)

Viscount Ridley: ...what exactly happened. I am blessed. Just as many of the other fears are fictional. We face a balance of risks and opportunities whichever way we go. I judge the risks to this country of delaying Brexit—the uncertainty, the anger, the disillusionment, the polarisation, the constitutional crisis—to be greater than the risks of leaving with no withdrawal agreement in place and arranging...

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

Viscount Ridley: .... Then, quite suddenly, there came a bit of a sinking feeling earlier this year when I realised that my side had apparently been pursuing a somewhat different deal: a pessimistic, damage-limitation Brexit. It seemed—this is how people in the north-east of England seemed to react to it when I talked to them—to be based on appeasing, conceding and retreating, like Brave Sir Robin in...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (1st Day) (18 Apr 2018)

Viscount Ridley: ...is a 20% tariff, for example, on tomatoes. I beg those who have not yet made up their minds how to vote to recognise this amendment for what it is. It is an attempt to wreck the Bill and to prevent Brexit.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (10th Day) (26 Mar 2018)

Viscount Ridley: It seems from what the noble Lord is saying that the purpose behind these amendments is to keep open the possibility of preventing or reversing Brexit, which is very different from the purpose that my noble friend Lord Tugendhat outlined, of getting a better deal for Brexit. Will he clarify that difference?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: ...it, is not acceptable. If, in this gilded, crimson echo chamber of remain, this neo-Jacobite hold-out for the euro-king across the water, we indulge in wrecking this Bill, we will not stop Brexit—but we might hurt Britain. The public reaction would rightly be severe. In the part of the world I come from, in Ashington, Blyth and Cramlington, they will say—I paraphrase—“How dare...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Viscount Ridley: ...their best run for 20 years”; “Freight volumes through the Port of Dover have reached record levels for the fifth consecutive year”; “UK tech sector enjoys record investment in 2017 despite Brexit”; “UK services grow faster than forecast despite growing Brexit concern”; “British universities boast record number of international student admissions”; and, for the first time...

Brexit: Food Prices - Question (14 Nov 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, does my noble friend agree that the EU external tariff punishes producers in poor countries and consumers here in wealthier countries and that cancelling it on Brexit on products such as oranges, coffee and rice that we do not grow here would cut the cost of living for British people dramatically?

Brexit: United Kingdom-Africa Trade and Development - Question (25 Apr 2017)

Viscount Ridley: My Lords, further to the point that my noble friend the Minister has just made, can he confirm that African exporters to Britain face the high EU external tariff and that, after Brexit, there will an opportunity to review that and therefore to increase trade between the UK and Africa?

EU Membership: UK Science - Motion to Take Note (23 Mar 2017)

Viscount Ridley: ...is data analysis, where EU red tape is handing a competitive advantage to other continents. Lenard Koschwitz, director of European affairs with Allied for Startups, recently said that, “post-Brexit Britain could draw data analytics start-ups. We currently see countries including China and Singapore doing away with barriers for text mining. Why not the UK also?”. More generally, we...

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

Viscount Ridley: ...trade for generations, and we have lent the world our systems of law and finance, of medicine and technology, of ideas and discovery. Finally, in Theresa May we have a Prime Minister who intends Brexit to be a global, outward advance not an isolationist, defensive retreat. Now I know there are those on the other side of the referendum divide who say that we globalists won the referendum...

Brexit: Impact on Universities and Scientific Research - Motion to Take Note (3 Nov 2016)

Viscount Ridley: ...opportunities for universities and research in the world, in particular online with international campuses and things like that. We must grasp opportunities to explore these possibilities in a post-Brexit world.

Carbon Budget Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (19 Jul 2016)

Viscount Ridley: ...”. The EU in Paris last year promised cuts of 40% by 2030. Here we are promising 57%. That is a unilateral offer to go almost one and half times as fast. Furthermore, why is there no mention of Brexit in the impact assessment, which runs to 97 pages? This is a serious omission and should be put right. The policy is against government policy in another way. The National Audit Office study...

Genetically Modified Insects (S&T Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (7 Jun 2016)

Viscount Ridley: ...of what the company could begin to achieve. Yet the technology is being stifled by EU bureaucracy at home—I promise I will resist the invitation from the noble Lord, Lord Fox, to talk about Brexit on this occasion—so it is doing all its work in the Americas. It is disappointing that the Department for International Development did not join in the response to our report, because, as has...


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