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

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...a little worrying, depending on which side of the political spectrum one comes from. In the Prime Minister’s notes to the gracious Speech he asserts that, “we will seize the opportunities that Brexit will bring to take back control of our borders … and we will pave the way for a new points based immigration system”. The gracious Speech itself pointed out that Her Majesty’s...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...of the European Union. That the Prime Minister could stand in the House of Commons this morning and say, “I have not heard anybody over the last three and a half years make a case about Brexit other than in practical terms” is deeply disingenuous. The fact that people have been arguing on the basis of the situation we are in does not mean that we have changed our minds. I have not...

Brexit: Preparations - Statement (8 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...as the NHS—I seem to remember that being on the side of a bus—and our brave police service. Fine, those investments would be great, but in light of the IFS’s suggestion today that a no-deal Brexit would lead to borrowing at levels not seen for 50 years and to our debt-to-GDP ratio rising to 90%, when will Her Majesty’s Government stop dancing to the tune of the Brexit Party, the...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...democracy, but I thought I would start by referring to a brief encounter I had with a policeman at the bottom of my staircase this morning. I arrived and said, “Good morning”, and he said, “Brexit today, ma’am”. I paused, and momentarily thought, “I wish”. Then I remembered that, as a Liberal Democrat, I clearly do not wish that it were Brexit today. But I suspect that I am...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (2 Oct 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...the result of the referendum but, as we have already heard, Michael Gove, who is currently responsible for the Government’s no-deal preparations, also said we were not preparing for a no-deal Brexit. That was not what people voted for. We are in a position in which Parliament is incapable of delivering Brexit unless this Prime Minister manages to pull a rabbit out of a hat with his...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...and those of the noble Baroness are a little different. I have spent a lot of time talking to colleagues in other European Union countries and every conversation includes: “We’re so sorry about Brexit”, “What on earth is happening in the United Kingdom?” and “How did you get to the point of capitulation?” The word “capitulation” came back in December when the then Prime...

Maritime Security - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...relates to fisheries. Could the Minister tell us what assessment has been made of our capabilities to ensure that UK territorial waters will be sufficiently secure in the light of a possible Brexit? The £9 million will not go very far towards that, so is additional funding being put into insuring our fisheries?

No-deal Update - Statement (3 Sep 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: We have apparently passed six Brexit-related Acts, rather than just SIs. Should we not also have passed agriculture, fisheries and immigration before we leave the EU?

Council of Europe: House of Lords Members’ Contribution - Question for Short Debate (24 Jul 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...as parliamentarians. At the time of leaving the European Union—assuming that we do—the UK will remain part of the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Brexit or no Brexit, deal or no deal. This will be one of the fora that places greater emphasis and importance on parliamentarians speaking to their opposite numbers: to fellow European...

EEA Nationals (Indefinite Leave to Remain) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (19 Jul 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...my questions on this issue before. It feels as if, over the last three years, the only thing that has had settled status, a right to reside in this Chamber, the other place and the country, is the Brexit groundhog that keeps appearing and raising its ugly head in whatever debate and on whatever issue. What did we have in the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill? Amendments on...

Brexit: Appointment of Joint Committee - Motion to Agree (3 Jul 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...Lords, this has been an extraordinary debate. Three years after the vote to leave the European Union, it is in many ways extraordinary that we are still debating what the consequences of a no-deal Brexit could be or considering the need to set up a committee to look at them. As the noble Duke, the Duke of Wellington, suggested, this debate is arguably rather too late. One might think that...

Brexit: Appointment of Joint Committee - Motion to Agree (3 Jul 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ..., seemed to suggest that the Motion did not go far enough, but were it to be asked what this House has done, surely the answer is that we have repeatedly demonstrated our concern about a no-deal Brexit, which is not in the national interest—a view that has been expressed by the other place. Now is the time to find a mechanism for us in this place to be creative about how we hold the...

Defence: Expenditure - Question (11 Jun 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...to stray into other briefs. The Foreign Secretary was obviously talking about defence. There seems to be a lacuna in policy discussion in the current Conservative leadership debate—other than on Brexit. Maybe there is an opportunity for Ministers in the Ministry of Defence and elsewhere to ask the Conservative leadership candidates what their commitment to increasing defence expenditure...

UK Foreign Policy in a Shifting World Order (International Relations Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (21 May 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...—that we would do the international while the EU Committee was doing the European. After our first meeting, we had the now-fateful referendum. We have spent the last three years in the shadow of Brexit, something that the Prime Minister this afternoon referred to as a having a “corrosive impact” on politics. The noble Lord, Lord Howell, and the usual channels have ensured that we...

Defence: British Steel - Question (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: My Lords, in the light of the Financial Times report that the company British Steel is pleading for carbon credit loans to tide it over Brexit, will the Minister explain what efforts are being put into defence procurement contracts to ensure that steel is being decarbonised as far as possible?

Litter: Schoolchildren - Question (11 Apr 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...we seem to have postponed spring from 29 March to 31 October, I wonder whether, if there are two hours to spare in the national curriculum, we could ask year 6 children to try to resolve Brexit, given that they might do a better job than the current Government.

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

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ..., I have considerable sympathy with the amendments, but the reason why I will not be supporting any of them is precisely that we are in a position where the Government have failed to deal with the Brexit referendum. The constitutional problem started there, and to suggest that we should not deal with procedures today is misguided. We have to deal with the crisis that is developing in this...

Brexit: The Erasmus and Horizon Programmes (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...says, “Oh woe is me”, from an academic who has benefited from EU funding and who might be going to lose it. Certainly, during the referendum, there was a lot of suspicion among those advocating Brexit that anyone advocating ongoing membership of the European Union had naked self-interest in doing so. Any beneficiary of EU grant funding was viewed as having a purely personal interest,...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (25 Mar 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: ...to be in and to which I do not believe the Prime Minister intended to lead us. Unlike my noble friend Lord Newby, I have not spoken in all 13 debates. This is the first time I have spoken in a Brexit debate since 5 December, on the very first day of the very first debate ahead of the first meaningful vote, which was pulled and did not happen. I have not felt the need to speak on the...

Brexit: Bilateral Relations with European Union Member States - Question (20 Mar 2019)

Baroness Smith of Newnham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has put in place to strengthen bilateral relations with individual European Union member states after Brexit.


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