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Brexit - Motion to Take Note (19 Oct 2019)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...the conflict metaphor, although effective, is actually disreputable? On language, we have been subjected to repeated slogans and oversimplifications. We heard them again this morning but “Get Brexit done” is meaningless because we know that whatever happens today, Brexit will not be done. We will be on the starting blocks of Brexit. This was supposed to be the easy bit; well, I look...

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

the Bishop of Leeds: ...extend for ever, but what is the content of the conversation that will go on during any extension? The last thing I want to say to shine some light into this debate is that, while we focus on Brexit and the costs and benefits of however we leave the EU, we will still need, when all that is done—that will be the beginning of the process, not the end, as this was supposed to be the easy...

Policy-making: Future Generations’ Interests - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...listening but do nothing about it, you will create an even bigger problem in the future, which is rank disillusionment. Thirdly, and finally, what has run through many debates, particularly over Brexit, is the idea that human beings are economic commodities or consumer targets. Almost the entire Brexit debate has been framed in terms of economics and trade. I keep asking the question: for...

Conduct of Debate in Public Life - Motion to Regret (9 May 2019)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...or truth of what is said is irrelevant. Such language is powerful and effective: it works. It is also apparently unaccountable. What are Nigel Farage’s policies for the construction of a post-Brexit United Kingdom? Where is there even a hint of any responsibility for the future, other than a rejection of the past? It is just one simple message supported by a whole set of angry...

European Parliament Elections - Question (24 Apr 2019)

the Bishop of Leeds: ..., whether the election goes ahead or not, is it not clear that the Government need to have some vision that goes beyond the EU for the future of Europe, of which the UK remains a part in a post-Brexit world? If so, is this vision being developed so that it can be articulated?

EU Council - Statement (17 Dec 2018)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...of the House agree with me that the language of the Statement is not helpful? It says: “But let us not risk the jobs, services and security of the people whom we serve”. It is a fact that Brexit, of itself and the process we have gone through, has already done that. To say “Let us not further risk” might be more accurate. It also says: “Another vote would do irreparable damage to...

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

the Bishop of Leeds: ...that offer us a lens through which to see what all this is about. I endorse what the most reverend Primate said this morning in his speech. Whatever the ultimate outcome, one of the legacies of the Brexit process thus far is, as I have said before, a corruption of public discourse, polarisation between people and communities, and a too frequent reduction of the polity to the merely...

Brexit: Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2018)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...a repeat of mantras about the deal. I thought I was being helpful to the Government by inviting a response such as, “The country is split down the middle and the language and behaviour around Brexit have become toxic even in this Parliament, so it is not going to be easy to reconcile people and parties in the wake of such a divisive issue—but, in acknowledging the size of the task, we...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...culture. At the committee stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill I spoke about matters such as the corruption of the public discourse, asking that we in this House do not lose sight of the end to which Brexit is supposed to be the means. I tried to pose the existential questions of who we think we are and for whom we are doing what we are doing. However, the debate has coarsened, the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

the Bishop of Leeds: My Lords, I move this amendment for two principal reasons: first, in order to assist the Government in their shaping of their case for the UK’s future relationship with the European Union post Brexit; secondly, because it is consistent with Amendment 49, which was passed earlier on Report. Speakers in these debates have repeatedly suggested that anyone who moves an amendment is a...

Government Policy towards Russia - Statement (6 Mar 2018)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...it vengeance? If so, why wait till now? Is it deterrence? Any beans these guys have to spill have already been spilled. Is it to exploit the UK’s apparent weakness or our distraction because of Brexit? I am not speculating but asking some questions that need to be asked before we come to conclusions. A phenomenological comparison with Litvenenko may be convenient, but a correlation is...

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

the Bishop of Leeds: ...and trade deals. It haunts constitutional matters and refuses to be submerged by ideologically driven assertions that promise what cannot be promised and ridicule arguments that are inconvenient. Brexit has unleashed the normalisation of lies and rendered too easily acceptable the demonising of people who, with integrity and intelligence, venture to hold a contrary view. We are in danger...

Brexit: Trade in Non-financial Services (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (18 Dec 2017)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...or desire: they do something to the pool we swim in as human beings, creating and shaping cultural and societal norms as well as language. I guess this is what concerns me in every debate about Brexit, and I state it again here simply in order to keep it on the record: the thriving of our economy is crucial to the well-being of our people and our culture, but the economy is not the end; it...

European Council - Statement (18 Dec 2017)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...put a question. I have some knowledge of Russia. It seems that Russia does not need to defeat the West because it gets the West to defeat itself; the Russian policy seems to be to destabilise, and Brexit and the way it is being conducted actually feeds that agenda. We do not talk about that enough. If you look at the rise of the far right, such as what has gone on in Austria, the very...

Brexit: Environment and Climate Change - Motion to Take Note (23 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...Chamber tend to be gloomy, and now we should be cheerful. I am neither; I am just puzzled—which is not a new experience. From reading the report, which is a model of clarity, as are most of the Brexit reports that come from the various committees, it seems that, as we peel back the layers of the onion, we end up with more layers. I realise that that sounds paradoxical, but it seems to...

Brexit: Gibraltar - Question for Short Debate (21 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...as a bargaining chip? We cannot simply stand there and say, “Well, you can’t”. I want to know that we are stress-testing this. Who has the power? After all, we have spoken of having a clean Brexit; what if the Spanish take us at our word? That has to be thought through and our response to it considered. Particular questions are raised here. As I indicated, if the EU declines to give...

Populism and Nationalism - Motion to Take Note (19 Jan 2017)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...being condemned or ridiculed by public school and Oxbridge-educated journalist-politicians who command six-figure incomes above and beyond their basic salary, and who will, whatever the outcome of Brexit, not suffer greatly? Why does it not matter that promises can be made in a referendum campaign that simply get dismissed within hours of that campaign ending? Can liberal order survive the...

Northern England: Opportunity and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2017)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...are two elements in the report that are worth paying attention to. Much has been said about devolution, so I will leave that out. The first is resilience. We need to remember that in the wake of Brexit, however particular communities voted, the split is pretty even in most places. Leeds voted to remain; Bradford voted to leave. We still have to pay attention, not just to those who won the...

Brexit: Peace and Stability - Question for Short Debate (18 Oct 2016)

the Bishop of Leeds: ...on a community of nations. If Europe has been focused for a generation or more on integration, it is surely now coloured by a hint of disintegration. To return to those questions, an example is: Brexit will be hugely demanding of energy and resources, so what will the impact of this be on other areas of government? We hear bold promises that Britain will not retreat in on itself; but if...


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