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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Peter Grant: ...deal, if any, they will be trading under while they are still finalising their annual accounts for the financial year in which they are currently operating. We hear a lot of people saying, “Get Brexit done”, but this Bill does not get Brexit done. The withdrawal agreement does not get Brexit done; it only starts the process. Next year, we could still be tumbling out of the EU on...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Peter Grant: ...at the Dispatch Box. We know that some of them cannot be trusted, and therefore we have to assume that we should not rely too much on any of them. He also promised at that Dispatch Box that after Brexit, full control of Scottish fishing would be returned to Scotland, but in fact Government policy is precisely the opposite. I have gone through the specific concerns that a lot of businesses...

Withdrawal Agreement: Proposed Changes (7 Oct 2019)

Peter Grant: I congratulate the Minister on managing not once but twice to include all this week’s Brexit buzzwords in such a short but, I am sorry to say, not particularly informative answer. The Government have made public only their version of a seven-page explanatory document based on a full 44-page legal text. Last week, a number of Government loyalists criticised Opposition Members for saying we...

Irish Border: Customs Arrangements (1 Oct 2019)

Peter Grant: ...on which to negotiate. Will the Government now own up to the fact that there is no detailed proposal, there have been no proper negotiations and the Government’s strategy is to look for a no-deal Brexit while blaming everyone but themselves for the problem? Will the Minister unequivocally repeat the comments of the previous Prime Minister that there will be no customs controls at the...

Brexit Readiness: Operation Yellowhammer (25 Sep 2019)

Peter Grant: When the Minister appeared before the Brexit Committee on 5 September, he was unable to answer my question about what the reaction has been in Ireland to the UK Government unilaterally reneging on the commitments around the Irish border found in the joint report of December 2017. He did say, though, that he was looking forward to meeting the Tanaiste—the Irish Deputy Prime Minister —and...

Legal Advice: Prorogation (25 Sep 2019)

Peter Grant: Despite the Prime Minister’s repeated denials, it is obvious from the angry reaction of Brexiteers over the past 24 hours that this attempt at Prorogation was about Brexit and nothing else. Is not the real reason why nobody would testify under oath as to what the Government’s reasons were that nobody, even in Government, believed that the Prime Minister’s reasons were the truth?

Exiting the European Union: No Deal: Preparedness (27 Jun 2019)

Peter Grant: Given that the Brexit Secretary who negotiated the last deal was so disgusted with it that he resigned in protest, I think it is a bit much to blame anyone on this side of the House for not supporting it. As the Minister will know only too well, we are still waiting to see the results of the coronation of the next Prime Minister—a Prime Minister who will be chosen on the votes of less than...

Exiting the European Union: No Deal: Preparedness (27 Jun 2019)

Peter Grant: The Minister was asked what assurances he could give about food supplies in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and he gave none. He was asked what mandate exists publicly for a no-deal Brexit, and his answer made it perfectly clear there is none. The man who is about to be imposed on us as Prime Minister promised he would get a deal that would not be a no-deal Brexit, and if the new Prime...

EU/British Citizens’ Rights (18 Jun 2019)

Peter Grant: ...Russell finished with the words that EU citizens “are our friends, our colleagues and our family and they deserve to stay in the place they have chosen to call home without the insecurity that Brexit has created.” If the Government agree with that, why do they not get rid of the insecurity right now, and guarantee unconditionally and permanently the rights of all 3 million EU nationals...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Peter Grant: ..., what would be a democratic and constitutional outrage. It would be an outrage for any Government, either through deliberate malice or sheer incompetence, to plunge us into a disastrous no-deal Brexit against the interests of our four nations, against the will of Parliament, and now, since the 23 May, quite clearly against the will of the people. It would be an outrage for the expressed...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Peter Grant: ...that chance. The reason that we need to give Parliament the chance, just once, to set the agenda is because the Government have shown no inclination whatever to do anything to prevent a no-deal Brexit. Why would a no-deal Brexit be so bad? Let us look at what some of the key drivers of the UK economy have been saying recently. Sydney Nash, from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Peter Grant: ...out of court time and again by the Conservative party. We already know from previous work done by the Confederation of British Industry and others that the financial cost to Scotland of a no-deal Brexit is more than the entire amount we spend every year on our precious national health service. Up to 100,000 people could lose their jobs, although in this place, some people seem a lot more...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Peter Grant: .... Unfortunately, on that occasion, as on too many occasions, the soon-to-be former Prime Minister was listening to nobody apart from her own reflection in the mirror. It is not even as though the Brexit party can claim that 11.5 million people wanted a no-deal Brexit but did not vote for it because they disagreed with some other aspect of the Brexit party’s policies, because it does not...

Leaving the Eu: Business of the House (12 Jun 2019)

Peter Grant: ...’s deal previously made it perfectly clear that that was because they thought it was either the Prime Minister’s deal or no deal. If they were presented with a choice of the Prime Minister’s Brexit or no Brexit, they might give a very different decision. The people had the chance to vote for no deal and chose not to. We can no longer say that pursuing or being willing to allow a...

Leaving the European Union (22 May 2019)

Peter Grant: ...she is Prime Minister—that is probably now measured in hours rather than days—because her successor can tear them up. Even if the House were to vote for what has come to be known as “May’s Brexit mayhem”, we could end up with “Boris’s Brexit boorach”. Is it any surprise that the people of Scotland are not prepared to accept that and that tomorrow they will once again...

Leaving the EU: Extension Period Negotiations — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (22 May 2019)

Peter Grant: Sadly, it is not imaginative that British Steel has cited Brexit-related issues as one of the reasons why, as of about half an hour ago, it is now in insolvency and 25,000 direct and indirect jobs are under threat. That is not something anyone can celebrate or be happy about. Surely it is time for everyone who continues to push us towards the possibility of a no-deal Brexit to stop and ask...

Leaving the EU: Extension Period Negotiations — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (22 May 2019)

Peter Grant: Again, I hope that nobody would suggest that the problems in the UK travel industry are completely unrelated to Brexit or that the problems in the British steel industry are completely unrelated to Brexit. It is not the only problem—in manufacturing, we have not kept up with the advances in productivity of our European neighbours, for example—but anyone who would suggest that this...

Exiting the European Union: UK Economy (16 May 2019)

Peter Grant: The Minister reminded us that the Government have done an economic analysis of a number of Brexit scenarios, but, very pointedly, they have not given us an analysis of the impact of the scenario that they are going to ask us to vote on in a few weeks’ time. Every analysis they have done of every Brexit scenario has shown that the economic damage to Scotland caused by Brexit is always made...

China: UK policy — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (7 May 2019)

Peter Grant: ...and security. Those concerns are important and must be kept in mind by those negotiating on our behalf. The Government were very quick to surround themselves with red lines before beginning the Brexit negotiations. The Foreign Affairs Committee has, in effect, asked for some red lines to be set in our relationship with China. I look forward to hearing the Minister’s response to those....

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill: Duties in connection with Article 50 extension (8 Apr 2019)

Peter Grant: ...—and I am pleased that a lot of them are coming around to understand and to make good those mistakes. I am a bit worried that their leader might be about to make the biggest tactical mistake on Brexit of the whole lot, but I hope he can be pulled back from that. The single biggest difficulty, as has been said, is that the Prime Minister has made a mess of the negotiations from day one....


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