Results 1–20 of 35 for brexit speaker:Nick Thomas-Symonds

Home Department: Counter-terrorism (28 Oct 2019)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: International action is, of course, required to tackle terrorism. Paragraph 78 of the political declaration, as it stands, refers to a “balanced security partnership” after Brexit. But the reality is that, three years on, the Government are no further forward in agreeing the security treaty promised by the former Prime Minister and have not put forward any ideas about how to reconcile the...

Exiting the European Union: Ethanol Imports: Tariff Schedule (5 Sep 2019)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...rely on an uninterrupted supply of imports. Will the Secretary of State give a 100% guarantee that none of my constituents will suffer a shortage of that type of medicine as a result of a no-deal Brexit?

G7 Summit (3 Sep 2019)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: For automotive manufacturers in my constituency and beyond, the WTO tariffs that would apply in the case of a no-deal Brexit would not only wipe out their profits but often exceed them. Why should anyone take what the Prime Minister says about jobs and investment seriously when he has been so reckless with people’s livelihoods?

Attorney General: Leaving the EU (11 Apr 2019)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: We know that is the Attorney General’s view, but I did not detect an answer to my question in all that, so let us try asking about something else the Attorney General has said about Brexit, namely: “It needs a hard-headed understanding of realities.” When the majority was lost in the snap election, there was no sense of reality when the Prime Minister should have spoken out. The...

United Kingdom’S Withdrawal from the European Union (29 Mar 2019)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I will answer. We used to say that the political declaration was so vague that it was a blindfold Brexit. However, we also now know, because the Prime Minister has made it clear that she intends to leave office, that rather than this just being a blindfold Brexit, the Tory party is asking us not only to be blindfolded but to be led into a different room by a different Tory Prime Minister. Let...

United Kingdom’S Withdrawal from the European Union (29 Mar 2019)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...right. Let me be clear: Labour Members will never leave a Tory Prime Minister free to rip up workers’ rights and protections and to put the jobs and livelihoods of our constituents at risk in a Brexit that would be driven by ideology. As my hon. Friend set out, the motion before us today is clear, and the Attorney General is clear, that it does not even pretend to meet the requirements...

United Kingdom’S Withdrawal from the European Union (29 Mar 2019)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: For months and months, my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition, the shadow Brexit Secretary and many, many others have made it clear to the Prime Minister that if only she would change her red lines, we could reach a consensus on the way forward.

Human Rights in the UK — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (13 Feb 2019)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...and the jurisdiction of its court ”. That is the Conservative party’s position in its 2017 manifesto, which states: “We will not repeal or replace the Human Rights Act while the process of Brexit is underway but we will consider our human rights legal framework when the process of leaving the EU concludes. We will remain signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights for the...

Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Position: Points of Order (3 Dec 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...complying with the motion based on his belief that it is not in the national interest to do so. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer), the shadow Brexit Secretary, along with the Scottish National party’s foreign affairs and Europe spokesperson, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Brexit, the Deputy Leader of the Democratic Unionist...

Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Position (3 Dec 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...will “endure indefinitely” if the trade talks break down. On 13 November in this House, my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer)—the shadow Brexit Secretary—and I were very clear on what was being sought: the final, full advice provided by the Attorney General to the Cabinet on any completed withdrawal agreement should be made...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I entirely agree. The Brexit Secretary’s previous record is of real concern, and it is certainly inconsistent with the Government’s stated objective. Tonight the Security Minister has an opportunity to support the new clause, and to put to bed any doubts that Members may have on this matter. On 5 September, only days ago, in a speech updating the House on the attacks in Salisbury and...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: New clause 1 would make our continued participation in the European arrest warrant a negotiating objective of the Brexit negotiations. There can be little doubt about the value of the EAW to this country. The Security Minister will be aware, for example, that it was vital to apprehending the man who helped to organise and co-ordinate the London bombings of 7/7. According to the National Crime...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (10 Jul 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: These new clauses make it an objective in the Brexit negotiations to continue participation in the European arrest warrant, which new clause 6 refers to, and in Europol and Eurojust, which new clause 7 refers to. They are not restrictively drafted; they simply ask for that continued participation as an objective. It is worth reminding ourselves of the great advantages the European arrest...

European Union Citizenship (7 Mar 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...of our existing EU citizens, and the reported comments of the International Trade Secretary that the “uncertain status of EU nationals living in the UK is ‘one of our main cards’ in the Brexit negotiations.” That is a matter of great regret.

European Union Citizenship (7 Mar 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...about not excluding options from the table as we go forward. None the less, I suggest to the Minister, as she tries to put together the whole gamut of immigration policy for this country post-Brexit, that in order to achieve a fair, managed and efficient policy she must look at this country’s economic needs and work with business and the trade unions.

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...policing, which not only provides reassurance in our communities, but can provide vital local intelligence in the fight against terrorism. Thirdly, as we move on to the next stage of the Brexit negotiations, I hope that the Minister will speak to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union about the toolkit available to us from the European arrest warrant and Europol to ensure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: WTO Tariffs (13 Dec 2017)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Last Friday’s progress report on the negotiations was described by the Brexit Secretary as a mere “statement of intent”. Is that the position of the Government?

Medicines Regulation — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...securing this timely and important debate, and declare an interest as the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on off-patent drugs. Does she agree that, irrespective of what happens with the Brexit negotiations, the Government should guarantee that any patient who needs access to drugs will not wait any longer as a result of Brexit?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...June last year, I have always respected the outcome of the vote, both in my constituency and throughout the United Kingdom. That is why I have spent the last 15 months arguing for the best possible Brexit deal, which will secure jobs and prosperity in my constituency. This Bill, however, is not about the principle of withdrawal from the EU. It is about constitutional arrangements, and, as...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: ...this nature. We have also frequently heard the argument about the need for legal certainty, but the Bill as drafted does not provide that legal certainty. What guidance does it give to judges post-Brexit as to how they are supposed to interpret the law that originated from the European Union? Absolutely none. The idea of a preliminary reference to the European Court is of course no more,...


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