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Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (8 Jan 2020)

Adam Tomkins: Thank you, Presiding Officer, and happy new year. Here we are again, enduring yet another Scottish National Party debate about Brexit. It is all so last decade, don’t you think? The last decade ended with something of a triumph, did it not? I am referring not to the old firm match—magnificent though that was—but to the general election that was held last month, which resulted in a...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (8 Jan 2020)

Adam Tomkins: ..., I think we have all had more than enough of that nonsense. The legislation before us today concerns the UK’s international relationship with the European Union before, during and after the Brexit process. That is a reserved matter under the Scotland Act 1998 and is for Westminster to determine. The legislation that is before us today concerns issues such as citizens’ rights. Once...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Citizens’ Rights (12 Nov 2019)

Adam Tomkins: The minister used the expression “hostile environment”. On immigration policy post-Brexit, the Home Secretary has said that the current Government will introduce “a new, fairer immigration system that prioritises skills and what people can contribute to the UK, rather than where they come from.”—[Official Report, House of Commons, 4 September 2019; Vol 664, c 10WS.] How is that a...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Citizens’ Rights (12 Nov 2019)

Adam Tomkins: ...that there is an election on and that we are all politicians, but let us have less of the point scoring and grandstanding. Let us have a bit more cross-party working to ensure that we have a post-Brexit immigration system that works for all sectors of the Scottish economy.

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (30 Oct 2019)

Adam Tomkins: ...of his statement. I was fully expecting the cabinet secretary to come to Parliament today to apologise. [ Interruption .] Yes, he said that the Prime Minister had no intention of negotiating a Brexit deal and was intending to take the UK out of the EU without a deal. He was wrong. However, today, there has been no apology from the SNP. The cabinet secretary’s boss, Nicola Sturgeon, who...

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

Adam Tomkins: ...ruled on this morning. I do not know whether the constitution of 1642 featured common frameworks—perhaps Stewart Stevenson and others who were there at the time can tell us. However, the post-Brexit UK constitution of 2019 will certainly need common frameworks. We did not need them before we joined the European Union in 1972, because, in those days, there was no devolution in the United...

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

Adam Tomkins: ...of power—or, as Willie Rennie put it, “co-operation”—between two layers of government. Willie Rennie was absolutely right to say that we would need to be thinking about that even without Brexit. However, I am sure that he will agree that Brexit means that it is all the more vital and important that we get on with it. That brings me on to IGR, or intergovernmental relations. Here, I...

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

Adam Tomkins: ..., the Welsh Government and, indeed, the Welsh Assembly are making in this area, which I think are vital. It is a bit of a mouthful, but there is this thing called the interparliamentary forum on Brexit, which meets on a quarterly basis; it rotates between Scotland, Wales and London. It brings together the conveners and deputy conveners and the chairs and vice-chairs of all the key...

Scottish Parliament: Common Frameworks (24 Sep 2019)

Adam Tomkins: ...the UK Supreme Court emphatically has the power to impose its judgments on the UK Government. It has been a genuinely useful debate that has shone light on important aspects of the way in which Brexit will have to be delivered compatibly with our devolution settlement while at the same time necessarily changing key aspects of that settlement. I thank all the members who have taken part in...

Scottish Parliament: Revoking Article 50 (27 Mar 2019)

Adam Tomkins: I say to the member that 17.4 million people voted for Brexit, and the withdrawal agreement will deliver precisely that; it will deliver Brexit. The principle that referendum results must be respected and delivered is the first that has informed what we, the Scottish Conservatives, have had to say about Brexit. The second is that Brexit must be delivered compatibly with the devolution...

Scottish Parliament: Revoking Article 50 (27 Mar 2019)

Adam Tomkins: No. In my judgment, to leave without a deal would risk doing similar damage not to our politics but to our economy. For that reason, I have never supported a no-deal Brexit, and I remain as opposed to that course of action as I have always been. That leaves only one option, which is the one that I have been advocating since the withdrawal agreement was published in November. I want us to...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

Adam Tomkins: I do not want a no-deal Brexit either. Will the First Minister heed the calls of Scottish business, NFU Scotland, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, the Scotch Whisky Association and many others in the business community here in Scotland and back the Prime Minister’s deal, so that we can avoid a no-deal Brexit?

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

Adam Tomkins: ...agreement delivers on what business wants, on the UK’s priorities, on the EU’s priorities and even on what the SNP demanded. Business said that it wanted legal certainty and an orderly Brexit, and the withdrawal agreement delivers on that by providing legal certainty on trade, goods, customs, excise duty, intellectual property rights, data sharing, public procurement and police and...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

Adam Tomkins: I have already given way to the First Minister once. We cannot take back control of our borders if we stay in the single market, and we cannot take advantage of Brexit and develop our own independent trade policy if we stay in the EU customs union.

Scottish Parliament: European Union Withdrawal Negotiations (5 Mar 2019)

Adam Tomkins: For the SNP, independence transcends everything. For the SNP, Brexit is simply an opportunity to be weaponised in the nationalists’ endless pursuit of independence at any cost. I have, many times, made plain my opposition to a no-deal Brexit. The way in which to avoid a no-deal Brexit is not to delay Brexit but to back the deal. Even after all this time, the withdrawal agreement that the...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (Impact of United Kingdom Immigration Policy) (28 Feb 2019)

Adam Tomkins: ...addressing the productivity puzzle, and that we cannot do that without addressing the economic imperative of migrant labour. Managed migration is a social good, too, of course. A key opportunity of Brexit is that we can end the period of uncontrolled EU migration to the UK and replace it with a managed migration system that works for EU and non-EU citizens alike. I am not in favour of...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Response to European Union Exit Vote in Westminster) (19 Feb 2019)

Adam Tomkins: Another week, another Michael Russell statement and another ever more repetitive account of the dangers of a no-deal Brexit, with no recognition whatever of the plain fact that those who risk a no-deal Brexit are those who, like Mike Russell and all his Scottish National Party colleagues, oppose the Prime Minister’s deal. I wonder what the point of Mr Russell’s statement is. What is he...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Preparations) (6 Feb 2019)

Adam Tomkins: I thank the cabinet secretary for the early sight of his statement. Only in the through-the-looking-glass world of nationalist doublespeak could we have condemnation of a no-deal Brexit coupled with condemnation of the only deal that is on the table that would avoid a no-deal Brexit. I agree with much of what the cabinet secretary said about the dangers of a no-deal Brexit. I do not support a...

Scottish Parliament: No-deal Brexit (Preparations) (30 Jan 2019)

Adam Tomkins: A meeting is being chaired by the Prime Minister in London today to discuss preparations for a no-deal Brexit. The First Ministers of Wales and Scotland were both invited to attend that meeting. I understand that the First Minister of Wales is there, but the First Minister of Scotland is not. Why not?

Scottish Parliament: Committees’ Pre-budget Scrutiny (24 Jan 2019)

Adam Tomkins: ..., which we heard quite a lot about this afternoon, is the relevance and importance to the budget of relative population decline on the health of Scotland’s public services and the added risk that Brexit poses to that. Those are the challenges for the fiscal framework that, from this afternoon’s debate, I think the Parliament will want to take forward. Challenges for the Scottish...


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