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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and Extension Letter (21 Oct 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Just to clarify the Secretary of State’s earlier statement about the Bank of England, the bank was, of course, comparing the current withdrawal agreement with a no-deal Brexit, rather than with the current economy. Will the Secretary of State answer my young constituents and say whether he has ever sent a letter that he has not had the courtesy to sign?

Invisible Disabilities and Accessibility Challenges (5 Jun 2019)

Martin Whitfield: ...campaigner is the reason why I stand here today to speak on this issue. Before I came into politics and before I considered standing to represent East Lothian as Member of Parliament—even before Brexit started, believe it or not—I had the honour of being a teacher at Prestonpans Primary School. I had the great pleasure of teaching hundreds of children over the years. I truly take pride...

Business of the House (21 Mar 2019)

Martin Whitfield: The primary 7 pupils at Prestonpans Primary School in East Lothian, where I used to teach, had a debate on Brexit, and it was very friendly and goal-oriented. Indeed, one of the children undertook to write to the Prime Minister, and I know that in due course he will get a response. Given their attitude to that debate, and given the comments by my hon. Friend the Member for Warwick and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (21 Mar 2019)

Martin Whitfield: Which is the greatest danger to the Secretary of State’s Department—no deal, or no Brexit?

Business of the House (Today): European Union (Withdrawal) Act (12 Mar 2019)

Martin Whitfield: ..., and whose votes the Executive choose to follow or choose not to follow. It is a Parliament that some right hon. and hon. Members have, in the very recent past, suggested be adjourned until after Brexit, and one to which the Executive will not grant Opposition days for fear of being forced to follow the will of the people’s elected representatives. It is a Parliament that the people...

Points of Order: [7th Allotted Day] (11 Jan 2019)

Martin Whitfield: ...all right; we will enjoy it. But the big problem—and it is a very big problem—is that we have barely a napkin sketch of where we are going. There is the stirring of fears, with cries of “no Brexit” and “no deal”. However, this House will not allow no deal. Indeed, after the judgment of the European Court of Justice, we can unilaterally, and without loss of our current...

Leaving the European Union — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (19 Nov 2018)

Martin Whitfield: ...the European Union. That overwhelming majority was reflected across the whole of Scotland. I grant that it was not the view of the whole United Kingdom, but people are very worried about a no-deal Brexit, which is a distinct possibility threatening us if the Prime Minister is unable to get her deal through Parliament in a meaningful vote. The petition realistically encapsulates the...

Leaving the European Union — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (19 Nov 2018)

Martin Whitfield: ...impact of no deal on the timber sector. Last week, I had the privilege of meeting representatives from the Irish timber industry, who spoke about the chaos that could come their way in a no-deal Brexit. They also spoke about the strength of an industry that, over its time in Europe, has created a way of dealing and doing business that means that a piece of wood purchased in B&Q may have...

EU Exit Negotiations (15 Nov 2018)

Martin Whitfield: I grateful to you, Mr Speaker, for your indulgence earlier today. I wish to ask the Prime Minister, why is no Brexit a “risk” to the United Kingdom and my constituency?

Leaving the EU: Timber Industry (31 Oct 2018)

Martin Whitfield: This is certainly an opportunity for the industry to review itself. It is important to note that the timber industry is neither for nor against Brexit. What it seeks is clarity and a way of moving forward, both through increased home-grown production and through facilitating the import and export of wood, which will continue to be a requirement. Interestingly, in 2016 we were the second...

Leaving the EU: Timber Industry (31 Oct 2018)

Martin Whitfield: ...of timber imports into that. I turn to what is called “the tax and revenue bombshell” in the timber industry. There is a long-term vision for house building, which is vulnerable to any flawed Brexit deal that the Prime Minister may come back with. The current VAT payment system that timber companies are signatories to when importing from Europe is critical for the cash flow of small...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood). This House finds itself, 18 months after article 50 was triggered, with the Government having no credible Brexit plan, no viable solution for avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland, and apparently no majority in Parliament for the Chequers proposals. This debate comes on the same day as an e-petition debate in...

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Martin Whitfield: ...for the clarification. The majority of people in East Lothian and I believe that the original decision to leave Europe was wrong, but there is a variety of solutions, from a no deal, WTO, hard Brexit through the Chequers agreement to what is looking less like a deal for the country than a deal to keep the Conservative party together. The proposals from the Government will damage the...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Martin Whitfield: ...may have an opinion. One may disagree with that opinion and argue against it, but the discussion that can take place strengthens the value of that relationship and the knowledge that we all have. Brexit has shown us that if we take the relative simplicity of economics—should I joke?—we will see that there is an interconnection between countries that make up a union. Such...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Martin Whitfield: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the electorate do not want a deficient Bill to lead them into Brexit?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: I want to speak in support of the new clause. I have listened to several hon. Members compare the purchase of houses and cars with Brexit. I have also heard Members point to the necessity of knowing exactly what we are buying. With such a large transaction looming, a simple figure is the least one should expect. Beyond that, however, I think it perfectly reasonable to ask how the figure was...

World AIDS Day 2017 (5 Dec 2017)

Martin Whitfield: ...and development for new HIV prevention tools to be part of that? There has been little, if any, discussion about how the industrial strategy will offset the uncertainties for UK science created by Brexit. In recent years, the European Commission has overtaken the UK to become the second-largest funder of global health research and development after the US, with many UK scientists...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (29 Jun 2017)

Martin Whitfield: ...for films such as “The Railway Man” and “The BFG”—and the money they bring to the local economy, what discussions have been held with the Scottish Government regarding the impact of Brexit on the creative industries? What assurances can he give that the investment in the creative industries will continue after Brexit?


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