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Results 1–20 of 72 for brexit speaker:Lord Hain

Anti-terrorism Policy - Question (17 Mar 2020)

Lord Hain: ...racist attacks? Never before in our history have we seen these three forms of race hatred all converge; that is what makes it particularly threatening. Does she also agree that the many UKIP and Brexit Party members who have been accused of Islamophobia should stand condemned?

European Union: Negotiations (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Agree: Amendment to the Motion (16 Mar 2020)

Lord Hain: My Lords, without any scrutiny apart from the excellent report from the European Union Committee, since the election the Government have been rushing to an extreme hard Brexit which will simply compound the profound economic damage already triggered by the coronavirus into quite unnecessary and reckless national self-harm. Incredibly, the Prime Minister has unilaterally committed—come what...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 6 (20 Jan 2020)

Lord Hain: ...cross-party but all-party support in Northern Ireland—the Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed what many of us had long believed: that the Government are hell-bent on an ideologically hard Brexit that could do untold damage to the small and medium-sized enterprises that make up the overwhelming bulk of businesses in Northern Ireland. When he told the Financial Times last week that...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 13 (14 Jan 2020)

Lord Hain: ...to trade across the Irish Sea. The purpose of these amendments is to protect the Northern Ireland economy from the clear and inevitable damage that leaving the European Union in the hard Brexit way seemingly envisaged by the Government will otherwise cause. They are not delaying or wrecking amendments—nor are they the last frantic efforts of deluded remainers or remoaners to thwart the...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Second Reading (13 Jan 2020)

Lord Hain: ...agreement for the UK and the EU to agree an extension before 1 July 2020, the Bill also brings back the real threat of a catastrophic “no trade deal” at the end of the year. The hard-line Brexiteers support such an outcome, but let them bear in mind that no country in the world trades on WTO terms alone without additional agreements, especially with their nearest neighbours. In just...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (9 Jan 2020)

Lord Hain: ...will be a big price to be paid for frictionless trade with a club of which we are no longer a member. No one expects the EU to stand idly by while the Prime Minister pursues his vision of a post-Brexit Britain: a low-tax, lightly regulated Singapore-upon-Thames haven on the EU’s doorstep, intent on winning a race to the bottom. Boris Johnson did not get his EU withdrawal agreement by...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019: Section 3(5) - Motion to Take Note (7 Jan 2020)

Lord Hain: My Lords, there is no question that the deep divisions over Brexit have poisoned the process of resurrecting devolved government in Northern Ireland. I want, therefore, to make some points pertinent to resolving all this, especially in the light of the series of parliamentary amendments initiated by Northern Ireland’s business community, crucially, supported by all the political parties in...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (17 Oct 2019)

Lord Hain: ...On the same morning that the UK Supreme Court judged the Prime Minister to have tried unlawfully to prorogue Parliament, Boris Johnson outlined to a New York business audience his vision of a post-Brexit Britain. It was one of the UK undercutting European tax rates and adopting lower regulatory standards than those set by the EU: a low-tax, lightly regulated haven on the EU’s doorstep,...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointment Functions) (No. 2) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Hain: ...and the Executive. Although he has repeated his determination to get it up and running and we support him in that object, the increasing and alarming prospect is, instead, of a calamitous no-deal Brexit. In my view, that will lead inevitably to direct rule, not least to provide the necessary civil contingency and security powers which the civil servants currently administering Northern...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Brexit (9 Sep 2019)

Lord Hain: ..., Signal or other encrypted services or email accounts have been used by special advisers, ministers or senior civil servants to discuss Government policy on prorogation, dissolution or a no-deal Brexit.

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

Lord Hain: ...has to be stopped in its tracks. We in your Lordships’ House have a chance to do that today in supporting the elected House of Commons. A salutary measure of the reckless dogmatism of the Brexiteers is that surveys show that two-thirds of Conservative Party members and the same proportion of Leave supporters simply do not care if Brexit means a hard Irish border or Scotland leaving the...

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

Lord Hain: ...to “direct action” and road blockades. I fear that that is an understatement. Next, there is the Northern Ireland Civil Service, an organisation under considerable pressure because of not just Brexit but the shameful lack of a Government in Belfast. Its top official said bluntly that the impact would be much more severe than in Great Britain and would have profound and lasting social...

Brexit: Appointment of Joint Committee - Motion to Agree (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Hain: ...of Ireland. This is vital because the bilateral relationship between our Government and the Republic’s is the lynchpin of the 1998 Good Friday agreement and the peace process. Yet a no-deal Brexit would have profoundly damaging consequences for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which voted by 56% to 44% to remain in the EU in 2016. Back in late 2010, the coalition...

Inequalities - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Lord Hain: ...government cuts are undermining the very ground on which we stand, walk and run. In a sane world, Tory leadership candidates would now be unveiling plans for reducing poverty and inequality, but Brexit fever has them in its grasp, so poverty and inequality have played no part. The Chancellor claims that the UK has started its journey out of austerity, but the fiscal squeeze that George...

Devolved Administrations: 20th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (22 May 2019)

Lord Hain: ...Minister. She does not really grip Northern Ireland in the way that other Prime Ministers have done, including Tony Blair and John Major. She does not give it priority. It is no excuse to say that Brexit overwhelms her as it is overwhelming our whole government system. I hope that the noble Lords, Lord Bourne and Lord Duncan, for whom I have a great respect, will take this message back:...

Spring Statement - Motion to Take Note (20 Mar 2019)

Lord Hain: ...to play a waiting game. Like a cricketing nightwatchman, he is intent only on staying at the crease by meeting every delivery with a dead bat. He is waiting for whatever dawn and the outcome of the Brexit votes might bring: perhaps a revival of business investment and consumer confidence as the fog of Brexit uncertainty lifts—if it ever lifts, given the Government’s latest Brexit...

Trade Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 22 (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Hain: I was going to make exactly the point that the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, has just made with far more authority. The European Union negotiates as a bloc and the Brexiteers want to break free of that, for their own reasons.

Trade Bill - Report (2nd Day): Amendment 22 (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Hain: ...the EU’s responsibility under any circumstances. Only last week, the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling, warned of potentially grave and profound consequences of a no-deal Brexit—including a sharp rise in unemployment, the collapse or flight of businesses and potential unrest—for Northern Ireland, which, lest we forget, voted by 56% to 44% to remain in the...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (21 Feb 2019)

Lord Hain: I resigned. However, she is very welcome and I wish her all the best. What worries me about this—and I hope that the Minister can give us concrete assurances—is that, on the Brexit agenda, it seems to be in the DNA of Whitehall not to have regard for the devolved Governments. The only reference I can find in the Bill to the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland devolved legislative bodies...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (21 Feb 2019)

Lord Hain: ...withdraw the tone of some of my earlier remarks, which were made without knowing what she was going to say. I ask the Minister to bear in mind, in terms of advice to Whitehall officials working on Brexit legislation of this kind, that it is not an accident that these extra consultative arrangements she is now describing were not in the original Bill. This has been true all the way through...


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