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Results 21–31 of 31 for brexit speaker:Viscount Hailsham

Trade Bill - Committee (1st Day) (21 Jan 2019)

Viscount Hailsham: My Lords, I will briefly explain why I support the amendment to the Motion. Any outcome of the present Brexit stalemate other than crashing out without a deal will require more time. I do not believe that there is any national or parliamentary majority for crashing out without a deal. That means we either have to extend the 29 March deadline or revoke Article 50. At the moment, the first...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (26 Feb 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: My Lords, my purpose in adding my name to Amendment 12 is to enable the Government, through my noble friend, to explain what arrangements they intend to put in place before Brexit, in order to ensure that the United Kingdom is a full participant in the formulation of foreign and security policies which inevitably will be of great and enduring consequence to us all. The absence of such...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (21 Feb 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ..., Lord Newby, that they should be published. They may not be right to the nearest decimal point, but I am certain that they correctly identify the direction of travel. I have never thought that Brexit was a car crash, but I do believe it takes the form of a seriously deflating tyre and will cause the same kind of trouble. Turning to the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, on...

Further Discussions with the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union - Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2019)

Viscount Hailsham: ...I is a tribalist; we have in fact worked together over many years, often in agreement, starting with our joint opposition to the second Iraq war. We are entirely in agreement with the debates on Brexit. It is also a great pleasure to follow two of my neighbours—my noble friend Lord Cormack and my former honourable friend Lord Davies of Stamford. They and I represented Conservative...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (8 Jan 2020)

Viscount Hailsham: ...manifesto. Among those who voted Conservative there were millions who, like me, feared the damage that Mr Corbyn would cause to Britain, yet more than they feared the damage that would flow from Brexit. While I accept that the election is authority for leaving the European Union on 31 January, it is not authority for a no-deal or hard-deal Brexit. I am profoundly concerned by the...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Viscount Hailsham: ...of Parliament. It is, in our view, Parliament and not the Executive which should be the final arbiter of our country’s future. Ironically, in this sense we stand with the campaigners for Brexit who wanted Parliament to recover control over policy and legislation. Incidentally, too, we stand in that long tradition of parliamentarians who have stood for the primacy of Parliament against...

Civil Liability Bill [HL] - Report (12 Jun 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...sometimes have a curious habit of forgetting the obvious and their obligations. For example, I was rather surprised about three weeks ago when the noble Lord, Lord Callanan, during the debate on Brexit, said that Ministers had never used the phrase “meaningful vote”. That was a curious lapse of mind, and it may well be that Lord Chancellors will forget the obligation to consult the...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2017)

Viscount Hailsham: ...House of Commons, where I was meeting staff whom I have known for many years. One of the waitresses there whom I have known for years came up to me and said, “What is going to happen to me when Brexit takes place?” She was born in France, but she has worked in the United Kingdom and been in the House of Commons for many years. I gave her my personal opinion, which was that there would...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments (18 Jun 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...with the Prime Minister. It is reported by those present at that meeting that the Prime Minister herself gave a personal assurance to those present that their concerns about the risk of a no-deal Brexit would be addressed. I have known Mr Grieve for very many years. He is a man of the utmost personal and professional integrity. I accept without reservation what he has said about those...

Brexit - Motion to Take Note (25 Mar 2019)

Viscount Hailsham: ...never have been, but believe strongly and on pragmatic grounds that staying in the European Union offers by far the best future for the United Kingdom, Europe and the wider world. I believe that Brexit defies both reason and all credible evidence. Contrary to the view expressed by my noble friend Lord Bridges of Headley, with whom I almost always agree—he is a very old friend—I do not...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Viscount Hailsham: ...by that very distinguished signatory to the Single European Act, under whom many of us were privileged to serve: “No, no, no”. However, I will briefly address the one argument advanced by the Brexiteers to justify denying Parliament the decisive say on this country’s future. Their argument is that the referendum of June 2016 was decisive on this matter and requires the United Kingdom...


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