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Results 21–32 of 32 for brexit speaker:Stephen Timms

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

Stephen Timms: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Tom Tugendhat), and I agree with him that Brexit is not paradise. I am also pleased to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Tonia Antoniazzi), and I congratulate her on a powerful and passionate maiden speech that was appreciated across the House. As she reminded us, we have just had an extraordinary election...

Traidcraft and Fair Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: ...reassurance to producers in other countries—not the least developed, but poorer countries— that EU-negotiated economic partnerships and free trade agreements will be rolled over so that after Brexit, producers in those countries will continue to have the access to the UK market that they currently enjoy?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Stephen Timms: I want to take my hon. Friend back to what he was saying about the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We had evidence this morning at the Brexit Committee on this. As he knows, in their recent agreement with Brussels, the Government committed to having no infrastructure at the border, and, if necessary, to our providing full regulatory alignment with the internal...

Traidcraft and Fair Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: ...further on the question of access to the UK market for developing countries other than the least developed? I think what he has said to us is that the Government’s aim is to make sure that after Brexit, access will be available to other developing countries at least at the level provided by EU-negotiated economic partnership and free trade agreements. Can he confirm that that is their...

Leaving the Eu: Uk Orchestras (19 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: ...auditioning and trialling process that is required. Recruitment under the points-based system is bureaucratic and costly, and orchestras are worried that if that system is extended to Europe after Brexit, as is proposed, there will be major new red tape and costs for them. The salary threshold for entering the UK with an initial job offer is £30,500, which is above the average starting...

European Economic Area: Uk Membership (6 Nov 2017)

Stephen Timms: ...year. We are going to start to lose significant numbers of jobs. I mentioned the figure of 75,000 that is an estimate of the number of jobs that the financial services sector will lose from a hard Brexit. It looks as though—I have seen an estimate—15,000 of those will go if we do not have legal certainty about the transition by the end of March next year. That will impose a grievous...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Stephen Timms: ...or, indeed, the rest of the charter into UK law. It is a real mystery to me why Conservative Ministers have become so impervious to the basic needs of British businesses in their handling of Brexit. My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Holborn and St Pancras (Keir Starmer) was absolutely right to point out in his response to the Secretary of State at the start of the debate...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (31 Jan 2017)

Stephen Timms: .... There will be such a scale of damage in other parts of the economy as well. In my view, that is much too high a price to pay. I agree with those who say that the various forms of so-called soft Brexit would not solve the problem. We would then end up having to apply all the rules that are devised in the EU without having any influence at all over what the rules are. That is not a viable...

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

Stephen Timms: ...that road. The alternative is to protect the economy and stay close to Europe, but the problem with that is having to apply EU rules while no longer having any say over what they are. That is the Brexit choice: move away from the EU and take the economic hit, or stay close and reduce that economic hit, but have no say over the rules. One of the reasons why we have this problem today is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Stephen Timms: ...move in that direction, it would meet the aims of my amendment. If this is no longer spelled out clearly in UK law, there will be some uncertainty about how UK data protection law will work after Brexit, and that would be unfortunate. However, there is a far more serious issue at stake than a bit of difficulty in how we interpret the law in future, because this lack of clarity would put at...

Traidcraft and Fair Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (18 Dec 2018)

Stephen Timms: .... In recent years, however, as my hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon pointed out, Traidcraft has struggled to make a profit for the reasons that she set out: the wider challenges in the UK market, Brexit and the fall in the value of the pound. Traidcraft had quite a specific role as a pioneer in fair trade and, with fair trade being taken up widely by retailers—supermarkets have lots of...

Skills Devolution (England) (23 Jan 2018)

Stephen Timms: ...will have a disproportionate impact on London, because so many workers in London are from other parts of the European Union. Lots of London’s key sectors have big EU-born workforces, and Brexit is bound to make the problems of skills shortages worse and increase the importance of achieving solutions. Those challenges are particularly acute in east London—the part of London that I...

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