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Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, I spent most of last week in Northern Ireland, and I was recently also in Dublin. The threat which Brexit poses to the island of Ireland is, despite the complacency of the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, very serious—potentially the most serious failure of British public policy in Ireland since the collapse of the Sunningdale power-sharing agreement in 1974. Boris Johnson complained...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Amendments (20 Jun 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...of Wellington, than the Duke of York. The position as it now stands is both highly confused and highly unsatisfactory. The text of the Bill says that in the extreme crisis of a proposed no-deal Brexit, all that the House of Commons will be allowed to do is to debate a take-note Motion. I was watching the House of Commons debate from the Gallery—we still do not have the Hansard account of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Amendments (20 Jun 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...to uphold these constitutional conventions. The noble Lord, Lord Callanan, David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg are not interested in parliamentary conventions; they are ruthlessly determined on a hard Brexit. It is not only them; the Prime Minister now routinely ignores resolutions of the House of Commons —because she so often loses them—and has propounded a remarkable new constitutional...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Amendments (20 Jun 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...too much self-congratulation on the other Benches of this House in the face of the reality of the situation that we face. The reality, as I see it, is this. We are presently on course for a hard Brexit and there is still no provision in statute to prevent such an outcome. On the contrary, the Government, with wafer-thin majorities—but none the less sufficient majorities—in the House of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Amendments (20 Jun 2018)

Lord Adonis: My Lords, I am drawing my remarks to a close. My noble friend can speak in a minute. The truth is that those of us who favour a sensible Brexit or a people’s vote to allow the people to stop Brexit have suffered an unmitigated defeat on this Bill. Victories are not made up of accumulated defeats. We need to start winning soon or the country will lose very badly when the British people are...

House of Lords: Membership - Private Notice Question (21 May 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...Lord agree that this is a clear and flagrant breach of the constitution? Why does he think it justified for the Conservatives to have 63 more Peers than Labour? When the Prime Minister said that Brexit was about “taking back control”, did she mean the Conservative Party seizing control of the state in the interest of the Conservative Party alone?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Third Reading (16 May 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...Iolanthe, the House of Lords does nothing in particular but does it very well. This time, I think we have done rather better. Nevertheless, Parliament and the country are in a critical situation on Brexit, and a few comments might be in order as the Bill leaves us. Wisely, the House of Lords has not been bullied by the Daily Mail and the right wing of the Conservative Party into becoming a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...amendment is useless. I am concerned by what is becoming a pattern in our debates on the Bill: thinking that changes with no substance whatever amount to great advances in our campaign to reverse Brexit. We should concentrate on things of real substance: the customs union, the single market and the referendum. Those are real changes. As far as I can see, the Minister will not accept...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Ofcom: Conflict of Interests (4 May 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...there is any conflict of interest between the duties of the chair and deputy chair of Ofcom as impartial regulators of the BBC and their parliamentary duties including their voting record on Brexit.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) (2 May 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...United Kingdom Government; and the House of Lords as well. If we go down that route, which we may well have to go down eventually as we debate House of Lords reform and all the consequentials of Brexit, then we probably will at some stage end up with a proper federal second Chamber and a substantial rewriting of the United Kingdom constitution. I simply note that that is what the noble...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) (2 May 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...are. I simply put down as a marker—it may be that we continue this debate on the next group of amendments—that this is going to be an increasingly big and problematic issue for us. Indeed, if Brexit is accomplished in the next 11 months, because the unitary state of England, which effectively runs the UK, will be even more powerful in its own sphere than it is now because it will not...

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

Lord Adonis: ...seek to negotiate in Brussels. There would either be some amendments to the treaty, if that is possible or—as I hope there is a Labour Government—there will be a decision not to proceed with Brexit, or there would be a referendum and we would proceed with the outcome of that referendum. I say all that mainly to my noble friend on the Front Bench and her colleagues in the other place....

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

Lord Adonis: ...year, in 333 days. The big question facing your Lordships and the country is this: is there a better ending to the film, knowing—as we do—that the British people will suffer serious harm if Brexit proceeds, but equally that we are a democracy and believe in the will of the people? The only way I can see of deciding Brexit democratically, with a real option to reject it, is a referendum...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...the 2011 Act is emphatically not consequential on the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972. Rather, it is consequential on the enactment of the Bill and it will take place well in advance of Brexit day and the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972. If it was indeed consequential on the repeal of that Act, which I fully accept it should be because we would not be a member of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Adonis: That is the precise point. The big question that the Minister would not answer—I do not think he wanted to give me the answer—is why the repeal of the 2011 Act is being accelerated ahead of Brexit day and the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972. The Minister has not given an answer, nor has he given the Committee any indication of when that repeal would take place. My...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...a charade of big debates about what are essentially second-order issues in the House while the consensus is rolling on that, maybe to avoid too big a division of public opinion, we should allow Brexit simply to roll on next year. That will be the dominating issue of British politics in the next nine months: whether Brexit is a done deal, whether Parliament will debate, with the option of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (11th Day) (Continued) (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...that the repeal of the 2011 Act under this schedule will take place when this Bill becomes law at a point determined by a Minister, whereas we only repeal the European Communities Act 1972 on Brexit day, 29 March next year, or later under Clause 14(4) if a Minister chooses to extend the date. My understanding—it is important to tease out these issues because we are a revising...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (11th Day) (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Adonis: I entirely agree with my noble friend; he is completely right. However, it is rather a sad commentary on our politics at the moment that we in this House need to be frank and accept that, but for Brexit, a lot of these issues would not have been flushed out. I do not think that, but for Brexit and the Brexit referendum, we would be addressing them. At the moment, I am spending a lot of time...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (11th Day) (28 Mar 2018)

Lord Adonis: ...authorities in England and the Government is a pretty damning commentary on the state of our constitutional arrangements in this country. One of the themes that comes through very strongly from Brexit is that English local government and the regions and cities of England are essentially government from London in a colonial fashion, in much the same way as Scotland and Wales were before...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (10th Day) (Continued) (26 Mar 2018)

Lord Adonis: Anti-Brexit supporters.


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