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Brexit: Workers’ Rights - Statement (29 Oct 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...intelligence that the Government would not wish to see in print. Three important points are made in these reports. First, the UK is apparently open to some divergence on workers’ rights after Brexit. The FT has stated that the paper that it was relying on was drafted by DExEU with input by Downing Street, and that the UK’s interpretation of the level playing field commitments would be...

Shared Rural Network - Statement (28 Oct 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ..., because there is a focus to it that was not there before. However, if the money was already available and there was nothing new in it, the arrangement seems conditional—this sounds a bit like Brexit—on a legal agreement being established in an uncertain timeframe, with uncertain consequences if it is not so done. It is therefore a sort of precursor, or perhaps a preheating, of an...

Freedom of Establishment and Free Movement of Services (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (23 Oct 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, as I have been sitting and enjoying this debate, I have been reflecting on why the other 582—is it?—SIs on a no-deal Brexit did not attract audiences of this size and did not give rise to a debate of such excitement. I have reached no firm conclusions, but it is possibly because we as a House are reaching the end of our patience with the Government in how they use these...

Freedom of Establishment and Free Movement of Services (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (23 Oct 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...Questions, this, I think, is the first time that he has dealt with me on a substantive issue. I look forward to more of those. These regulations will come into force only in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which now seems extremely unlikely to happen, but they are also contingent on the becalmed immigration Bill; that separation is continuing, is causing concern and is troublesome. However,...

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

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: .... In my experience, we normally deal with around 30 Bills a year—so about 90 Bills are stacking up somewhere. Where are they? What exactly has been going on? I presume that it is the pressure of Brexit and preparing the secondary legislation for it that has squeezed the supply chain, but I do not think that we should complain about the relative paucity of the Bills before us. We should...

Human Rights: Future Trade - Motion to Take Note (3 Oct 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...is important. He gave some compelling reasons why the Government should think hard about how to do more in this area, should responsibilities come to them either sooner or later as a result of Brexit. I want to build on a number of points made by my noble friends Lord Whitty and Lord Judd, not because I wish to select them particularly but because they chime with how I want to shape my...

Economic Environment: Growth and Jobs - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...about visas and the need to make sure that we get a flow of good-quality people who can take forward investment opportunities and work in new companies is important, particularly in the context of Brexit. We need to think again about the way tax impacts, particularly on the SME sector. This is a theme running through what I am saying. Business rates were mentioned by several noble Lords. I...

Breathing Space Scheme: Consultation Response - Statement (19 Jun 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...succeed then, and the worry was that although these two measures were in the Conservative Party manifesto, they might, like so many other good and necessary policies in recent years, fall under the Brexit behemoth, but here we are. I welcome the excellent progress made on this issue. I was interested to hear that the Minister making the announcement in the other place revealed that this is...

Regulating in a Digital World (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jun 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...already have the proposals? I do not think anybody has picked up on the elephant in the room: the e-commerce directive. I think that is partly because it is complicated and made more difficult by Brexit. The point made by the committee is important: online communication platforms are utilities, in the sense that users feel they cannot do without them. As the report points out, the...

British Steel - Statement (22 May 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...place by his right honourable friend the Secretary of State for BEIS. It rather neatly demonstrates that there is a bit of a gap between what is happening in Parliament, with our discussions on Brexit, and the real world, in which our current political difficulties are causing real and lasting damage to our economy and to our country. If I may say so, the noble Lord rather gave the game...

State Aid (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (14 Mar 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...and far-reaching questions about state aid or the European structural and investment funds’ continuation schemes. That is partly because the particular issue is the need to cope with a no-deal Brexit and, therefore, some of the bigger issues do not come into play. For the record, I do not feel that we have had a sensible answer to my question about why the Government are asserting that...

State Aid (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (14 Mar 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...am going to share with the House is contained in an excellent pamphlet, which I recommend, that was published by the Institute for Public Policy Research in January 2019 called State Aid Rules and Brexit. The first point to make is that state aid is a portmanteau term which does not have direct legal force. It has a definition that is broadly used in the Treaty on the Functioning of the...

State Aid (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (14 Mar 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...set a budget figure for what state aid will be, going forward, if these regulations come through? Can the Minister speculate about where the indicative level of spending will be? What happens after Brexit if we leave on a no-deal basis? Clearly, some of the issues here will work whether we leave with or without a deal. With a deal there will be implications, not just from the transition...

Agreement Establishing an Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern Africa States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Motion to Resolve (13 Mar 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: My Lords, I suppose this is in the nature of an experiment. This is the first time we have had an opportunity to go into detail about the new world that beckons, whichever side of the Brexit divide one is on. At some point in the future, whether sooner or later, the UK will certainly be faced with making a very large number of these treaties. We need to get used to wading through them and...

Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (11 Feb 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...Lord, Lord Adonis, and other noble Lords. It is puzzling that the Government have chosen to ignore the question of how our important services trade will survive, both in the event of a no-deal Brexit and, more generally, if and when we leave the EU. This SI in some senses plays to that concern. In the Trade Bill, which is currently paused in your Lordships’ House and may reach Report...

Trade Marks (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (6 Feb 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...trying to establish what continuity would mean in the context of a no-deal exit by offering something valuable to those who hold trademarks in the EU and wish to continue business in the UK after Brexit. It could be argued—I am not saying that it should be—that it is right to apply what will apply in the EU to this issue: in a no-deal exit, the UK would register those who wished to...

Trade Bill - Committee (4th Day) (4 Feb 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...a generic approach. There is no doubt that what appeared to be—and it was appearance rather than reality—unbridled immigration was a factor in the referendum that led to the formation of the Brexit arrangements. We would be stupid to ignore that. There are probably answers and solutions that would be satisfactory to all concerned, but not in this amendment. Nevertheless, I will listen...

Trade Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (continued) (30 Jan 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...with pets, particularly dogs and ferrets, which are the two main groups carried. The existing scheme is thought not to be very effective, and there is a chance to revisit it when it collapses after Brexit. Are Ministers aware that the BVA has set out 16 recommendations on changes to pet travel rules after Brexit? Many of these are sensible and needed, and this would be an opportunity to...

Insolvency (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (15 Jan 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...to get the statute book in order if there is no deal, or whether, as he suggests, the Government will go a little further and lay out some sort of attractive regulatory pas de deux for the EU post Brexit which would make it easier to legislate for an asymmetrical solution. That is probably not quite what is happening here, but it would certainly be interesting to get the Minister’s...

Takeovers (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (15 Jan 2019)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...compete against which are registered elsewhere in the EU, and we are not part of the EU. I can understand the logic of it, but it certainly does not seem to fit the criteria set out for a no-deal Brexit. The interesting arguments that emerged during the debate yesterday were that the primary reason that was there was that it might be negotiable in the future for similar arrangements for UK...


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