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Results 1–20 of 87 for brexit speaker:Tommy Sheppard

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (9 Jan 2020)

Tommy Sheppard: ...political party—arguably the greatest, historically, in Great Britain—has got itself into a situation whereby it is impossible to progress in that party unless one evangelises the cause of Brexit. Dissenting voices are no longer allowed. The right hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson) is typical of many whose joy and enthusiasm for what is about to happen are unbridled. He...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (9 Jan 2020)

Tommy Sheppard: ...question of political mandates, which are quite important in this discussion. To do that, we have to consider the election that took place on 12 December, in which people were asked their view and Brexit was very much the central issue of the campaign, certainly in most of the United Kingdom. Others have said—my hon. Friend the Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil)...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (9 Jan 2020)

Tommy Sheppard: ...the Government, even with 43% on a first-past-the-post basis and a majority of more than 86, have a legitimate democratic mandate not just in principle to leave the European Union, but to deliver Brexit on the terms that it proposed to the electorate. I accept that. However, I do not accept—this is my central contention—that that mandate runs in Scotland. The 12 December vote was very...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way because I just want to clarify this on the record. At no time has any of us ever said that people did not know what they were voting for in the Brexit referendum in 2016. What we do say is that they were wilfully lied to in that campaign.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...this Parliament where it is incapable of resolving probably the biggest political issue that has divided the United Kingdom in my lifetime. There are competing views as to what the end point of the Brexit process should be, and parliamentary democracy in this country, it seems to me, has now reached a point of stasis where it is incapable of adjudicating between those outcomes. It is...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...should be allowed to look at this matter again. I want to be very clear that with regard to mandates in Scotland, we will be fighting this general election with three objectives: first, to stop Brexit, not to rubber stamp it; secondly, to get rid of the most right-wing Tory Government in my lifetime; and thirdly, to demand that people in Scotland have the right to choose an alternative...

Speaker’s Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...Well, good luck with that. Today’s debate is about the role of Britain in the world, and many people have considered Britain’s standing in the world as part of that debate, so let me start with Brexit. I have heard a number of colleagues now say that there will be a problem if we do not, in the puerile language that we have now descended to, “get Brexit done” by 31 October;...

Preparations for Leaving the EU (8 Oct 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...: a mixture of their bellicose intransigence in their negotiations with our European partners and their arrogant contempt in trying to establish a political majority in this Chamber, and using the Brexit vote for their own narrow political ends. Now the Government are in a situation where the only thing they can possibly do is contemplate crashing out of the EU without a deal. I have to...

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...petitions together just because they cover the same topic, particularly in this instance, where they represent diametrically opposed views. One petition, which I presume has been organised by pro-Brexit campaigners because they believe this Parliament is made up of remoaners who are antipathetic to their case, has taken five months to get to the requisite threshold of 100,000 signatures....

Prorogation of Parliament — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (9 Sep 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...without going back to the people. It is time for them to have another say. I sense that an awful lot of Members of Parliament, on both sides of the House, understand very well the consequences of Brexit; they are not attracted to them, but they feel that they do not have a mandate to oppose Brexit because of the nature of the manifesto on which they stood in 2017. Shaking up the political...

European Union (Withdrawal) (3 Sep 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...people who elected us to speak for them in this place want: Scotland did not vote for this and Scotland does not want this. But we have never in these debates suggested that the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum should be ignored, set aside or overturned by this Parliament. What we have said is that it is the legitimate and proper role of an elected Parliament to consider the...

European Union (Withdrawal) (3 Sep 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: for their own ends to restructure the country and its international relationships and its economy. Even now, we see a situation in which the Government are committed to pursuing the hardest of Brexits, crashing out without a deal if they deem it necessary, and even believing that that is the preferred course of action. They know that there is no majority for that course of action not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: No Deal (24 Jul 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: answer to my question. The Secretary of State sits besides Cabinet colleagues who have demonstrated integrity and conviction in deciding that they will resign over the question of a no-deal Brexit. If he is against a no-deal Brexit, would it not be a better look for Scotland for him to do likewise, rather than wait to be sacked or abolished?

20 Years of Devolution (11 Jul 2019)

Tommy Sheppard:—more every day—who question whether the British state is able to articulate their views and their character, either in this country or abroad. That change has been turbo-charged by Brexit and the growth of right-wing English nationalism, so that many more people than before are now open to the prospect of Scottish independence. There is much more that I want to say, Mr Speaker,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU (19 Jun 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: The Secretary of State has been consistent, if nothing else, in denying the Scottish Parliament’s aspirations to offer the people of Scotland a choice between remaining in a Brexit Britain or taking control of their own affairs. Indeed, he made it a central plank of his party’s election campaign last month. In that election, the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party received 11.6% of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU (19 Jun 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...mind may be somewhat distracted, but he must surely recognise that the circumstances have now changed. His party is about to elect a leader and force upon us a Prime Minister hellbent on a no-deal Brexit. If that happens, will he continue to refuse the right of the Scottish Parliament to consult Scotland’s people on their own future?

Attorney General: Prosecution Rates: Electoral Fraud (23 May 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...and energy on a problem that is virtually non-existent, at a time when the Electoral Commission finds Vote Leave and other campaigns guilty of electoral fraud and is currently investigating the Brexit party. Is it not time that the Government reassessed their priorities and focused on the organised campaigns that try to thwart our procedures?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution Settlement (8 May 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: Two weeks tomorrow the people of Scotland go to the polls, and the Scottish National party will be fighting that election not just resisting the shambles of the Tory Brexit but demanding that the voice of Scotland be heard and the people of Scotland be given a choice over their own future. If my party wins that election, will the Secretary of State abandon his resistance to the Scottish...

Privileges (2 Apr 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: at the beginning of this discussion to try to restrict our comments to the narrow business under consideration. I had wanted to put this question into the wider context of the debate on Brexit, and to consider the wider political questions, but I will not do that. I have taken Mr Speaker’s advice and, in my imagination, I have applied a blue pen to much of what I was going to say. It...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Discussions with Scottish Government (27 Mar 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...alternatives. I know that the Secretary of State is conflicted on this matter, but I would like to give him an opportunity to be clear with the people of Scotland. Will he still rule out a no-deal Brexit, and if the only way to achieve that is by revoking article 50, will he support that?

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