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Results 61–80 of 87 for brexit speaker:Tommy Sheppard

Interserve (18 Mar 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...in place procedures such that any other companies facing imminent collapse are taken off the tender shortlist and contracts are not awarded to them? We are all mindful of the fact that a no-deal Brexit has not yet been taken off the table. It may still be the case that, in the weeks and months ahead, the Government are scurrying around trying to find private contractors to undertake large...

Speaker’S Statement (Select Committee Chairs): House of Lords Reform and Size of the House of Commons (19 Oct 2016)

Tommy Sheppard: ...will increase as a result of leaving the European Union and the repatriation, in whatever form, of a vast amount of powers. At the very least, the pause button should be pressed until the Brexit plan is established and we see how this country manages to survive outside the European Union. I commend the motion to the House. I am actually pleased with some of the comments from the Government...

Early Parliamentary General Election (19 Apr 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: ...Kingdom that people voted to be part of in 2014 will no longer be there in the future. The second is that although the Scottish Government took a compromise position, which neither challenged the Brexit deal nor argued for independence, it was thrown back in our faces. So there is no option now but to offer people in Scotland the opportunity of the choice between a hard, Tory,...

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...

EU Referendum: Electoral Law (27 Mar 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: ...and comes to its conclusion? Even if the collusion is proven and the regulations were breached, it will not change the result of the referendum; it will not be overturned. Some on the pro-Brexit side seem to believe that the referendum was mandatory on Parliament and the Government. It never was—it was an advisory referendum—so even were the result to be challenged, it would not call...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: ...would have been no compelling case for reserving them. I think that people misunderstand the nature of the debate when they talk about the transfer of competences from the EU to the UK following Brexit. Let us be quite clear that the reason why the European Union currently has some legislative competence in devolved areas is to ensure compliance with the treaty on European Union. That is...

EU Referendum: Electoral Law (27 Mar 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: ...he has done in the service of democracy in this country. I have watched his video recordings and it is clear that we do not share the same point of view. We did not share the same point of view on Brexit during the campaign, and we do not share it now, but I do not think that anyone who watches those interviews can fail to be moved by the decency, integrity and bravery of that young man...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: ...the Government’s desire to strengthen the Union between our countries, or that, perhaps, we might take a moment to reflect on what has happened over recent months and years with the debate on Brexit and the effect that that may have had on the strength or otherwise of the Union, but alas I am disappointed. I have to say that if there is anyone on the Government Benches who believes that...

Human Rights in the UK — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (13 Feb 2019)

Tommy Sheppard: ...and categorical assurances that I sought on commitment to the existing Human Rights Act and the protections that it affords, or—several Members requested this—on no falling behind after Brexit, if rights improve in other European countries. I hope that we get such assurances in future, but that ambiguity—if no other reason—ensures that we will return to this debate in the months...

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...

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: ...walkout, by my party. That situation arose last Wednesday because of what had happened the day before, when we were given 19 minutes to discuss all the consequences of the Lords amendments to the Brexit Bill in the context of Scottish devolution, Welsh devolution, and the whole question of Ireland and the Irish border. Nineteen minutes—one minute for every year that devolution has...

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: ...the power to execute and change policy in that area. It is proposed that the Scottish Government should get a list of additional responsibilities after powers are repatriated from Brussels post-Brexit, but they will have much less authority and power than they currently have to do anything about those responsibilities. In 24 major areas—the most significant ones—the way that the...

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...

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: ...the duplicity of the Westminster Government when it comes to dealing with representations from Scotland. The national Parliament in Scotland has argued precisely for differential arrangements post Brexit and been told consistently for the past two years that they would be impossible because they would compromise the integrity of the United Kingdom, only to find them written down in this...

Opposition Day - [15TH Allotted Day, 1ST Part]Opposition Day: Claim of Right for Scotland (4 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: ...a mandate was sought and a mandate was given. As others have said, that mandate is extant, but it will be for the judgment of the Scottish Parliament to determine, when the dust settles on this Brexit mess we are currently in, whether it believes that it is in the best interests of the people of Scotland that they be consulted again on their constitutional future, and on whether they wish...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: The people of Scotland did not vote for Brexit. In 2016, 62% of them rejected the proposal, and that figure would be higher today. Their judgment then was that Brexit was bad for them, and that is their judgment now. If anyone doubts the veracity of that conclusion, they need only to look for evidence in the pages of the withdrawal agreement we are discussing today. This is a bad deal, and I...

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....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: ...concerned about that, but what concerns me even more is Ministers’ justification for why such powers are necessary. They are effectively saying that this is now the only way that they can achieve Brexit and get the job done. That speaks volumes about the woeful inadequacy of the Government’s preparations for leaving the European Union. It is no surprise: we all know and, indeed, have...

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: ..., which is why we are desperately engaged in a process of trying to save this country from itself—from the worst act of collective self-harm in history—by stopping this ridiculous process of Brexit. But know this: we will not go down with the ship if it does not change direction. We will use our right of self-determination as a lifeboat to escape from this catastrophe. And when the...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: ...to take our goods back. I would like to go on for a lot longer, Madam Deputy Speaker, but I know you do not wish me to do so. I will come back to where I started and talk about the relationship of Brexit to this debate on the strength or otherwise of the Union and to Scottish self-government. What has been happening over the last period has substantially weakened the Union because it...


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