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All 11 results for brexit speaker:Derek Thomas OR speaker:Derek Thomas

Agriculture Bill (3 Feb 2020)

Derek Thomas: trade deals around the world, British consumers are concerned about the likelihood of increased liberalisation of the UK food market through trade deals with new international partners post Brexit. I agree that it is futile to develop a comprehensive and ambitious domestic support policy simply for UK farmers’ efforts to be undermined by the importation of products not produced to...

Proportional Representation: House of Commons — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (23 Apr 2019)

Derek Thomas: ...and the Government find a completely independent means of looking at what answers, options and opportunities there are, and to consider them when the time arises. As we are in the middle of Brexit, I suggest that that time is not now. I agree that votes should matter. Since I have been elected, an organisation called Make Votes Matter has sent representatives—in fairness, not a huge...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Immigration Bill (20 Feb 2019)

Derek Thomas: In both Scotland and Cornwall, many low-paid but skilled jobs are provided by immigrants to the UK. What assurance can the Secretary of State give that that will continue after Brexit?

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

Derek Thomas: I appreciate the opportunity to speak at the beginning of this important five-day debate. My right hon. Friend the Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey) said that Brexit is often what has been promised, if only we were doing it properly. I agree with that. Looking back, there are many regrets that we should all share. One is that we in this House have not worked together. We might have differences...

Fisheries Bill (21 Nov 2018)

Derek Thomas: ...fronts to promote conservation initiatives and safe working practice, and to demonstrate their commitment to realising a sustainable future. It is important to remind the House of the benefits of Brexit to our fishermen. We will be an independent coastal state. We will have control of access to UK waters and ensure that British fishermen get a fair deal and are able to catch more because...

Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)

Derek Thomas: This Bill is about how we continue farming after Brexit and the CAP, and farmers in my constituency welcome it. The most beautiful constituency has been mentioned a few times, but I do not even need to pitch for it, because any MP who has been down to West Cornwall or even on Scilly has already decided that St Ives is the most beautiful constituency, so there is no need to persist. That is...

UK Fisheries Policy — [Mr Ian Paisley in the Chair] (27 Feb 2018)

Derek Thomas: ...concern among the members of the fishing community in west Cornwall, including the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation, about the terms of the UK Government’s proposed implementation period for Brexit and the potentially disastrous implications for the fishing industry. That is why I give particular credit to my hon. Friend the Member for North Cornwall (Scott Mann) for securing such a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (17 Jan 2018)

Derek Thomas: ...for areas with high levels of deprivation, rural and island areas, areas affected by industrial transition, and regions that suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps. Brexit offers opportunities to further reduce inequalities between communities and regional disparities in development. Cornwall and Scilly has received considerable EU funding, but not every penny...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Derek Thomas: ...seasonal work often dominates. EU fisheries policies have often seemed to ride rough-shod over the interests of the UK fishing fleet. That is perhaps why fishermen were one of the most vocally pro-Brexit groups in the country. I am sure that colleagues will agree, therefore, that leaving the EU presents a real opportunity for the Government to right some historic wrongs and build a...

Taxes on Small Businesses — [Ms Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Derek Thomas: take part in the brave new world of digital tax reporting will not be unfairly penalised or discriminated against? In conclusion, I believe that the Government could send a clear message that Brexit does not mean that important domestic priorities are being left on the back burner. The Government can do that by ensuring that small business growth is not stifled by out-of-date and...

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

Derek Thomas: ...goal being that Parliament would take back control of UK laws. The Bill is an important and necessary step towards that goal and will ensure that the statute book does not contain huge gaps after Brexit. Perhaps reflecting the momentousness of the Bill, I have had a great deal of correspondence from concerned constituents who are anxious that it might side-line democracy. I understand why...

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