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Results 181–200 of 900 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kwasi Kwarteng

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Let me reassure the hon. Gentleman that the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, my hon. Friend the Member for Worcester (Mr Walker), has met the Welsh Government many times and has had constructive dialogue with them. It is worth remembering that the Welsh Government gave their legislative consent to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 last summer. So that is...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: The idea that I or anyone else is treating this as a parlour game is completely irresponsible. In 2016, 17.4 million people, including many of the hon. Lady’s constituents, voted to leave the EU and we are taking our responsibilities extremely seriously. She may think it is a parlour game, but we do not agree with her. I have stressed many times that we will be seeking an extension, either...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: No.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Obviously, as I have said in other answers, the nature of the SI debate is something for business questions. I recommend that the hon. Gentleman asks the Leader of the House how that process—[Interruption.] He understands the proceedings of the House and how this House works. That is a matter for the business managers but, having been a Member of this House for nine years, I would be...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I know that the hon. Gentleman is an acute observer of debate and language, but let me assure him that the debate on the SI will be a full and ample one, as to the reasons at the time. The Prime Minister has made it clear—[Interruption.] It may just be a quirk of my nature, but I am still optimistic that we may well get a meaningful vote through. If we do, we will apply for a short,...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: My understanding was that the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster’s commitment related to the period after we had decided to extend the article 50 period—that was when potential votes of the nature the hon. Gentleman describes would take place. I cannot stress more passionately to him that I still believe there is a binary choice: we still have the prospect of a deal or not. I still...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: The SI is not pointless at all because, as a matter of law, in the withdrawal Act, the exit day is 29 March. The hon. Gentleman will understand that, if we are going to extend the article 50 period, we have to amend the exit day as described in that Act, so the SI is absolutely necessary.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: This is a quirk of my personality. I am an optimist by nature and I still believe that, until the end of the game, we cannot decide who the winner is going to be. I still believe there is a possibility that we will have a meaningful vote and it will get through this House.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I reject the assertion that we are going to run down the clock. We have made it explicit that we will seek an extension. I do not see what could be less running down the clock than seeking an extension to article 50.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: The Prime Minister has set out a reason as to what we were going to do in the event of her deal being voted down, and that is exactly what I have spent an hour in this House trying to explain.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: The best way to exit the EU is, dare I say it, to get a deal and to vote for that deal. In the event that does not happen, the SI is the means to enact what the House has voted for. The House has been clear that it does not want a no deal, and the way to avoid a no deal is to table an SI. That is as simple as it can be.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: The hon. Lady gently reminds me of a couple of facts, and I will gently remind her of a couple of facts. We still face a choice. I do not share the assumption that the meaningful vote will not come back and that the deal is dead. I think we can command a majority for the deal in this House. Until the meaningful vote has passed, or until the deal is completely impossible, I do not want to...

Exiting the European Union: Workers’ Rights (28 Feb 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Obviously, the Government’s priority is to secure a deal, but it is quite true and correct that Ministers and officials have carried out extensive engagement with trade unions to listen to and reassure them on workers’ rights. In fact, we have workers’ rights standards that often exceed EU standards. Whatever the scenario, the Government have pledged to maintain those workers’ rights,...

Exiting the European Union: Workers’ Rights (28 Feb 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: As I said a moment ago, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has given a categorical undertaking that the House will have an opportunity to vote to keep up with EU standards on workers’ rights as they change. Given the hon. Gentleman’s reference to the TUC, I should mention that Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, has said: “A second referendum could damage the UK’s...

Exiting the European Union: Workers’ Rights (28 Feb 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: As I said in my earlier answer, the UK is currently a leader on workers’ rights, and there is no reason why that position should change after Brexit. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made clear on a number of occasions that we do not want to see any diminution—any reduction—in the quality of workers’ rights and protections. My hon. Friend is absolutely right: we must vote...

Exiting the European Union: Workers’ Rights (28 Feb 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: As I think the hon. Gentleman understands, today the UK enjoys workers’ rights protections which in most cases exceed the EU minimum, and there is no reason why they should be in any way diminished after we leave the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Bioethanol Industry (28 Feb 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Of course the Government have engaged extensively on EU exit with businesses and industries across all sectors of the economy and all regions of the UK. I am pleased to tell the House that I visited Tees valley to discuss EU exit issues with representatives of the chemical sector, including the bioethanol industry, and they made it very clear that supporting the Prime Minister’s deal is the...

Exiting the European Union: Bioethanol Industry (28 Feb 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: As the hon. Lady knows, I am of open disposition. I am happy to meet representatives of any industry, particularly from her constituency. I make it clear that the political declaration clearly states that the EU and UK will agree on a free trade area for goods. There is no question of having damaging tariffs, in the way she describes, on the industries she mentions.

Exiting the European Union: Bioethanol Industry (28 Feb 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: This issue definitely came up in the debates on the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 last summer, and it was very much the Government’s position at the time that we would try to maintain standards on the protection of animal rights.

Exiting the European Union: Bioethanol Industry (28 Feb 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: And the regulations. I am determined to resist any idea of a second referendum, because that would extend the uncertainty and lack of clarity.


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