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Results 121–140 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

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: As is common in international agreements, the withdrawal agreement provides for a Joint Committee comprising representatives of the UK and the EU to govern the implementation and application of the withdrawal agreement. The Joint Committee will have the powers listed in article 164 of the agreement, to ensure that both parties are able to discuss any issues that may arise concerning the...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: My right hon. Friend asked me which bits of what he said I agree with, or which bits I thought were true or not true. Clearly, I agree with some of the things he said, and I think some of the things he said were slightly off the mark. The assumption underlying his question, as it seems to me, is that the Joint Committee is some subterranean plot with wire pullers attempting somehow to...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: If my right hon. Friend would not insist on heckling me, I would also suggest the key part of all of this is paragraph 3 of article 166, which refers to “mutual consent”. The Joint Committee simply cannot act if the UK does not agree. On the point about the UK Government’s relationship with this Parliament, there will be full and ample opportunity, as we have provided in the last four...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: On that list of questions, it would be absolutely customary and right for a Government Minister to make a statement when the Joint Committee had opined or made recommendations. That is absolutely in order. With regard to the hon. Gentleman’s request about a Committee, that is a matter for the House. It is not for the Executive to decide which Committees of this House can or cannot be...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: On that specific question, the Joint Committee will have a role in suggesting what has not been foreseen. This is a very hypothetical question. What I find so extraordinary in this whole episode is that all of this is contingent on the withdrawal agreement being passed, yet my right hon. Friends who are asking these questions have consistently voted against the agreement. It seems very...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I want to clarify that there is no scope within the Joint Committee for some form of delegation or negotiating team. Its sole function is to ensure that the terms of the withdrawal agreement are complied with. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois) so ably enunciated, all the workings of the Committee are to be found in Annex VIII of the agreement. The...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: There are two stages to the process. Clearly, there is the period after the end of the implementation period when the CJEU will decide matters of EU law. During the implementation period, as my right hon. Friend knows, it will be as if we were a member state—that is what the implementation period means. As my right hon. Friend suggested, within the implementation period, matters of EU...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I assure the hon. Gentleman that I have not been consumed by a tiger and I am still smiling. If we get the deal through the House—I look forward to his support in that—we will leave the EU and be able to move forward, I hope, in a progressive and measured way. However, I thank him for his poetic interjection.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I do not accept the premise of my right hon. Friend’s question. Clearly, our relationship with the EU over decades was complicated and involved and the withdrawal agreement is a capable way of getting out. Few of its provisions last beyond the end of the implementation period. It is a clear and orderly way of leaving the EU, and I urge hon. Members, including my right hon. Friends behind...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: As I have said to the House, there will be ample scope for debate and consultation. The Government fully understand that the House has to have an active role in shaping and deciding what our position as a country will be. I stress once again that paragraph 3 of article 166 says that no recommendations or decisions can be made without mutual consent. The mutual consent is between the UK and...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I am afraid that my right hon. Friend has too little faith in the UK Government. We have repeatedly said—and he knows this as well as anyone—that such payments or penalties would be imposed only by mutual consent. That is the key element. There is no way that the Joint Committee can unilaterally impose fines on us that we have not agreed to.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Thank you. I stress that we have been very successful in restricting payments when we needed to. There is no reason to suppose that the Committee will impose swingeing penalties that we will be forced to pay without our consent.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I disagree with the hon. and learned Lady. The terms of the withdrawal agreement relate largely to the implementation period. I remind the House that during the implementation period, we will technically be a member state. [Interruption.] During the implementation period, that is the case. After that, the CJEU will have some role in interpreting EU law, but we will be outside its jurisdiction.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: The scope, the rules, the jurisdiction, if you like, and the powers of the Joint Committee are very ably set out in the withdrawal agreement. I suggest that my hon. Friend peruses those once again.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: It is obviously up to them to decide how they would conduct matters with respect to their delegates in the Joint Committee.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: What I would say to my hon. Friend in respect of his question is that we were in the EU for 46 years. During that time we were absolutely and totally 100% under the jurisdiction of the EU. The withdrawal agreement essentially seeks to get a tunnel, or a pipe, away from that jurisdiction into a situation where we have left the EU absolutely. Now, my own understanding is that this is a wholly...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: That refers to circumstances that relate to EU law. There will be other points of dispute that do not involve EU law. It is clear that after the end of the implementation period the Court’s jurisdiction will be restricted.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Obviously, this is a rather circular point. Article 4 is the conduit pipe, if you like, through which the provisions of the withdrawal agreement would come into UK law. The point of the Joint Committee is to look at the implementation of the withdrawal Act. There really should not be a conflict between article 4 and the Joint Committee. As I say, if there is a dispute, that would have to be...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: On the hon. Gentleman’s first point, I would like to put it on the record that we have an extremely fine and professional body of civil servants. I think that that is undisputed in this House. On the second point, as I have said on a number of occasions, we hope and expect to have full involvement and engagement with the devolved Administrations.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: It is absolutely the intention of this Government to have ministerial responsibility, ministerial attendance, at meetings of the Joint Committee. We fully envisage that that will be the case.


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