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Results 141–160 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: Once again I have to say that I think all my colleagues, all my right hon. and hon. Friends, have very full confidence in our civil service. With regard to my hon. Friend’s question, yes, the Joint Committee will decide, and will have a view on what circumstances are foreseen or unforeseen, but I have to address this point: the Joint Committee’s purpose is not to hoodwink or in any way...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I admire my right hon. Friend’s brevity and succinctness.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: We fully anticipate and hope that the Assembly will be restored, but in the absence of its restoration we will engage, as we have done, with those of all shades of political opinion across Northern Ireland, to ensure that their representations, their feelings, are reflected in the decisions of the Joint Committee.

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: With regard to the Joint Committee, if we assume that the implementation period lasts until the end of 2020, as is set forth in the agreement, there will certainly be ministerial involvement—Ministers will be involved—in, I suspect, every meeting of the Joint Committee. With regard to devolved matters, I know that my hon. Friend, in another capacity, is an extremely active MP who...

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: My hon. Friend is quite right to say that the EU may have a veto, but just as the mutual consent provision gives the EU a veto, it also gives us—the UK Government—a veto over such decisions. On VAT and other matters, much of what my hon. Friend said referred, in my understanding, to phase 2 of the negotiations, in which there will be, one hopes, a more comprehensive free trade agreement....

EU Withdrawal Joint Committee: Oversight (20 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: My understanding is that the Government’s engagement with this House will be full, and as transparent as possible, in respect of decisions and meetings of the Joint Committee. I look forward to my hon. Friend’s participation in further scrutiny Committees when we have got the agreement through the House and when the Joint Committee sits.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: [Interruption.] Thank you very much. That is good advice—always gratefully received. As set out in a written ministerial statement, and in accordance with the motion approved by this House on Thursday 14 March, the Government will now seek to agree an extension with the European Union. The extension process has been set out in a Government paper published last Thursday. While article 50...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: There were lots of questions from my right hon. Friend. She made some remarks about my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State’s votes last week. I voted exactly the same way as he did—I voted against an extension in the free vote. One of the points about the votes on Thursday was that it was absolutely vital that the House voted against the Benn amendment, which, if it had been...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Let me respond very briefly to the hon. Gentleman. He suggested that I did not agree with the statement; I fully agreed with everything in it. That is just for the hon. Gentleman’s—[Interruption]—instruction.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: A very amusing interjection. The Government have made clear, and the Prime Minister made clear a couple of weeks ago, that in the event of the meaningful vote not getting through, there would be a number of votes on consecutive days outlining what the process would be. [Interruption.] Members say that they have heard that before. That is because of the process that is unfolding. What we will...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I am delighted, and not wholly unsurprised, by my right hon. Friend’s intervention. I have followed his speeches and declarations in the House with interest for many years. The referendum happened, but we must also get legislation through Parliament. We live in a parliamentary democracy, and last week the House made very clear its view that we should take no deal off the table and seek an...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: The hon. Gentleman produced a whole battery of questions. He asked why we had not sought an extension. The European Council will start on Thursday; at that point a letter will be sent, and we will seek an extension. He also asked about the statutory instrument and what my vote would be. Perhaps I am part of a tiny minority in the House, but I still think that there is room for a vote on the...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: My right hon. Friend asked, essentially, two questions. He asked how long the extension would be. That depends on whether the meaningful vote goes through. If we have a deal and if the deal goes through, we will ask for a short extension. If, for whatever reason, the vote does not happen, or is frustrated, or the deal is voted down, we will probably ask for a long extension. [Hon. Members:...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: On the first part of the right hon. Gentleman’s question, I am not here to wrangle with him about the meaning of his amendment; all we know is that the amendment was rejected so what its force would have been is of academic concern. It was rejected, thankfully, and we can move on. On the right hon. Gentleman’s comments on the extension, I said—very clearly I hoped—in my opening...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: As my hon. Friend will remember, there were two options. If the deal is adopted by the House, the Government will apply for a short extension of the article 50 period. If it is not—if the deal is voted down or for whatever reason is frustrated—we would have to seek a longer extension. It is not currently the Government’s intention to seek to join EFTA or any other of those...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I was very struck during last week’s events about this so-called people’s vote, because my understanding was that the Labour party had suddenly changed its policy in favour of it, but then of course when the amendment came from the hon. Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston), the Labour party refused to back it, so I and others are in a lot of confusion about the nature of the so-called...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: Northern Ireland is at the front and centre of this current debate, and the Government’s intention is absolutely that Stormont, if and when it is reconstituted as a Government, will have a complete role in moving forward both the deal and further Brexit discussions.

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I must say that, being relatively new to the Government Front Bench, it is a new experience for me to be utterly patronised by a former right hon. Friend, and with respect, Mr Speaker, I will answer the questions in the way I see fit. [Interruption.] If that does not satisfy the right hon. Lady—[Interruption.]

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: Thank you. As I have said on numerous occasions in response to questions from the right hon. Lady and others, we have a choice: if we accept the deal, we can ask for a short extension to get through—[Interruption.] She perfectly accepts that; I thank the right hon. Lady. With regard to the longer extension, that is something we have not yet asked for, and when we do so, there will be a...

Article 50 Extension Procedure (18 Mar 2019)

Kwasi Kwarteng: I am very pleased that my hon. Friend has asked a question. He is a great parliamentarian: he has ample experience over many years in the House of Commons, and he will have noticed that there was a vote on Thursday in which the House said we should extend the article 50 process. It is on the back of that that I have made this statement relating to extending the article 50 process, and that is...


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