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UK and EU Relations - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: My Lords, as this is the first time that I have spoken since leaving the Front Bench, I would like to start by thanking all of your Lordships who spared the time to discuss Brexit with me while I was a Minister. It reinforced in my mind not just the vast talent that this House has to offer but the basic point that talking to people, even if one disagrees with them, is better than throwing...

Brexit: European Union-derived Rights - Motion to Resolve (4 Apr 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: My Lords, I am grateful to all those who have contributed in what the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, christened this great “Brexit club”, of which we are all part. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, and my noble friend Lady Wheatcroft for their kind compliments. They must understand and know me very well to know that flattery gets them everywhere with me. Therefore, I will certainly...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...the answer. As I have said, the Institute of Directors have called for: “A commitment across all major political parties … not to undertake a second referendum on either EU membership or the Brexit deal to reduce uncertainty”. What would happen, even after all this, if the result of the second referendum is still to leave? As some noble Lords have pointed out, would we...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...will be subject to the provisions of CRAG before ratification. This commitment by the Government may explain why the other place did not amend the Bill to insert new conditions for the approval process. Indeed, the shadow Brexit Secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, called the commitment I described “huge and very important”. This commitment mirrors the powers of the European...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...to British citizens in Europe. We also all agree that European nationals make a very valuable contribution to our nation, especially in organisations such as the NHS. We all know the uncertainty that Brexit has brought to these people’s lives, and we all want to do what we think is ethically and morally right. So we all wish to sort this issue out as quickly as possible, to bring...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (27 Feb 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...from the outset: this is also the case for the EU”. Before I turn to the amendments, let me set out some of the steps that the Government have taken and will continue to take to ensure that Parliament is able to scrutinise Brexit. I start by answering a question asked by my noble friend Lord Blencathra about what I have done since Brexit. Since 23 June, I have given six Statements...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (Continued) (21 Feb 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...by your Lordships: the rights of citizens, immigration, Ireland, universities, our nuclear industry, agriculture—I could go on. These are all important issues but we must not confuse the policies that flow from Brexit with the core purpose of this Bill. This Bill’s core purpose, indeed its only purpose, is to start the process of leaving the European Union. This was noted by a...

Brexit: New Partnership - Statement (2 Feb 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...we can come to some workable arrangement that I hope is to our mutual benefits. I remind your Lordships of what the Governor of the Bank of England said a couple of weeks ago about the risks that Brexit poses: “there are greater financial stability risks on the continent in the short term, for the transition, than there are for the UK”. As my noble friend says, there is a...

Brexit: New Partnership - Statement (2 Feb 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...of the great repeal Bill, I agree with the noble Baroness that the Bill will have within it a number of measures to ensure that the Government have the powers to deliver a smooth and orderly Brexit. Here, we will have to get the balance right to ensure that this House and the other place have the opportunity to scrutinise not just the Bill but the measures that may flow from it, while...

UK Withdrawal from the EU and Potential Withdrawal from the Single Market - Motion to Take Note (26 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...the great, late Lord Denning put it, European law has been like “an incoming tide”. It has flowed into the estuaries and up the rivers of our communities, our businesses and our lives. Today, with Brexit, we are seeking to do what no nation has done before: to create a new relationship with an economic and political entity whose regulations and laws we currently observe and...

The Process for Triggering Article 50 - Statement (24 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...the work of his committee and take this opportunity to thank all the European Select Committees in this House and the other committees that are making such a valuable contribution in scrutinising Brexit. Long may this continue. It is very useful that the ruling gave such clarity on the position of the devolved Administrations. It is a 96-page ruling. Our lawyers are studying it in depth...

The Process for Triggering Article 50 - Statement (24 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: My Lords, I dispute that the Prime Minister has chosen what others label a hard Brexit. I know noble Lords on the Liberal Democrat Benches may disagree. The view of those on the Labour Benches in the other place and, certainly of the Government, is that we are negotiating a new partnership and a free trade agreement with our European partners. This approach is one that honours and respects...

The Process for Triggering Article 50 - Statement (24 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...said all along, in kicking the tyres of government policy to see that it is both roadworthy and does the right thing. That is something the Government wish to see right the way through the process of Brexit and I am delighted with, and thankful for, the contribution your Lordships have made so far.

A New Partnership with the EU - Statement (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...Primate’s colleagues in the Church of England for so ably assisting me in meeting other faith groups as well as other representatives of the Church of England. We had a very good discussion about Brexit at Lambeth Palace shortly before Christmas. At that discussion, issues were raised along the lines of those just mentioned by the right reverend Primate, especially around...

A New Partnership with the EU - Statement (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...that, I say that this can now be a matter for this House and this Parliament to consider and debate, and control the future of our regulatory system in the years to come. That is what delivering on Brexit is all about.

A New Partnership with the EU - Statement (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: My Lords, the noble Lord makes a number of assumptions. A number of economists made a number of predictions before the Brexit vote, a number of which have not come to pass, as the chief economist of the Bank of England admitted the other day. Indeed, only yesterday the IMF’s economic data showed that we are likely to be the fastest growing of all the largest economies in the world. I am...

A New Partnership with the EU - Statement (17 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ...;s benefit—to ensure that we avoid a cliff-edge. It was interesting to see that the German Finance Minister said today, “London as a financial centre will play an important role for Europe, even after Brexit”. I hope that those in Europe and in our financial institutions will be looking at these remarks and planning with due respect for what is happening and mindful of...

Brexit: Green Paper - Question (9 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ..., to discuss supply chains. He is absolutely right: this is a very important issue. It is complex and, as my noble friend implies, it suggests that the rather bland terms that we use about the Brexit debate need to be treated with great caution.

Brexit: Green Paper - Question (9 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: ..., the noble Lord makes a very good point. Having reflected on his question, which is a very fair one, I would like to think that our European partners see that a smooth, orderly and timely Brexit is as much in their interest as it is in ours.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit (9 Jan 2017)

Lord Bridges of Headley: We welcome all contributions to the debate over the domestic and international implications of Brexit. We want to build a national consensus to our approach to the negotiations with the EU. We need to listen and talk to as many organisations, companies and institutions as possible. That is why we are engaging with the devolved administrations and a wide range of stakeholders, including...


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