All 20 results for referendum speaker:Jo Swinson

Leaving the European Union — [James Gray in the Chair] (1 Apr 2019)

Jo Swinson: ...all more difficult to solve, because we will be poorer as a country and have less influence in the world. Does she think that that is one reason why 49 of the 65 polls taken on Brexit since the referendum have found a majority for remain? We have to go as far back as June 2017 to find the last poll that had more people supporting leave. Is it not entirely possible that the will of the...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Jo Swinson: ...40 billion? In addition, there is the overall hit to the economy, which the OECD has suggested could be £40 billion. It is no surprise that these figures were not stuck on the side of a bus in the referendum campaign. To promote the health of our economy we have long needed to use the advantage of low borrowing rates to increase investment in the economy, so I welcome some of the measures...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Jo Swinson: ...that we espouse on these issues. I appreciate that my constituents who are in favour of independence will not necessarily welcome the points I make. There were some positive aspects to the 2014 referendum. The hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown) talked about the great engagement with democracy. That was certainly true in my constituency where I think 91% of people turned...

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Jo Swinson: ...the horrific abuse that she had to put up with. I have experienced it myself, as a candidate and as a woman in the House of Commons. I also vividly recall going on television at the time of the EU referendum and disagreeing with Nigel Farage’s comments about whether voting for Brexit would mean women were more likely to be raped. Suddenly, on my Twitter timeline, I gained a horrifying...

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Jo Swinson: ...sure we will agree on some issues and not on others. One issue on which I particularly agree with the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine is the need not to have a second independence referendum. Although I will disagree with him on many issues in this place, I welcome the fact that the election result in Scotland means a greater diversity of voices in this place; it is a...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Youth Employment (15 Jul 2014)

Jo Swinson: ..., not separation. It is a shame that in Scotland over the past couple of years, the Scottish Government have not been able to focus strongly on such issues because they have been distracted by the referendum. My hon. Friend the Member for Braintree (Mr Newmark) made the important point that almost all young people want to work. It is important to hold on to that in the face of some...

[Mr Jim Hood in the Chair] — Postal Services in Scotland after 2014 (10 Jul 2013)

Jo Swinson: ..., and beyond. In 2014 we face an historic choice in Scotland—arguably the most important vote that Scots will have cast in decades. I hope that there will be a high turnout in the independence referendum, and I very much believe that the Scottish people will decide to reject the notion of independence because we are better off as part of the United Kingdom. It is important that over the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Scotland’s Constitutional Future (10 Jan 2012)

Jo Swinson: The SNP at Holyrood has a political mandate to hold a referendum on independence, so I welcome my right hon. Friend’s plans to devolve the powers so that it can be held legally and fairly, but does he agree that page 28 of the SNP manifesto clearly shows that that mandate is for a simple yes-no question, so that there is no confusion, no legal chaos, just a decisive result, decided by the...

[Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] — backbench business — Sudan (28 Apr 2011)

Jo Swinson: ...for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Mr Clarke), on securing the debate. I appreciate this opportunity to discuss Sudan. The debate is particularly timely at this critical point following the referendum and before southern Sudan takes statehood in its own right on 9 July. As is often the case with Westminster Hall debates, our discussion has been informed and valuable, and we have...

Colombia (Human Rights) — [Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] (27 Jan 2010)

Jo Swinson: ...of trying to extend his term of office by changing the constitution, but that is ultimately an issue for Colombians to decide. Depending on the Constitutional Court's ruling, there might be a referendum in which they get to have their say, but in general terms, it is not a good trend for democracy. In a democracy, no one person is indispensable. Last month, the International Crisis Group...

[Christopher Fraser in the Chair] — China (13 Jan 2010)

Jo Swinson: ...organisations. The report described the continuing violence in southern Sudan, with 2,500 people killed in 2009 and 350,000 fleeing their homes. National elections are to be held in April and a referendum in 2011.

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — European Commission Annual Policy Strategy (2 Jul 2009)

Jo Swinson: ..., as it is mentioned in the document and is obviously an important, unresolved issue for Europe. Whether it is resolved one way or the other will probably depend on the outcome of the second Irish referendum, which is due this autumn, as the other countries that have not yet ratified it have indicated that they are waiting on the second decision of the Irish people. The Irish may well say...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — European Commission Annual Policy Strategy (2 Jul 2009)

Jo Swinson: ...would have done, so it is different from that point of view. Also, some concessions were negotiated by the UK Government. As such, the treaty does not represent a step change, which would require a referendum. However, I do think that it is time for the people of Britain to have their say on Europe. People discuss it, but the last time we had a referendum on Europe was decades ago. It was...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — European Commission Annual Policy Strategy (2 Jul 2009)

Jo Swinson: ...not touched on often. There is a strong trading relationship between Morocco and the EU, but Morocco is not co-operating with UN negotiations on the future of Western Sahara. It has not agreed to a referendum on independence for the Western Sahrawis. The Amnesty International report in 2009 entitled “The State of the World’s Human Rights” said on Morocco: “The rights to...

Business of the House: Burma (Cyclone Nargis) (8 May 2008)

Jo Swinson: ...to flights getting in and landing, but obviously that is not enough to deal with the scale of the problem and, indeed, it is much too late. Is the delay linked in any way to the constitutional referendum that was due to be held this weekend and the worry of the military junta that it would lead to foreign criticism if foreign nationals were allowed in? Is that the case? Is the referendum...

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (LISBON TREATY) (No. 6): Treaty of Lisbon (No. 7) (26 Feb 2008)

Jo Swinson: ...had at least one occasion on which to test the House on this matter; it is just a shame that so many hon. Members, particularly those who would like us to leave the EU, decided not to vote for a referendum that would enable us to do that, no doubt disappointing many of their constituents.

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (LISBON TREATY) (No. 6): Treaty of Lisbon (No. 7) (26 Feb 2008)

Jo Swinson: As we saw earlier—other people in the Chamber may not have been asleep when it happened—the Liberal Democrats would like to have a referendum on the major issue of whether we are in or out of Europe. I also say to the hon. Gentleman that I have had a total of nine representations from my constituents on this, so it is clearly not the top issue in my mailbag. In fact, I consult my...

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (LISBON TREATY) (No. 6): Treaty of Lisbon (No. 7) (26 Feb 2008)

Jo Swinson: ...all the preceding treaties: Rome, Nice, Amsterdam, Maastricht and the Single European Act. Therefore, a vote on the constitution would have been a de facto vote on in or out, so an in-or-out referendum would actually be on the substantive issue. We support such a referendum; we will continue to campaign for it and hope that it will find favour in this House. I also welcome the citizens...

Orders of the Day: House of Commons (Participation) Bill (9 Mar 2007)

Jo Swinson: ..., which stoked up a great amount of concern, and it needed to be dealt with. Perhaps the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr. MacNeil) regrets this, but I think that if we had not had the referendum and the Scottish Parliament being created when it was, we might have ended up with Scotland resolving the sense of injustice by going down the route to independence, which is why I am so...

[Mr. Martin Caton in the Chair] — Boundaries, Voting and Representation (Scotland) (20 Jul 2006)

Jo Swinson: ...Government and English Parliament, meeting on Monday and Tuesday, as the hon. Member for Broxbourne (Mr. Walker) suggested, without allowing the English people a democratic vote on that in a referendum. Obviously the nationalists have a consistent stance on the issue, with which I disagree. The issue needs some discussion; in fact, my party suggests a constitutional convention, to see how...


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