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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: No. I have already explained that I am conscious that many colleagues wish to join in the debate. I just hope that right hon. and hon. Members on the Opposition Benches will recognise that, far from this being a denial of democracy as some fear—they seem to think it is some kind of ministerial power grab—this legislation will be the complete opposite. Once it has gone through, no...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Clause 1 of this historic Bill is the most important constitutional matter to come before the House of Commons since the 1972 Act. I have read some of the debates that Parliament conducted at the time, and we could indeed say that the repeal is more significant than the House believed the original Act to be. When the original Act was passed, the Government reassured the House that it was no...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: When Czechoslovakia decided to form two countries with two Governments—a very complicated task—it took six months planning and was implemented over a weekend. Why does my right hon. and learned Friend think that the 16 months remaining is not enough time in which to reach an agreement or to reach the sad conclusion that an agreement is not possible in the mutual interests of both...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Does my hon. Friend agree that once Parliament has passed the repeal of the 1972 Act, Ministers will only be able to do things that this Parliament permits them to do? Today, Ministers have to do many things that the European Union insists on, which this Parliament cannot discuss or overturn.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Does the Minister agree that this simple crucial clause is the way in which our democracy is completely restored and that once it has gone through and been implemented any matter that worries the British people can properly be the subject of parliamentary debate and decisions, no laws and treaties withstanding?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Will the hon. Lady tell the House what she has done in the past 16 months to strengthen the British hand and to be positive about things?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: On property, if there was an entirely bogus forecast of big job losses and a collapse in commercial property, it would be silly to publish that, as, first, it would be wrong and, secondly, it would be negative for our position.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: I rise to support the Government. I am delighted that they do not want me to vote against the motion. I am happy to accept their guidance on that. I am someone who usually favours full disclosure and publication of interesting information, but I urge Ministers not to reveal anything that could damage our negotiating position in any way. It is cavalier to the point of irresponsibility that the...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Of course it should see documents, as long as they do not harm the national interest, and it is Ministers who are charged with the duty of ensuring that the national interest is upheld. It is quite obvious that Labour Members have absolutely no wish to uphold the national interest, and whenever I debate with them they tell me that the EU is right, the EU is in a strong position and the EU...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: They do not like good news, Mr Deputy Speaker. Let us consider the agricultural industry. Is it not a great tragedy that we have lost so much of our capacity to make our own food and to grow our own food where our temperate climate allows? Will not being outside the EU enable us to have an agricultural policy that allows us to be more self-sufficient, so that there are fewer food miles...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Wales did not lose out, because I wanted tax cuts for Welsh voters as well as for English voters, and that was the whole point of what we were doing; and we had more than adequately funded the health service, where I increased the amount of money, which the Labour Government in Wales do not do. I think my record is rather better than theirs when it comes to providing proper provision for the...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: What we need to do is to have a proper debate on the sectoral impacts and look at the many positives, so that Opposition Members can debate in the way I am and talk about the opportunities for our country and the way our economy can be better, rather than continue in the depressingly negative way they always do, where they are desperate to find some bad information. They have come up with two...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Then there is another one that they are constantly telling us about, which is that there will be lorries queuing all the way back from Dover. I am not quite sure how that would work because it would mean that they were queuing in the sea. But of course, given modern, electronic frontiers, there is absolutely no reason why there should be huge queues.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: We can have a system of authorised economic operators, developing the existing system, and it will be quite easy to speed the lorries through, and if we still have to impose tariffs because there is no agreement, we will be able to do that electronically, without there being a lorry jam.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: it is always doom and gloom. It is always about what can go wrong.

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: One of my worries about these sectoral studies that Ministers are agonising about—

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: I think that is a silly point, because there were tax cuts from the Government and it was very important that we had a sensible Budget after we had made full provision. The Opposition are always running things down. My worry about these sectoral studies is that there is a tendency amongst some of the Government advisers, and consultants to want to highlight every conceivable thing that could...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Does the hon. Gentleman think it is at all possible to have a worse fishing policy and to do more damage to the Scottish fishing industry outside the EU than in it? Why does he not speak up for Brexit, because it has lots of great features?

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (1 Nov 2017)

John Redwood: Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman explain why the Labour party, in the many months of Brexit discussions, has found not a single way to strengthen the UK’s bargaining position or expedite the Brexit that their voters voted for?


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