Results 121–140 of 6404 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Redwood

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?

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

John Redwood: On that point, would my hon. Friend care to reflect on the issue of footballers? The Labour Front-Bench team was saying that footballers often got away with things under this heading, whereas I thought many people in Britain like the idea that very talented footballers could come to our country for a limited period of time under sensible arrangements for their tax affairs. Does my hon. Friend...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

John Redwood: The problem with the comments of the hon. Member for Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman) is that she wanted both a simpler tax code and to close loopholes. As I understand it, a great deal of its complexity and length has come from adding detailed ways of trying to close the loopholes, so there is a conflict there. Genuinely simpler tax codes have fewer taxes, which would be a great start, as...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

John Redwood: I think that we all agree in this House that we need to collect substantial revenues to have decent public services and that we all condemn people who break tax law, evade taxes and commit crimes against the tax code. However, tax avoidance—the legal avoidance of taxation—is a more difficult issue. Many Labour MPs trotted through the Lobbies under a Labour Government to make sure...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

John Redwood: There is a huge difference between breaking the law and living within the law. However, where Governments of both persuasions and the coalition have put provisions into the tax code that encourage people to save or invest in a certain way in order to pay less tax, that surely is the will of Parliament and the will of those parties, and we cannot object if people and institutions take...

Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: review of protection of overseas trusts (31 Oct 2017)

John Redwood: My hon. Friend anticipates my next point. We live in a global world. The richer people are, the more footloose they can be, and the better the tax and legal advice they can get. Most of them want to obey the law in the country they choose to live in and the countries they choose to operate in—they usually operate in several countries not just one, which creates genuine definitional...


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