Results 101–120 of 290 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Blackwell

Pensions Bill (3 Jun 2008)

Lord Blackwell: My Lords, I am delighted to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Turner, who has a distinguished record in campaigning on these issues. I remind the House of my interests as the director of a life and pensions company and as a director of companies which provide workplace pension schemes. The test for this legislation is not the impact it will have on interest groups but what it will do for future...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: We have heard many of these arguments before, with the exception of the Welsh connection, so I will not repeat them. The nub of the Government's dilemma comes down to whether the treaty of Lisbon is, in effect, the same as the constitutional treaty on which they promised a referendum. I must return to the point that has been made repeatedly; namely, that the two differ because the Lisbon...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I am extremely grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate and to the Minister for her response. A number of arguments have been put against the amendment. First, my noble friend Lord Brittan, the noble Lord, Lord Clinton-Davis, and others have argued that referendums are wrong in principle. Those who believe that should clearly oppose the amendment. I disagree with them for...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: moved Amendment No. 160B: Before Clause 7, insert the following new Clause— "Referendum requirement on the Euro Her Majesty's Government may not notify the Council of its intention to adopt the Euro under paragraph 9 of the Protocol on certain provisions relating to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (as amended by the Treaty of Lisbon) unless a decision to adopt the...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I hope this amendment will be relatively uncontentious. I will therefore keep my opening remarks fairly brief. The treaty of Lisbon inserts into the relevant protocol a provision that Her Majesty's Government may notify the European Council at any time of their intent to join the euro. The treaty is, of course, silent on what process may go on within the United Kingdom before the Government...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (20 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I have two brief points to make in support of the amendment. First, opt-ins are not just a question of opting into a particular measure and incorporating it into UK law. By opting into any measure, we are importing into the UK justice system the supremacy of the European Court of Justice in areas of criminal law and justice. It would be not only the original measure into which we opted; once...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (19 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I shall intervene only briefly after that powerful speech by the noble Lord, Lord Owen. If the Government reject the amendments, I can only believe that they will do so on the grounds that having primary legislation is too arduous a process. It is because it is a more arduous process that many of us believe that it is the proper democratic control of decisions of this importance. However,...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I thank the noble Baroness for her response to the debate, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Slynn, and the noble Lords, Lord Lester and Lord Thomas. We all learnt a great deal from their interpretation of EU law. It has been a very interesting and revealing debate. As I said earlier, I understand the supremacy of EU law in general, although the way it was described was very helpful. My...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: moved Amendment No. 115: After Clause 2, insert the following new Clause— "United Kingdom courts: independence Nothing in this Act or the Treaty of Lisbon shall be taken as requiring United Kingdom courts to enforce judgements of the European Court of Justice relating to civil or criminal law or police and judicial processes that run counter to laws passed by the United Kingdom Parliament."

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: This straightforward amendment seeks to establish that nothing in this Bill or the treaty of Lisbon changes the position requiring the UK courts to enforce judgments of the European Court of Justice in the specific areas of civil or criminal law, or police and judicial processes, that run counter to laws passed by the United Kingdom Parliament. In our debate earlier this week on the...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: The noble Lord has raised this again. Does he accept that there is a difference between an agreement that we enter into as a sovereign nation, which we can exit at our choice but where the UK Government still controls national interest, and a policy where we may not be able to decide because it is imposed on us by qualified majority voting, which the noble Lord recommends? One may believe...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I thank the Minister for his helpful reassurances but can he explain exactly the language in Article 87 of the Lisbon treaty which states that in areas of supply difficulty the commission may take whatever measures are necessary without prejudice to other procedures provided for in the treaties? Does that not provide an ability for the European Union to override all those reassurances if it...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I should like to add to the already formidable list of issues raised by my noble friend Lord Howell and the noble Lord, Lord Rowlands. I shall also speak to Amendment No. 119, which is in my name, and which I hope may provide some resolution to these issues. For the reasons that the noble Lord, Lord Rowlands, has just enunciated, few things are more important to a nation than the security of...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I am talking about what this Bill or the treaty of Lisbon does; I am not talking about other obligations that we may have.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (14 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: Nothing in my amendment changes any obligations that we may or may not have. It simply refers to changes introduced by the Bill and the treaty of Lisbon. I assume that, if we are already compatible, we will continue to be so. This debate is solely concerned with the treaty of Lisbon. I hope that the Government can assure us that nothing in the Bill or the treaty of Lisbon will change the...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (12 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: Most of us would accept that states should co-operate to assist each other in many areas, for example in combating terrorism or money-laundering; the Minister mentioned a number of other areas. What has not yet been justified is why those areas of co-operation—which are obviously beneficial to all those states involved—cannot continue to be achieved by intergovernmental co-operation, as...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (12 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I have no doubt that the measures that my noble friend has just explained are some of the most far-reaching and chilling proposals in the whole treaty. As they are understood by the population at large, they will cause outrage. What my noble friend described was, as he said, the abolition of the intergovernmental nature of these justice and home affairs measures and their incorporation into...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (12 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: A number of the amendments in this grouping relate specifically to the single market and the customs union. Those, at least in the shape of the Common Market, have been part of the European Union since its foundation. Before we nod these changes in the treaty through, however, we need to consider whether they take those two institutions in the right direction and whether we are close to the...

European Union (Amendment) Bill (12 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I am happy to endorse the comments of my noble friend.

European Union (Amendment) Bill (12 May 2008)

Lord Blackwell: I support my noble friend's concerns on the definition of competences in this treaty. It is one of those issues whereby those who seek in our debates to minimise the impact of these treaties will say, "Here you have things listed in black and white that limit the powers of the European Union, and therefore that must be a constraining thing". Others will look at the same text and say,...


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