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Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: In a moment. The reality of these documents, of course, is that finally it seems that our Government have decided they are actually going to make some choices; they are actually going to form a view in Cabinet. It has only taken 19 months since the referendum to work out what they want from Brexit. The Prime Minister told us, in her Lancaster House speech, what she did not want, but what...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: With great respect to my right hon. Friend, that is absolute nonsense, and the good people of this country now require honesty and transparency. Some of us have been over to Brussels. Many people—right hon. and hon. Members, some of whom I can see on the Opposition Benches—have spoken to people at all levels of the 27 nations and to ambassadors from other countries. They have been...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I agree with the hon. Gentleman—I nearly called him my Friend, although on this he is, because he is absolutely right. The agreement made in December between the European Union and ourselves is such a fudge that it is impossible to put it into a text that could become a treaty. It is a superb fudge, and it has delivered the political outcome, but the reality, which has been accepted by...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: The hon. Lady is quite right—she can be my Friend in this debate, because she makes an important point. What responsible Governments do, quite properly, is to say to impartial, objective officials, “Right, these are the options. Cost them out, or assess them, and so on and so forth,” and yet bizarrely the Government did not put forward their own preferred option. What on...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: This is an astonishing idea. The right hon. Gentleman—he is definitely my Friend today—seems to be saying that if there was a report saying that going off the cliff or some other madness would be beneficial to our economy, the Government might publish it, because it would help in their dealings with the hard Brexiteers. Of course, the right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. What...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: Well, no, because I thought the conclusion to phase 1 was actually quite good, so I am certainly not going to undermine it, but the hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Many hon. Members sat through the many hours of debate during the Committee stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and, at the end of it, one thing on which those of us who take a sensible approach to this all...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: The right hon. Gentleman and I used to be friends, because we used to be in coalition, so he can be my friend today. [Interruption.] Actually, I am very proud to have served in the coalition, because it was one of the best Governments we ever had, but in any event, we will move swiftly on. The right hon. Gentleman makes a really good point, because the other danger is that we sleepwalk into...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I will quickly give way before the bird lands.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: The hon. and learned Lady is right—she, too, could become my friend for the day. In all seriousness, she is absolutely right. I am sure that it was a pure coincidence that, the day after certain members of the all-party parliamentary group on EU relations went over to Brussels, Tusk and Juncker—I am not sure whether it was Juncker, but, anyway, Members know who I...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I agree with most of what the hon. Lady says. The point in all of this is that this has to come from the people. Arguably, we—as politicians and Members of Parliament—are one of the reasons why the 52% who voted to leave voted in the way they did, because they feel so disconnected from us and feel that we do not represent them. Actually, they always think their own MP is rather...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. I have to say that, of all the Ministers, I think he does an outstanding job in exceptionally difficult circumstances. I thank him for the work he does. However, with bucket loads of respect, the Government cannot have it both ways. Either these are rather meaningless analysis documents that have not been done on any proper modelling and cannot...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: rose—

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for giving way. Can he help us with this: has he established the status of these documents? From what I gather, these were not some loosely put together drafts of a document. Has he been able to establish whether these are the documents that were to be made available to members of the Cabinet—next week, I think, if not this week—under...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. I do not agree with the overall drift of where his speech is leading us to, but he makes a very good point, which is about the importance of connectivity. There is no point in spending billions of pounds on a brilliant new service unless the connectivity is there. Does he agree that, when we look at other projects, we know that the ones that...

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: Twenty-seven?

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: Shame!

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way and for his excellent speech. Does he agree that capacity and speed are not mutually exclusive? Not only will we get a world-class new line to deliver new capacity, but we are improving our existing lines. With that in mind, will he confirm how much is about to be invested in the new signalling programme in Derby, a place he knows very well?

High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill (30 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way; he is being very generous so early in his speech. I agree with him: it is about capacity. We cannot have an effective, modern society unless we have capacity, and we have to have good infrastructure, which means connectivity. Would he therefore consider advancing the Government’s excellent plans for HS2 by bringing on the other...

Leaving the Eu: Implementation (29 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: The CBI, which represents thousands of businesses of all sizes and from all sectors across the United Kingdom, called on the Government just over a week ago to put the interests of the economy over and above ideology. Does the Minister agree with that, and if he does, when are the Government going to stand up against the hard Brexiteers, who mainly inhabit these Benches—there are only...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Consequential, transitional, transitory and saving provision (17 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: My right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield (Mr Grieve) will go down in the history books as one of the great parliamentarians, as he has shown great courage and leadership in making what he rightly described a monstrosity certainly more palatable. That is why I and no doubt many others will now vote for this Bill on Third Reading. It delivers what it sets out to do, which...


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