Results 121–140 of 1617 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Charlie Elphicke

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Charlie Elphicke: Given that I represent Dover, Calais is literally a few short miles across the water. Indeed, I can see Calais from my bedroom window. It is striking, is it not, to think about the conditions there until a year ago? I am delighted by and proud of the campaign that so many of us fought to get the Jungle dismantled. Over time, the numbers there swelled to some 10,000 people. It was a place of...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Charlie Elphicke: Conditions for anyone who is living outside without food, shelter and water are appalling, but let us remember what the Jungle was like at that time. Ten thousand destitute people lived in a concentrated area. Many of them had been trafficked there by people who were exploiting and preying on them in furtherance of the evil trade of modern slavery, selling the promise of a better life in...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Charlie Elphicke: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. That is the central point that I am just coming to. It was right that we managed to get the Jungle dismantled. It was right that we got so many vulnerable people removed to safer places. It is also right that we have worked tirelessly, on an international basis—Britain, France and countries across Europe—to target the international criminal gangs: the...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Charlie Elphicke: I hope that the Minister will address my hon. Friend’s powerful point when he responds to the debate. We should welcome the fall in the numbers from 10,000 to 1,000, but that is still 1,000 too many. That is why it is right that we keep up pressure on the French Government to do the right thing by acting to ensure that people are not on the streets of Calais. I understand that there are...

Unaccompanied Child Refugees: Europe (2 Nov 2017)

Charlie Elphicke: The hon. Lady is making a typically powerful speech, as befits an award-winning “Backbencher of the Year”—I congratulate her on that. It is important that we put more pressure on the French authorities to behave properly and treat people well, children in particular.

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

Charlie Elphicke: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the other side talk about queues at the port because they actually hope that Brexit will be a disaster for this country? They want to stop Brexit and they want the worst for this country. They should put Britain first.

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

Charlie Elphicke: Will the Minister give way?

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

Charlie Elphicke: My hon. Friend is making a powerful and persuasive argument. I notice a flurry of activity on the Labour Benches while the Chairman of the Select Committee, the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn), is asked to confirm his interest in this matter. Does my hon. Friend agree that the right process has not been followed? The right process would be for the Select Committee to...

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

Charlie Elphicke: rose—

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

Charlie Elphicke: My hon. Friend is being generous in taking interventions. He served on the Finance Bill Committee so will have seen the size of the Bill; it resembles a doorstop. Does he think that we should shrink our Finance Bills and have simpler tax laws?

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

Charlie Elphicke: Does my hon. Friend agree that leaving the EU presents a great opportunity for us to take back control of our tax system and make it a lot simpler—and that, perhaps, all the EU rules are part of the reason why it has got so long and complex?

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

Charlie Elphicke: Is the hon. Lady saying that she would not like people in Britain to enjoy lower taxes, if they were possible?

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

Charlie Elphicke: Does the hon. Lady not see the opportunity with Brexit to stop large businesses using European laws to game our tax system, and instead to get them to pay a fair share of taxes and give the hard- working people of modern Britain a tax cut?

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

Charlie Elphicke: Does my hon. Friend agree that the Bank of England and the Treasury have a duty to talk this country up, not talk it down, and to ensure that, when they talk about investment versus disinvestment, they do not make up terrible numbers, as a continuity of project fear, when the Bank said that Brexit would mean a loss of jobs, growth and tax revenue, particularly non-domicile tax revenue? We...

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

Charlie Elphicke: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the greatest threat to tax havens is not the blustering of the Labour party, but countries such as the United States of America reducing their tax rates so much that it does not become in any way effective to be using these kinds of places for any function and business?

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

Charlie Elphicke: I am listening to the hon. Gentleman’s case with interest. I am curious why, in their first 12 years in power, the last Labour Government did nothing whatsoever about non-domiciled individuals, and then reacted reluctantly only when they were humiliated and forced to take action by the then Conservative Opposition. Why is he not praising the Conservative Government for taking further action...

Leaving the EU (24 Oct 2017)

Charlie Elphicke: I thank my hon. Friend for his typically outstanding response to the debate. Does he agree that to rule out no deal in all circumstances, as the Labour party wishes to do, not only would be foolish and against the national interest, but would invite a truly appalling offer from across the channel?

Leaving the EU (24 Oct 2017)

Charlie Elphicke: We all want a smooth and orderly exit from the EU. Will the Minister just address my point about trade facilitation and the requirement for the facilitation of trade under the WTO?

Leaving the EU (24 Oct 2017)

Charlie Elphicke: I rise to address the preparedness of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union with no agreement. Brussels warns that the talks on a Brexit deal are taking longer than they should. The IMF issues cautions about risks to the global economy. Only today, it was reported in The Times that one of the European Union’s many presidents, Donald Tusk, has warned of the risk that the talks will...

Leaving the EU (24 Oct 2017)

Charlie Elphicke: My hon. Friend has made a powerful point. He is absolutely right. If we lived in a world of tariffs, they would hit EU exports to the UK to the tune of £13 billion, but our exports to the European Union would be hit by only £6 billion. Tariffs would hurt the European Union twice as much as they would hurt the UK, and that is why a deal is in the interests of everyone. What is more, the...


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