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Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I apologise for my lateness. Before I say anything else, I am sure the whole House will join me in sending our thoughts to those affected by the fires in Greece and the floods in Laos. We send our best wishes to the authorities in those countries which are responding to those tragedies. Mr Speaker, thank you for granting this urgent question. I congratulate my hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: May I join the Minister in paying tribute to Lord Carrington, who served his country with such distinction in both the forces and in government and whose decision to resign the office of Foreign Secretary will be remembered as an act of great principle and honour? I share the joy at the rescue of the boys in Thailand and salute the bravery and sacrifice of the diving teams, including the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: I thank the Minister for that answer, but who does he think he is kidding? Even Donald Trump can see that the Government are in turmoil, and he has not even got to Britain yet. May I ask the Minister once again the question I asked him at PMQs in December 2016, when he compared Labour’s shadow Cabinet to “Mutiny on the Bounty” remade by the “Carry On” team. By...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: I thank the Minister for that answer on the Chequers free trade proposal, but I was hoping today that he would go beyond the theory and explain in practice how it works. So let me check one specific, but important point. For the Chequers proposal to work in practice, based on what the Prime Minister said on Monday, not just the UK, but every EU member state will have to apply the correct...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: The Minister has, I believe, said something quite interesting, and I do hope that his Back Benchers are listening very carefully. He says that the Chequers free trade proposal will require no new technology and will involve no tracking of goods, but how can that be possible if there is no divergence on tariffs and no divergence on regulation—in other words, on trade in goods we will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: The Minister cannot answer these simple questions of detail because he cannot admit the truth. The truth is that the Chequers proposal is total delusion. The UK cannot set its own tariffs on goods and keep frictionless trade with the EU. The technology to do so does not exist. There will be no divergence on tariffs in a free-trade area and no divergence on regulation. It is a customs union in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: Well, I have asked the Minister why China would accept such a one-way deal on services, and the answer is that it would not. It is simply another Chequers delusion—a Brexit dream with no grip on reality. There is an easy answer to this mess: an alternative that will offer all the benefits of the Chequers free trade area with no new technology, no cost and no delay; an alternative that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: The Minister seems to argue that by leaving the EU the British people voted against a customs union, but that is the complete opposite of what he used to say. I take him back to 2011, when he said that a yes-no referendum would not give us that information. He said: “that sharp division between the status quo and quitting the EU does not reflect the breadth of views held in…the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar (4 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: Thank you for granting the urgent question, Mr Speaker, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Richard Burden), who chairs the Britain-Palestine all-party parliamentary group, on securing it. Just a week ago, when the Minister spoke about Khan al-Ahmar—it is a village that both of us have visited, and I know that he has worked on this issue...

Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition (2 Jul 2018)

Emily Thornberry: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this hugely important urgent question. I congratulate the Father of the House on securing it. Today, as on so many other matters, he has spoken a truth, logic and wisdom that transcends all party divides and will, I hope, be listened to by his own Government. The ISC report lays bare the sheer scale of our country’s involvement in torture and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Emily Thornberry: May I first sympathise with the Foreign Secretary that, due to his emergency duties abroad, he was unable to join last night’s fight against Heathrow expansion? Four years ago, the Foreign Secretary was asked what was the biggest lesson he had learned—[Interruption.] Four years ago, he was asked what was the biggest lesson he had learned from his supposed hero Winston Churchill....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Emily Thornberry: I thank the Foreign Secretary for his attempt to answer that question, but even he surely knows in the depths of his soul that when we have a President such as Donald Trump, who bans Muslims and supports Nazis, who stokes conflict and fuels climate change, who abuses women and cages children, it is not a record to be admired, but a record to be abhorred. I simply ask the Foreign Secretary not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Emily Thornberry: I would like to answer but unfortunately I do not have any more time.

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote (21 May 2018)

Emily Thornberry: Thank you for granting this urgent question, Mr Speaker, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Richard Burden) on securing it. I join him in welcoming the independent UN investigation into violence in Gaza. While we have already heard debate about the wording of the resolution agreed by the Human Rights Council, I have to say, as I did last week, that that...

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Emily Thornberry: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to make a statement on the violence at the Gaza border and its impact on the middle east peace process.

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Emily Thornberry: 1 am grateful to you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question. Yesterday’s horrific massacre at the Gaza border left at least 58 dead and almost 3,000 injured. Our first thoughts today are with those Palestinians who are mourning their loved ones or waking up with life-changing injuries. What makes yesterday’s events all the worse is that they came not as the result of some...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (15 May 2018)

Emily Thornberry: May I begin by thanking the Foreign Secretary for leading our cross-party efforts over the last two weeks to destroy the Prime Minister’s “customs partnership” proposal? I trust that he finished off the job earlier this morning. Unfortunately, however, that leaves us with his own crazy Mad Max—I mean max fac—proposal. May I ask him a very simple yes or no...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (15 May 2018)

Emily Thornberry: We are quite willing to exchange places with those on the other side of the House. All we would ask of them is that they call a general election. I do not think that that constituted even an attempt to answer the question that I asked. Like the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary seems to be unable and unwilling to state the blindingly obvious. So much for plain-speaking, bluff...

Iran Nuclear Deal (9 May 2018)

Emily Thornberry: I thank the Foreign Secretary for advance sight of his statement. I am sure that there will come a time to debate whether the Government’s approach to Donald Trump since his election in 2016 has been the right one, but today is not the time, because instead I believe that the whole House, and indeed the whole world, should stand united in condemning Donald Trump for the reckless,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (27 Mar 2018)

Emily Thornberry: At the end of an excellent debate on Russia yesterday, I am afraid that the Foreign Secretary failed to answer a single one of the dozens of questions he was asked over the course of four hours, so may I repeat just two of them? First, will the Government now initiate a case against the Russian state at the European Court of Human Rights for its clear extraterritorial violation of human...


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