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Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: It does not avail us in relation to the international law test, and the difficulty with this Bill is that it is seeking to disapply parts of the protocol in domestic law, but in a way that breaches an international obligation. In any event, could it be said that all available means had been taken to rectify that potential difficulty? That comes back to my point that the Government—any...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: With respect, I do not think the amendment would put another hurdle in the way, because it would not prevent the Bill from proceeding and it would not prevent what I know my right hon. Friend wants to see, which is a negotiated settlement. By far the best thing, which everyone in this Committee wants, is for the protocol to be renegotiated. I concede at once that the protocol is not working...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I will give way to my hon. Friend, probably for the last time.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: The difficulty that my hon. Friend has is that that is an assertion. I am not sure that, as yet, we have had set out to the House the evidence base that the Government say they have and are working on. I referred the Foreign Secretary to that point on Second Reading, asking when we would see the evidence base that will set out the Government’s case and their reasoning.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: Clause 1 - Overview of main provisions (13 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: That is, of course, the fourth limb of the five-limb tests—that an essential interest of the EU member states should not be imperilled. I have to say that I do not think an essential interest is imperilled by this Bill, because it is clear that the risk of leakage into the EU single market has been minimal, even with the way the protocol is operating—or partially operating—now. That is...

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Performers and Creative Workers (11 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: If she will make an assessment of the impact of the universal credit minimum income floor on performers and creative workers with unpredictable and fluctuating earnings.

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Performers and Creative Workers (11 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I understand the objective of the minimum income floor, to get into sustainable employment, but perhaps the Minister does not appreciate that for people in the performing arts and creative sectors it is not just a short-term period for which they have unpredictable and fluctuating incomes. By the nature of theatre, music, performance and so on, shows are cancelled at short notice. In fact,...

Economic Crime: Law Enforcement (7 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I know the Minister wants to assess the options, but he will be aware that that debate has been ongoing for a number of years now, well in advance of its referral to the Law Commission. The matter has been debated in political circles and in legal and judicial circles for a great deal of time and there is a huge amount of information there, so I hope he can come to his assessment very quickly.

Economic Crime: Law Enforcement (7 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) and the right hon. Member for Barking (Dame Margaret Hodge) on securing the debate, and on the reports produced by their all-party parliamentary groups on fair business banking and on anti-corruption and responsible tax. Much of the debate so far has focused on what might be termed high-level and high-profile...

Economic Crime: Law Enforcement (7 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: The Law Commission often offers a sensible way forward, and I urge the Government to adopt those recommendations and try to implement them swiftly. This involved considerable work and a great deal of expertise and advice, and I see no reason for us not to move on the “controlling mind” test quite quickly, even if we needed to look a little further at the “duty to prevent” test....

Economic Crime: Law Enforcement (7 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: It is extraordinary that fraud accounts for nearly 40% of all crime but only about 20% of police resources go into it, which is disproportionately low. The hon. Gentleman is right about the failures of Action Fraud. Every one of us will have seen that in our own constituency caseloads. It is clear from the evidence that we heard that Action Fraud is not working effectively. The stats told us...

Economic Crime: Law Enforcement (7 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: Mens rea.

Economic Crime: Law Enforcement (7 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: A guilty mind.

Functioning of Government (7 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I am grateful to my right hon. and learned Friend and have great sympathy for the position he finds himself in. He and I have had to take some pretty rough cases in court in the past, and he has drawn a few short straws recently in that regard—and done so with dignity, if I may say so. May I ask him just to take this away? Whatever one’s views on the Prime Minister, and while I accept the...

Attorney General: Access to Justice for Victims of Crime (7 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: I join the Attorney General in her tribute to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk), whose service was absolutely outstanding and exceptional. He departed his post with great honour and with the respect of this House, the profession and the judiciary. I thank the Attorney General for what she says about victims. It is clear that the Government have done a great...

Justice: Duty Solicitors: England (5 Jul 2022)

Bob Neill: The Minister knows that the Justice Committee welcomed the Government’s acceptance of Sir Christopher Bellamy’s review, which relates to fees for both barristers and solicitors in criminal work. We all want barristers and solicitors to return to accepting instructions in all forms of case. The Minister will also remember that Sir Christopher’s review stated that the £135 million that...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Jun 2022)

Bob Neill: My right hon. Friend makes a very important point. Does he agree that, from a legal perspective, if article 16 were to be triggered, at least we would be able to argue that we had used all means available to us under the protocol, as is necessary to meet the necessity test—in other words, that the state has exhausted all the options open to it before it acts unilaterally? That is exactly...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Jun 2022)

Bob Neill: This is a profoundly serious debate, because it is a profoundly serious thing for any country to depart from its international obligations. It is not an impossible thing to do, but it is a profoundly serious thing to do, and it should be done only under circumstances of the most exceptional nature and on the most profound and compelling evidence. That, again, is possible, but we need to test...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Jun 2022)

Bob Neill: My right hon. and learned Friend speaks wisely about these topics, as ever. He refers to the doctrine of necessity and the tests that must be met. I think he will agree that, whether it be imminent or emerging, there has to be evidence that the high threshold is met. Does he think that, in common with the approach adopted in the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill, if there is evidence so...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Jun 2022)

Bob Neill: I entirely accept my right hon. Friend’s desire to achieve a negotiated settlement if at all possible; I know how much work has gone into that. To return to the legal point, she will know that the application of the doctrine of necessity requires both the legal tests to be met and the evidential base to be there, because it is largely fact-specific to show whether those tests have been met....


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