Results 1–20 of 1999 for in the 'Commons debates' speaker:Jacob Rees-Mogg

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: My right hon. Friend’s speech was absolutely brilliant. He got to the heart of all these matters, and indeed he provided a solution, which is that there should be such a good-spirited compromise that places some faith in the Government, as it is reasonable for Members of Parliament to do. We should recognise that it is better to have a clear response on Report that covers the whole...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend, but the Government have already said that we will have a chance to vote on the withdrawal agreement before the European Parliament.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Well, that vote must by its nature be meaningful. As we know, it is very easy to have a meaningful vote: we just table an Humble Address, and then it is binding on Her Majesty’s Government, as is quite clear from all previous parliamentary and constitutional procedure. We can engineer a meaningful vote even if the Government are trying to be a bit slippery, which I happen to doubt very...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I will not be voting for article 7, because I think it is a mistake—[Interruption.] I am extremely grateful; I mean amendment 7. The amendment calls for legislation to be put in afterwards, which is a very unusual thing for a Bill to do—I believe it is unprecedented. If people do not like clause 9, they should vote against it, rather than voting for this unusual amendment. I want...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: As I have said, I have my doubts about parts of clause 9, but it says that a Minister of the Crown may, “by regulations,” do things “for the purposes of implementing the withdrawal agreement”. It is hard to see how that could change the Representation of the People Acts. The hon. Gentleman slightly overstates his case.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: What my right hon. Friend is saying is spot-on: clause 9 gives some powers that trouble even Eurosceptics. I have never felt comfortable with the self-amending part of the Bill, and the solution advocated by my right hon. Friend, and proposed by my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin), is very attractive.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I hope that my right hon. and learned Friend will forgive me if I appear pedantic, but does not this Bill and the enactment of article 50 take us out of the European Union at the end, whereas the withdrawal agreement and implementation Bill legislate for the consequences?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Will my right hon. and learned Friend give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: The hon. Gentleman is concerned about the potential for a compressed timetable and the consequences of what may flow from that, but is that not actually following from the will and vote of Parliament? Parliament passed into law article 50, which it agreed to by bringing the Lisbon treaty into law, so this is the natural consequence of what Parliament itself has determined.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: The power that the Executive will have in making regulations under the clause will be subject to Parliament, because secondary legislation comes to Parliament. These regulations are of a different order of magnitude from regulations made by the European Union, which can be made by qualified majority vote against the will of the British Government and are automatically British law. So this is,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Public Services: West Midlands (6 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Before my right hon. Friend next goes to Brussels, will she apply a new coat of paint to her red lines, because I fear that on Monday they were beginning to look a little bit pink?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Does my right hon. Friend share my sense of gratitude to our friends in the Democratic Unionist party who have helped Her Majesty’s Government to stick to their own policy in these negotiations? Is it not essential that the red lines on maintaining the United Kingdom, and on regulatory divergence whence the benefits of leaving come, are indelible red lines?

Exiting the Eu: Costs (29 Nov 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: Will my right hon. Friend note the growing concern at the fact that Her Majesty’s Government seem in these negotiations to be dancing to the tune of the European Commission? Further to the question from my right hon. Friend the Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson), may I also ask whether she can be certain that, after 29 March 2019, we will make no payments to the European...

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: The issue now is not whether it is in the Government’s interest to publish these documents. If the Government did not want to publish them, they should have voted down or amended the Humble Address. In all precedent, this is a binding motion, unlike the previous motion passed earlier in the year, which was not a Humble Address and not a binding motion. To meet this motion, it is not at...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I am sorry that I have not been in the Chamber for the whole debate, Mr Speaker. I have been at a meeting of the Exiting the European Union Committee debating one of our reports. We have been firmly excising split infinitives, and making sure that apostrophes appear in the right place and that Humble Addresses are preceded by the correct indefinite article. All those important matters took me...

Income Tax (Charge) (22 Nov 2017)

Jacob Rees-Mogg: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend, but I do not think that that quite works for the “own resources” figure, because the OBR has made assumptions relating to our net contribution to the European Union and has assumed that those moneys will be spent domestically in the United Kingdom, and that therefore there is no fiscal advantage. However, there is still a £3.5 billion...


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