Canlyniadau 181–200 o 6076 ar gyfer speaker:Elizabeth Truss

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: I was talking about the data that we are sharing with the EU. I am pleased to say that we already have this system in place. We are giving demonstrations to businesses and the EU to show how it works, and I am happy to make those demonstrations available to Members of Parliament as well. Any trader violating the lanes will face penalties and would face ejection from the scheme.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: As I said at the outset, our preference is for a negotiated solution, and we have sought that for 18 months, but as recently as last weekend the EU has refused to change the text of the protocol. That is why there is strong legal justification, as set out in our legal statement, for us taking this action. Our priority, as the United Kingdom Government, has to be political stability within our...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: We set out the case extremely clearly in the legal advice, and the doctrine of necessity has been used by other Governments in the past where there is a severe issue and the other party is unwilling to renegotiate that treaty. That is the position we are in with the Northern Ireland protocol. What I would ask the hon. and learned Lady and other Members on the Opposition Benches is this: given...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend is absolutely right that the protocol is not set in stone. That is why for the past 18 months this Government have sought to achieve negotiated changes to the protocol. In the absence of the EU being willing to change the text, the only way to resolve this matter is for us to legislate.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: I am going to make more progress, and then I will take more interventions. We fully understand and respect the legitimate concerns of the EU that the single market should be protected. Our solution does just that. The Bill will also establish a dual regulatory regime so that businesses can choose between meeting UK and EU standards. That removes the barriers to goods made to UK standards...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: As I have made clear, the Belfast/Good Friday agreement should have primacy. The fact is that it has been undermined over the past two years, as we can see from the fact that the institutions of Northern Ireland are not up and running. That is why the Government need to act, and we are doing so in a reasonable and legal way.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: I thank my hon. Friend for that point. There are clearly very severe issues in Northern Ireland, including the fact that its institutions are not up and running, which mean that the UK has to act and cannot allow the situation to drift. I do not think that we have heard what the Opposition’s alternative would be, apart from simply hoping that the EU might suddenly negotiate or come up with...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: Perhaps the hon. Lady can give us an idea about her alternative plan.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: I note that the hon. Lady has not come up with any alternatives to the Bill to move the situation forward. The approach we have taken, with the four areas that I am talking through, is to identify what the practical problems are for the people of Northern Ireland and to come up with solutions that address those problems while protecting the EU single market. It is our expectation that the...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: I will make progress on talking through the elements of the Bill, but I will be happy to accept further interventions later. The Bill will ensure that the Government can set UK-wide policies on subsidy control and VAT, which will overcome the constraints that have meant that Northern Ireland has not benefited from the same support as the rest of the UK, as I mentioned. It will also maintain...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: We have published our Government legal statement, which clearly states the reasons why this Bill is legal and the necessity of pursuing this Bill. I return to my point about the lack of alternatives being proposed by the Opposition. We have exhausted all the other avenues, and this remains the course of action that is actually going to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland and...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend is right. It is very clear from the legal advice that one of the issues is that the EU will not change the text of the protocol even though, when the protocol was negotiated, it was very clear that it was not set in stone and should be subject to change because of the very unique situation in Northern Ireland. We are very clear that there are elements of the protocol that are...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. We all know how hard-won peace and political stability in Northern Ireland was, and we all know how important it is that the Belfast/Good Friday agreement is upheld and is not undermined. That is the discussion I have been having with colleagues in the United States and around the world, and those who have experienced the situation in Northern...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. We still face a situation in which the EU has refused to change the text of the protocol, and its proposals do not even address many of the issues of concern—over governance, subsidies, manufactured goods and VAT. Without dealing with those very real issues for the people of Northern Ireland we are not going to see the balance of the Belfast Good Friday...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good point. Those who advocate further negotiation with the EU need to persuade the EU to change its negotiating mandate so the text of the protocol can change, because we know that those specific issues, including on the customs bureaucracy and VAT, can only be addressed by addressing the text of the protocol itself. I want to come on to the specific point the...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: The reason why I am putting the Bill forward is that I am a patriot, and I am a democrat. Our No. 1 priority is protecting peace and political stability in Northern Ireland and protecting the Belfast/Good Friday agreement. Nothing that the right hon. Gentleman has suggested will achieve that end.

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: I will finish off my remarks. The only way for us to uphold the Belfast/Good Friday agreement and fix the problems in Northern Ireland is to pass this legislation. We have heard all kinds of complaining from the Opposition side about the solution that the Government are putting forward, but no alternative solution that will deliver. I want to be clear that this is not my preferred choice,...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: I was directly responding to the point made by the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn) about why I campaigned one way in the referendum and am now working to ensure that the Brexit negotiation that we achieved works for the people of Northern Ireland. That is because I believe in the Union of the United Kingdom and in the relationship between Great Britain and Northern Ireland,...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: The very clear reason why we are acting now is that there has been a refusal to change the text of the protocol, which is causing real problems in Northern Ireland. As I have said, these issues are very small in the context of the single market, but they are critical for the people of Northern Ireland, and it is in their interests that we are acting in putting through the Bill. Once the...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill (27 Meh 2022)

Elizabeth Truss: I will not give way any more—the House will be pleased to hear that I am almost at the end of my remarks. We want to work with the EU for the betterment of not just Europe but the world, and we want to focus all our efforts on tackling external threats, such as Putin’s Russia. Once this legislation is passed, we will have a solution that helps to restore the balance between the...


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