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Questions to the Prime Minister
#41
So the Prime Minister doesn’t know, Mr Speaker,

Does the public vote ‘mean’ and ‘entail’ Britain leaving the European Medicines Agency?
Amelia Lockhart
MP for Hull East (2010 - )

Leader of the Labour Party (2016 - )
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities (2016 - )
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#42
Mr Speaker,

We will conduct negotiations with the European Commission in order to achieve the best possible result for Britain. In some areas one would anticipate shared regulatory alignment. The deals of such policies will be announced by the Government in due course.

Of course, Mr Speaker, one might note that having Government, aided by the advice of civil servants, make these decisions is certainly preferable to having an unelected committee of people randomly chosen, with no experience in developing policies.

(07-13-2018, 03:54 PM)Parminder Chawla Wrote: Mr Speaker,

As time for debate on the Equality (Pay Gap) Act ran out, I would like to ask the Prime Minister again if she is aware that that bill, as written, does apply to registered trade unions regardless of size, and if that text was written with intention or without consideration to the staff size of trade unions?

Mr Speaker, I must apologise to the honourable member for Islington South & Finsbury for missing her question. Yes, Mr Speaker, I am aware of the fact. And yes, Mr Speaker, we considered that trade unions largely have an infrastructure in place for the reporting of pay claims from their members as part of their function. Therefore, we considered that it would be rather straightforward for trade unions to apply this information to their own staff members. Should this reporting prove to overburden smaller trade unions, Government will listen to requests at that time.
The Rt Hon Caroline Blakesley MP PC
Prime Minister & First Lord of the Treasury
Cambridgeshire South East | Conservative Party
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#43
Mr Speaker,

I notice that the Prime Minister doesn’t want an unelected but representative body directly drawn from the British people to advise Parliament on the shape of our relationship with the EU, but she’s happy for an unelected and unrepresentative body to actually make the decisions - the House of Lords. I’m all for the Lords having their say, but it also correct for the British public to have a say on how we leave.

I also note that for the second time in a row she can’t tell us what Brexit means and entails when it comes to critical agencies. So let me try another one: does the public vote ‘mean’ and ‘entail’ Britain leaving the European Arrest Warrant and Europol?
Amelia Lockhart
MP for Hull East (2010 - )

Leader of the Labour Party (2016 - )
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities (2016 - )
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#44
Mr Speaker,

We will conduct negotiations with the European Commission in order to achieve the best possible result for Britain. In some areas one would anticipate shared regulatory alignment. The deals of such policies will be announced by the Government in due course.

If the Leader of the Opposition wants, I can do this all day.
The Rt Hon Caroline Blakesley MP PC
Prime Minister & First Lord of the Treasury
Cambridgeshire South East | Conservative Party
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#45
Mr Speaker,

The reason why the Prime Minister can do this all day is because she isn’t actually in charge of deciding what our relationship with the EU will be. The Prime Minister said to the press that the “Cabinet will be having a full discussion on a White Paper due to be put before Parliament shortly.”

Except we have Ministers saying “we will undertake to completely remove ourselves from the European Union”, “the [Leave] campaign ... was crystal clear with what Brexit entailed”, and “we do not need to define what "type" of Brexit we shall have, the British people defined it for us.” If they know what Brexit ‘means’ and ‘entails’, the Prime Minister can rule in or rule out leaving these organisations. Unless, of course, they haven’t told her. Instead it is now clear that the Minister of State for Security, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and the Minister of State for Africa, along with the Minister for Armed Forces, know more about what Brexit ‘means’ and ‘entails’ than the Prime Minister.

All four of those individuals have signed a Motion calling for Britain to leave “the United Kingdom must unequivocally leave the Single Market and Customs Union.” Is this the position of the Government?
Amelia Lockhart
MP for Hull East (2010 - )

Leader of the Labour Party (2016 - )
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities (2016 - )
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#46
Mr Speaker,

The Government will make its position known shortly. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Minister of State for the Armed Forces have been reprimanded for their signing on to a motion in breach of collective responsibility and have agreed to support whatever course that the Government moves forward with.
The Rt Hon Caroline Blakesley MP PC
Prime Minister & First Lord of the Treasury
Cambridgeshire South East | Conservative Party
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#47
Mr Speaker,

Of course this leaves the two Ministers that she has just promoted. Isn’t it ironic that while two Ministers get reprimanded for singing a motion, two MPs get promotions for signing exactly the same thing?
Amelia Lockhart
MP for Hull East (2010 - )

Leader of the Labour Party (2016 - )
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities (2016 - )
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#48
Mr Speaker,

The two MPs that got promoted were not ministers when they signed that motion and thus were not bound by collective responsibility at the time.
The Rt Hon Caroline Blakesley MP PC
Prime Minister & First Lord of the Treasury
Cambridgeshire South East | Conservative Party
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#49
Mr Speaker,

They did sign a Motion that is against Government policy, for disagreeing with the PM's words. Has she received assurances from the two Ministers that they will support Government policy, especially if it means some form of connecting with the Single Market and the Customs Union?
Amelia Lockhart
MP for Hull East (2010 - )

Leader of the Labour Party (2016 - )
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities (2016 - )
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#50
Mr Speaker,

All ministers are aware of the requirement that they support Government policy.
The Rt Hon Caroline Blakesley MP PC
Prime Minister & First Lord of the Treasury
Cambridgeshire South East | Conservative Party
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