Debates between Baroness Noakes and Lord Frost during the 2019 Parliament

Northern Ireland Protocol

Debate between Baroness Noakes and Lord Frost
Wednesday 21st July 2021

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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My Lords, we have set out in the Command Paper the very high-level elements of the approach we wish to pursue. Of course, we want to discuss the detail with the European Union, including in many areas. What we are proposing is an extremely light-touch measure to allow trade to flow freely within the UK customs union and single market. We think that is a reasonable response to the situation that currently prevails.

Baroness Noakes Portrait Baroness Noakes (Con)
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My Lords, I very much welcome my noble friend’s Statement and I hope the whole House will join me in praising his huge efforts to try to make our relationship with the EU work effectively. Does he agree that the guiding star should be what works for the citizens of Northern Ireland, and that if the EU could shift to a people-centric rather than a rules-centric approach, we could start to make some real progress?

Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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I very much agree with the thrust of my noble friend’s comments. The impact of the protocol on everyday lives in Northern Ireland is a significant part of the difficulty. Again, if one looks at the comments from the chair of Marks & Spencer, we see the risks to everyday life; for example, the risk of not being able to deliver supplies for Christmas under the current arrangements. I do not think that is what either the European Union or we actually want in this situation, and if we can focus on the practicalities and the reality of the situation and try to find a way through, we will all be the better for it.

Post Brexit: Economic and Political Opportunities

Debate between Baroness Noakes and Lord Frost
Thursday 25th March 2021

(3 years, 2 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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My Lords, I have, of course, read the full and thoughtful report produced by the noble Earl’s committee, which was published on Monday, on this question and many others. We think that it is right to establish the Government’s arrangements fully when the treaty is fully in force and ratified on both sides, which we hope will be very soon.

Baroness Noakes Portrait Baroness Noakes (Con)
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My Lords, does the Minister agree that the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, should concentrate on outcomes, not process, and that he need look no further than the terrific work being done by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for International Trade, with 66 trade deals already done and more still to come as evidence of how the Government are delivering opportunities for the UK now that we are out of the EU?