Debates between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May

There have been 17 exchanges between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May

1 Wed 27th March 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (209 words)
2 Wed 19th December 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (281 words)
3 Mon 17th December 2018 European Council
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (179 words)
4 Mon 10th December 2018 Exiting the European Union
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (128 words)
5 Mon 26th November 2018 Leaving the EU
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (222 words)
6 Thu 15th November 2018 EU Exit Negotiations
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (190 words)
7 Mon 9th July 2018 Leaving the EU
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (143 words)
8 Mon 2nd July 2018 June European Council
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (163 words)
9 Tue 17th April 2018 Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (123 words)
10 Mon 16th April 2018 Syria
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (156 words)
11 Wed 7th March 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (293 words)
12 Mon 5th March 2018 UK/EU Future Economic Partnership
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (121 words)
13 Wed 21st February 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
2 interactions (88 words)
14 Mon 11th December 2017 Brexit Negotiations
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (121 words)
15 Mon 23rd October 2017 European Council
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (151 words)
16 Wed 19th July 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (250 words)
17 Mon 26th June 2017 European Council
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (229 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 27th March 2019

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
27 Mar 2019, 12:03 p.m.

The Brexit deal delivers on the result of the referendum. The hon. Gentleman has a different view from me: I know he does not want to deliver on the result of the referendum. He wants to try and keep the United Kingdom in the European Union; 17.4 million people voted to take us out of the European Union and that is what we are going to do.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

Q2. North West Leicestershire voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union and for the past two years the Prime Minister has told my constituents on over 100 occasions that we will be leaving on 29 March 2019 with or without a withdrawal agreement. At the last minute, she begs our EU masters for an extension to article 50, delaying our departure. Does my right hon. Friend realise that the good people of North West Leicestershire will forgive her for this? They are good people, but they are not stupid people, and they will never trust the Prime Minister again. [910058]

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard

I hope the message my hon. Friend takes back to his constituents is a very simple one: we can indeed guarantee delivering on Brexit; we can guarantee delivering on Brexit if this week he and others in this House support the deal.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 19th December 2018

(1 year, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard

We have been clear that Parliament will have a meaningful vote on the deal, and we have set out when that will be. The right hon. Gentleman talks about the Scottish economy. If he is concerned about the Scottish economy, why have the Scottish Government taken measures that mean people in Scotland earning £27,000 or more will be paying more tax than they would in the rest of the UK? That is not good for the Scottish economy, and it is not good for the people concerned.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Hansard

Q11. The Prime Minister was completely correct to castigate the Labour party for its deeply flawed plan to snatch shares in private companies. So will she join me in also condemning the South African Parliament, which is currently taking powers to seize land from its own citizens, without compensation and solely based on the colour of their skin? Not only is that wrong, but it risks turning another African country from a breadbasket into a basket case. [908289]

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
19 Dec 2018, 12:24 p.m.

I recognise the concern that my hon. Friend has expressed about this issue. The question of land reform was one I raised with President Ramaphosa when I visited South Africa in August. We recognise the concern there is and the need there is for land reform, but President Ramaphosa has consistently stated that violent and illegal land seizures will not be tolerated and that the process should be orderly within South African laws and take into consideration both the social and economic impact. We want to see a process that is fair and, while it recognises the need to deliver on land reform, does that in a way that is fair to all South African citizens.

European Council

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 17th December 2018

(1 year, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
17 Dec 2018, 4:51 p.m.

I think the hon. Gentleman is referring to the Bill that the Scottish Parliament brought forward that challenged the changes made in relation to the withdrawal Act. On the relationship between the withdrawal Act and the decisions of the Scottish Parliament in relation to Scotland, SNP Members and, indeed, the Scottish Government were aware of the position when they brought that Bill before the Scottish Parliament.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Hansard
17 Dec 2018, 4:52 p.m.

Despite assurances from the Prime Minister that the backstop would be temporary, I remain very concerned that if this House approves the deeply flawed withdrawal agreement, we risk being trapped in the backstop indefinitely. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that income tax was introduced in 1799 as a temporary measure to pay for the Napoleonic wars?

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
17 Dec 2018, 4:53 p.m.

I am interested in the historical link my hon. Friend draws on this matter. I recognise that he and others have concerns about the backstop, and I continue to work to provide the assurances that I hope would enable him to accept a deal and make sure that we leave the European Union with a deal.

Exiting the European Union

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 10th December 2018

(1 year, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
10 Dec 2018, 4:35 p.m.

I said earlier that nothing is off the table. There are a range of ways in which I believe we can find assurances for Members of this House. The task is to find sufficient reassurance that gives the confidence to Members of this House that the backstop will not be indefinite.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
10 Dec 2018, 4:35 p.m.

Successful renegotiations require trust and credibility. Given the Prime Minister’s breathtaking U-turn today, I put it to her that she has lost the trust and credibility of the House, lost the trust and credibility of the country and, most importantly, lost the trust and credibility of the European Union.

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
10 Dec 2018, 4:35 p.m.

No. What was very clear in my discussions with European leaders is that we will be able to have discussions with them—myself and the UK Government—on this issue.

Leaving the EU

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 26th November 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Nov 2018, 5:06 p.m.

We will not be revoking article 50 or asking for the extension of article 50, and we will be leaving the EU on 29 March next year.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Nov 2018, 5:06 p.m.

Will my right hon. Friend confirm that, although the withdrawal agreement was voted on by the European Union under qualified majority rules, if it is passed by our Parliament, any future relationship and release from the backstop will be subject to 27 individual EU vetoes? That means France will demand our fish, Spain will demand Gibraltar and the Republic of Ireland may even demand Northern Ireland, and the only alternative to these humiliating betrayals and capitulations will be continued vassalage forever under the backstop.

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
26 Nov 2018, 5:07 p.m.

Obviously, the arrangements in relation to the backstop and for the backstop ceasing to apply are those that are set out in the withdrawal agreement, and of course that does potentially end in the arbitration arrangement. Of course, in terms of the future relationship, the role that is had by the EU and by individual member states will depend on the precise legal form that that agreement or agreements take. But of course if there are areas that are of mixed competence then there would be a role for national Parliaments. If it is only one of EU competence, then of course it is under the sole competence of the EU.

EU Exit Negotiations

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Thursday 15th November 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Nov 2018, 12:13 p.m.

We will ensure, in advance of the time at which people take their decision in relation to the meaningful vote, that proper analysis is available to enable people to make a judgment between the deal that is being proposed and alternative arrangements.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Nov 2018, 12:14 p.m.

The Prime Minister is well known for her dancing; sadly, having seen the withdrawal agreement, it is now clear whose tune she has been dancing to. My right hon. Friend campaigned for remain and she voted for remain. Surely it is now in the national interest for her to leave, perhaps following a short transition period.

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Nov 2018, 12:14 p.m.

I note the way my hon. Friend carefully tried to weave into his question various references to matters that are perhaps not entirely relevant to the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration. Every Member of this House will have a decision to take when the deal is brought back. I believe it is important that we have a deal that delivers on the vote of the British people, which I believe the deal does, but in a way that protects jobs, people’s security and, of course, the integrity of our United Kingdom.

Leaving the EU

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 9th July 2018

(2 years ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
9 Jul 2018, 5:21 p.m.

We have put forward a facilitated customs arrangement. If the hon. Gentleman looks at the details of the various models that were proposed, he will see that his question is not entirely factually correct. However, we will be negotiating such matters with the European Union.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
9 Jul 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Will my right hon. Friend confirm that her Chequers proposals would prevent the mutual recognition of standards, even with highly developed countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand, effectively ruling out free trade agreements?

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
9 Jul 2018, 5:21 p.m.

The proposals would not prevent free trade agreements with those countries, but there is a challenge for us in relation to the United States and standards. We have always supported a single standards model, but the United States has a multiple standards approach, so that would be an issue. However, this deal enables us to sign trade deals around the world.

June European Council

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 2nd July 2018

(2 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
2 Jul 2018, 5:25 p.m.

The Cabinet will meet, and the Cabinet will reach an agreement on this important matter, which is in our national interest.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
2 Jul 2018, 5:25 p.m.

Does my right hon. Friend believe that Chancellor Merkel, with the benefit of hindsight, now regrets her decision in 2015 to open the European Union’s borders unilaterally to uncontrolled mass migration?

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
2 Jul 2018, 5:26 p.m.

In fact, the majority of the time at the Council was spent discussing migration. It is important, because this is an issue that affects the whole of Europe. We have seen movements coming into Europe before the date to which my hon. Friend has referred, and, indeed, after it. We now need to ensure that we are taking some of the steps that the UK encouraged the EU to take at an earlier stage in relation to, for example, further action upstream. That is, I think, the best way in which to ensure that we do not see people in the hands of people-smugglers, making perilous journeys and risking their lives.

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Tuesday 17th April 2018

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
17 Apr 2018, 1:33 p.m.

My hon. Friend makes an important point that I will come on to address later in my speech.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Hansard
17 Apr 2018, 1:34 p.m.

The Leader of the Opposition said many times that the duty of Members of Parliament is to represent those who elected us. Does my right hon. Friend agree that if that is the limit of our powers, it leaves the many citizens in our overseas territories and dependencies who are not represented in this place very vulnerable? Some people in this place would not have authorised military action to retake the Falkland Islands in 1982. I think, I am afraid, that some would not authorise military action to retake the Isle of Wight if it were invaded.

The Prime Minister - Hansard
17 Apr 2018, 1:34 p.m.

My hon. Friend makes his point very well.

Syria

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 16th April 2018

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
16 Apr 2018, 6:42 p.m.

I have already made reference to the 2016 written ministerial statement, which set out the position. I stand by that and suggest that the hon. Lady looks at it. I thank her for her comments about the armed forces; their professionalism and bravery are beyond doubt.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Apr 2018, 6:42 p.m.

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is unfortunately clear that some who claim to support the introduction of a war powers Bill actually wish to see the introduction of a no war powers Bill, the main beneficiary of which would be countries and groups around the world whose interests and values are diametrically opposed to ours? Ultimately, that would make the world a far more dangerous place.

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard

I sympathise with my hon. Friend’s comments. The Leader of the Opposition says that he wants United Nations support for action, but I believe that even when it supported action in Syria against Daesh, the Leader of the Opposition opposed that.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 7th March 2018

(2 years, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
7 Mar 2018, 12:20 p.m.

The record of the last Labour Government on housing was described as a crisis, bringing misery and despair. Who said the last Labour Government’s record was bringing misery and despair? It was the Leader of the Opposition. The right hon. Gentleman said that Labour did not have a good record on housing, and I agree. It is the Conservatives who are delivering the homes the country needs.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

Q2. Over the last three years, more than 2,000 new homes have been built in North West Leicestershire, including a record 731 in the last 12 months. Additionally, my local authority is building new council houses for the first time in decades. That is all in contrast with the 227 houses completed in the year to 2010, which was the last time Labour was in government. Will my right hon. Friend use North West Leicestershire as an example to other local authorities and show them our unemployment rate of 1% and the fact that we have no rough sleepers? [904222]

The Prime Minister - Hansard
7 Mar 2018, 12:22 p.m.

I am pleased that my hon. Friend has raised the example of North West Leicestershire, and we are very happy to join him in acknowledging the example it is setting. Of course, the figures he quoted contributed to the 217,000 new homes built across the country last year, which was the best year bar one in the last 30 years in terms of the number of new homes, but there is more to do. That is why we have rewritten the planning rules and had measures in the Budget to make money available and help people on to the housing ladder through the Help to Buy scheme. Once again, as he mentioned, it is the Conservatives in government who are delivering the homes that people need.

UK/EU Future Economic Partnership

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 5th March 2018

(2 years, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
5 Mar 2018, 4:47 p.m.

We are working to ensure that our five tests are met.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
5 Mar 2018, 4:47 p.m.

Canada did not pay anything for its comprehensive free trade deal with the EU. Given that we will be the biggest export market for EU goods after we leave and are offering a very generous divorce package, contingent on a deal, does my right hon. Friend agree that we should be expecting and demanding a much better deal than Canada got?

The Prime Minister - Hansard
5 Mar 2018, 4:48 p.m.

I am clear, and have said several times, that the relationship we already have with the EU is such that we are in a different position from Canada. We can have a free trade agreement and economic partnership that goes well beyond that which the EU negotiated with Canada.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 21st February 2018

(2 years, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Hansard
21 Feb 2018, 12:05 p.m.

Twice in the last four weeks, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has had cause to write to the Labour party regarding breaches of equality law. Does the Prime Minister agree that equality law must be applied equally, and that it exists to protect all groups equally?

The Prime Minister - Hansard

I am happy to agree with my hon. Friend on that point. I was in opposition when the Equality Act 2010 went through Parliament, and we supported that Act. It is there to ensure—exactly as he says—that people are treated equally.

Brexit Negotiations

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 11th December 2017

(2 years, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Dec 2017, 4:49 p.m.

We are leaving the European Union and we will be able to make decisions of that sort for ourselves in future.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Dec 2017, 4:50 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend for confirming very clearly that the so-called EU divorce bill will be paid only if we are successful at negotiating an acceptable trade deal with the European Union. Does she agree that this will certainly focus the minds of EU negotiators and is our best chance of obtaining an acceptable outcome for the UK?

The Prime Minister - Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Dec 2017, 4:50 p.m.

I am optimistic about getting that good trade deal for the United Kingdom with the EU, because actually it is in the EU27’s interests for their businesses to be able to continue to trade on good terms with the UK.

European Council

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 23rd October 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
23 Oct 2017, 5:22 p.m.

I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend, and in fact some of the work being done on contingency arrangements will apply regardless of the nature of the outcome, whether there is a deal or not a deal.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Hansard
23 Oct 2017, 5:23 p.m.

I was disappointed with the European Council, as on this occasion it did not find the time to discuss the ongoing appalling situation in Venezuela. Does my right hon. Friend believe that this was to spare the blushes of the Leader of the Opposition, who, apparently, was in town working with the EU to undermine the UK’s negotiating position?

The Prime Minister - Hansard
23 Oct 2017, 5:23 p.m.

That may well indeed have been the case. I know the Leader of the Opposition was in town at the time, and of course what he was doing was basically saying to the European Union that he would be willing to take any deal, at any price. That is not the position of this Government.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Wednesday 19th July 2017

(3 years ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
19 Jul 2017, 12:34 p.m.

We said that we would no longer be a member of the single market because we will no longer be a member of the European Union and, as the European Union says consistently, its four pillars are indivisible. Therefore, the fact that we do not wish to be subject to other issues, like the European Court of Justice and free movement requirements, means that we will no longer be a member of the single market. At the end of the two years, when we have negotiated the end state deal, there will be an implementation period for that deal, but we are very clear that at the point at which we reach the end of the negotiations, we will be out of the European Union.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Hansard

I welcome the Institute for Fiscal Studies report this week on income inequality in the UK. It clearly shows that, contrary to Labour propaganda that was often repeated during the general election, the income gap between rich and poor in our country has reduced every year since 2010. Does my right hon. Friend agree that that clearly shows that those with the broadest shoulders are bearing the heaviest burden in dealing with the debt we inherited from the last Labour Government?

The Prime Minister - Hansard

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The IFS report clearly shows what he has said today. As we know, the top 1% of taxpayers are bearing 27% of the tax burden. That is a higher burden than in any year under the Labour Government.

European Council

Debate between Andrew Bridgen and Mrs Theresa May
Monday 26th June 2017

(3 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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The Prime Minister - Hansard
26 Jun 2017, 3:30 p.m.

There was a significant discussion on counter-terrorism and the need for us to co-operate in dealing with this issue. We focused, as I said in my statement, on issues around the internet and on the way in which it is used to promulgate hateful propaganda and to allow terrorists to plan and to have a safe space. We are united in our wish and our determination to take action with the tech companies to ensure that this cannot happen in the future. On the hon. Lady’s last point, I would simply say that across the whole House we are clear that there is no place for hate crime or hate speech in this country.

Andrew Bridgen Portrait Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con) - Hansard
26 Jun 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Some 3.2 million EU citizens currently choose to live, work and make their lives in this country. They are well aware that we are leaving the European Union. What does my right hon. Friend believe that that says about their perception of our country’s prospects post-Brexit, and what does it say about Opposition Members when millions of EU citizens have more confidence in our country than they do?

The Prime Minister - Hansard
26 Jun 2017, 3:31 p.m.

I think that it shows what a great place the United Kingdom is to live and work in, and what great opportunities we have for the future. I am very pleased that those 3.2 million EU citizens have confidence in our country and want to stay here.