EU (Withdrawal) Bill – Bishop of Leeds speaks on amendment on Gibraltar

On 26th March 2018 the House of Lords continued with its consideration of the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill in committee. Baroness Butler-Sloss introduced an amendment after clause 11, regarding the maintenance of status quo rights and arrangements in Gibraltar. The Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, spoke during the debate on the amendment: 

The Lord Bishop of Leeds: My Lords, I do not want to repeat what has been said but the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, seems to have asked the key question. Amid all the detail perhaps we might precis the fundamental question. Continue reading “EU (Withdrawal) Bill – Bishop of Leeds speaks on amendment on Gibraltar”

EU Withdrawal Bill: Archbishop of York discusses impact on devolved assemblies

york-170117-cOn 21st March 2018, Peers debated the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on its ninth day at Committee Stage. The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd John Sentamu, spoke during debate on an amendment relating to the powers of devolved assemblies.  It can be read in the wider context of the debate here 

The Archbishop of York: The point I was going to make is exactly the same. As I have listened to the debate, it seems to me that the issue is probably what the noble Lord, Lord Hennessy, tried to address. When we leave the EU, the state of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland will still be the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

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Bishop of Leeds discusses EU Withdrawal Bill amendment

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On 7th March 2018, peers discussed Clause 7 of the EU Withdrawal Bill: ‘Dealing with deficiencies arising from withdrawal’, as part of Committee Stage. The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines spoke.  Continue reading “Bishop of Leeds discusses EU Withdrawal Bill amendment”

Archbishop of York contributes to EU Withdrawal Bill debate

york-170117On 5th March peers debated the EU Withdrawal Bill on its fourth day at Committee Stage. The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd John Sentamu, spoke in the debate about reciprocal rights:

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EU Withdrawal Bill: Bishop of Leeds urges Peers to ‘model good ways of disagreeing’

On Tuesday 30th January 2018, the Lords considered the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill at Second Reading. The Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, spoke in the debate, focusing on the purpose and tone of Brexit discussions. 

Lord Bishop of Leeds: My Lords, many speakers will attend to the technical and legal details of the Bill and they will be better equipped to do so than I am. I therefore want to use my time to pay attention to a question that lies behind the nature of the Bill and the choices that we are required to make in scrutinising and attempting to improve it. This question applies to all sides of the argument, whether we think that leaving the European Union is an unmitigated disaster or the best thing since Winston Churchill mobilised the English language and sent it into battle. Continue reading “EU Withdrawal Bill: Bishop of Leeds urges Peers to ‘model good ways of disagreeing’”