During yesterday’s debate on Parliamentary Sovereignty and EU Renegotiations, Bill Cash made the following speech and interventions:

Sir William Cash (Stone) (Con): I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) on introducing this debate so well.

I have to say that this has been a very long journey—30 years, I suppose, in all. I do not want to speak about the technicalities of negotiation; we will deal with that when the Foreign Secretary appears in front of the European Scrutiny Committee on 10 February. I had the opportunity to say a few words yesterday in reply to the Prime Minister’s statement, but today I simply want to indicate what I really feel about this question and explain why I am so utterly and completely determined to maintain the sovereignty of this United Kingdom Parliament. ...continue reading

During yesterday’s debate on the UK’s Relationship with the EU, Bill Cash made the following intervention:

Sir William Cash (Stone) (Con): Of course, for all his fulminations, the Leader of the Opposition voted against the Maastricht treaty. Having said that, how can the Minister justify this pint-sized package as a fundamental change in the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, with real democracy for this Parliament, which represents the voters to whom he has himself just referred? Given that there is no treaty change on offer, what guarantee can my right hon. Friend give that, before the votes are cast in the referendum, this package will be not only legally binding but irreversible, which a decision by Heads of State, as proposed by Mr Tusk in the letter to which my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) has referred, cannot possibly achieve? ...continue reading

The appropriately named ‘BSE’ campaign – Britain Stronger in Europe – is propagating myths that only a mad cow would believe.

Laughable claims have been placed centre-stage on their website; suggestions that Britain would have a stronger economy, stronger leadership and stronger security by remaining in the EU. One wonders if any of these europhiles have ever read an EU treaty … ...continue reading

Bill Cash asked the Leader of the House: Will the Leader of the House be good enough to give us a debate on how we can get back our country? On the immigration question, the voters absolutely have to understand how the Dublin regulation is being bulldozed, with the connivance of the Commission, through Angela Merkel’s own policy, and how human rights laws are being extended to allow people in Calais to come over here. These matters go right to the heart of the referendum. Can we have our country back please? ...continue reading

Bill Cash asked The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: As one who was brought up in Sheffield, I ask the Minister whether she accepts that the deadly combination of EU energy law, EU subsidy law and EU dumping law means that, although the Government may want to achieve a solution to this problem, ultimately they cannot do so without leaving the European Union.

Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Here is a surprise: I do not agree with my hon. Friend’s analysis, or his conclusions. When the Secretary of State went over to Brussels and led the charge, I found in the conversations that I had with my equivalent Ministers throughout the EU that we had all come together. I think that by working together, we can assure the future of the steel industry not just in our country, but throughout the European Union.

 

 

 Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee: I am glad that the European Scrutiny Committee, with all-party support, forced the Government to cancel the European Standing Committee on the ports regulation, which may yet continue to damage 350,000 jobs in the United Kingdom. This is a vital national interest. Does the Leader of the House recognise that the issue must be debated on the Floor of the House and voted on? Furthermore, does he accept that, because of the European Union arrangements, the Government are effectively in a position where they can only wring their hands or accept either a majority vote or a seedy compromise, and that this is a perfect example of why so many people in this country want to leave the European Union? ...continue reading

Chris Grayling noted, in his Daily Telegraph article, that the EU is moving towards more integration, including a political union, and that “is a path that the UK will not and should not follow.” In fact, he stressed that “staying in the EU with our current terms of membership unchanged would be disastrous for Britain.” ...continue reading