Debates between Lord Frost and Lord Adonis

There have been 3 exchanges between Lord Frost and Lord Adonis

1 Thu 25th March 2021 Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (187 words)
2 Thu 18th March 2021 UK-EU Trade
Cabinet Office
4 interactions (274 words)
3 Wed 10th March 2021 Northern Ireland Protocol: Grace Period
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (311 words)

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Debate between Lord Frost and Lord Adonis
Thursday 25th March 2021

(2 weeks, 4 days ago)

Lords Chamber

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Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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My Lords, our expectation is that the trade and co-operation agreement will be ratified by the end of April. We have agreed to that in the partnership council by written process. We look to the European Union to uphold that obligation. The unilateral measures were lawful as part of a progressive and proportionate implementation of the protocol.

Lord Adonis Portrait Lord Adonis (Lab)
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My Lords, the Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney, said that a road map to the full implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol was needed. Since the noble Lord has taken office, has he had the chance to meet Mr Coveney? If not, does he have plans to do so at an early date? There are many of us who think that, on the basis of the noble Lord’s distinguished diplomatic record, he might do a better job spending more time on diplomacy and less time issuing ideological declarations.

Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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I have of course had a conversation with the Irish Foreign Minister, as I have with many Ministers around Europe. Our intention is to pursue the issues arising from the protocol through dialogue, both with the Commission and with our European friends.

UK-EU Trade

Debate between Lord Frost and Lord Adonis
Thursday 18th March 2021

(3 weeks, 4 days ago)

Lords Chamber

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Lord Adonis Portrait Lord Adonis
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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the United Kingdom– European Union Trade Cooperation Agreement on the reduction in trade with the European Union since 1 January.

Lord Frost Portrait The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Frost) (Con)
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My Lords, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides for 100% tariff-free and quota-free access to each other’s market for the UK and the EU. It is first trade agreement in the world to do so. A unique combination of facts has made it inevitable that we would see a reduction in trade with the EU in January, and we should use caution in drawing any conclusions from the initial figures released on 12 March.

Lord Adonis Portrait Lord Adonis (Lab)
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My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. We are, of course, where we are, but I am sure he would agree we have a particular problem at the moment with the export of animals, meat and shellfish, where exports are down by between 56% and 83%. Will the Minister agree to meet me and other noble Lords from across the House who are acutely concerned about this issue and wish to see it sorted, including the possibility of the Government negotiating a sanitary and phytosanitary agreement similar to that which Switzerland currently enjoys with the European Union?

Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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My Lords, I am always happy to meet anybody to talk about the issues relating to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. We have, of course, pulled out all the stops to help businesses deal with the changes to our trading relationship with the EU, whether they are operating in these fields, whether they are SMEs or whether they are working in the agri-food or any other area.

Northern Ireland Protocol: Grace Period

Debate between Lord Frost and Lord Adonis
Wednesday 10th March 2021

(1 month ago)

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Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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I thank my noble friend for his words of support for the decisions taken by the Government last week. Our overriding aim is to protect the Belfast/Good Friday agreement in all its dimensions—all the strands, north-south and east-west. The protocol was designed to achieve this. All sides need to be sensitive to the social and political realities, and the fact that the operation of the protocol rests on the confidence of both communities in Northern Ireland. I reassure my noble friend that we will consider any legal process launched by the EU very carefully; we will defend our position vigorously. The protocol is explicit in respecting the territorial integrity of the UK and we will ensure that is sustained.

Lord Adonis Portrait Lord Adonis (Lab)
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My Lords, I join in very warmly welcoming the noble Lord to the House. Does he accept that behind this trade crisis in Northern Ireland is his own hostility to the European Union? He has taken Britain out of the customs union and single market and therefore necessitated these trade controls. Is he aware that Margaret Thatcher, who largely created the single market, said:

“How we meet the challenge of the Single Market will be a major factor, possibly the major factor, in our competitive position in European and world markets into the twenty-first century. Getting it right needs a partnership between government and business”?

Does the noble Lord agree with Lady Thatcher?

Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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I thank the noble Lord for his question. We developed a model of Brexit and implemented it on the back of the election victory in December 2019, which is about leaving the customs union and single market. We believe that the United Kingdom will benefit from control of its own laws, trade policy and money. That situation will give us benefits. We would like a constructive relationship with the European Union and I will be working to ensure that happens.