Debates between Lord Frost and Lord Purvis of Tweed

There have been 3 exchanges between Lord Frost and Lord Purvis of Tweed

1 Thu 25th March 2021 Post Brexit: Economic and Political Opportunities
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (238 words)
2 Thu 18th March 2021 UK-EU Trade
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (250 words)
3 Wed 10th March 2021 Northern Ireland Protocol: Grace Period
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (299 words)

Post Brexit: Economic and Political Opportunities

Debate between Lord Frost and Lord Purvis of Tweed
Thursday 25th March 2021

(2 weeks, 4 days ago)

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Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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My Lords, we engaged very closely with the devolved Administrations last year during the TCA negotiations and in the implementation of the withdrawal agreement. At the moment, we are considering the best way of engaging the devolved Administrations most effectively in the new governance arrangements that have been set up, and I expect we will want further discussions on that matter before too long.

Lord Purvis of Tweed Portrait Lord Purvis of Tweed (LD)
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My Lords, when I asked the Minister last week about the absence of the EU/UK agreement impact assessment, he told me:

“The economic situation last year, the impact of the pandemic and the huge uncertainties made it very difficult to conduct an analysis.”—[Official Report, 18/3/21; col. 447.]

However, that was not the case for the UK/Japan agreement he referred to, on which a 107-page assessment was published at the end of October. The Minister just told the House that the Government are drawing on economic and analytical support within government. Will the British Parliament be able to see any of it?

Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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My Lords, the Government routinely publish much information and analysis of this country’s economic prospects. They most recently did so around the Budget earlier this month. Many other bodies, such as the OBR and the ONS do likewise. There is a good deal of comment on the prospects for this country after Brexit, economically and otherwise, and we are not convinced that further publications at this point would add to this very rich debate.

UK-EU Trade

Debate between Lord Frost and Lord Purvis of Tweed
Thursday 18th March 2021

(3 weeks, 4 days ago)

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Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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My Lords, I very much agree with the thrust of my noble friend’s question. I endorse his view that we should use our freedom to develop our financial services industry, and the framework that regulates it, over time in a way that suits us, and build the City’s huge advantages as a global financial centre.

Lord Purvis of Tweed Portrait Lord Purvis of Tweed (LD)
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My Lords, last year I asked the noble Lord, Lord True, what work the Government were doing to forecast an assessment of the various complexities that the Minister referred to. He wrote to me on 19 May, saying:

“A call for evidence will open in the coming months, and we will provide further details in due course. The call for evidence will capture complexity and represent the varying impacts that will be felt across different parts of the economy. We will continue to keep Parliament informed.”

There was no call for evidence, and the Government have not kept Parliament informed. Does there exist any forecast from the Government that shows that by value to the UK economy, UK trade with the EU will grow?

Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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My Lords, the question of the economic benefits or disbenefits of our relationship with the European Union has been extensively debated over the last few years. There have been many publications on the subject, including from this Government. The economic situation last year, the impact of the pandemic and the huge uncertainties made it very difficult to conduct an analysis. We of course continue to keep this question under very close review.

Northern Ireland Protocol: Grace Period

Debate between Lord Frost and Lord Purvis of Tweed
Wednesday 10th March 2021

(1 month ago)

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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.

Lord Purvis of Tweed Portrait Lord Purvis of Tweed (LD)
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My Lords, I also welcome the noble Lord to the Dispatch Box. We knew that businesses which export out of the UK to the EU required an HMRC EORI number, but now businesses need a Northern Ireland EORI number to trade internally in the UK with Northern Ireland. The noble Lord, Lord Grimstone, stated in a letter to me on 11 February that, of the 770,000 trading businesses in the UK, only 58,000 have a Northern Ireland XI EORI number. Why would businesses in the UK require export registrations to trade with other parts of the UK? If there is unfettered trade within the UK, why do only 12% of UK businesses currently have the capability to trade with Northern Ireland?

Lord Frost Portrait Lord Frost (Con)
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This Government are working extremely hard to ensure the fair and free flow of trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We have provided more than £200 million to support businesses through the trader support service and processed declarations for over 200,000 consignments. Some 34,000 businesses are registered and 98% of declarations are handled within 15 minutes. An EORI number is part of the requirement to trade now that we have left the customs union, but we are doing our utmost to ensure the free flow of trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as the protocol requires.