Debates between John Baron and Boris Johnson

There have been 11 exchanges between John Baron and Boris Johnson

1 Thu 19th November 2020 Integrated Review
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (240 words)
2 Mon 2nd November 2020 Covid-19 Update
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (312 words)
3 Wed 25th March 2020 Speaker's Statement
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (187 words)
4 Wed 30th October 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (205 words)
5 Sat 19th October 2019 Prime Minister’s Statement
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (232 words)
6 Thu 3rd October 2019 Brexit Negotiations
Cabinet Office
2 interactions (175 words)
7 Tue 3rd September 2019 G7 Summit
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (199 words)
8 Thu 25th July 2019 Priorities for Government
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (211 words)
9 Tue 15th May 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
5 interactions (306 words)
10 Wed 9th May 2018 Iran Nuclear Deal
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
3 interactions (253 words)
11 Tue 11th July 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
3 interactions (157 words)

Integrated Review

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Thursday 19th November 2020

(2 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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The hon. Gentleman asks a very interesting question about a hypothetical political event that is at least a generation away. What I can say is that there is absolutely no threat to the Black Watch, to DFID in East Kilbride or to any of the other fantastic investments that this package brings to Scotland. It is a fantastic thing for our country and for our Union.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con) [V]
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This announcement is extremely welcome and one that I know, as an ex-soldier, will be well received by our superb armed forces. My right hon. Friend will know that the integrated review offers the opportunity to consider Britain’s foreign policy assets in the round, including its world-class soft power capabilities. Will he therefore confirm that when the review is published, it will reflect the recommendations of the recent British Council all-party parliamentary group report and include a soft power strategy at its core, with a central role for Britain’s primary soft power assets, including the British Council?

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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I thank my hon. Friend for that question, because he is right to highlight the importance of soft power. Studies have shown that we are among the biggest wielders of soft power in the world—we are a soft-power superpower. That soft power has many components, of which the British Council is one, but a robust, self-confident defence policy that allows us to project strength around the world is also hugely valuable. Hard power leads to soft power.

Covid-19 Update

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Monday 2nd November 2020

(2 months, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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I am so sorry about the case that the hon. Lady describes. I have met, as I am sure Members across the House have, bereaved family members of those who have lost their lives in care homes, who have not been able to visit them, and it is an absolute tragedy. All I can tell her is that we are doing our absolute best to allow people to visit their relatives in extreme circumstances, making sure that they have the necessary PPE. What we cannot have is another outbreak of the kind that we saw in care homes and, alas, the virus is transmitted readily in care homes and between care homes and we must not see that again.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con) [V]
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I commend the Prime Minister for his statement and will be supporting the Government on Wednesday. We must prioritise saving lives wherever possible, but may I suggest that the elderly should be allowed more leeway? Given that Sweden recently removed shielding advice for its over-70s, concluding that the general risks to their health from loneliness and isolation outweighed those from the virus, what cost-benefit analysis have the Government undertaken as to the balance of risks to public health and society from lockdown on the one hand and from the coronavirus on the other?

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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2 Nov 2020, 4:50 p.m.

We are not bringing back shielding, as I mentioned earlier, although we do think that the elderly need to take special steps to protect themselves. In connection with Sweden, actually the Swedish example is not quite the slam-dunk that perhaps people think. Sweden does not, for instance, allow pupils over 15 to get back into school, whereas we prioritise keeping our schools open. That is the balance that we strike the whole time—a balance between keeping our economy moving as far as we can, keeping our schools open, and defeating the virus. That is what we are trying to do.

Speaker's Statement

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Wednesday 25th March 2020

(10 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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The hon. Member is absolutely right to pay tribute to the work of the voluntary sector and the charitable sector. They are crucial to our national response to this crisis, and my right hon. Friends the Culture Secretary and the Chancellor are looking at a package of measures to support charities as well.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
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Q9. I commend the Prime Minister and all those on the frontline for their handling of this situation. I have raised with him previously the importance of reaching out to all the elderly and vulnerable who live alone, regardless of their health, so that no one is left behind. May I raise with him, as a former Foreign Secretary, the plight of the British Council? It is running out of money. It has had to cease its commercial activities and its reserves will be exhausted within weeks. Can he make funding available? [901759]

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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I came to love the British Council when I was doing the job that my hon. Friend refers to. We will continue to support it in any way that we can, and we are actively looking into what we can do.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Wednesday 30th October 2019

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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30 Oct 2019, 12:57 p.m.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising his constituent’s problem with UKVI and I will make sure that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary addresses it immediately.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
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30 Oct 2019, 12:58 p.m.

We all remember that the Opposition parties never wanted to give the people an EU referendum, even opposing our amendment to the 2013 Queen’s Speech, selected by you, Mr Speaker, an early Brexiteer, regretting the absence of a referendum Bill. Given that they have done everything they can to delay our departure, as we head into Christmas may I urge the Prime Minister, whatever their antics, to lead a positive, decent one nation campaign for a stronger economy to help those less fortunate that addresses the divisions in our country? We wish him well.

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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30 Oct 2019, 12:59 p.m.

I thank my hon. Friend for putting that so succinctly and well. That is exactly what we want. I think it is what the people of this country want; they want to get Brexit done and they want to move forward with a one nation agenda to unite this country, and to level up across the country with better education, better infrastructure and fantastic new technology. That is our agenda; the Opposition’s agenda is for years more of political dither, delay and division.

Prime Minister’s Statement

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Saturday 19th October 2019

(1 year, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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19 Oct 2019, 10:50 a.m.

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, but I must say in all candour and humility that he misrepresents what I think is an excellent deal. It takes Northern Ireland out of the EU customs union and preserves it in the UK’s customs territory. It does not create a border in the Irish sea; it allows us together, as a single United Kingdom, to do free trade deals around the world. I think his constituents would want him to support this deal and get Brexit done tonight and on 31 October.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
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19 Oct 2019, 10:50 a.m.

I wholeheartedly commend my right hon. Friend for abolishing the anti-democratic backstop. On that basis, I will, having opposed the previous deal, be supporting this deal today. May I suggest this to him? Given that I and most of us in this place want a fair and good trade deal, and prefer that to no deal, does he accept that by abolishing the anti-democratic backstop we actually not only make a good and fair trade deal more likely, but we almost guarantee it given the common position we start from and our common interests with the EU?

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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19 Oct 2019, 10:50 a.m.

My hon. Friend is spot on. He is right that both sides have a strong incentive to do a very good, best-in-class free trade deal by the end of next year. That is our ambition and that is what we are going to achieve.

Brexit Negotiations

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Thursday 3rd October 2019

(1 year, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
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1 Jan 2000, midnight

Mr Speaker, I am glad to hear it.

The devil will be in the detail, but I very much congratulate my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on his improved proposals as a basis for a deal. However, in straining every sinew to secure a good deal, will he be resolute not only in his intent to honour the triggering of article 50 by an overwhelming majority in this place, which clearly stated that we would leave with or without a deal, but in ensuring that we are prepared for no deal? It is inescapable logic that being so prepared improves the chances of securing such a deal, despite the fact that that logic escapes the Opposition parties.

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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1 Jan 2000, midnight

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The preparations that we have made for that outcome, a no-deal exit—I thank my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for everything that he is doing—have unquestionably, notwithstanding the surrender Act, concentrated the minds of our friends in the EU and are helping us to get a deal.

G7 Summit

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Tuesday 3rd September 2019

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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3 Sep 2019, 4:34 p.m.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for the support that he gives to our campaign and the UK cause of 12 years of quality education for every girl in the world, and indeed, I thank members of his family for what they have done to support that campaign. On staffing matters, I will not comment, as he would expect.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
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3 Sep 2019, 4:34 p.m.

Most of us in this place would prefer a good trade deal to no deal at all, but will the Prime Minister reflect on the fact that of the top 10 of the EU’s trading partners, half trade on WTO no-deal terms? Will he therefore continue to put to the sword this ludicrous suggestion that Britain would be incapable of trading on such terms? We would prosper.

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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3 Sep 2019, 4:34 p.m.

My hon. Friend is totally right. There is a huge opportunity for the UK to recover its standing, which it used to have before 1973, as a great individual actor and campaigner for global free trade. That is what we are going to do, not just with a great free trade deal with our EU friends, which of course will be the centrepiece of our negotiations, but with free trade deals around the world.

Priorities for Government

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Thursday 25th July 2019

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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25 Jul 2019, 12:27 p.m.

I am sorry. Forgive me. I was thinking of the right hon. Gentleman’s father. His father, of course, was right.

If the right hon. Gentleman talks to his constituents in Leeds he will know that they want him to honour the mandate of the people, and that is what we will do.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
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25 Jul 2019, 12:28 p.m.

I very much congratulate my right hon. Friend on assuming his role and on his cracking policies and appointments so far. Actions speak louder than words, and it says a great deal when the four great posts of state are held by descendants of immigrants, and we should take great pride in that. May I turn the Prime Minister’s attention very briefly to something that affects millions of people in this country, and that is cancer. His predecessor introduced the one-year cancer metric at the heart of the cancer long-term plan in order to encourage earlier diagnosis. This could save tens of thousands of lives a year. Will he look at that and commit to continue with that proud policy going forward?

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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25 Jul 2019, 12:28 p.m.

I thank my hon. Friend for his question. The simple and short answer is yes, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health is only too happy to talk to him at his earliest convenience.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Tuesday 15th May 2018

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait Boris Johnson
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I must respectfully tell the hon. Lady what I am sure she knows very well: this is a matter for the Home Office. We certainly alerted the Home Office to the issue, but the question of how to manage immigrants in this country is a matter for the Home Office.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
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4. What recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on the future of the Iran nuclear deal. [905284]

Boris Johnson Portrait The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Boris Johnson)
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As the House will understand, the UK continues to work hard with all our friends and partners—particularly the other European signatories to the joint comprehensive plan of action—to keep that deal alive. We believe that it is of fundamental importance that Iran was not in breach of the JCPOA last week. It is still not in breach of the JCPOA this week. There are advantages to maintaining the essence of that deal, so we will continue to work for that and to protect the interests of UK business in Iran.

John Baron Portrait Mr Baron
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15 May 2018, 11:30 a.m.

Recent tensions between Israel and Iran underline the importance of the nuclear deal, and we should not forget how close the west and Iran came to conflict over the nuclear issue in 2012. The Government have rightly maintained their full support for the agreement, but exactly how far are they prepared to go, in concert with their allies, to keep this deal alive—including, if necessary, protecting companies that trade with Iran from American sanctions?

Boris Johnson Portrait Boris Johnson
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15 May 2018, 11:30 a.m.

My hon. Friend brings a great deal of learning to this subject. This issue is difficult because of the extraterritorial effect of US sanctions; when companies touch the live wire of the American financial network, they find themselves almost immediately sanctioned. I am going to Brussels this afternoon to talk to our European friends about what we can do to work together to protect the interests of UK and other European businesses.

Iran Nuclear Deal

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Wednesday 9th May 2018

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait Boris Johnson
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9 May 2018, 1:14 p.m.

The right hon. Lady speaks a good deal of sense. It is a limitation that there is no agreement on the ballistic missile programme, or indeed on Iran’s wider behaviour in the region, but it would have been impossible to get an agreement on the nuclear dossier if those had been brought in. The United States thinks differently, and the President has a global vision of bringing these dossiers together and solving the problem as one. We have yet to see the detail on how he intends to do it, but we will certainly be as supportive as we can.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
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9 May 2018, 1:14 p.m.

We should not underestimate the importance of maintaining a positive direction of travel in the region, particularly given that it will take a series of steps to reach desired outcomes. Given that all the evidence suggests that Iran has adhered to the agreement, has the time come for the international community to act in concert in pursuing and maintaining this agreement, even if that means isolating the US for the time being, not just diplomatically but when it comes to sanctions against Iran, where possible?

Boris Johnson Portrait Boris Johnson
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9 May 2018, 1:15 p.m.

I must say that, speaking as somebody who was born in New York, now I come to think of it, I see absolutely no advantage in isolating the United States, our closest and most important ally. Our job of work on the Government side of the House is to bring the United States back into agreement and to get a successor deal that the President wants to achieve.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between John Baron and Boris Johnson
Tuesday 11th July 2017

(3 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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11 Jul 2017, 11:43 a.m.

I think that what the British public can take from both the Chancellor and myself—and, indeed, from the vast majority of Labour Members, as I understand their position—is that we all want to get on and do the deal, to do the best deal possible, and to leave the EU.

John Baron Portrait Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay) (Con)
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11 Jul 2017, 11:44 a.m.

What lessons does my right hon. Friend take from the Australian Government, who negotiated free trade deals with China, Japan and South Korea in very short order by focusing on trade itself rather than getting bogged down in disputes with regard to standards, legalities and regulations?

Boris Johnson Portrait Boris Johnson
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11 Jul 2017, 11:44 a.m.

I agree very much with what my hon. Friend has said. I think that, with a bit of gumption and a bit of positive energy, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and we should get on and do it. Of course, we cannot ink in the free trade deals now, but we can certainly pencil in the outlines.