Peer slates Electoral Commission for ‘caving in’ to pressure from Remain lobby

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (independent Labour)    

Peer slates Electoral Commission for ‘caving in’ to Remainer pressure on Vote Leave funding investigation

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has criticised the Electoral Commission for what he believes is their ‘cravenly caving in’ to pressure from Remainer MPs and activists over the re-investigation of Vote Leave’s funding of ‘BeLeave’ during the referendum campaign.

Lord Stoddart said: “It is my understanding that the Electoral Commission, not only approved the donation to BeLeave, at the time, but it has already subsequently looked into this issue and found nothing wrong.  I find it very disappointing that they appear to have cravenly caved-in to pressure from the Remain lobby and decided to investigate again. The Electoral Commission is supposed to be an independent body and should not be seen to be influenced by political pressure.

“It is very dangerous for our democracy for the Commission to give the impression that it takes action based on who shouts loudest in the political arena.”

 

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Peer says: Let’s back Boris’s “positive vision” not Juncker’s “nightmare”

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The Lord Stoddart of Swindon

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18th September 2017

 

Let’s back Boris’s “positive vision” of UK’s future not Juncker’s “nightmare,” says independent Labour Peer

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has welcomed Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson’s controversial intervention in the ongoing debate about the Brexit negotiations.  Lord Stoddart said: “I congratulate the Foreign Secretary for having the courage to write about a positive vision of the future of our great country, in the face of so much pessimism from gutless politicians who seem to have no faith in our country or its prospects.

“Mr Johnson has laid out the golden future that awaits us outside of the European Union and the public sector ought to welcome the £9 billion net saving we will make on leaving, as this sum gives the Government the funding not only for decent public-sector wage increases but also for investing in the NHS. His vision is particularly timely given that the European Union, in defiance of public opinion, has unashamedly set itself on the road to a federal super-state, as has been made all too clear by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in his recent state of the Union address.

“We must strongly support the Foreign Secretary’s vision of the future, not the nightmare envisaged by Mr Juncker.”

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NB: Boris Johnson’s full article can be read at: https://en-gb.facebook.com/borisjohnson/posts/10155036320191317

 

Varadkar gets a caning from Lord Stoddart over Brexit comments

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8th August 2017

 

Comments from leader of “EU minnow country” go down badly with Brexit peer Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has taken the new Prime Minister of the Irish Republic, Leo Varadkar to task about his contribution to the ongoing debate over Brexit and advised the “stripling leader of a mini-state” to “learn his trade” before presuming to lecture the United Kingdom.

Lord Stoddart said: “The British people must be getting fed up with EU minnow countries telling them either to stay in the EU or agree to conditions like remaining in the Single Market and the Customs Union, which would effectively keep our country in the EU.  The latest culprit is the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic (population 4.7million) Leo Varadkar.  He should be reminded that the United Kingdom is the Republic’s good friend and a substantial trading partner –indeed, such a good friend and partner that that it gave Ireland a loan of £3billion to save it from bankruptcy caused by its membership of the single currency, during the last recession (I wonder if they have paid it back yet?).

“This stripling leader of a mini-state should learn his trade before presuming to lecture substantial and successful countries like the United Kingdom on how to proceed on Brexit, particularly after its people have voted in a democratic and free referendum to leave the European Union.”

Peer welcomes Repeal Bill but laments ‘costly’ year long delay

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13th July 2017

 

Peer welcomes Repeal Bill but laments ‘costly’ year long delay

 

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has welcomed the Government’s Repeal Bill but laments that it is “a year late”.

Lord Stoddart said: “I welcome the Government’s Repeal Bill and I sincerely hope that Parliament will now do its duty by the people and pass it through the House of Commons unimpeded.

”It is a great pity that the Bill is a year late as I was advocating that it should happen soon after the referendum result.  The intervening year has been costly because it has allowed unpatriotic and anti-democratic Remain politicians to re-group and begin a determined campaign against Brexit.  The delay has also given us an unwanted and unnecessary General Election, the result of which has been irresponsibly used by Remainers to further their dangerous campaign against the will of the people.

“The Labour front bench has made clear its opposition to the Bill in its present form but where are the Labour Brexiteers?  I am concerned about their continued low profile on this vitally important issue.  When are they going to speak up for the will of the people?  Now is the time.”

 

Peer says that the General Election could mean that anti-Brexit Peers have committed the “ultimate act of political hara kari”

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19th April 2016

 

House of Lords “badly served” by anti-Brexit Peers as it faces threat to its powers from General Election

 

The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has reacted to the announcement of a General Election by pointing out the threat it is to the future of the House of Lords, following its opposition to the Government’s Brexit legislation.

Lord Stoddart said:  “The House of Lords has been badly served by those Peers who have threatened to delay or block Brexit completely, because their threats have certainly contributed to the Prime Minister’s decision to call a General Election.  Undoubtedly, the Tories will include a manifesto pledge to clip the wings of the Lords by sharply reducing the period by which Peers can block legislation.  They could also propose a reduction in the number of Peers or restrictions on their eligibility to take part in votes.

“Standing up to the Government is one thing but seeking to invalidate the will of the people cannot and should not be tolerated.  Opposing Brexit as strongly as they did may go down in history as the ultimate act of political hara kari by Peers who should have known better.”

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Government tells Peer that the ECJ has no jurisdiction over triggering of Article 50

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16th December 2016

Government tells Peer that the ECJ has no jurisdiction over triggering of Article 50 

In response to a written question from the independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, the Government has confirmed that it does not believe the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has any jurisdiction over the triggering of Article 50, in the preparations for Brexit.

Lord Stoddart  asked Her Majesty’s Government: ‘what advice they have received on whether the European Court of Justice has any jurisdiction over the manner and timing of the triggering of the use of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.’ (HL3720)

Responding for the Government, Lord Bridges of Headley from the Department for Exiting the European Union wrote:  ‘Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union states that ‘any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements’ and ‘shall notify the European Council of its intention’. It is for the Member State concerned to determine what its constitutional requirements are. The manner in which the notice is given – to the European Council – is clearly set out in Article 50 itself.’

Commenting on the Government’s response, Lord Stoddart said:  “It appears that despite the self-important posturing of some members of the ECJ, the Government does not believe it is a potential obstacle to Brexit because the Court has no jurisdiction over the matter, which is excellent news.  It is absolutely wrong for the legal system to come between the people and their Government.  The people have spoken on Brexit, at the specific request of the Government and the lawyers should not be involved in attempting to obstruct or derail their decision.”

The full text of Lord Stoddart’s question and the Government’s answer is as follows:

Lord Bridges of Headley, Department for Exiting the European Union , provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL3720):

Question:
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received on whether the European Court of Justice has any jurisdiction over the manner and timing of the triggering of the use of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. (HL3720)

Tabled on: 30th November 2016

Answer:
Lord Bridges of Headley:

Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union states that ‘any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements’ and ‘shall notify the European Council of its intention’. It is for the Member State concerned to determine what its constitutional requirements are. The manner in which the notice is given – to the European Council – is clearly set out in Article 50 itself. On the timing, the Prime Minister has been clear that we will notify by the end of March 2017.

Date and time of answer: 14 Dec 2016 at 16:49.