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I've been in parliament for 22 years and I have never once voted against the Conservative whip so it's not something I would do lightly or enthusiastically. But I am very clear that the national interest trumps the party interest, if I am presented with a difficult choice I will act in what I believe is the best interest of this country.
We also have a duty to ensure that the country can move forward and that will mean that we have to compromise, nobody is going to get their perfect Brexit out of this. We have to have a Brexit that represents a compromise that reflects the fact that actually the nation was divided pretty much down the middle in the referendum in 2016.
This is not in our control and the European Union is signaling that only if we have a deal is it likely to be willing to grant a short technical extension to get the legislation through, if we don't have a deal, and if we're still discussing among ourselves what is the right way to go forward, then it's quite possible that the EU may insist on a significantly longer period.
It will be carefully designed to ensure it is established tech giants, rather than our tech start-ups, that shoulder the burden.
Found on CNN 4 years ago
The president hasn't yet had a chance to discuss with the prime minister the white paper, which was after all only published yesterday, and I know she's looking forward to the opportunity to discuss with the president how we can take forward the big opportunities for increasing trade and investment between the UK and the United States that she mentioned last night during the dinner at Blenheim, i saw that the president was nodding furiously last night as she was speaking last night and I'm sure there will be a very positive discussion between them today.
I very much hope that we can avoid a full scale trade war (because) that would be a disaster for everyone, not least for the United States, but what I can say is this: whatever happens the UK will remain an outspoken proponent of open markets and free trade, low tariff barriers and low non-tariff barriers.
The plan has always been to work as a core member of the Galileo project, contributing financially and technically to the project. If that proves impossible then Britain will have to go it alone, possibly with other partners outside Europe and the U.S., to build a third competing system, for national security strategic reasons we need access to a system and we'll ensure that we get it.
If our European Union partners respond to such a vision positively - obviously it will be subject to negotiation - so that there is a sense perhaps later this year that we are all on the same page in terms of where we expect to be going. I think that will send a reassuring signal to the business community and to markets.
What will start to reduce uncertainty is when we are able to set out more clearly the kind of arrangement we envisage going forward with the European Union, if our European Union partners respond to such a vision positively - obviously it will be subject to negotiation - so that there is a sense perhaps later this year that we are all on the same page in terms of where we expect to be going. I think that will send a reassuring signal to the business community and to markets.
The newly established fintech bridge between the UK and the Republic of Korea is an important step for one of this country's most exciting industries, the government is determined to help the UK fintech sector to innovate and grow and to ensure that Britain remains the location of choice for fintech start-ups.
Markets do need signals of reassurance, they need to know that we will do whatever is necessary to keep the economy on track, we're working together across that referendum divide in the party to deliver the best possible deal for Britain. I think confidence will gradually begin to return and people will start to see the shape of the future that we're mapping out.
There are some of my colleagues in the Conservative party at the moment saying things like 'It'll be straightforward to agree access to the single market and there'll be no need to have freedom of movement,' i'm afraid they are simply betraying a lack of understanding of the political realities in the European Union. It will be much more complicated than that.
This isn't just about cooperating with the French authorities - it's about cooperating across Europe with intelligence agencies, with police authorities to ensure that we intercept these people, we identify them and we prevent them going about their murderous plans wherever they are planning and plotting and wherever they are seeking to attack.
The European Union will remain united on the question of sanctions, sanctions must remain in place until there is full compliance (with the Minsk agreement), we will prepare possible new sanctions, which could be imposed quickly if there is further Russian aggression or if the Minsk agreement is not complied with.
If your economy is cratering you cannot support the kind of foreign adventures that Putin is undertaking. You cannot support the kind of security state structure that he has generated and that he needs to keep him there, he will have to trim his behavior to reflect the decline in the Russian economy.
Ukrainians can't beat the Russian army, that's not a practical proposition. There has to be a political solution, this man (Putin) has sent troops across an international border and occupied another country's territory in the 21st century acting like some mid-20th century tyrant. Civilized nations do not behave like that.
I condemn this appalling attack on innocent civilians supporting our diplomatic activity, this outrage brings home to us once again the courage and perseverance of the people of Afghanistan and members of the international community who support them, who have lived together through decades of conflict.
Found on CNN 8 years ago
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