Iain Duncan Smith welcomes the Government’s White Paper setting out proposals to make the internet a safer place and calls on the Secretary of State to look at legal constraints to the idea that social media companies are responsible for the content on their website and also liase with the United States to identify commonality of purpose.
Iain Duncan Smith opposes the Bill to delay Brexit and condemns the speed with which the Bill was rushed through the House and in particular how the unelected House of Lords spent more time on the Bill than the elected House of Commons.
Iain Duncan Smith opposes using an emergency procedure to rush through a Bill to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal on 12th April; raising specific concerns about the precedent being set.
Iain Duncan Smith outlines his reasoning for backing the Withdrawal Agreement based on a change in the balance of risks, in particular a damaging and destructive extension that would mean we never leave the European Union.
Iain Duncan Smith leads a debate on modern slavery and specifically on the need for victim support and the lack of a clear pathway for victms to move from exploitation to recovery. He calls on the Government to support the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill which would put into law victims’ entitlement to support during the period of evidence gathering and introduce a statutory duty to provide victims with ongoing support and leave to remain for a period of up to 12 months.
Iain Duncan Smith questions the Government about the role of the Joint Committee outlined in the Brexit withdrawal agreement, in particular where the committee will make legal rulings in “situations unforeseen” who decided was it unforeseen?
Iain Duncan Smith notes the apparent EU final preparations for a no-deal Brexit and asks the Government if the EU therefore considers that if we do not reach a deal we will leave on the 29th March.
Iain Duncan Smith urges the Government to tighten controls on the gambling industry to tackle the industry's scandalous behaviour of incentivising vulnerable gamblers who rack up huge debts and become addicted to gambling.
Iain Duncan Smith says the EU will not want the UK to extend Article 50 beyond the European Parliament election as we would have to take part in those elections and then leave the EU. This would result in the European Parliament being unconstituted.