Following the Government statement on its plans for dealing with legacy issues and the investigation of veterans who served in Northern Ireland during the troubles, Iain Duncan Smith says that as far as soldiers were concerned there was no difference between being sent on peacekeeping operations in Northern Ireland and elsewhere and if the natural justice collides with the law, we should change the law.
Iain Duncan Smith condemns the horrific Easter day terrorist attack in Sri Lanka which was timed on the single biggest day in the Christian calendar when children are encouraged to be in the church and calls on the government to support the Sri Lanka Government in pursuing those who conducted this attack but, at the same time, recognising that the Christian faith is about forgiveness.
Speaking in a debate on an extension to Article 50 until 30 June 2019, Iain Duncan Smith seeks clarification of a scenario that would see the UK fight the European elections but the elected MEPs not be allowed to take their seats.
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.