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Morning folks - welcome

to the Daily Politics.

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Economic forecasters

at the International Monetary Fund

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downgrade UK economic growth -

but is it the squeeze on incomes

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and higher inflation that

will really make people feel

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the pinch this Christmas?

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UK's chief negotiator says the

eventual deal must be along the same

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lines that the UK has already done

and any transition deal must be over

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by 2020.

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What does that all mean?

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We'll play Brexit Top Trumps.

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Theresa May faces Jeremy Corbyn

at Prime Minister's Questions

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for the last time this year.

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Will they be full of Christmas cheer

or more "bah humbug"?

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And they're often less

about Christmas and more

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about the egos of the politicians

that send them.

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We'll look at the Christmas cards

gracing politicos' mantelpieces

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this Yuletide season.

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All that in the next 90 minutes

and helping me to deliver this

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festive political treat for you,

the Dasher and Prancer

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of the Westminster reindeer stables.

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Shadow Health Minister,

Justin Madders and Industry

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and Climate Change Minister -

Claire Perry.

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Welcome to the programme.

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Good morning. Happy Christmas.

Thank

you.

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First today, the International

Monetary Fund predicted that

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a Brexit vote would hit

the UK economy.

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Today they came to London

to deliver their verdict for 2017,

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and their forecasts for the years

ahead, as Britain extricates itself

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from the European Union.

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Here's what the organisation's

Managing Director,

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Christine Lagarde, had to say at the

Treasury earlier this morning.

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Now in this country,

the United Kingdom,

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since the start of this year growth

has slowed notably.

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The significant depreciation

of sterling that followed

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the referendum has pushed inflation

over 3%, squeezing real incomes

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and private consumption.

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Companies are also delaying some

investment decisions until they have

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greater clarity about post-Brexit

trade rules in particular.

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Our forecast for growth in 2017,

this year, is 1.6%,

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down from 1.8% in 2016.

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So, that is the boss of the IMF in

London at the Treasury there to

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deliver her verdict on the economy

this year, and what might happen

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next year. So, Claire Perry, another

major economic forecaster, another

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growth downgrade for the British

economy.

That is true and I don't

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think anyone is surprised, because

we always knew that the headwinds of

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inflation, the adjustment that we

have seen, would be a bit of a drag

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on the original forecast, but I am

focused on things like the Forbes

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survey which yesterday said Britain

was the best place in the world to

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do business. The very first time we

have achieved that rank. I have

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looked at the data. Business

confidence is still strong. That is

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why we have to get through this

period of uncertainty and get a deal

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with Europe as quickly as possible.

But why is Britain now in the slow

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lane of growth?

We have had

concerned and people feeling nervous

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about the future, consumption is

slowing down. We have seen inflation

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picking up.

Are we in the slow lane

because of Brexit?

I think growth

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has slowed because of the period of

uncertainty around our exit from the

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EU which we thought would happen.

But what is striking is if you did

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behind this in terms of the

fundamentals, we have a really

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strong economy, we will get through

this period of uncertainty and we

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will power ahead.

Do you believe the

IMF forecast?

I believe it more than

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the Chancellor's forecast.

The

Chancellor does not make forecasts.

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He tries to put a gloss on it.

Does

the same as the offers the budget

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responsibility forecast.

We are all

heading in the same direction which

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is downwards. I think the main point

is that the IMF has said we need to

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see clarity moving forward to make

those businesses feel confident, to

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make the investment decisions which

is why we need this transition deal

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as soon as possible.

The IMF told us

before the referendum in summer

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2016, that if we voted to leave,

there would be a major slowdown in

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growth, and immediate slowdown in

growth of several percentage points.

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It was wrong, wasn't it?

Yes, I

think that is indisputable.

So why

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should it be right about next year

when it says we should be in slow

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growth as well?

It is the best

information we have at the moment.

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You can listen to what businesses

are saying. Vauxhall is in my

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constituency, PSA, the group that

only say they are not in a position

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to make decisions about investment.

What about the Forbes magazine study

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which is a global study saying

Britain will be the best place to do

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business in the world next year.

That might be next year.

We're

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almost there.

What happens after

that...

If we were even sure what

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was happening next year we could

take some comfort!

Don't think

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anyone can make predictions.

I don't

believe experts often but I think

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what was good about the post Brexit

referendum is we had a major

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investment from the Bank of England

who pumped millions into the

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economy. We have the business

fundamentals in place next day we

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will have the royal wedding.

So the

royal wedding will come to aid?

That

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is nothing to with politics.

Cabins

on the same day as the FA Cup,

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people may not notice.

That is two

good things to celebrate, cheer up.

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We know from talking in our

department we have to get the shape

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of the deal, we have to get on with

it, and thank goodness we had the

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breakthrough we needed in the last

few days from the Prime Minister.

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You said that the fundamentals of

the economy were strong.

Yes.

They

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are not strong if you are poor in

this country?

I completely disagree

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with you.

Have you seen the latest

ONS figures on living standards.

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Have you seen them?

I have. In terms

of the fact wages are below where

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they were.

That is not what the

latest one says. The latest ones

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tell you that if you are a household

in the lowest income bracket, you're

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living standard has suffered more

than any other, if you are in the

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lowest. The people that need the

most help are actually the ones

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suffering most, because of how you

spend your money. You spend more on

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food, you spend more on energy if

you're in a poor household, as a

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percentage of your income. You have

seen a 36% in prices over the past

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six or seven years.

And that is why

the relentless focus on helping

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people, the National Living Wage,

which I think has been a major

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increase for incomes, freezing fuel

duty, delivering free childcare, we

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have to keep making sure that as we

move forward...

So the more you look

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at them, the poorer you get.

The

more you create highly paid jobs

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like the ones in the car plants and

Justin's constituency, the more you

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get people who have been languishing

on incomes which have been too low

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for a long time. You have to fix the

fundamentals of the economy.

But you

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have been in power since 2010, and

the figures show if you're in the

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lowest bracket of income, as a

household, you have suffered more

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than anyone other bracket. When will

the poorest begin to feel any

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relief? For ten years now, prices of

things they buy have been rising

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much more quickly than their

incomes, despite the Living Wage,

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despite taking people out of tax.

When can they expect relief?

Two

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things, first of all, when we came

into office in 2010 we were dealing

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with the biggest financial crisis we

had seen in peace time. We had a

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deficit which was the biggest in the

developed world.

Mr Osborne said we

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were all in it together. But it

turns out it is the poorest who are

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in it most of all.

We have had to

pay off that deficit which is now

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down by more than two thirds. We

have worked on protecting those on

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the lowest income. We have taken 3

million people out of tax

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completely.

But overall they are

worse off.

And this is why there is

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more to do. This is why the whole

industrial strategy is important. We

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have to keep investing in a highly

productive industries, creating jobs

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across the UK, not just in London

and the south-east.

What would

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Labour do to help the plight of the

poor?

We would raise the minimum

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wage to £10 an hour.

It will be

about £9 50.

We are almost there.

We

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are inching their berries slowly at

the moment. We would reverse some of

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the benefit cuts.

All you can offer

is a marginal rise in the Living

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Wage. Some will not even beyond the

Living Wage.

What we have to look at

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is the overall picture which the

government is facing, which is

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another decade of work stagnation.

Too much employment at the moment is

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based in insecure low-paid part-time

employment which is why so many

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people are struggling. We need to

get out of that cycle and create

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high-paid sustainable jobs.

Exactly.

This is why the industrial strategy,

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the biggest increases in businesses

like Justin's for generations, this

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is how you give people long-term

route out of low income.

Very well,

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I'm sure the poor will be reassured

by both of you.

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Yesterday's meeting of the full

Cabinet saw 25 ministers weigh

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in on the end state of Britain's

relationship with the EU.

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I bet you wish you were there, me

too!

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But with a renewed warning this week

from the EU Chief Brexit Negotiator

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Michel Barnier that the UK couldn't

have a "bespoke deal" after Brexit,

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it hasn't become much clearer how

things will look at the end

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of the process.

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Today he said that the EU is aiming

for any transition deal to end

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before December 31st,

2020 - less than two years

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after the official day

of the UK's departure.

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So what exactly are the current

models - and what does

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the British government want?

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Here's Ellie to explain.

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The "hardest" or "cleanest"

break would be

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no free trade deal with the EU.

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The UK would trade under

World Trade Organisation rules

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and tariffs could be imposed

on exports to the EU.

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The UK would be outside

the Single Market, outside

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the Customs Union, end freedom

of movement, pay no ongoing EU

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contributions and be free

to make its own free trade deals

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with other countries.

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A situation similar to Turkey would

see the UK outside the Single Market

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but in a Customs Union with the EU

in some sectors - although there'd

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be no payments and no free movement.

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Switzerland is outside

the Customs Union

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and most of the Single Market -

but pays some money into the EU,

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accepts free movement,

and accepts EU standards across

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more than 100 bilateral deals.

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The much-talked-about Norway model

would see the UK as a member

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of the EEA: accepting all four

freedoms of the EU Single Market

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but outside the Customs Union.

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The Canada-EU deal -

also known as CETA -

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was long in the making.

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It's considered an example

for the UK as it significantly

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reduces tariffs and some non-tariff

barriers while not obliging

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Canada to be a member

of the Single Market

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or Customs Union, accept free

movement, or pay in to the Budget.

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But crucially the Canada deal

doesn't make it easy to trade

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in financial services -

a major component

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of the British economy.

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That's why the British government

has continued to insist

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on a new "deep and special

partnership", reflecting the nature

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of the UK's economy and the fact

it's starting in alignment

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with EU regulations.

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David Davis labelled such a model

"Canada plus plus plus" -

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but the viability of that option

won't be clear before

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leaders of the EU27 decide

on their opening position in March.

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This morning Michel Barnier has been

speaking and he said the red lines

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would take on a roughly familiar

shape.

TRANSLATION: All of these

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different models strike a balance

between benefits and obligations

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will stop and cross checking back

with the United Kingdom's own red

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lines, then, logically, for the

economic side of our partnership, we

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will be working on the basis of free

trade agreement. Along the same

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lines as what we negotiated and

signed most recently with Canada,

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also South Korea. And Japan, even

more recently.

That is Michel

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Barnier. We will hear a lot more

from him next year when staged to

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negotiations get going. We are now

joined by man we hear from all the

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time these days, we sent him to

Brussels that he is never off our

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screens, Adam Fleming! Good to see

you there. It would seem what Mr

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Barnier is saying that it is a free

trade deal we are looking at. There

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is going to be an argument over what

kind of free trade deal but it is a

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free trade deal?

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Yes, Michel Barnier has said this in

the last six weeks, he has been

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going on and on about it.

If you

take the UK's Red Line, his various,

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no membership of the customs union

or in the European Court of Justice

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after the transition period, that

can add up to the best that the UK

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is given by the EU, along the lines

of the FTA, signed with Canada,

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South Korea and Japan. The way that

he sums it up, as you heard in the

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clip, is that it is about the

balance between obligations and

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benefits. If you do not take the

obligation of free movement of

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people it limits the benefits the EU

will offer you in return. That's the

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reasoning behind a slide, a

PowerPoint slide, that Michel

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Barnier has shown, showing the

different models you get, with the

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EU up here, the free trade deal done

here. Everything else in the middle,

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and how it means the Red Lines and

the UK cannot have that.

I did think

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that PowerPoint was confusing. I am

more confused as to why Michel

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Barnier continues to repeat himself

and lay out this kind of bargaining

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position. Correct me if I am wrong

but my understanding is the Council

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of Europe, were representing all

heads of state of the other 27,

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hasn't yet

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given him his marching orders?

The

timing is that the European leaders

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did their second set of guidelines,

they issued those last Friday, the

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document Michel Barnier was

launching today was the more

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detailed version of the

negotiations, that will be approved

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by ministers at the end of January

next year, so the detailed

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face-to-face talks with David Davis

and his team is in transition, they

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can start at the end of January or

the beginning of the brave. What the

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EU wants is Theresa May and Cabinet

colleagues to have a discussion and

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set out more detail about the shape

of the future relationship after

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2019, after the transition period.

Only in March will EU leaders, at

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their next big summit, publish

another set of guidelines, another

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document, which will be Michel

Barnier's more detailed orders for

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negotiating the shape of the

relationship. Michel Barnier did say

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about all of that that at the end of

this on Brexit day in 2019, there

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will be a big withdrawal agreement,

a treaty with a political agreement

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attached which will talk about the

shape of the future relationship,

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the framework and the jargon, on

trade and economic matters but also

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cooperation, security, defence,

foreign policy, aviation and other

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bilateral areas. He was saying that

yet again, the final free trade

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agreement, whatever that ends up

looking like, when of these

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discussions have been had, that will

come at the end of the transition

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period. The best the British

government can get with the Article

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52-mac is a Brexit negotiations, is

a political declaration about

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roughly what the future will look

like.

Sounds like there's plenty to

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keep you busy in the New Year! We

hope you have a good break over

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Christmas. Adam Fleming joining as

there. We hoped to speak to someone

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from the European Parliament to get

more they stay on what Michel

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Barnier was saying from their

perspective but at the last minute

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we have been let down, not by our

two guests. What do you think,

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Claire Perry, of Michel Barnier

saying that the British will not get

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a Bairstow trade deal?

I think he's

doing what the EU team has always

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done, getting out and having highly

publicised statements about what

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they think is the right negotiating

position to start from. We saw with

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that deal, the shape of the

breakthrough arguments and the deals

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we had last week, we end up in a

different place and I think Adam's

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point is right. Andrew, you made the

point that the power of national

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parliament really begins to bear

now. With things like the auto

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industry, there are huge interests

in certain countries, in making sure

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we have the closest possible trade

alignment. I think the strategy of

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coming together as the position

government, this point of maximum

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alignment in 2019, and the control

diverging, that is the right one but

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it is all out for negotiation which

is why it is going to be an

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interesting new next -- an

interesting year next year.

Japan

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has a Bairstow trade deal, and

Canada has just secured a bespoke

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trade deal. South Korea has a

bespoke trade deal. Why won't

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Brussels give their single biggest

trading partner a bespoke trade

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deal, with whom it runs a massive

service?

You have got to hope that

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that is where we will end up but

what we are seeing at the moment is

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a sense of frustration from the EU

that all we are hearing from the UK

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is what they don't want and not what

they do want. To me it is

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astonishing that it was only

yesterday six months after the

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election that cabinet sat and

discussed for the first time what

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the vision should be for when we

leave the EU. We need to get that

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sorted before we move on with these

negotiations.

When will we get the

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government's position?

We have had

it all along, we had the Lancaster

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speech, the first shape of the deal,

there is a chicken and egg. Until

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you've agreed, all of these

conversations have gone on for

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months and I cannot believe the

shape of the trade deal has not

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influenced to some conversations, it

is a game of moving forward. The EU

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says that nothing is agreed until

everything is agreed.

Sure, but we

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are about to enter this part of the

negotiations where we discuss our

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future relationship with the EU and

that will include many things. Above

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all, it will include trade. Trade in

goods and services. In what way does

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the government want it to death from

the existing arrangements for trade

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and services?

We want to have the

deepest possible relationship while

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not being part of the single market

because we cannot sign up to the

0:21:180:21:21

free movement of labour and the

jurisdiction of the ECJ. This

0:21:210:21:28

becomes a negotiation.

What sort of

things?

There are sectors, like the

0:21:280:21:33

auto sector and the chemical sector,

there is a strong desire from

0:21:330:21:38

industry, from very strong

regulatory alignments and other

0:21:380:21:42

sectors...

You mentioned diverging,

will we diverged from the EU over

0:21:420:21:49

time, or are we going to shadow yet?

Again, to me, that's a decision for

0:21:490:21:56

the Cabinet and for negotiations. If

we want to do better in agriculture,

0:21:560:22:01

if we want an agricultural support

system in the UK that is more for

0:22:010:22:05

the environment, for example,

increasing support for family and

0:22:050:22:10

mixed farms, we need to diverged

from the EU in order to deliver

0:22:100:22:15

that. It seems to me to be a

legitimate point of discussion.

But

0:22:150:22:21

is the government position basically

that on trade and services, we want

0:22:210:22:25

things to stay as they are?

The

point is we start from a position of

0:22:250:22:30

convergence, which is great. It is

easy to negotiate.

And working out

0:22:300:22:34

what it is you will give up to get

out of the obligations of free

0:22:340:22:38

movement in the European Court.

That

is part of the negotiations.

What is

0:22:380:22:46

the government position?

There are

sectors where that is important for

0:22:460:22:50

us to maintain that, because of the

importance of the cross-border trade

0:22:500:22:53

and the supply trade that supports

Justin's constituency. There are

0:22:530:22:59

other free trade opportunities that

are more attractive and the whole

0:22:590:23:02

point of doing this is so that we

can preserve as much as possible

0:23:020:23:05

that relationship and still have the

freedom to do other trade deals.

0:23:050:23:09

That's the situation that and South

Korea and Japan are in.

Actually,

0:23:090:23:16

they are all in different positions.

They are in this boat positions.

0:23:160:23:22

That was the point I had made --

bespoke positions. If Michel Barnier

0:23:220:23:30

is saying that, what hope does

Labour have of keeping members in

0:23:300:23:38

the customs union, I understand that

is your policy. He will not agree to

0:23:380:23:42

that. Our vision is everyone having

access... But everybody has access,

0:23:420:23:48

even North Korea!

It's about

unfettered access without barriers.

0:23:480:23:54

You cannot have that unless you meet

the conditions of membership.

That's

0:23:540:23:59

why we need a bespoke deal and to

get on with negotiations. We need to

0:23:590:24:03

give clarity.

Party would be great

from anybody these days. I would

0:24:030:24:09

like to have that from Labour or the

Conservatives.

That's not fair, two

0:24:090:24:13

months ago we did not have clarity

on the size of the divorce Bill.

I

0:24:130:24:17

am not talking about that.

We have

reached clarity.

He will not give me

0:24:170:24:24

clarity.

We have been able to.

Are

there any tariffs? There is no

0:24:240:24:33

clarity. Will services be included

in the final deal?

Is a massively

0:24:330:24:38

important ask...

That is not

clarity.

I'm not leading the

0:24:380:24:45

negotiating team...

Know but we are

only a couple of weeks away from the

0:24:450:24:48

New Year when it starts. Can you

give any indication of any major

0:24:480:24:54

European figure who is prepared to

have us stay as members of the

0:24:540:24:58

single market and as members of the

customs union without meeting all of

0:24:580:25:02

the obligations that go with that?

Has anybody indicated that they

0:25:020:25:05

would agree?

It would be about

having access, we want to ensure our

0:25:050:25:12

industries and jobs are protected.

So, we need favourable trading

0:25:120:25:15

arrangements.

Why don't you vote

with us, Justin? We want the same

0:25:150:25:21

thing!

Lets not get into the

process, we will leave it there for

0:25:210:25:32

now. I don't think I'm going to get

any further except!

0:25:320:25:39

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0:25:390:25:41

check out the BBC News website

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Particularly if it is a quiet time

over Christmas!

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Now - eco-warrior Michael Gove

launched another of his

0:25:510:25:53

planet-friendly policies this week,

by outlining plans to tackle

0:25:530:25:55

the plastic waste which is

polluting our land and sea.

0:25:550:25:58

The Environment Secretary -

and modern-day "Swampy" -

0:25:580:26:02

wants to cut use of single-use

plastic items, such as straws

0:26:020:26:05

and take-away cups.

0:26:050:26:11

So, imagine our surprise when, just

two days after this announcement,

0:26:110:26:14

he was spotted with this.

0:26:140:26:18

Ooh! That is so unfair, it could be

reusable. You cannot tell!

0:26:180:26:25

A single-use non-recyclable

plastic cup.

0:26:250:26:28

Well, we are all guilty...

0:26:280:26:32

Mr Gove was on his way to the crunch

Brexit Cabinet meeting

0:26:320:26:35

when he was caught carrying

the offending item.

0:26:350:26:37

Probably for the Chancellor with

something in it...

0:26:370:26:40

Well, we have some advice

for the Environment Secretary -

0:26:400:26:43

if he keeps his job after this

monumental blunder that is.

0:26:430:26:45

Next time, don't be caught out -

instead use the planet-saving,

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It is coming up to midday, there is

Big Ben. It's a gloomy day today.

0:29:170:29:24

Prime Minister's Questions, the last

of 2017. You don't want to miss

0:29:240:29:28

that. Laura Kuenssberg is here.

Laura, we were told that the Prime

0:29:280:29:32

Minister would be gone by autumn. We

were told she would be gone by

0:29:320:29:36

Christmas but here she is, going

into PMQs?

George Osborne remembered

0:29:360:29:43

that she was a dead woman walking,

but she has confounded critics in

0:29:430:29:47

the short-term and Number 10 might

be allowing themselves a brief

0:29:470:29:52

moment of some self-congratulation

today, or at least relief! They've

0:29:520:29:55

released a nice picture of her

leaving Number 10 for the final

0:29:550:30:00

Prime Minister's Questions... In

black and white. It's a very

0:30:000:30:03

glamorous picture. Given that they

got the deal at the end of last week

0:30:030:30:09

in Brussels, and given that they are

getting their bill through two

0:30:090:30:12

tonight, the government have coughed

on the amendment of having a date.

0:30:120:30:17

They do have a date that they can

change it. It's, OK, we will agree

0:30:170:30:24

that call it something else! The

government minister Steve Baker

0:30:240:30:27

added his name to the amendment this

morning.

There will not be a defeat

0:30:270:30:30

in the Commons tonight, we expect.

They are getting to Christmas

0:30:300:30:35

thinking...

They might have a

cooking sherry!

One or two! Not

0:30:350:30:43

Theresa May, maybe her team! The

chief of staff might go to Fernando

0:30:430:30:47

's and then he tweets about it!

Speaking of dates, what do you make

0:30:470:30:54

of Michel Barnier? The British

government had indicated there will

0:30:540:31:01

be a two-year transition period,

taking you through to the end of

0:31:010:31:05

March 20 21. Michel Barnier says he

wants it done by the end of 2020. I

0:31:050:31:11

guess, in a way, the Brexiteers will

be rather chuckled by that.

They

0:31:110:31:17

will be delighted, quite tickled and

entertained. I spoke to the senior

0:31:170:31:23

Brexiteers this morning and they

said, excellent! I suggested the

0:31:230:31:27

Chancellor may be slightly lest

please -- slightly less pleased.

0:31:270:31:32

Says go straight to the House of

Commons and the final PMQs of 2017.

0:31:320:31:36

I am sure the whole house will want

to join me in sending our warmest

0:31:490:31:54

Christmas messages to the Armed

Forces who are stationed overseas.

0:31:540:31:58

They make great devices on our

behalf. This morning, I had meetings

0:31:580:32:05

with ministerial colleagues and

others and I will have further such

0:32:050:32:09

meetings later today.

In 2009, the Prime Minister said it

0:32:090:32:15

was a tragedy that the number of

children falling into the poverty

0:32:150:32:20

cycle was continuing to rise. Every

child deserves to have a roof over

0:32:200:32:24

their head and food on the table.

Yet on her watch, in Wandsworth

0:32:240:32:29

alone, the number of families forced

to survive on food banks is

0:32:290:32:34

continuing to rise, and 2500

children, yes, children, will

0:32:340:32:41

wake-up homeless on Christmas Day.

My question is simple. When will

0:32:410:32:48

this austerity driven government say

enough is enough and put an end to

0:32:480:32:51

this tragedy?

Thank you, Mr Speaker. The

0:32:510:32:57

honourable lady should note that

this government has lifted hundreds

0:32:570:33:01

of thousands of children out of

absolute poverty. But I think it is

0:33:010:33:10

important, it is important for all

those who have heard her question to

0:33:100:33:14

be aware of this. She talks of 2500

children in Wandsworth waking up

0:33:140:33:20

homeless on Christmas Day. Anybody

hearing that will assume that what

0:33:200:33:23

that means is that 2500 children

will be sleeping on our streets. It

0:33:230:33:31

does not mean that.

Order. Order.

Honourable and right honourable

0:33:310:33:47

member 's are accustomed to these

exchanges taking somewhat longer. So

0:33:470:33:53

be it. The questions will be heard

and the answers from the Prime

0:33:530:33:57

Minister will be heard. I am in no

hurry at all. The Prime Minister.

0:33:570:34:06

Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is

important that we are clear about

0:34:060:34:09

this for those who hear those

questions, because as we all know,

0:34:090:34:13

families with children who are

accepted as homeless will be

0:34:130:34:17

provided with accommodation. And I

would also point out to honourable

0:34:170:34:32

members opposite that statutory

homeless is lower now than it was

0:34:320:34:34

for most of the period of the last

Labour government.

0:34:340:34:45

If I could draw my right honourable

friend away from Brexit which is

0:34:450:34:50

about to crop up I suspect, I

believe it is common knowledge that

0:34:500:34:54

the Conservative party is the party

that strives to protect our green

0:34:540:34:59

belt. Therefore, it was a shock to

me and my constituents when

0:34:590:35:05

Guildford Council submitted their

draft local plan. The Council are

0:35:050:35:09

seeking to build 57% of the houses

in their plan on green belt. Would

0:35:090:35:15

my right honourable friend agree

that local authorities should focus

0:35:150:35:19

their imaginations on developing

buildings of sufficient height,

0:35:190:35:21

density and imagination on

Brownfield sites, not green belt?

My

0:35:210:35:30

right honourable friend is right to

raise this issue on the half of his

0:35:300:35:35

constituents. A local authority may

only alter green belt boundary in

0:35:350:35:40

exceptional circumstances. In our

highs to Leave Housing White Paper

0:35:400:35:43

this was clear that it is when they

have fully examined other options

0:35:430:35:49

for meeting development needs and

that includes looking at Brownfield

0:35:490:35:53

sites and building on Brownfield

sites. In the case of Guildford, I

0:35:530:35:56

understand the local plan has been

submitted for examination earlier

0:35:560:36:00

this month and it will be examined

by an independent inspector in due

0:36:000:36:04

course, but I can assure my right

honourable friend that he is

0:36:040:36:07

absolutely right, that we want to

ensure that green belt is detected.

0:36:070:36:13

Jeremy Corbyn.

Thank you Mr Speaker.

Could I take this opportunity to

0:36:130:36:19

wish you, Ormond is of the House,

all our public servants and all of

0:36:190:36:23

our Armed Forces are very happy

Christmas and all the Best wishes

0:36:230:36:28

for 2018. And could I paid tribute

to our very hard-working National

0:36:280:36:33

Health Service staff, many of whom,

unlike us will not get a break this

0:36:330:36:40

Christmas. Is the prime minister

satisfied that the National Health

0:36:400:36:44

Service has the resources it needs

this winter?

First of all, can I

0:36:440:36:51

join the right honourable gentleman.

He refers to those NHS staff who

0:36:510:36:54

will be working very hard this

Christmas and will not get a break.

0:36:540:36:59

It is not only our NHS staff who

will be working hard this Christmas.

0:36:590:37:04

It is also our emergency services

and many others who go to work on

0:37:040:37:09

Christmas Day so others can enjoy

their Christmas Day, and we thank

0:37:090:37:12

all of them. He asks about

preparations for winter. I can say

0:37:120:37:17

to him, the health service has

prepared more extensively for this

0:37:170:37:21

winter than ever before. These plans

are helping to ensure safe, timely

0:37:210:37:26

care for patients. As it happens,

those are not my words, they are the

0:37:260:37:31

words of the chief Executive of NHS

providers.

Well, Sir Simon Stevens

0:37:310:37:38

did say the NHS needs £4 billion

next year just to stand still, and

0:37:380:37:43

the reality of the Government has

given the NHS less than half of what

0:37:430:37:49

he asked for. Mr Speaker, the Prime

Minister talks about the money the

0:37:490:37:54

NHS needs, but 50,000 people were

left waiting on trolleys in hospital

0:37:540:38:02

corridors last month. Last week,

more ambulances were diverted to

0:38:020:38:07

other hospitals because of A&E

pressures. 12,000 patients were kept

0:38:070:38:11

waiting in the back of an ambulance

because there was no room at the

0:38:110:38:17

A&E. I asked the Prime Minister a

game, has the NHS got the resources

0:38:170:38:22

it needs this winter to deal with

this crisis?

0:38:220:38:29

He knows full well that NHS funding

is at record levels. And in the

0:38:290:38:38

autumn budget, we put some extra

funding in to the NHS this winter,

0:38:380:38:43

in addition to the £6.3 billion

extra which is given to the NHS over

0:38:430:38:49

the coming years. Time after time

again, the right honourable

0:38:490:38:54

gentleman will come to this House

and complain about what is happening

0:38:540:38:57

in the health service. Can I just

say to him? Can I just tell the

0:38:570:39:07

House what is happening in the

health service. We see 7 million

0:39:070:39:16

more diagnostic tests than seven

years ago. 2.2 million people

0:39:160:39:20

getting operations, and survival

rates for cancer at their highest

0:39:200:39:26

ever level. Those are figures, but

what does it mean? What it means is

0:39:260:39:33

more people getting the treatment

they need. It means more elderly

0:39:330:39:37

people getting their hip operations,

and it means that today, there I

0:39:370:39:43

nearly 6500 people alive who would

not have been if we had not improved

0:39:430:39:47

our cancer care.

In the first three weeks of this

0:39:470:39:56

winter, 30,000 patients were left

waiting in the back of an ambulance

0:39:560:39:59

for more than half an hour. These

delays risk lives. If the NHS had

0:39:590:40:07

the resources it needs, you would

expect it to be meeting its key

0:40:070:40:15

waiting time targets. Can the prime

Minister give us a cast-iron pledge

0:40:150:40:19

that all of those targets will be

met in 2018?

What we are looking to

0:40:190:40:28

do in 2018 is yes, improve the

standard of care that we provide in

0:40:280:40:33

our health service and ensure we can

improve on those figures that I have

0:40:330:40:36

just given him, that we did see more

people being treated in our health

0:40:360:40:41

service, that we do see better

survival rates. That is why we have

0:40:410:40:45

been putting the extra money into

the National Health Service. But it

0:40:450:40:49

is not just about putting extra

money into the National Health

0:40:490:40:53

Service. It is about ensuring that

we see the proper integration of

0:40:530:40:58

health and social care at grassroots

level, that is what the SDPs are

0:40:580:41:04

about in many areas, opposed by the

Labour Party. It is why we have

0:41:040:41:09

lifted the cap so we see more nurse

training places opposed by the

0:41:090:41:17

Labour Party. This is about ensuring

we have the staff and capability in

0:41:170:41:22

the NHS to deliver a first-class

world-class service that our NHS is.

0:41:220:41:27

We should be proud of our NHS. We

are and we are going to make it even

0:41:270:41:33

better.

A&E waiting time targets

have not been met for 2.5 years.

0:41:330:41:39

Cancer treatment targets have not

been met for two years. Our A&E

0:41:390:41:43

departments are bursting at the

seams, because people cannot get a

0:41:430:41:52

GP appointment when they need one.

The Government promised to recruit

0:41:520:41:57

an extra 5000 GPs by 2020. Where are

they?

We are seeing more GPs, we are

0:41:570:42:05

seeing more training places for our

GPs, that he wants to talk that

0:42:050:42:09

targets, if he wants to talk about

targets, let's look at what has

0:42:090:42:15

happened in Wales will stop. The

standard on A&E in Wales was last

0:42:150:42:26

met in 2008. Let me just think.

Which party is in government in

0:42:260:42:34

Wales? Is it the Conservatives? No.

It is the Labour Party in government

0:42:340:42:41

in Wales. On cancer care, the

standard was last met in June 2008

0:42:410:42:45

in Wales. He should look at what the

Labour Party are actually delivering

0:42:450:42:49

before he comes to this House and

complains.

The Welsh Government

0:42:490:42:56

relies on a Brock grant from England

which has been cut by 5% by 2020 --

0:42:560:43:03

a block grant. Despite that, in

Wales, 85.5% of cancer patients

0:43:030:43:09

start their treatment within 62

days, higher than is achieved in

0:43:090:43:13

England. Mr Speaker, my question was

about GPs. Perhaps the prime

0:43:130:43:19

minister is not aware that there are

1000 less GPs than there were the

0:43:190:43:24

days she became Prime Minister. It

is not only the lack of GPs. Another

0:43:240:43:30

issue that is driving people into

A&Es are the 6 billion cuts made to

0:43:300:43:35

social care budgets. 2.3 million

older people have unmet care needs.

0:43:350:43:42

Does the Prime Minister regret, and

the Chancellor is sitting absolutely

0:43:420:43:47

next to her, that he did not put 1p

in his budget for social care?

We

0:43:470:43:56

have £2 billion extra money into

social care. We did that in the

0:43:560:44:00

spring budget. But he started his

question by referencing the record

0:44:000:44:06

of the last Labour government on

health. Well, you know, the last

0:44:060:44:15

Labour government's record on

health, their NHS legacy was

0:44:150:44:19

described as a mess. We are clearing

that up. We are putting more money

0:44:190:44:23

into the NHS. But who was it that

described, who was it who described

0:44:230:44:33

Labour's NHS legacy as a mess? It

was the right honourable gentleman.

0:44:330:44:46

When he is running for leader, he

denounces the Labour Party, now he

0:44:460:44:51

is leader of the Labour Party, he is

trying praise it.

0:44:510:45:00

Mr Speaker, an idea of some, Mr

Speaker, I could quote the prime

0:45:000:45:07

Minister something she may be

familiar with. If the Government

0:45:070:45:11

wants to reduce the pressure is on

the health service and keep people

0:45:110:45:14

out of hospital in the first place,

then he needs to tackle other

0:45:140:45:17

chronic underfunding of care and

support service in the community,

0:45:170:45:21

which are tipping point. Who said

that? The Conservative leader of

0:45:210:45:27

Warwickshire County Council. Mr

Speaker, the question was on social

0:45:270:45:34

care. But the issue is about the NHS

as a whole. It is there, Mr Speaker,

0:45:340:45:40

to provide care and dignity to all

if they fall ill, but our NHS goes

0:45:400:45:46

into this winter in crisis. Nurses

and other workers, no pay rise for

0:45:460:45:52

years. NHS targets not met four

years. Staff shortages, GP numbers

0:45:520:45:58

falling. The reality is, mental

health budgets have been cut, social

0:45:580:46:02

care budgets have been cut, public

health budgets cut. The Prime

0:46:020:46:08

Minister today has shown just how

out of touch she is. The truth is,

0:46:080:46:14

Mr Speaker, our NHS is being

recklessly, recklessly that at risk

0:46:140:46:22

by her government. That is the

truth, Mr Speaker.

0:46:220:46:30

The right honourable gentleman is

wrong because NHS funding has gone

0:46:300:46:33

up. He is wrong because social care

funding has gone up. But, you know,

0:46:330:46:39

not that long ago, the right

honourable gentleman was saying that

0:46:390:46:43

he would be Prime Minister by

Christmas... Well... He was wrong. I

0:46:430:46:56

am, and the Conservatives are in

government!

0:46:560:46:57

CHEERING

Not that long ago, you said we would

0:46:570:47:06

not deliver on phase one on the

Brexit negotiations but he was

0:47:060:47:10

wrong, we have made sufficient

progress and we are moving on to

0:47:100:47:15

phase two of Brexit negotiations.

Not that long ago he predicted that

0:47:150:47:20

the budget would be a failure, in

fact the budget was a success and is

0:47:200:47:25

delivering more money for our

National Health Service. Labour -

0:47:250:47:31

wrong, wrong, wrong. Conservatives,

delivering and Brexit, a budget for

0:47:310:47:39

homes and the health service,

delivering a Briton fit for the

0:47:390:47:42

future.

Mr Speaker... Mr Speaker,

thank you very much. Gloucestershire

0:47:420:47:55

College is building a brand-new

campus in my constituency made

0:47:550:48:00

possible by millions of pounds of

government support, can I thank the

0:48:000:48:04

Prime Minister for that investment?

Doesn't it show that this is a

0:48:040:48:08

government committed to investing in

skills necessary to make this an

0:48:080:48:12

economic and country fit for the

future? Hull Prime Minister!

May I

0:48:120:48:18

say to my right honourable friend

that I'm very pleased that that has

0:48:180:48:21

taken place in his constituency and

I'm also pleased to agree with him,

0:48:210:48:25

I know he believes very strongly in

this, the importance of skills and

0:48:250:48:30

training for the future. That is a

good commitment of this government.

0:48:300:48:32

It's more important than ever that

people in this country are

0:48:320:48:36

developing the skills they need to

get the highly paid jobs of the

0:48:360:48:40

future. As we are doing -- that's

what we are doing for the future,

0:48:400:48:47

and the Conservatives play an

important part of that.

Ian

0:48:470:48:51

Blackford. Thank you, Mr Speaker.

May I take this opportunity to wish

0:48:510:48:56

yourself, our members of staff,

emergency personnel and Merry

0:48:560:49:01

Christmas and a happy New Year when

it comes. Can we wish for a peaceful

0:49:010:49:06

election tomorrow in Catalonia? Mr

Speaker, in 2013, the then

0:49:060:49:11

Chancellor of the Exchequer George

Osborne, when reflecting on his

0:49:110:49:15

position and representing the

majority interest in the Royal Bank

0:49:150:49:18

of Scotland, on the departure of the

then chief executive of the Royal

0:49:180:49:22

Bank of Scotland, said of course, my

consent and approval was sought. Was

0:49:220:49:26

the government right to intervene in

the departure of the chief executive

0:49:260:49:30

of the Royal Bank of Scotland?

Prime

Minister...

I say to the right

0:49:300:49:36

honourable gentleman, that obviously

decisions were taken in the past

0:49:360:49:40

relating to RBS, the key decision

was taken at the time of the

0:49:400:49:44

financial crisis, in relation to

support the government provided to

0:49:440:49:48

the Royal Bank of Scotland. If he's

going to raise branch closures like

0:49:480:49:51

you did last week, I'm afraid he

will get the same answer as last

0:49:510:49:54

week. The government does ensure

that, through the protocol that is

0:49:540:50:00

in place, through the work done with

the Post Office to provide extra

0:50:000:50:04

services, that services are

available to people.

Mr Speaker, it

0:50:040:50:09

is supposed to be Prime Minister's

Questions, the Prime Minister is

0:50:090:50:12

supposed to at least try and answer

the question. If it was right in

0:50:120:50:17

2013 for the Chancellor of the

Exchequer to intervene on the

0:50:170:50:21

departure of the Chief Executive

Officer, then of course it is quite

0:50:210:50:25

right that the government takes its

responsibilities when the last 13

0:50:250:50:29

branches in town are going to be

closed in Scotland? Prime Minister,

0:50:290:50:33

show some leadership! Stand up for

our communities, bring Ross commune

0:50:330:50:43

in and say that you are going to

stand up for national interests and

0:50:430:50:48

stop these bank closures.

The

decision on individual bank branches

0:50:480:50:53

is operational decisions by the

banks themselves. He talks about

0:50:530:50:58

standing up for communities, and

standing up for people across

0:50:580:51:02

Scotland but I had to say to him,

that's a bit rich coming from an SNP

0:51:020:51:06

and government in Scotland, that's

going to increase taxes for 1.2

0:51:060:51:11

million Scots. The Conservative

government is reducing tax for 2.4

0:51:110:51:20

million Scots. There is one clear

message to people in Scotland, the

0:51:200:51:25

Conservatives back you but the SNP

tax you!

Order, I wish the

0:51:250:51:32

honourable member for Filton and

Bradley Stoke and his honourable

0:51:320:51:35

friend the member for Morley and

Outwood all the best for their

0:51:350:51:40

wedding on Friday of this week... I

look forward to attending that.

0:51:400:51:55

Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I

look forward to seeing you there!

0:51:560:52:02

I'm sure the Prime Minister agrees

with me that defence of the RAM and

0:52:020:52:06

protection of our people is the

first duty of government but would

0:52:060:52:08

you further agree that any future

government which fails to support

0:52:080:52:11

our Armed Forces, which wants to

abolish nuclear deterrence, that

0:52:110:52:18

would endanger security as well as

placing hundreds of thousands of

0:52:180:52:21

jobs at risk across the country as

well as 12,000 in my own

0:52:210:52:25

constituency?

Mr Speaker, may I join

you in congratulating my honourable

0:52:250:52:32

friend and my honourable friend, the

member for Morley and Outwood on

0:52:320:52:36

their forthcoming wedding,

unfortunately due to my travels I

0:52:360:52:38

will not be able to attend. I wish

them the best. He has raised a very

0:52:380:52:44

important issue, and I absolutely

agree that defence is the first

0:52:440:52:50

responsibility of the first duty of

government and that is why we are

0:52:500:52:54

committed to our Nato pledge to

spend at least 2% of GDP on defence

0:52:540:52:58

every year. We had a £36 billion

defence budget which will rise to

0:52:580:53:05

almost £40 million by 2021 and we

are spending £178 billion over the

0:53:050:53:11

next ten years on equipment. He is

absolutely right, a party like the

0:53:110:53:14

one opposite which wants to get rid

of our nuclear deterrence, cut the

0:53:140:53:18

Armed Forces and get out of Nato,

that would not strengthen us but we

0:53:180:53:24

can us.

The Prime Minister would be

aware of the strong affection and

0:53:240:53:27

support for Gibraltar across this

house. In light of the guidelines

0:53:270:53:32

published this morning, will she

give a commitment not to enter into

0:53:320:53:37

agreement with the EU, that excludes

Gibraltar from the transitional or

0:53:370:53:43

implementation no arrangements and

periods?

Can I say to the honourable

0:53:430:53:47

gentleman that we, in the EU, have

been clear that Gibraltar is covered

0:53:470:53:52

by the withdrawal agreement and our

Article 50 exit negotiations and to

0:53:520:53:55

confirm what I said on Monday, our

negotiations, as we negotiate, are

0:53:550:54:01

being negotiated to ensure

relationships are there for

0:54:010:54:03

Gibraltar as well. We will not

exclude Gibraltar from negotiations

0:54:030:54:06

for the fermentation period or the

future agreement. I can give the

0:54:060:54:11

honourable gentleman that assurance.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. As the Prime

0:54:110:54:21

Minister would be aware, Derry is

important for growing children as

0:54:210:54:24

part of their healthy diet. The

sector is integral to great British

0:54:240:54:28

food and drink -- dairy. Will she

support our campaign next year to

0:54:280:54:34

rebrand milk, to ask supermarkets to

include it as part of their meal

0:54:340:54:37

deals elections and as part of a

healthy diet promotes drinking milk

0:54:370:54:41

in schools? Will she join me this

Christmas in raising a glass to our

0:54:410:54:47

fabulous dairy farmers?

I'm very

happy to join my honourable friend

0:54:470:54:50

in commending the work our dairy

farmers do. He talks about the

0:54:500:54:55

importance of dairy. He is a great

advocate of oral issues and he is

0:54:550:54:59

right, it is one of the most

efficient, innovative and high

0:54:590:55:02

quality dairy industries in the EU.

On the point that he has raised, can

0:55:020:55:07

I suggest, the Environment Secretary

would be happy to discuss those

0:55:070:55:12

particular points but I do join him

in recognising the importance of the

0:55:120:55:16

dairy industry.

Ronnie Coward.

Thank

you very much. I minister, in eight

0:55:160:55:22

European countries and Canada they

have drug consumption rooms which

0:55:220:55:29

reduce the spread of HIV, hepatitis

C and reduce crime. It's worth

0:55:290:55:34

noting that drug-related deaths in

the last 40 years continued increase

0:55:340:55:38

in the UK but there has never been a

drug overdose in a supervised drug

0:55:380:55:43

consumption room. In the interest of

public health, will be Prime

0:55:430:55:47

Minister introduced these rooms in

UK or devolve relevant powers to the

0:55:470:55:52

Scottish parliament so that the

Scottish Government can do so.

I'm

0:55:520:55:58

sure you are aware that the Home

Office recently updated the

0:55:580:56:02

government drug strategy but I had

to say that I have a different

0:56:020:56:05

opinion to some members of this

house. Some members of the house are

0:56:050:56:09

very liberal in their approach to

the way that drugs should be

0:56:090:56:12

treated. I'm very clear that we

should recognise the damage that

0:56:120:56:16

drugs do to people's lives. Our aim

should be to ensure that people come

0:56:160:56:22

off drugs and do not go on drugs in

the first place. Then people keep

0:56:220:56:26

clear of them. That is what we

should be focusing on.

Thank you, Mr

0:56:260:56:34

Speaker. Can I pay tribute to the

Prime Minister for listening so

0:56:340:56:37

carefully to myself around issues

for women's health, particularly

0:56:370:56:42

surrounding pregnancy, around mesh

implants, or all issues raised by my

0:56:420:56:50

constituents. Like my right

honourable friend they feel very

0:56:500:56:52

strongly about tackling female

health issues and are very grateful

0:56:520:56:56

to be heard. Can the Prime Minister

assure me that she will continue to

0:56:560:57:02

listen so that women do not feel

that they are left behind or

0:57:020:57:05

forgotten when it comes to help

equality in this country?

I was very

0:57:050:57:11

happy to meet my honourable friend

to discuss these issues, and indeed

0:57:110:57:14

to meet others to talk about this.

These are important issues, they are

0:57:140:57:22

issues that have had a real impact

on women's lives. They are issues

0:57:220:57:27

where women want answers as to what

has happened in relation to this and

0:57:270:57:31

I can assure my honourable friend

that the government and I will

0:57:310:57:34

continue to listen on these issues

and we will continue to look to see

0:57:340:57:38

what we can do to ensure that we do

not see women suffering in the way

0:57:380:57:42

that we have in the past on issues

like this and we will keep that

0:57:420:57:47

clear focus on women's health.

Life

effort. Poo-mac Mr Speaker...

0:57:470:57:52

Mr Speaker, happy Christmas. Last

year the Prime Minister told the

0:58:000:58:04

radio Times that on Christmas Day

she likes to prepare and cook her

0:58:040:58:08

own goose... You know what is

coming! In the spirit of Christmas

0:58:080:58:15

can I suggest that in order to

extract the maximum pleasure from

0:58:150:58:18

the messy job of stuffing her cues

that she names it either Michael or

0:58:180:58:25

Boris? -- stuffing her goose.

LAUGHTER

0:58:250:58:30

CLAPPING

0:58:300:58:40

Order, I'm sure that the Prime

Minister has better taste than that!

0:58:440:58:47

LAUGHTER

Can I say to the honourable

0:58:470:58:52

gentleman that I will be having to

resist the temptation to call the

0:58:520:58:58

goose Jeremy! Wing Mr Speaker, on

Thursday last night, there was an

0:58:580:59:08

important local referendum in

Christchurch.

The result was, 84% of

0:59:080:59:12

the people of Christchurch want to

keep Christchurch as an independent

0:59:120:59:19

sovereign borough and are against

the abolition of Christchurch.

0:59:190:59:25

Order! Order! I cannot understand

this atmosphere, I want to hear

0:59:250:59:32

about the views of the good burghers

of Christchurch!

Will my right

0:59:320:59:37

honourable friend ensure that the

government respects the views of the

0:59:370:59:42

people of Christchurch and will she

also ensure that the government

0:59:420:59:47

gives sufficient time, indeed extra

time, for the Council to draw up

0:59:470:59:54

alternative proposals which properly

reflect the wishes of the people of

0:59:540:59:57

Christchurch?

I thank my honourable

friend for his question. As I am

0:59:571:00:03

aware, and as he knows being close

to this, this issue has been

1:00:031:00:09

considered by local councils over a

significant period of time. This

1:00:091:00:13

issue has been considered by the

Department for Communities and Local

1:00:131:00:16

Government. As was said from a

sedentary position by my honourable

1:00:161:00:22

friend, it is also the case that

other councils in the area that do

1:00:221:00:25

support a change to the government

structure, of course DCLG will

1:00:251:00:32

carefully look at the issues of

these councils to ensure the best

1:00:321:00:35

result is there for the people of

Dorset.

Laura Peacock.

Thank you

1:00:351:00:41

very much, Mr Speaker. We have some

of the best schools in North West

1:00:411:00:46

Durham...

It may be moderately

good-natured, but nevertheless it is

1:00:461:00:53

disruptive. The honourable lady is

entitled to be heard! For as long as

1:00:531:00:57

she is in this house and I am in

this chair, the honourable lady will

1:00:571:01:01

be heard! That's the end of it.

Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. We

1:01:011:01:06

have some of the very best schools

in North West Durham but whatever

1:01:061:01:11

the new fund and formula they deal

with deficits from years of

1:01:111:01:15

real-time cuts, feeling the

corrosive effect of a cad I is

1:01:151:01:19

eight, school staff are working for

longer and for less. Please, do not

1:01:191:01:25

tell me there is more money in our

schools. The fact is that a

1:01:251:01:30

significant proportion of schools in

North West Durham C a reduction in

1:01:301:01:34

their funding. They have run out of

ways to make cuts.

What do they do

1:01:341:01:42

next?

The honourable lady asked me

not to stand up and say there is

1:01:421:01:47

more money going into our schools

but of course, there is more money

1:01:471:01:50

going into our schools. That's the

reality. Funding for our schools

1:01:501:01:55

will rise by over £1.4 billion next

year and almost 1.2 billion a year

1:01:551:02:01

after. We have protected the Pupil

Premium to support those who need it

1:02:011:02:07

most. And if you listen to the

Labour Party, education only seems

1:02:071:02:13

to be about the amount of money put

in. What parents are looking for is

1:02:131:02:18

the quality of education provided

and I noticed that there is an

1:02:181:02:21

increase of over 12,000 children in

the County Down local authority now

1:02:211:02:28

in good or outstanding schools

because of this government.

Suella

1:02:281:02:31

Fernandes...

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

2017 has been an excellent year for

1:02:311:02:39

Fareham College, rated outstanding

by Ofsted and short listed by the

1:02:391:02:43

Times educational supplement as

College of the year. Successful in

1:02:431:02:46

its bid to deliver civil engineering

provision. Will my right honourable

1:02:461:02:52

friend join me in sending a happy

Christmas to the principal and his

1:02:521:02:55

staff, congratulating them on

supporting our young people into

1:02:551:02:59

work and because it is Christmas,

creating a Briton fit for the

1:02:591:03:03

future.

Can I say to you, my right

honourable friend, I'm very happy to

1:03:031:03:11

send good wishes to the principal

but also the staff and students at

1:03:111:03:17

Ferrum College, and congratulate

them that because of their hard

1:03:171:03:20

work, they have achieved excellent

results and she is absolutely right,

1:03:201:03:24

it's about ensuring young people

have the skills, education and

1:03:241:03:27

training for jobs of the future

building a Britain fit for the

1:03:271:03:31

future. -- Fareham College.

Fourth

terminally ill -- the terminally ill

1:03:311:03:41

people this Christmas, this

Christmas could be their last

1:03:411:03:43

Christmas. Does the Prime Minister

agree that it can never be

1:03:431:03:47

appropriate for terminally ill

people to be forced to meet with

1:03:471:03:51

work coaches or fit into an

arbitrary six months prognosis in

1:03:511:03:55

order to claim support? Will she

finally listen to the experts at

1:03:551:04:02

Macmillan and MND, that these people

faced the end of their lives?

The

1:04:021:04:13

honourable gentleman is right, we

need to ensure that we deal with

1:04:131:04:16

these cases where somebody has a

terminal illness with the utmost

1:04:161:04:21

sensitivity, these are issues that

have been raised before. The

1:04:211:04:26

conditions apply to terminally ill

people claiming Universal Credit are

1:04:261:04:31

the same as those claiming

employment and support allowance and

1:04:311:04:34

have remained the same for

successive governments. There are a

1:04:341:04:37

number of approaches that can be

taken and there were several options

1:04:371:04:40

for how people progress in the

system but he is right. We should

1:04:401:04:44

deal with people who are terminally

ill with sensitivity. That is what

1:04:441:04:48

the system is and what the system

intends to do. This morning I met

1:04:481:04:59

the Alan, young student whose life

was put on hold for two years and

1:04:591:05:02

had to endure torture until his case

collapsed this week, and another

1:05:021:05:07

case collapsed because of a lack of

disclosure.

Does the Prime Minister

1:05:071:05:12

agree that where there are these

allegations, there should be full

1:05:121:05:15

disclosure given to the CPS and both

lawyers.

My right honourable friend

1:05:151:05:22

raises an important point, the issue

of disclosure is one that has come

1:05:221:05:26

to a focus of concern, as is the

case that he has quoted and I

1:05:261:05:31

understand another case in the press

today. I can tell him that my right

1:05:311:05:37

honourable friend, the Attorney

General, had even before these cases

1:05:371:05:41

came up initiated a review into

disclosure. I do think it is

1:05:411:05:44

important that we look at it again

to ensure that we are truly

1:05:441:05:47

providing justice.

Thank you.

According to her own commission,

1:05:471:05:54

social mobility in Britain is

stalling and for many it is getting

1:05:541:05:58

worse, not better. Does she agree

with her former chief of staff that

1:05:581:06:02

last week's social mobility action

plan was disappointing, full of

1:06:021:06:07

jargon, short of meaningful policies

and should have been published.

The

1:06:071:06:16

social mobility action plan, it's

what the Sutton trust have said, so

1:06:161:06:31

that disadvantaged young people get

on in life, if she wants other

1:06:311:06:34

quotes, the Association of colleges

have said that this plan sets out an

1:06:341:06:37

ambitious agenda to tackle deep

seated in the qualities which the

1:06:371:06:42

education system struggles to

overcome. It's a good plan and will

1:06:421:06:46

make a big difference to people's

lives.

Mr Speaker, in the 1980s...

1:06:461:06:56

How very unfair on the honourable

gentleman.

I was saying, in the

1:06:561:07:02

1980s, Mrs Thatcher famously

commented that if the alarm was so

1:07:021:07:06

wonderful, why are millions of

people in boats to leave it? When my

1:07:061:07:11

right honourable friend goes into

the second phase of negotiations, if

1:07:111:07:16

WTO rules are so wonderful, why do

so many countries seek trade

1:07:161:07:19

agreements?

-- Vietnam. Of course,

countries around the world can trade

1:07:191:07:26

but on what terms are they trading?

We want to see a free trade

1:07:261:07:31

agreements negotiated with the EU

and we also want to see free trade

1:07:311:07:35

agreements negotiated with countries

around the rest of the world. The

1:07:351:07:38

reason for that, as we are believers

in free trade, the reason is we

1:07:381:07:42

believe that brings growth,

prosperity, jobs and a secure future

1:07:421:07:49

for this country.

Can I wish the

Prime Minister in Merry Christmas.

1:07:491:07:55

As she sits down to her Christmas

dinner, will she spare a thought for

1:07:551:08:00

the 1 million youngsters, the

Children's Society calculates are

1:08:001:08:02

set to lose their school dinners

because of the government's

1:08:021:08:06

Universal Credit plan? It's the

season of goodwill, why doesn't she

1:08:061:08:11

offered to fix this?

Can I wish the

honourable gentleman in Merry

1:08:111:08:18

Christmas and a happy New Year. In

fact, the introduction of the

1:08:181:08:25

arrangements for free school meals

under Universal Credit that is

1:08:251:08:27

proposed by the government will lead

to more children having access to

1:08:271:08:30

free school meals.

Geoffrey Clifton

Brown!

Given Michel Barnier's claim

1:08:301:08:41

that the UK banks will lose their

passporting writes her Spectre, as

1:08:411:08:47

opposed to the Bank of England

statement that EU banks will

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continue to operate here, does this

not vindicate my right honourable

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friend's principled and strong

stance in negotiating reciprocity

1:08:541:09:01

for EU and UK citizens?

I will say

that we value the important role

1:09:011:09:05

that the City of London plays, not

just as a financial centre for

1:09:051:09:10

Europe but also for the world. We

want to retain that and maintain

1:09:101:09:16

that. Michel Barnier has made a

number of comments recently about

1:09:161:09:19

the negotiation position on clear

and the Bank of England and the

1:09:191:09:26

Treasury has set out reassurance to

ensure that the banks will be able

1:09:261:09:30

to continue to operate and will

continue to ensure that the City of

1:09:301:09:35

London retains a global position but

of course this will be part of

1:09:351:09:38

negotiations on phase two of Brexit.

We are clear on how important this

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is.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr and

Mrs Walker from great word in my

1:09:411:09:48

constituency have a son with

learning difficulties. Mr Walker was

1:09:481:09:54

knocked down by a driver over the

summer who had taken drugs, was

1:09:541:09:58

drunk, and was speeding. He is 69

and now a quadriplegic. He is not

1:09:581:10:08

entitled to PIP, he cannot access

mote ability and they are now paying

1:10:081:10:12

£400 per calendar month for a hire

car. I wrote to the DWP about this

1:10:121:10:16

case on the 21st of November and

haven't had a reply. Isn't it

1:10:161:10:20

shocking that this country and

government cannot look after the

1:10:201:10:23

elderly and the disabled and I would

ask the Prime Minister looks into

1:10:231:10:26

this case urgently?

Can I first of

all give my best wishes to Mr Walker

1:10:261:10:35

and his family, and how sorry we are

to hear of what has befallen him. He

1:10:351:10:41

references a letter made to the DWP,

I will ensure that this case is

1:10:411:10:46

investigated and that he receives a

response.

Will my right honourable

1:10:461:10:51

friend join me in praising the work

of Alice who supported. The separate

1:10:511:11:06

from the supported housing sector,

so that refugees can deliver

1:11:061:11:10

specialist support?

I thank my

honourable friend for raising the

1:11:101:11:17

question of refuges, but I am happy

to join him in praising the work of

1:11:171:11:22

four Tallis and services across the

country. You mention the reforms put

1:11:221:11:26

in place and that is because at the

moment we feel the system is not

1:11:261:11:30

responsive to the needs of

vulnerable women in local areas --

1:11:301:11:33

Fort Alice. So we want funding to go

to the hands of local authorities

1:11:331:11:37

but bring in new oversight to make

sure we deliver the right support

1:11:371:11:41

for the right people, ensuring we

focused support on those who need it

1:11:411:11:44

and that this is a system more

1:11:441:11:52

The inappropriate treatment of

smaller businesses by the Royal Bank

1:11:521:11:55

Of Scotland destroyed businesses,

ripped families apart and saw people

1:11:551:12:01

take their own lives. RBS is owned

by the Government. Will the Prime

1:12:011:12:06

Minister set up the full independent

enquiry which is needed to deliver

1:12:061:12:11

justice for victims?

My understanding is that this issue

1:12:111:12:21

is properly being looked into. I

recognise the Kearns did the smack

1:12:211:12:28

-- I recognise the concerns being

expressed and will look into this.

1:12:281:12:33

Does the prime Minister share my

dismay that the SNP government is

1:12:331:12:37

planning on raising taxes on

hard-working Scots, when it could

1:12:371:12:41

raise the same amount, if not more,

by just getting its own house in

1:12:411:12:47

order, and improving efficiencies?

Can I thank my honourable friend.

1:12:471:12:57

What the Scottish government is

proposing is there are 1.2 million

1:12:571:13:02

Scots earning £26,000 will be paying

more tax than people in England will

1:13:021:13:04

be paying. But I was interested

because I was not aware that the

1:13:041:13:13

fact...

Order. Apologies for

interrupting the prime Minister. Can

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I just ask the prime Minister to

face the House because some of us

1:13:171:13:20

cannot hear fully and I would like

to hear fully.

1:13:201:13:24

Mr Speaker, I was making the point

that my honourable friend has made

1:13:241:13:28

an important point which is with the

SNP got its own house in order it

1:13:281:13:32

could save that amount of money by

raising taxes and act surely not

1:13:321:13:36

putting that extra tax burden on

people earning over £26,000.

1:13:361:13:44

In light of someone with a very

loose and inaccurate language coming

1:13:441:13:55

from politicians who should know

better, would she take the

1:13:551:13:58

opportunity to repeat to this House

and the public in Northern Ireland,

1:13:581:14:02

both sides of the community, the

well established three strand

1:14:021:14:05

approach to Northern Ireland, which

makes it clear that the internal

1:14:051:14:08

arrangements and decisions on

Northern Ireland are matter of the

1:14:081:14:12

United Kingdom government and the

parties in Northern Ireland?

1:14:121:14:18

I'm happy to make that clear to the

right honourable gentleman and

1:14:181:14:22

confirm what he says and we are very

happy about the decisions that we

1:14:221:14:26

have taken about Northern Ireland.

What we do want to see is a Northern

1:14:261:14:31

Ireland Executive restored so we can

see those devolve decisions being

1:14:311:14:35

taken by that Northern Ireland

Executive. I know the right

1:14:351:14:37

honourable gentleman also wants to

see that Executive restored and we

1:14:371:14:42

will continue to work with his party

and with other parties.

1:14:421:14:50

As one of the signatories to

Amendment 400 to the EU Withdrawal

1:14:501:14:57

Bill, may I seek an assurance from

the Prime Minister that its

1:14:571:15:02

provisions to change the date of our

leaving the EU will be invoked only

1:15:021:15:11

if at all under extremely

exceptional circumstances, and only

1:15:111:15:15

for a very short period?

We are very

clear we will be leaving the EU on

1:15:151:15:24

the 29th of March at 11pm. The Bill

will determine the Article 50

1:15:241:15:35

process and it is a matter of

international law and it is

1:15:351:15:38

important that we have the same

position legally and that is why we

1:15:381:15:42

have accept it the amendment. But I

can assure my honourable friend and

1:15:421:15:46

the House that we will only reassure

the House for the shortest possible

1:15:461:15:53

time and an affirmative motion will

be brought to the House.

1:15:531:15:59

The Government Department of Justice

NHS England and Lancashire care

1:15:591:16:04

foundation trust should be

thoroughly ashamed of their part in

1:16:041:16:11

the national disgrace which is HMP

Liverpool. Could the Prime Minister

1:16:111:16:15

assure this House, this whole house,

that those responsible for the

1:16:151:16:19

deplorable conditions, the lack of

care and harm, which led to suicides

1:16:191:16:23

of some prisoners and this harm

which has been caused to both staff

1:16:231:16:30

and prisoners, those people will be

held to account and proper

1:16:301:16:34

disciplinary action taken and may

not be allowed to simply move to

1:16:341:16:38

other jobs. We need accountability

for this tragedy.

I thank the

1:16:381:16:43

honourable lady and as I understand

it, as my right honourable friend

1:16:431:16:48

the Justice Secretary said

yesterday, he expects this report on

1:16:481:16:52

HMP Liverpool to be published early

in the next year. A number of

1:16:521:16:55

actions have been taken as I

understand it, including changes to

1:16:551:16:59

prison management. Overall we are

increasing front line staff in

1:16:591:17:02

prisons by putting money into that

and we are increasing the support

1:17:021:17:06

available to vulnerable offenders

especially during the first 24 hours

1:17:061:17:10

of custody. We have also requested

more mental health training from

1:17:101:17:13

prison officers. But the Justice

Secretary will look carefully at

1:17:131:17:18

this report when it is published.

I'm sorry if I was keeping the

1:17:181:17:30

honourable gentleman waked Ory had

some other pressing business -- if I

1:17:301:17:35

was keeping him awake or he had some

other pressing business.

1:17:351:17:42

Merry Christmas to you, Mr Speaker.

If the powers are used at all, could

1:17:421:17:53

the prime Minister assure the House

that this would only be used for the

1:17:531:17:59

maximum of a couple of months and no

longer because there is a concern

1:17:591:18:02

that it could be definitely extended

when we stay in the EU?

1:18:021:18:08

Could I thank my honourable friend

for seeking further clarification on

1:18:081:18:11

this particular point. Could I start

by saying, as I did to my honourable

1:18:111:18:16

friend the member for New Forest,

that actually, we are going to leave

1:18:161:18:21

on the 29th of March 2019. That is

what we are working to. But I do

1:18:211:18:26

want to ensure that we have the same

legal position as the EU and that is

1:18:261:18:31

why Amendment 400 tabled by my right

honourable friend the member for

1:18:311:18:35

West Dorset has been accepted. I can

assure my honourable friend that we

1:18:351:18:38

are talking, if it were the case,

that this would be used, that it

1:18:381:18:42

would only be used in extremely

exceptional circumstances and it

1:18:421:18:46

would be for the shortest possible

time. We are not talking about

1:18:461:18:52

extensions...

Order, order. We would

hear better if the prime is the face

1:18:521:19:00

of the House but we would also hear

better if members did not keep

1:19:001:19:06

wittering from a sedentary position.

New Year 's resolution, an end to

1:19:061:19:11

sedentary chuntering, with rain and

hollering.

1:19:111:19:14

The Prime Minister.

Mr Speaker, I

apologise for not facing the

1:19:141:19:20

opposition on this. I was hoping to

ensure that my honourable friend

1:19:201:19:23

actually heard the response was

giving. We are talking about the

1:19:231:19:30

shortest possible time should it be

used, but I am clear that we are

1:19:301:19:33

leaving the EU on 29th of March

2019.

1:19:331:19:41

Last Friday, Jo Cox's sister Kim,

the honourable member for South

1:19:411:19:45

Ribble and I published the Jo Cox

loneliness manifesto. Would the

1:19:451:19:49

Prime Minister join us in urging

everybody over Christmas to look out

1:19:491:19:53

for neighbours, family and friends

who are struggling with the pain of

1:19:531:19:56

loneliness, and with the Government

play its part by publishing a

1:19:561:20:01

strategy for loneliness and

responding fully early in the New

1:20:011:20:05

Year for our recommendations?

Can I say to the honourable lady, I

1:20:051:20:11

know she has worked extremely hard

on this issue, as well as for the --

1:20:111:20:16

with the member for South Ribble,

and I'm sure we're getting more

1:20:161:20:19

awareness about the impact of

loneliness on people, and I think

1:20:191:20:24

we'll recognise that social

isolation is an issue. It is of

1:20:241:20:27

importance to government and we're

looking at a number of things we can

1:20:271:20:31

do in reducing loneliness. But it is

not just what government can do, it

1:20:311:20:35

is about what communities can do,

what neighbours can do, and I'm

1:20:351:20:38

pleased to say that in my

constituency in Maidenhead. The

1:20:381:20:44

churches are my constituency bring

together elderly people who would be

1:20:441:20:49

on their own for a community lunch.

It is a small example of what we can

1:20:491:20:54

do to overcome the problem of

loneliness.

It is rare welcome that

1:20:541:21:04

the Prime Minister is taking charge

of building homes that this country

1:21:041:21:07

needs for our country. How does the

Prime Minister the is doing this at

1:21:071:21:13

the speed and scale that is

necessary?

My honourable friend is

1:21:131:21:19

right that we do need more homes and

we do need to build them scale. Last

1:21:191:21:22

year we saw 217,000 new homes built.

We have seen a level of

1:21:221:21:29

house-building that apart from one

year I think has not been seen over

1:21:291:21:34

the 30 years. We need to go further.

That is why we have proposed a

1:21:341:21:40

number of changes including support

for councils and support for people

1:21:401:21:44

hoping to get their foot on the

housing ladder, but also working

1:21:441:21:48

with local authorities and a number

of ways to assure the land is

1:21:481:21:51

released and we do see builders

building out the planning permission

1:21:511:21:57

is that they have.

And finally, Tim Farron. That is not

1:21:571:22:03

a very seasonable response from the

honourable gentleman from Sefton in

1:22:031:22:10

a sedentary position. I expect

better.

1:22:101:22:16

Thank you very much and may I wish

Merry Christmas to everybody

1:22:161:22:21

especially the honourable member for

Sefton. The prime minister will be

1:22:211:22:24

aware that NHS England have extended

the deadline for the consultation on

1:22:241:22:29

radiotherapy services into the New

Year. Will she take this opportunity

1:22:291:22:33

to assure that one of the criteria

is shortening the travel distances

1:22:331:22:36

that people need to take when they

need to take this life-saving

1:22:361:22:40

utterly urgent treatment, knowing

that travel time has a massive

1:22:401:22:44

impact on outcomes. The people who

live in places like South Cumbria

1:22:441:22:48

need to access this treatment safely

and quickly?

1:22:481:22:52

Of course we are all aware of the

need to ensure that people are able

1:22:521:22:56

not just to access the treatment

that they need, but they are able to

1:22:561:22:59

access that in a way that is

appropriate, and recognises some

1:22:591:23:04

rural areas it means further

distances to travel in other parts

1:23:041:23:10

of the country. There is a

consultation out there, NHS is

1:23:101:23:15

looking closely at these issues and

I'm sure he will make

1:23:151:23:19

representations to them.

1:23:191:23:21

Prime Minister's Questions comes to

an end, eventually. It ran for 52

1:23:281:23:31

minutes. It ran that long because

the Speaker intervened multiple

1:23:311:23:38

times, twice to tell the Prime

Minister to speak up. The front

1:23:381:23:41

bench exchanges were a repeat of

what we have heard many times at

1:23:411:23:47

PMQs, with Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa

May exchanging statistics on the

1:23:471:23:52

NHS. Jeremy Corbyn presenting one

side that looks pretty bad, Theresa

1:23:521:23:58

May presenting one set that looks

better. And so it goes on. You may

1:23:581:24:02

find that eliminating, others may

not. That is where it was. We only

1:24:021:24:07

have a few minutes and we want to

look at some Christmas cards. Laura,

1:24:071:24:10

where are we? As the political year

comes to an end.

Number 10 are in a

1:24:101:24:17

much better position than they

expected at this stage. They got

1:24:171:24:21

through the budget and the next

phase of negotiations. They are in a

1:24:211:24:24

situation where after the conference

there were several dozen Tory MPs

1:24:241:24:27

who try to get rid of her. She is

managing to not lose to the Labour

1:24:271:24:33

leader during a session about the

NHS after several years of cuts. I

1:24:331:24:38

think they are pleased they've got

to the end of, politically, the

1:24:381:24:42

Labour Party are feeling much better

than they did this time last year

1:24:421:24:45

but there are some people scratching

their heads thinking, is there not

1:24:451:24:49

going to be an election soon? What

do we do next? There is a lot of

1:24:491:24:54

support.

It is hard to keep up

momentum. No pun intended! With a

1:24:541:25:03

small M, or a big one? Labour has

had a good year, it is nip and tuck

1:25:031:25:10

in the polls, for some it is even.

For others it is behind, maybe one?

1:25:101:25:16

If the Prime Minister can struggle

on, what do you do?

We have to keep

1:25:161:25:23

up the pressure on the opposition,

raising issues like the NHS is very

1:25:231:25:29

important. We've been hearing about

the number of people waiting in

1:25:291:25:33

ambulances, increasing 27% in the

last week. It is scandalous. I've no

1:25:331:25:37

doubt that things will come up next

year where Theresa May's position

1:25:371:25:42

will be weakened again.

It is

already very weak. It is weak and

1:25:421:25:46

stable! Who would have thought of

that?

It is amazing, isn't it? I

1:25:461:25:52

think she is fudging a lot of the

big issues. The discussion yesterday

1:25:521:25:56

highlighted that and it will not

take much to upset the apple cart.

1:25:561:25:59

There will be a number of flash

points where it goes wrong again.

1:25:591:26:03

The apple cart has been upset a few

times in the last six months,

1:26:031:26:07

including with the election results.

Is she still there?

The Prime

1:26:071:26:12

Minister is tenacious and committed,

taking us through some hairy

1:26:121:26:16

negotiations, she keeps the party

together. By the way, the NHS...

1:26:161:26:21

Yes, keeping them together. We will

see that night.

One interesting

1:26:211:26:25

question, when you get to her fierce

critics inside of the Tory party,

1:26:251:26:30

they haven't disappeared, but the

fundamental question is the same as

1:26:301:26:32

it was on the morning of the 9th of

June, the Tory party do not agree on

1:26:321:26:37

who should be next and they do not

agree on how they should manage

1:26:371:26:40

their decisions on the EU.

But this

is possibly the most important thing

1:26:401:26:48

a government has had to do since the

end of the war. And the government

1:26:481:26:51

is due to deliver with scrutiny and

support a leader who can clearly

1:26:511:26:56

deliver?

What has worked is this

incremental stage. A couple of

1:26:561:27:01

ministers in that cabinet meeting

yesterday said to me that it was a

1:27:011:27:04

conversation about our approach and

they were not trained to settle

1:27:041:27:08

disputes about particular policies

here and there, but as an approach,

1:27:081:27:12

in terms of, we want to get the best

deal, I understand as it was...

1:27:121:27:19

Maybe it wasn't that far away?

The

show is on the road but it could

1:27:191:27:23

fall off at any moment!

That's not

going to happen!

We were going to

1:27:231:27:28

show you a lot of political

Christmas cards but we do not have

1:27:281:27:31

time, blamed the speaker and maybe

send him a Christmas card as you do

1:27:311:27:35

so. Do we have Ed Miliband's though?

It is a treat!

There we go, here he

1:27:351:27:43

is, channelling his inner Fonz,

holding a bacon sandwich! He has a

1:27:431:27:50

sense of humour about himself. A

great Christmas card. That's the

1:27:501:27:55

only one we have time for, but it is

the best one.

1:27:551:27:59

There's just time to put you out

of your misery and give

1:27:591:28:02

you the answer to Guess The Year.

1:28:021:28:03

The year was...

1:28:031:28:05

1955!

We were not born, but we were

both wrong!

Minister...

It's the

1:28:051:28:11

last red button of the year... My

Christmas card to you!

Thank you

1:28:111:28:20

very much!

I've been given cards by our two

1:28:201:28:26

guests, which is very kind of them!

Seasons greetings from Minister

1:28:261:28:31

Claire...

And this is from Justin... I could

1:28:311:28:37

have saved the envelope! And, it's

the most wonderful time of the year.

1:28:371:28:42

That's very kind. Merry Christmas

and a happy New Year.

1:28:421:28:50

That's all for today.

1:28:501:28:51

Thanks to all my guests.

1:28:511:28:52

The one o'clock news is starting

over on BBC One now.

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John Pienaar will be here at noon

tomorrow with the final

1:28:541:28:57

Daily Politics of 2017 -

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