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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!

0:25:430:25:51

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

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opposed to the Bank of England

statement that EU banks will

1:08:471:08:50

continue to operate here, does this

not vindicate my right honourable

1:08:501:08:54

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

1:09:381:09:41

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

1:13:131:13:17

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.

1:28:521:28:54

John Pienaar will be here at noon

tomorrow with the final

1:28:541:28:57

Daily Politics of 2017 -

he'll be joined by a special guest -

1:28:571:29:00

Andrew Neil with live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. Andrew is joined by climate change and industry minister Claire Perry and shadow health minister Justin Madders. They discuss the latest on Brexit negotiations and take a look at this year's best political Christmas cards.

The Guess the Year competition closes at 12.30pm during the live broadcast of this programme.


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