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to the Daily Politics.
More than 60 Eurosceptic Tory MPs
have written to the Prime Minister
laying down their red lines
for the Brexit negotiations.
Will Theresa May and her cabinet
colleagues be able to hammer
out a compromise at her
country retreat tomorrow?
Jeremy Corbyn takes aim
at the newspapers after a series
of lurid headlines claiming links
with soviet-era spies.
What does the labour leader's
threat to the press -
and what he calls their "lies
and smears" - actually mean?
It's Wednesday -
so it must be PMQs -
what will the Prime Minister
be pressed on?
-- we will bring
All that in the next 90 minutes
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Brexit Minister Steve Baker
and Shadow Communities Secretary,
Andrew Gwynne welcome
to the programme.
So, it will seem like ancient
history to some but Jeremy Corbyn's
meetings with a Czech agent
and diplomat in the 1980s have
making the headlines in recent days,
with some papers accusing the Labour
leader of betraying his country.
The defence secretary,
Gavin Williamson, said
the revelations proved that Labour
leader "cannot be trusted".
But last night Mr Corbyn
hit back with a video,
posted on social media.
Publishing these ridiculous smears,
that have been refuted by Czech
officials, shows just how worrying
the media bosses are by the
prospects of a Labour Government.
They are right to be.
Labour will stand up
to the powerful and corrupt,
and take the side of the many,
not the few.
A free press is essential
And we don't want to close it down.
We want to open it up.
he says, for the newspapers, change
is coming. What change?
It's been our position since the
General Election and before that we
will implement Leveson two. That is
the change that is coming...
clarify, it would be a second stage
of the Leveson Inquiry, that isn't a
change, that is an enquiry. It is
into hacking that couldn't be done
first time. And it is press
relations to the police. I ask
again, what change is coming?
change is happening already, Andrew.
We have seen the influence of the
newspaper media is less than it used
to be. At the last General Election,
the day before, we had a 13 page
smear on Jeremy Corbyn in the Daily
Mail. That proved not to be worth
the paper it was written on, it
didn't have a single thing...
are quite right to say that...
That's fine, that hasn't been
brought about by Labour or policy,
that is social media, that is a
By falling in
I ask again, what
would you do to stop stories we were
just talking about there? You think
they are nonsense. What change would
you make to stop them being
Calling it nonsense gives
it over credence.
want to open up the press. We talk
about having a free press. We should
be proud that we have freedom of
press. But it isn't freedom of press
when you have 71% of the media in
the hands of...
You are giving me
the analysis, excuse me, to justify
the change. I understand that. That
is what Jeremy Corbyn did in his
social media posting. I am trying to
get from you, what change would
Labour make in the law, what would
you do to stop stories like this
being published, what would you do
to stop papers reporting the claims
of a former Czech spy, what would
That's why Lebas -- that's
why the Leveson two is important. We
want to break the dominance of 71%
of our media being in control...
Leveson two is not about dominance,
it is about what I have just said.
Let me try one more time, how would
you change, how would a Labour
Government change the regulations
and reporting rules for the media?
We want to make sure there is a
genuine free press.
How would you do
We would go forward by
bringing forward measures that make
sure that the press is not only
free, but also...
What with these
measures be? Would you ban foreign
That is to be decided by
Tom Watson and his shadow...
Look, Andrew, we have a
situation here where 71% of the
media is in the control of tax
exiles. We want them to be paying
Is Rupert Murdoch a tax exile?
We want them to be paying tax...
Rupert Murdoch a tax exile?
going to get into individuals. You
know that the dominance of the press
barons in this country is not
Would you ban foreign
That is one option that
may be on the table.
Maybe? A change
is coming but we don't know what the
Change must come because
we cannot go on with media barons
being able to present smears as
Now you are back to the
analysis. You won't tell me what
this leads to. Let's move on. The
Defence Secretary says Jeremy Corbyn
has betrayed his country. In what
The Defence Secretary has
chosen his own words. The .3 about
Has he betrayed his
He is a grave danger to
This has given people all sorts of
ideas. Your Defence Secretary, our
Defence Secretary, the Defence
Secretary of this Government, our
Government, has said that the leader
of Her Majesty 's opposition has
betrayed his country. In what way
has he betrayed his country?
a question for Gavin Williamson.
don't agree with it?
commenting. I think Jeremy Corbyn is
a grave danger to our country.
That's a political point. Of course
you do. Everybody in one party
things everybody in the other party
is a grave danger. The trailer is a
different matter. That is a serious
accusation. A senior figure in the
Czech Republic Defence Ministry says
Sarkozy, the person in question, is
a liar. No file showed Jeremy Corbyn
incorporating with Czech
intelligence. It has been said that
there are no Stasi files on Jeremy
Corbyn at all. So, in what sense has
Jeremy Corbyn betrayed this country?
I'm not commenting on that. This is
an area where there were lots of
questions to answer. We have a free
press. The free press is asking the
questions, they should answer.
fellow Tories are piling in. Your
security minister, again, Security
minister, he has compared Jeremy
Corbyn to Kim Philby. Kim Philby was
a traitor. At the time had he been
found guilty he would have been
hanged. That is an outrageous smear
to say about the Leader of the
I would allow you to
draw me into potentially libelling
anybody. I won't comment on that.
you don't agree with that, either?
You don't agree with the defence
Minister or security minister.
Government this on the ropes.
the Government on the ropes and you
have just interrupted me. That we
try and keep him on the ropes.
Tory backbencher MP, Ben Bradley, he
tweeted that Jeremy Corbyn had "Sold
British secrets to Communist spies
is great -- to Communist spies" he
then had to delete the message.
That is a matter for them. We
believe in a free press in this
country. Questions need to be
I'm not asking that. Do
you think Jeremy Corbyn can be
compared to Kim Philby? Do you think
he has betrayed this country in any
way? Do you think he sold British
I have no evidence for any
How come your colleagues
That is a question for them.
Surely the real scandal is not what
Jeremy Corbyn has supposedly done or
not done, it is the outright lies
and disinformation that your fellow
Tories are spreading. That is the
real scandal, isn't it?
going to accuse my colleagues of
anything. They will need to defend
what they have said.
I would put it
to you that it is clearly a lie on
any evidence so far available to us
that Jeremy Corbyn sold British
secrets to the Communists. Agreed?
have no evidence to make a judgment.
To claim so would be a lie.
questions have been asked, the
questions need to be answered, it is
not for me to sit on your programme,
invent evidence, and reach a
conclusion myself, I'm not going to
You will leave that to your
Tory colleagues. Jeremy Corbyn said
the British press had gone a bit
James Bond in that video. Jeremy
Corbyn realises that James Bond was
on our side.
>> Gemma: absolutely. You have hit
the nail on the head, these are
-- absolutely, you have hit the nail
on the head, these are fabrications.
They have been designed to deflect
from the crisis the Government is
I will stop you because we have
But it is an important
point to make.
That is why it has
been made more than several times.
Now, more than 60 eurosceptic
Tory MPs have written
a letter laying down their red lines
for the next stage of
The letter - which was sent last
week - comes as the Prime Minister
tries to get her Cabinet to a agree
on common position.
Here's Emma with all the details.
Thanks, Andrew it's time
to crack open the Blue Nun,
because there's a house
party at Chequers.
Tomorrow evening, Theresa May
will host her Brexit sub-committee
of senior ministers to try to thrash
out what they want their final deal
with the EU to look like.
There have been a series of speeches
by Mrs May and her senior team
outlining their vision,
the Prime Minister herself has said
she wants a "deep and special
partnership" with the EU and has
promised Britain would remain
committed to Europe's security.
Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson has said Brexit
was a cause for "hope not fear"
and argued we had to leave
the single market and the customs
union to enjoy the
benefits of Brexit.
Yesterday the Brexit secretary
David Davis promised Britain
will lead a "global race to the top"
in rights and standards
and Environment Secretary Michael
Gove has claimed we'll
have a green Brexit, arguing
there is an historic opportunity
to improve the environment.
Today David Davis will outline
Britain's official response
to the EU's Brexit transition
proposals, he's expected to say
Britain needs protection from future
EU laws that could cause us harm
during the transition.
However, the party is having
some gate crashers,
The European Research Group,
which comprises over 60 Conservative
MPs led by Jacob Rees-Mogg,
has written to the Prime Minister
with a list of helpful 'suggestions'
for Brexit that include arguing
Britain should be free to negotiate
and sign trade deals as soon
as we leave next year,
and they say there should be "full
during the transition period.
A view that is at odd with others
in the party, Nicky Morgan,
who voted to stay in the EU,
called the letter a ransom
note and said the ERG was taking
Theresa May hostage.
Thank you. The European research
group, used to chair that, didn't
It was like a full
regulatory autonomy, do you agree?
We will continue our relationship
with the EU on the same fundamental
basis as we do today but as a third
country outside of the former
So not full regular
Where we need to
On talking about the
transition. -- we are talking about
the transition. You don't agree on
My job is to agree with the
Government. I will support with the
Government's policy. We need to have
an implementation period which
allows us to be a third country and
continue our future trade
relationship agreement. It is
through that agreement we should
have full regulatory autonomy which
is a policy that prime Minster has
set out during the course of...
it broadly the Government's position
that we should remain aligned to EU
rules and regulations, even after
The position David
Davis set out as the Government 's
position. We need to maintain high
standards. We should have control of
our own laws. We should get
ourselves into the position of the
normal free trade agreement where we
have a degree of mutual recognition,
a degree of confidence, and we are
able to control our own laws.
will remain aligned?
In some areas
where we choose to achieve the same
goals by the same means. But this
isn't news. This is what the Prime
Minister has set out in her previous
speeches. We are signed up to taking
back control of our laws, borders,
But not during the
This isn't a new
I know legally we leave after the
Article 50 process, but we enter a
transition period, in practice, what
would the difference be between
membership and the transition?
will start negotiating and signing
our new trade agreements.
what the ERG wants too, we will be
able to sign trade agreements.
is the Government's policy, during
the integration period we can sign
them, but only bring them into
You think we will be able
to sign free trade agreements during
a transition period. Not just talk
or negotiate, not even agree but
pigeonhole until we leave, we will
be able to sign them and agree them?
I'm expecting us to agree them to
come into effect after the implement
I ask again it is unusual to get
such clarity on these questions, I'm
somewhat taken aback. David Davis
said she wants to work with the EU
for a race to the top in rules and
regulations. But he wants to work...
So that would mean that we are going
to mirror each other. What is the
point of leaving?
The point is to go
to race to the top. We know the
public require high standards across
a range of issues from work
conditions, the environment, we want
to get to a position where we are
leading a race to the top globally.
So the impact will be the same as
the EU's rules?
The objectives may
well be the same.
So what is the
We will strive to the
objectives in different ways. So the
point would be for example Iain
Duncan Smith pulled out a list of
regulations and talked of the next
round of solvency regulations, the
point is we should have control of
our laws and regulations and have
the opportunity to strive to similar
goals in different ways. What
would happen if your ideas went in a
very different direction to Europe?
We need to agree a regime of mutual
We would have to take
into account what they want, which
is like being in the EU.
will always be a mechanism for
co-ordination. That doesn't mean
you're compelled to accept law from
there. One would have the choice
whether to adjust and taking the
If we were going to
change our standard, we would go to
Brussels and say, what do you think?
I would not expect us to seek
consent. I would expect us to go
about the business of conducting a
multi-dimensional trade policy, to
have some unilateral measures, some
plural agreements with member states
and some multilateral agreements.
That is why we have our ambassador
at the WTO chairing the trade and
services committee to move the world
How long would the
transition period last?
transition period, the length is a
matter for discussion.
We know what
the Europeans think, they want it to
end in December 2020. What is the
British Government's position.
is the position of EU, we think the
right period is about two years.
does it need to be longer? Why does
a euro sceptic want it to be longer
than the EU wants?
I would be happy
for us to have the minimum period
necessary. That is a matter to
negotiate. You can see that they
want us to exit during, at the end
of the budget period, the Prime
Minister suggests two years. What
will be the case is when we have
agreed there will be a fixed date.
It will be time-limited.
On Labour's position on the customs
union, what is the difference
between a customs union and the Cus
comes union -- customs union.
comes union -- customs union.
union would be negotiated.
way would it differ?
It may differ
it is down to negotiation but may
differ in the sense that we retain
access to tariff-free trade with the
EU, but we have freedom to enter
third party negotiations on free
trade with other country.
we can be in a customs union, and
still have the right to negotiate
free trade agreements?
That is why
we want to have the transition
period, so that we can have that
extra time to sit down with our
European colleagues and negotiate a
deal that works in the interests of
Can you point to a single
sign, the slightest sliver of a sign
that the EU is prepared to agree to
us being in a customs union and to
negotiate our own free trade
Don't be a pessimist.
Don't try and get out of it with a
joke. You point to any sign they
would agree to that.
Government would approach the Brexit
negotiations in a different manner
and sit down with our partners and
negotiate a deal that works.
agree at the moment there has never
been the merest indication from Mr
Barnier or Mr Junker or the Germans
or the French that they would in any
way even contemplate Britain being
in a customs union with them and
still allow Britain to have free
They're dealing with
Steve and his government.
talked to them as well.
They have a
Jeremy Corbyn has
talked to them. Have you had any
indication that would be on the
Absolutely, we believe we
believe we can negotiate an
I know what you want,
but I'm asking you can you show me
any indication, have you been given
any indication in the meetings you
have had with Mr Barner in that this
would even be discussed?
be putting it down to be an option
if we didn't think it was possible.
Give me the evidence that it is
We believe it is possible.
You believing something, what would
be possible if Mr Barnier indicated
this was a route he would consider.
Can you give me any evidence that he
has indicated that
know what you believe.
that we will be in a position to
negotiate a tariff-free trade...
is fan tasical. From everything Mr
Barnier has said it is fantasy.
don't believe it is it is in the
interests of British people we
secure a deal.
If we are in a
customs union, the EU would set our
tariffs. So we wouldn't be able to
negotiate free trade deals and his
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It's coming up to midday here -
just take a look at Big Ben -
and that can mean only one thing,
yes, Prime Minister's
Questions is on its way.
And that's not all -
Laura Kuenssberg is here.
You have had a chance to look at
this document, I believe it is from
the Government about its attitude to
transition period from the end of
the Article 50 process to fully
leaving the EU.
That's right on
these pages in my clammy paws is the
UK's draft proposals for what that
two year period should look like.
Most of it is what we knew all
along, the UK says we will be bound
by most EU laws. The UK is
processing a joint committee to work
out any disputes over new rules and
proposing we will be in the room and
have a say like any other country
over fisheries policy. That is
something really important in some
parts of the country. Also to many
Breck tiers, it was a part of
argument. What might be trickier for
the Government there does not appear
to be a concrete way of fighting
what the Prime Minister said he
would fight - the EU's proposal to
say EU citizens with apply for
settlement staying. Be Prime
Minister said again and again,
understandably, given immigration
was such a part of the the campaign,
immigration will have to look
different and the rules will have to
change. One source in Government
said it was clear that the EU would
not going to allow that to be the
case. The Brussels view was clear
and that was something of a brick
wall. So the UK seems to have
softened its altitude.
What does it
say in the paper about that.
does not appear to be anything
explicit. Most of this document
reads about things, paragraph 1.2
whatever. So right now, just outside
the studio, some very enthusiastic
of our excellent team here are going
through line by line, comparing it
with the Brussels document. What
doesn't appear to be is an explicit
clause that says... We will have
We have the Brexit
minister here he can tell us. What
will be the rights of migrants from
the EU who come here during
We want to be an open
What rights will they have?
The Prime Minister said we need to
go forward on the same framework we
have with the EU. For that period,
when we will have a registration
period so people who come here
during the implementation period
need to let us know they're here and
have a conversation about their
rights and what rights they will
You're going to have a
conversation about their rights.
That what is a negotiation is. What
will the British Government's be
come the negotiation, which I
believe is next month.
point is we would allow people to go
and and come during the
implementation period, but we will
need to have a conversation about
how they will continue after the
Who is this kvrs
conversation to be with?
negotiators and theirs.
have a negotiation until you have
decided your position.
has been that we would allow people
to come and go. ...
Would they have
the same rights as those who have
been coming and going up to the
start of transition period?
hope we will be able to negotiate
that those people after we have
formally left would be subject to UK
Would they have the right to
We will need to have that
Would they have the
right the stay here.
We need toov
You need to
decide you want before the Europeans
can negotiate with you.
position is that we are leaving the
EU in March 19 and becoming an
independent third country.
that heen mean for migrants who come
We respect the freedoms of the
the single market while we are in
the implementation period and people
will be able to come and go
That is we will have to
Do you want them to stay.
We want to be an open and tolerant
We like motherhood and
apple pie too, it is a simple
question, if we are going to
negotiate with the EU and it is
coming up, what is the British
Government's position going to be on
migrants who come during that
period? Will they have indefinite
right to remain or not?
is meeting tomorrow and there will
be a conversation about a number of
So you haven't
The cabinet will agree the
What is interesting to hear
until this document emerged if you
asked ministers the question they
would say it has to be different.
Let's see if it comes
This morning the High Court ruled
that the government's air quality
plan is unlawful. What does the
Prime Minister feel is worse, losing
for the third time in the High
Court, or 40,000 unnecessary deaths
and the impact on children's health
of the UK's unsustainable air
The issue the Honourable lady has
raised is an important one. That is
why we have been taking action to
improve air quality. May I just say
to the honourable lady that the way
she has described the court's
decision this morning, I don't think
properly reflects the decision that
the court has given. If I can just
perhaps... Mr Speaker, explain to
the house, because we... We do
welcome the fact that the court has
dismissed the complaint relating to
five cities with major air quality
problems, has found that we are
taking appropriate action, they have
agreed that the modelling we used to
support the 2017 air quality plan is
sound. They have asked us to go
further in areas with less severe
air quality problems where we
thought a pragmatic approach was
appropriate. We will now formalise
that. But on two of the three camps
they found in the government's
favour. -- to recounts.
We want to
see more police on the streets. I
lobbied the police Minister for
funds to put more police on the
streets. Will the Prime Minister
join me in urging the Labour Police
and Crime Commissioner... To put
more police on the streets instead
of increasing his Budget for back
office staff by £10 million.
My honourable friend raises an
important issue. He is right to
speak up for his constituents in
relation to this. He's also right
because as a Government we've been
keen to ensure police are out there,
not in back office jobs. More money,
more money is going to policing.
Order! Please. The questions and the
answers must be heard. And I make no
apology for repeating that the
discussions here at Prime Minister's
Questions should bear some
resemblance to what the house is
saying in relation to culture. We
have recently had a report on
harassment. Let's try to behave
properly in these sessions. That
means listening to the answers, and
listening to the questions. Both
sides of the house have got to try
to wake up to the reality that huge
numbers of people outside this place
couldn't care less about the press
gallery, huge numbers of people
outside this place disapprove of
this sort of behaviour on both
sides. Stop it! Prime Minister.
Thank you. The funding settlement
for next year provides extra money
for policing, which means that the
West Midlands Police will receive an
increase of £9.5 million. As my
honourable friend says it is up to
the West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner, the Labour
commissioner, to decide how he
spends that money. But I know that
police forces can be more effective
and productive. And I'm sure he is
going to make his case very strongly
to the Labour Commissioner.
Thank you, Mr Speaker. Yesterday the
Brexit secretary assured the country
that Brexit will not plunge Britain
into a mad Max style world road from
dystopian fiction -- borrowed from
dystopian fiction. Doesn't the Prime
Minister think that he could set the
bar a little bit higher?
I'll tell you, as the Right
Honourable gentleman knows, we are
clear we are going to ensure that
when we leave the EU we are going to
be able to take back control of our
borders, our money, and our laws.
As I have to say to him, the only
fiction around in relation to the
Brexit and the European Union is the
Labour Party's front bench who
cannot even agree with themselves on
what their policy is.
One of her former Brexit ministers
in the other place warned the Prime
Minister that Britain will be
walking a gangplank into thin air if
she doesn't decide what she actually
wants on leaving the EU. In his
speech the Brexit secretary also
said fears about a deregulatory race
to the bottom were based on nothing.
So, why then did his own
department's exit analysis say there
could be opportunities for Britain
in the regulating areas such as
environment and employment law?
He talks about what we actually want
to achieve when we leave the EU.
I'll tell him what we want to
achieve. We want to ensure this is a
country that can negotiate
free-trade deals around the rest of
the world. We want to ensure we have
a good trade agreement with the
European Union, and that is what we
will start negotiating. We want to
make sure we have a get security
partnership with the EU, as I set
out in detail in my speech in Munich
last week. But what we also want
insurers that this country takes the
opportunities that will be open to
us outside the EU to boost our
economy, to ensure we are developing
the economy of the future, the jobs
of the future, more high-paid, high
skilled jobs, for the people in this
country. We are putting people
Mr Speaker, in December the Foreign
Secretary and the Environment
Secretary were briefing about the
working Time directive would be
scrapped. CBI and the unions are
clear they are not looking for a
bonfire of regulations, quite the
opposite. The only party that wants
to scrap workers regulation issues
are the party opposite. In her
Lancaster house speech a year ago
the PM clearly stated, I also want
tariff free trade with Europe. Now,
a year on, she has downgraded that
aimed to a tariff free -- as tariff
free as possible. Businesses and
workers want tariff free to protect
jobs, so why has the Government
abandoned that and want as tariff
free as possible as to what the
Government has not abandoned its
negotiating position in relation to
We will be ensuring that we get that
good, comrades of trade agreement
new economic partnership with the
-- as tariff free as
possible. I have been clear since I
became Prime Minister that this is a
Government that will not only
protect workers' rights, but enhance
workers' rights. Let's look at the
Conservatives' record in Government.
Which Government was a tactic action
on zero-hours contracts? A
Conservative Government, not Labour.
Which Government is it that got
Matthew Taylor to actually report on
the new economy so we insured
workers got the highest rights?
Conservative, not Labour. Which
Government is ensuring that workers
voices are heard on the boards of
companies? A Conservative
Government, not Labour.
I don't know if she has had a chance
to read the Daily Telegraph today,
but 62 of her backbenchers want a
bonfire of regulations, want to
destroy workers right in this
country. When the government's EU
and exit analysis... Mr Speaker,
when the government's EU and exit
analysis was published it said it
does not consider our desired
outcome. Could the Prime Minister
take this opportunity now to tell
the house and the country what is
the government's desired outcome?
the government's desired outcome?
bespoke economic partnership.
bespoke economic partnership.
given the PM ruled out any form of
customs union post Brexit, can she
explain how she expects to avoid a
hard border with Northern Ireland?
This question has been asked
previously. I've already pointed out
that the Government published papers
last summer which showed how we can
deliver exactly that, no hard border
between the Republic of Ireland and
Northern Ireland, they bespoke
economic partnership with the EU.
The Foreign Secretary recently made
a speech about Brexit. He found time
to mention carrots, spam, stag
parties a plague of boils and
V-signs. No mention of Northern
Ireland in his speech.
Ireland in his speech.
yourself. It's only Wednesday, you
have the rest of the week to get
through, this is not good for your
health. You should appreciate my
We are halfway through the six
speeches we were told would set out
the Government's negotiating
position. So far all we have had is
a waffle and empty rhetoric...
Businesses need to know. People want
to know. Even her backbenchers are
demanding to know. But it isn't
clear from today's exchanges, this
Government isn't on the road to
Brexit, Mr Speaker, it is on the
road to nowhere.
I think... I think I have mentioned
to the right honourable gentleman
before that his job is to ask a
question, not make... But, you know,
I'm perfectly happy... I'm perfectly
happy to respond to the point that
he made. He said that we have not
set out any detail. Can I suggest to
him that he needs to think very
carefully about the security
partnership that we want with the
European Union when we have left. I
set out in my speech in Munich last
week exactly what we want that
security partnership to cover,
because we believe, we believe in
ensuring that we are maintaining the
security and safety of people here
in the UK, but also of people in
Europe. And we are unconditionally
committed to the safety and security
of Europe. But can I congratulate
the right honourable gentleman,
because normally he stands up every
week and asks me to sign a blank
cheque. And I know he likes Czechs,
My constituent was killed when a car
mounted the pavement with tests done
after the incident saying that the
driver had an undiagnosed medical
condition which would have been
assessed by the DVLA had it been
found up beforehand. What does the
Prime Minister think of the current
restrictions and rules of those
holding driving licences?
It is crucial. We want to ensure
that people who are driving are
actually fit to drive. I know that
the sympathies of not just my
honourable friend but the whole of
this house will be with her family
and friends. The current driving
licence system is designed to
balance the needs of road safety and
with those of the individual. All
drivers must inform the DVLA if they
have a medical condition which would
affect their driving and discuss any
issues with their own medical
professional. We take this seriously
and we are committed to ensuring
that those who are granted a driving
licence are those who are fit to
At least 194 people have been killed
in the last 48-hours in eastern
Ghouta, can the Prime Minister tell
the House what discussions her
government has had with UN
colleagues on Sunday on enforcing
existing UN resolutions calling for
an end of sieges of civilian areas
and attacks on civilians?
Can I say
he has raised an important issue and
we are appalled by the escalation of
air strikes in Ghouta and are
concerned by the reports of the
deliberate targeting of civilians
and this is in violation of
international law and we as a
Government do call on the regime and
its backers to cease this campaign
of violence and they should respect
international law, protect civilians
and allow rapid humanitarian access.
There is concern that it is
something like 700 people who need
medical evacuation are being refused
that. We will work with the UN and
the the process and finally I would
say that the UN envoy has our full
support in the work he is do Iing to
try to find a -- doing by trying to
find a solution.
The bombing is
relentless. Doctors are treating
pregnant women and babies who have
lost limbs, it is thought over 100
children have been killed since
Sunday. The UN has issued pleas
calling for political intervention,
state nothing words will do justice
to the children killed, their
mothers, their fathers and their
loved ones. Will the Prime Minister
show leadership and join me in
calling for an urgent meeting of the
UN Security Council to address the
horrific genocide unfolding in
The UN has called on
governments around the world to call
out the action that has been taken
and to be ready to stand against
thattance. Action. We will be
ensuring that we will be talking to
our colleagues in the UN to ensure
that the best possible approach that
can be taken. But it is not just
about the Syrian government. It is
about the backers of the Syrian
Government as well and we call on
all their backers, including Russia
to ensure that this violence stops
and those in need of help are given
Thank you Mr Speaker. A
company has been manufacturing in
Britain for a hundred years in my
constituency. They're the only
British company bidding to produce
our new passport, the other two
being French. Will my honourable
friend commit to doing all she can
to support our manufacturers, our
innovators and making our new blue
passports truly British?
Can I say
to my honourable friend I'm sure he
is aware that this will be an open
and fair competition that I can't
comment on individual bids, but I'm
sure he will make his voice heard.
From autumn 2019 we will issue now
passports. That has been the colour
of voice for passports -- choice for
passports and it is right we return
to deciding the colour of passports
we wants and not the EU.
Mr Speaker. My constituent Claire,
suffered tragedy when her two
children were murdered by their
father in an arson attack at the
family home. This brave woman has
since dedicated herself to
campaigning for protection of
victims of domestic violence. Can I
ask the Prime Minister when is the
domestic violence bill going to be
published and will it be as
comprehensive as she promised?
say to the honourable lady that our
thoughts are with Claire after this
terrible tragedy that she has been
through. And we do recognise the
need to ensure that we are providing
support for the victims of domestic
violence. As she said, there are
many aspects to this issue. The Home
Secretary before she brings forward
the legislation will be issuing a
consultation to ensure we listen to
all those who have been affected so
wir dealing with all the aexpects of
this Esh -- we are dealing with all
the aspects this. We are committed
to working to support the victims of
violence and to ensure that we end
violence against women and girls.
Thank you. I visited a memory cafe
in my constituency, the cafe is open
to individuals and their carers and
help to provide support for the
memory loss. I was touched by the
dedication of these volunteers and
will be hosting my own MP's memory
surgery to enable local residents
the opportunity to speak. Will the
Prime Minister take this opportunity
to update what the house what the
Government is doing to help with
those suffering from dementia.
happy to join my honourable friend
in congratulating the carers looking
after people with dementia. And also
the volunteers who provide services
for people with dementia and for
their carers. We are working with
partners across the health system to
ensure more people with dementia
receive a diagnosis, to raise
awareness and provide the care and
support that they need. I'm also
pleased to say there are 2.3 million
dementia friends across the country.
We are doubling spending on dementia
research and I'm going to make sure
that members of cabinet are given
the dementia friends training.
night I attended a meeting of
resident s who are concerned about
rising levels of crime and
anti-social behaviour. Crime has
increased 18% and we have lost over
500 police officers and suffered £40
million worth of cuts to policing.
Will the Prime Minister commit to
giving back the money for
neighbourhood policing and apologise
to the constituent of the area who
have had to put their hands back in
their pocket to compensate for her
First, can I say to
the the honourable lady that it is
good to see her back in her place in
this House. As I said earlier, what
we are doing, we are providing extra
funding for police forces. Now, it
is no good Labour members shaking
their heads and saying no you're
not. Because we are providing extra
funding for police forces. And of
course it is then up to the police
and crime commissioners to decide
how that is spent.
Mr Speaker I'm
sure the whole House would join me
in welcoming the delegation of
French MPs watching proceedings
today. The people from across the
European Union have the belief they
can build a life here. So they want
certainty. What reassurances can the
Prime Minister give that speedy low
cost system starting from the
premise they will be staying with
soon be in place to allow them to
get on with their lives and play an
important role in our community and
Well, can I say to my
honourable friend I'm happy to join
the fact that we are being, have
been joined by a delegation of
French MPs. But he has raised an
important points about citizens
living here. They have made a huge
contribution to our country and we
want them to stay. I'm clear that EU
citizens living in the UK today will
be able to stay. He refers to
process and I can assure him it
won't cost more Nan than a British
passport. It will be a digital
system and ensure that this is as
simple for people as we can provide.
Over a million people are living
with the consequences of acquired
Britain injury and thanks to the
government's new trauma centres, 600
extra lives are being saved each
year. The problem is many of these
people are having their lives saved
but they're not getting the
rehabilitation that get them to live
independent lives again. Miracles
can be done. But have the units have
no rehabilitation consu ant. Will
the get all those together, the MoD,
the justice system, and the
department for work and pensions to
make sure every person with an
acquired brain injury gets the full
rehabilitation that they need?
honourable gentleman has raised a
very important point. As he may know
there are two ways in which those
rehabilitation service are
commissioned. NHS England
commissions centres for complex
brain injury. But more routine
rehabilitation is provided,
commissioned locally. But NHS
England sets out guidance to those
commissioners. He has raised a very
important point and I will ask the
Health Secretary to respond to him
and take up the issues that, the
specific question he has raised.
I tell the Prime Minister how
welcome the police minister's
statement was yesterday at the
urgent question that he is going to
help Alfie Digly find a way to get
through the law to access medicinal
cannabis. Will the Prime Minister
join the majority of states of the
EU, of the United States, of British
public opinion and all the
colleagues who raise questions
yesterday to give British citizens
the earliest possible action to the
benefit of medicines derived from
cannabis and for the United Kingdom
to get on the front foot in
licencing these to get the benefits.
I know that the sympathies of the
members across the House are with
Alfie and his family. And of course,
people with chronic pain and
illnesses, we recognise will always
look to alleviate their symptoms. We
do need to ensure that if we are
going to allow medicines are going
to be permitted to use that they
have been through the most rigorous
testing and we apply the most
rigorous standards before they're
used. We believe cannabis should be
subjected to same regulation as
Mr Speaker, I have
highlighted each Tory Scottish MP
costs a lot of money. The Scottish
leader is cheaper because £15,000
you can hire her for a day for a
fund-raising dinner. At that same
dinner the Defence Secretary was on
high for 30,000. 2,000 bought the
international Secretary and 55,000
the Prime Minister. Does she agree
that although they will sell
anything that moves, it is time to
halt the privatisation of Tory MPs.
I was struggling to hear. Before I
ask the Prime Minister to respond, I
need an assurance from tech the
honourable gentleman that he is not
suggesting the presence of a member
of Parliament was bought. If he is
suggesting that, that is out of
order. That is what the honourable
gentleman is saying?
I was referring
to a story in the newspapers.
afraid that is not good enough. I
have to make instant judgments if
the Prime Minister wishes to issue a
response she is free to do. No.
Twice in the last four weeks the
equalities commission has had cause
to write to the Labour Party
regarding breaches of equality law.
Does my honourable friend agree that
equality law must be applied equally
and they're there to protect all
I'm happy to agree
with my honourable friend on that
point. I was in opposition when the
equality act went through and we
supported that, it is there to
ensure as he said that people are
decision to leave and withdraw from
the customs s union could limit our
access to medicines. The CEO...
Let's be clear about this. This
question like every question will be
heard. The honourable lady will not
be shouted down. And that is the end
of the matter. So if some foolish
person is seeking to do so, examine
your behaviour and stop it.
you. The CEO nuclear
you. The CEO nuclear industry say if
medical isotopes are delayed, they
could be useless on arrival because
of their short life. Will the Prime
Minister explain how to stop this.
She is wrong on two counts. We are
pursuing a Brexit to have enable us
to have that economic partnership
and sees I us have that freedom of
frayed across the borders of the
European Union. It is the case that
the availability of isotope is not
affected. Our ability to import from
Europe and the rest of the world
will not be affected by our
withdrawal from this.
Can I thank
the Prime Minister for taking an
interest in getting justice for
victims. These people went to the
GPs in good faith and were given a
drug that has ended up with the loss
of life for their babies. Is there
any good news that the Prime
Minister has for the victims of this
to put an end to this situation?
I was very pleased to meet him and
to meet my honourable friend the
member for Eastleigh to discuss this
particular issue. And I recognise
there are many individuals whose
lives have been affected by this.
There are very powerful stories of
these individuals. I know this has
been a concern across this house.
And concerns raised by campaign
groups by not just this but other
issues. It has highlighted that
there is an issue with our
regulatory health system and we are
determined to do better. I was
struck by the powerful stories I
heard. We need a faster and more
understanding response to patients.
If my right honourable friend could
be more patient, he will be making a
statement this afternoon, setting
out his plans for review on these
It is over eight months
since the terrible fire at Grenfell
Tower. But thousands of people are
still living in blocks with
dangerous flammable cladding,
including cityscape in Croydon. This
dangerous cladding was allowed to go
out because of flawed Government
guidance. There is still on average
one fire every month linked to this
cladding. It's clear this is the
governments responsibility. Why is
she running the risk of a second
Grenfell Tower when she could act
and take this dangerous cladding
down? -- Government's
Over the years,
under both Labour and Conservative
governments, building regulation and
enforcement have been looked at. The
arrangement in relation to
enforcement were changed by the last
Labour Government. What we did
immediately following the appalling
fire at Grenfell Tower, what we did
immediately was to ensure that all
those, local authorities and others,
worked with their Fire authorities
to inspect towers, to look at where
the cladding was... And there are
not just issues about the cladding,
but how it is affixed to the
building, as well. Action was taken
by local Fire authorities in those
areas where they felt it was
necessary to do that. That's why we
saw, for example, people in Camden
leaving their tower block while
action was being taken. The Housing
Secretary has put in place that
review of the regulations. It was
urgently put in place. Action is
being taken as a result of that
Yesterday, after months of
ignoring evidence from a wide range
of stakeholders, the SNP agreed to
pause their plans to merge British
Transport Police into police
Scotland. During this pause the
Scottish Government must look at all
options for the future of PTP when
that is devolved from this
Parliament to ensure that we get the
best possible deal rather than these
failed regulation plans. -- BTP when
that is devolved.
This is an
important point. We are committed to
delivering business commission in
full. We are devolving powers over
to the Scottish Government in this
area. But the number one priority
must be the safety of the public as
they travel. We will work with the
Scottish Government to make sure
there is a smooth transfer of the
British Transport Police to their
responsibility. Whether or not the
British Transport Police is merged
with police Scotland is a matter for
the Scottish Government. But the
yourself. You're supposed to be
setting an example to some of your
colleagues. You aspire to be a
statesman. One century or another.
The Prime Minister.
gentleman is the right example, I
was going to say. It is a matter for
the Scottish Government as to what
they choose to do. But I would urge
the Scottish Government to ensure
they are putting the safety and
security of people who are
travelling first when they make that
I would like to ask a
question. Over the course of the
last two months this Government has
butchered Glasgow's job centre
network. Will the Prime Minister
look me in the high-end tell me no
more job centres in Glasgow are due
for closure -- look me in the eye
and tell me.
He is perfectly right to ask me for
questions about which I am
responsible. I have the right, as I
did previously to comment on issues
which we are taking up with the
I say to the
honourable gentleman, I will be the
judge of what is in order. And the
honourable gentleman will accept the
ruling. The Prime Minister was in
order and that is, again, the end of
it. Somebody must decide. I have
Thank you, Mr Speaker. What we are
doing in relation to the job centre
services is ensuring that there is
going to be no decrease in the level
of services that job centres are
offering people in Scotland. In fact
we will increase the number of work
coaches across the country to
provide more support to the people
that need it. These plans are
designed to retain the skills and
experience of the workforce across
the country and to ensure that we
not just protect but enhance the
service offered to people.
Will the Prime Minister tell the
international aid sector that
despite the abuses that have come to
light recently that this Government
is committed to helping the most
vulnerable and poorest people around
the world. But the sector really
does need to get its act in order.
This Government maintains its
commitment to helping the most
vulnerable people around the world.
We maintain our commitment to our
international development Budget.
But we do want to work with
organisations that meet the high
standards we expect. And the
behaviour of Oxfam staff in Haiti
was quite frankly horrific. Far
below those standards. But I am
pleased to say that not only has my
right honourable friend the
International Development Secretary
showed immediate action by demanding
assurances from all our charitable
partners here and abroad about their
safeguarding and protection
policies. And demanded those by the
end of the month. The Charity
commission will hold an emergency
safeguard summit. They will bring in
international charities and expects
to look at what can be used for aid
workers. -- charities and experts.
Then we'll take that into the
international arena. It is crucial
we continue our support of aid for
those most vulnerable. But they also
deserve to be treated by the same
high standards we would expect to be
My constituent was refused leave to
remain because of a minor legitimate
correction to his tax return which
the Home Office under section three
to 2.5 under the immigration act is
deemed a threat to national
security. Today there is a protest
outside against the planned policies
in the same nature. My constituent's
home is Glasgow. He has contributed
to society. Why does the Prime
Minister want to force him out?
I won't comment on individual case.
The Home Office looks at the
circumstances of individuals. There
are rules in place and the Home
Office will decisions accordingly.
-- will make decisions accordingly.
We will all be aware of the
excellent work done by the Holocaust
education trust. And the brilliant
efforts from the Auschwitz Project.
At the moment the Polish
Constitutional Court is considering
the idea of diminishing the role --
diminishing its role. Will the Prime
Minister ensure that the families
and victims and survivors' words are
heard, that history cannot be
rewritten by getting in touch with
the Polish Constitutional Court.
The Government has already raised
this issue with them. What we should
be doing is ensuring that nobody
forgets the Holocaust. Nobody
forgets the horrific, inhumanity to
man that was shown through the
actions that were taken by the Nazis
in the Holocaust. The Holocaust
education trust does very important
work. The education centre and
memorial which will be placed here
at Westminster will be a
long-standing memorial to people and
will also do that important job of
educating people of the past so we
make sure we don't see horrific
crimes like this being committed
How would the Prime Minister feel if
somebody stole her car, then it cost
£200 to get it back? That is what is
happening to hundreds of people. Why
doesn't she allow the police to use
proceeds of crime returns to recover
legitimate cost and put an end to
this state sponsored secondary
marking of innocent victims?
A lot of work has been done on what
the proceeds of crime can be spent
on. The Home Secretary has heard the
question he has raised. I will
ensure this is looked into.
Three months ago I rose at the case
of a constituent distressed by the
relationship between his 17-year-old
daughter and her much older driving
instructor. The driving and vehicle
standards agency announced this week
that a consensual sexual
relationship between an approved
driving instructor and a 16 or
17-year-old pupil will now be
considered and exploitation of their
position of trust. Any instructor
involved will likely be struck off
the register. Can I thank the Prime
Minister for her response. The DVS
aphid their action. And does my
right honourable friend agree that
this sets a strong example and which
you ask the Department for Education
to consider adding driving
instructors and other coaches to
their list of those formerly covered
in law by a position of trust. --
bank the DVSA for their action.
From that has a change in attitude
from the DVSA. Hopefully that will
benefit others who may have been put
into that awful situation. I was
certainly off the
certainly off the Department for
Education about it.
£11.1 million projected current
overspend is the highest in
Yorkshire and Humber and the second
highest in England. This is clearly
in correlation with the cuts since
2010. What does the Prime Minister
say to those children who need these
vital council services but may not
be able to access them because the
Conservatives continue to cut
council budgets so savagely.
As I pointed out earlier, in
response to other questions. What we
are doing is ensuring, as we have
done over the settlement period,
that local authorities have more
money to deal with... Particularly
difficult issues they have to deal
with at a local level. We want to
see and ensure that children are
given the best possible start in
life. But it is completely wrong to
suggest that decisions taken at
local level are all the
responsibility of this Government.
It is clear from academics,
behaviourists, charities and
trainers that electrocuting dogs
does not help train them but risks
more long-term consequences for
their welfare. Thank you to all of
the colleagues who came along to the
event yesterday to sign up the
pledge to ban the electric shock dog
collar. As dogs are man's best
friend it's time we showed some of
that loyalty and friendship in
return by banning the use,
distribution, and sale of these
I think you are raising this issue.
I know he has been campaigning long
and hard on this particular issue.
We have made clear in the updated
statutory code of practice for the
welfare of dogs that positive
training should be used, any
training that involves injury, pain,
or distress would breach the animal
welfare act of 2006. I understand my
honourable friend will be meeting
the Environment Secretary to discuss
this matter further.
The deputy president of the National
farmers union has said that losing
full access to the European single
market could be absolutely
disastrous for British agriculture.
Does the Prime Minister agree with
My position is we are going to
negotiate an economic partnership, a
new partnership with the EU and I
can assure the honourable lady that
the interests of agriculture will be
one of the considerations we take
into account when we make sure we
are still able to have a good trade
arrangement with the EU as well as
immoved trade with the rest of
Prime Minister's questions has
finished early. And surprise and
surprise, even more, Jeremy Corbyn
went on Europe. And on Brexit. That
doesn't often happen. He started
with a good joke about... How the
Brexit Secretary said that leaving
the EU would not result Britain
descending into a kind of Mad Max
dytopia and the leader of the
opposition asked the Prime Minister
if she could raise the bar a little
higher. Theresa May said the Shadow
Cabinet couldn't agree. That may be
true, but wasn't a funny response.
She was pushed by Jeremy Corbyn on
what will happen to regulation, will
there be deregulation on the
environment and financial services,
the working time directive. Theresa
May said she wanted to protect and
enhance workers' rights in or out of
the European Union. Jeremy Corbyn
said could you tell us what the
desired outcome of the Brexit
negotiations will be. Theresa May
answered very briefly saying it was
a bespoke economic partnership.
Meaning a specially tailored deal
between the UK and the EU. What the
content of that is is another
matter. We finished on questions
about whether any deal that didn't
involve a customs union could still
avoid a hard border between the
North and South of Ireland. Well
still with me, the Brexit minister
Steve Baker, Andrew Gwynne and Laura
Keunssberg. Unusual for Jeremy
Corbyn to go on Brexit.
normally avoids it. It not a thing
that gets him up in the morning. He
has spent more time on housing and
health, thing he is cares about. But
I think this week in a way maybe he
didn't have a choice, tomorrow is a
huge day where the cabinet will be
locked away to hammer out a day for
the opening offer of the next phase
of the negotiations and really every
now and again you get the sense
Jeremy Corbyn thinks, actually this
is the big issue. So David Davis's
joke and met aforeabout Mad Max give
him an easy.
Who is his speech write
Do you want to hire him?
would like to know, you could see
the pit falls the moment you
mentioned it. The senior Brexit, it
is the Brexit sub committee. Is that
meeting tomorrow to decide on the
Government's bargaining position on
the end game or is it meeting to
determine what it wants for the
It is to discuss the
future economic partnership, but the
agenda is for the members of the
committee. I haven't seen the
agenda. The future economic
partnership. I'm sure there will be
many matters to discuss.
through the time table. Let's say
that the British Government manages
to come to some positions, the next
with Mr Barnier resume next month.
The technical negotiations are in
Relating to separation and
we hope and expect the conclusion of
an agreement on the implementation
period in March and we will
The substance of
what the end state will look like.
Are you confident of that
Is it your view or the Government's
view, my understanding is Mr
Barnier, the lead negotiator on the
EU said, said he wants to get it all
done and dusted by October. Because
he wants to leave time for
ratification process to take place.
Is that the British Government's
time table? .
The Prime Minister
said we want to get these elements
in place by October and we should
do. There are plenty of precedents
to work for. Mr Barnier has had
financial services and TTIP.
treaty that never was.
plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
This is the question mark, can an
agreement in October be more than a
single sided A4. The Government
position has been they can get
something, but the pace of how will
ing they are are to put forward
their position and actually hammer
down into some of the details that
are difficult for the Tories to
agree on, that has such an influence
over the pace the question mark over
whether October can be something
that is meaningful rather than a
heads of terms is an open one. In
the last few days No 10 and cabinet
ministers have been sounding more
optimistic about being able to get
some form of compromise position.
Because after all, the Prime
Minister has promised to stand up
next week and make a big speech,
that will be the third in the trio
of his big Brexit speeches. We had
Lancaster House in January, Florence
in September and next week we are
expecting part 3. They have given a
commitment that I which the Prime
Minister has committed to saying
It must seem a tight
Yes the clock is ticking
closer to March 2019 when we leave
the EU. That is why the Labour Party
has argued not an implementation
period but a proper transition
period to buy time to act as a
bridge from where we are today to
where we want to be, our future
The minister calls it
an immremation period. It will be a
We have different
views on what should happen in that
period. Because we have been clear
we would remain within the single
market and the customs union during
the time-limited transition period
and accept all the rules and
That is the Government
I'm not sure they accept
the oversight of European court of
That is in the arrangements
for the implementation. It has been
a concern to some, but it is there.
The position is that we go through
into the implementation period and
we are outside the treaties of EU
and a third country, but operating
within the framework of European
Are we in danger of see a by
Wouldn't it be
They're not miles
away on transition.
I won't hold my
We want to see the
protection of rights and freedoms
for people in this country and we
will make sure a hold the Government
What do you have in mind.
The final deal has to be voted on in
Parliament and you know we hope the
Government will come forward with a
deal that means all of our six tests
will be met. We will hold you that.
You will probably vote against it.
Let's see what they come forward
I would be amazed if they
voted for it.
It seems to me it is a
tight schedule, pretty much to do a
full body free trade agreement, not
saying it can't be done, but it is a
big ask. Canada, plus, plus, plus. I
take the point you're not starting
from scratch and that you are trying
to come off from a high level of
almost complete freedom of movement
on trade, so it could be done.
Supposing it done by October, and it
bedpins the process of ratification,
when would the British Parliament
have its say?
We would expect to
bring forward a vote on the final
agreement as soon as possible. And
then after that vote we would move
forward to bringing forward the
implementation bill and there will
be votes on the whole process.
implement the deal.
Yes we will set
it out in a statement and Andrew
talked about winning a meaningful
vote. We set out the meaningful
vote. I think you're referring to
clause 9 powers. But the point I
would make is the withdrawal
agreement and implementation bill
has been pledged and is primary
That is before the
European Parliament votes.
both houses to vote before theure
Parliament's expectation. There is a
practical issue, in the European
Parliament there is a translation
It has to be more than a
thumbs up or the thumbs down to the
deal. Can they change it when it
comes to Parliament? That is
difficult to see to go back to
Mr Barnier will be
measuring the drapes for Mr Junker's
office by then.
I think he is
already done that.
cognac left in the cupboard. The
answer was no. If the minister's
right, on this time table, we could
have big vote in Parliament before
the end of the year.
Yes it could be
in the autumn in theory. Some
suggest it is more realistic in
January or February, because the
time tables always get stretched and
also the government has had to delay
some of its Brexit legislation
because of the political divisions.
It may happen with the trade and
customs bill. Small little birds
tell me that might be some weeks
Singing little birds.
odd tune, interesting if the
minister wants to comment.
want to comment.
That is not within
That is a shame. The point
is even irrespective of the time
table, what will people be voting
on? Will it be more than a vague
agreement. The leaders on both sides
are desperate to get this done. But
will it be something basic and the
details are put off until after
Brexit and the things that are tough
will get work ud out in the
implementation period. That is wloo
the Government is keen to get the
implementation period nailed down in
March so that in a way you leave the
harder homework until later and hope
the politics moves too.
Parliament goes for its Full Monty,
to 2022, by that general election,
is there no question we will be out
of single market and out of the
There is no question
in my mind we will be out.
Well, if that is the
Government's intention, and they're
in power until 2022, you have heard
it from the minister. I would hope
that we have a different arrangement
Very well. It is
interesting. We will leave it there.
We have an idea of time table to
make sure we can make our holiday
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of your misery and give
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