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Morning, folks - welcome

to the Daily Politics.

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More than 60 Eurosceptic Tory MPs

have written to the Prime Minister

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laying down their red lines

for the Brexit negotiations.

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Will Theresa May and her cabinet

colleagues be able to hammer

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out a compromise at her

country retreat tomorrow?

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Jeremy Corbyn takes aim

at the newspapers after a series

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of lurid headlines claiming links

with soviet-era spies.

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What does the labour leader's

threat to the press -

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and what he calls their "lies

and smears" - actually mean?

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It's Wednesday -

so it must be PMQs -

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what will the Prime Minister

be pressed on?

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An uninterrupted.

-- we will bring

luck to

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All that in the next 90 minutes

and I've managed to lure two

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of Westminster's most lucrative

assets into the studio this morning

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- please feel free to divulge any

intelligence you have,

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safe in the knowledge that the BBC

will do everything it can

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to protect your identity.

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Brexit Minister Steve Baker

and Shadow Communities Secretary,

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Andrew Gwynne welcome

to the programme.

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So, it will seem like ancient

history to some but Jeremy Corbyn's

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meetings with a Czech agent

and diplomat in the 1980s have

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making the headlines in recent days,

with some papers accusing the Labour

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leader of betraying his country.

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The defence secretary,

Gavin Williamson, said

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the revelations proved that Labour

leader "cannot be trusted".

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But last night Mr Corbyn

hit back with a video,

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posted on social media.

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Publishing these ridiculous smears,

that have been refuted by Czech

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officials, shows just how worrying

the media bosses are by the

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prospects of a Labour Government.

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They are right to be.

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Labour will stand up

to the powerful and corrupt,

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and take the side of the many,

not the few.

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A free press is essential

for democracy.

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And we don't want to close it down.

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We want to open it up.

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he says, for the newspapers, change

is coming. What change?

Absolutely.

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It's been our position since the

General Election and before that we

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will implement Leveson two. That is

the change that is coming...

Just to

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clarify, it would be a second stage

of the Leveson Inquiry, that isn't a

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change, that is an enquiry. It is

into hacking that couldn't be done

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first time. And it is press

relations to the police. I ask

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again, what change is coming?

The

change is happening already, Andrew.

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We have seen the influence of the

newspaper media is less than it used

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to be. At the last General Election,

the day before, we had a 13 page

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smear on Jeremy Corbyn in the Daily

Mail. That proved not to be worth

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the paper it was written on, it

didn't have a single thing...

You

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are quite right to say that...

That's fine, that hasn't been

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brought about by Labour or policy,

that is social media, that is a

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systemic change...

By falling in

circulation...

I ask again, what

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would you do to stop stories we were

just talking about there? You think

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they are nonsense. What change would

you make to stop them being

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published?

Calling it nonsense gives

it over credence.

What change?

We

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want to open up the press. We talk

about having a free press. We should

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be proud that we have freedom of

press. But it isn't freedom of press

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when you have 71% of the media in

the hands of...

You are giving me

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the analysis, excuse me, to justify

the change. I understand that. That

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is what Jeremy Corbyn did in his

social media posting. I am trying to

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get from you, what change would

Labour make in the law, what would

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you do to stop stories like this

being published, what would you do

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to stop papers reporting the claims

of a former Czech spy, what would

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you do?

That's why Lebas -- that's

why the Leveson two is important. We

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want to break the dominance of 71%

of our media being in control...

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Leveson two is not about dominance,

it is about what I have just said.

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Let me try one more time, how would

you change, how would a Labour

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Government change the regulations

and reporting rules for the media?

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We want to make sure there is a

genuine free press.

How would you do

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that?

We would go forward by

bringing forward measures that make

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sure that the press is not only

free, but also...

What with these

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measures be? Would you ban foreign

ownership?

That is to be decided by

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Tom Watson and his shadow...

So you

don't know?

Look, Andrew, we have a

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situation here where 71% of the

media is in the control of tax

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exiles. We want them to be paying

tax.

Is Rupert Murdoch a tax exile?

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We want them to be paying tax...

Is

Rupert Murdoch a tax exile?

I'm not

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going to get into individuals. You

know that the dominance of the press

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barons in this country is not

healthy...

Would you ban foreign

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ownership?

That is one option that

may be on the table.

Maybe? A change

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is coming but we don't know what the

change is.

Change must come because

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we cannot go on with media barons

being able to present smears as

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fact...

Now you are back to the

analysis. You won't tell me what

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this leads to. Let's move on. The

Defence Secretary says Jeremy Corbyn

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has betrayed his country. In what

way?

The Defence Secretary has

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chosen his own words. The .3 about

Mr Barkok...

Has he betrayed his

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country?

He is a grave danger to

this country.

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This has given people all sorts of

ideas. Your Defence Secretary, our

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Defence Secretary, the Defence

Secretary of this Government, our

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Government, has said that the leader

of Her Majesty 's opposition has

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betrayed his country. In what way

has he betrayed his country?

That is

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a question for Gavin Williamson.

You

don't agree with it?

I'm not

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commenting. I think Jeremy Corbyn is

a grave danger to our country.

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That's a political point. Of course

you do. Everybody in one party

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things everybody in the other party

is a grave danger. The trailer is a

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different matter. That is a serious

accusation. A senior figure in the

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Czech Republic Defence Ministry says

Sarkozy, the person in question, is

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a liar. No file showed Jeremy Corbyn

incorporating with Czech

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intelligence. It has been said that

there are no Stasi files on Jeremy

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Corbyn at all. So, in what sense has

Jeremy Corbyn betrayed this country?

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I'm not commenting on that. This is

an area where there were lots of

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questions to answer. We have a free

press. The free press is asking the

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questions, they should answer.

Your

fellow Tories are piling in. Your

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security minister, again, Security

minister, he has compared Jeremy

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Corbyn to Kim Philby. Kim Philby was

a traitor. At the time had he been

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found guilty he would have been

hanged. That is an outrageous smear

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to say about the Leader of the

Opposition.

I would allow you to

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draw me into potentially libelling

anybody. I won't comment on that.

So

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you don't agree with that, either?

You don't agree with the defence

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Minister or security minister.

The

Government this on the ropes.

I have

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the Government on the ropes and you

have just interrupted me. That we

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try and keep him on the ropes.

A

Tory backbencher MP, Ben Bradley, he

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tweeted that Jeremy Corbyn had "Sold

British secrets to Communist spies

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is great -- to Communist spies" he

then had to delete the message.

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That is a matter for them. We

believe in a free press in this

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country. Questions need to be

answered.

I'm not asking that. Do

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you think Jeremy Corbyn can be

compared to Kim Philby? Do you think

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he has betrayed this country in any

way? Do you think he sold British

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secrets?

I have no evidence for any

of that.

How come your colleagues

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do?

That is a question for them.

Surely the real scandal is not what

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Jeremy Corbyn has supposedly done or

not done, it is the outright lies

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and disinformation that your fellow

Tories are spreading. That is the

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real scandal, isn't it?

I'm not

going to accuse my colleagues of

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anything. They will need to defend

what they have said.

I would put it

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to you that it is clearly a lie on

any evidence so far available to us

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that Jeremy Corbyn sold British

secrets to the Communists. Agreed?

I

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have no evidence to make a judgment.

To claim so would be a lie.

The

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questions have been asked, the

questions need to be answered, it is

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not for me to sit on your programme,

invent evidence, and reach a

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conclusion myself, I'm not going to

do that.

You will leave that to your

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Tory colleagues. Jeremy Corbyn said

the British press had gone a bit

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James Bond in that video. Jeremy

Corbyn realises that James Bond was

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on our side.

CHUCKLES

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>> Gemma: absolutely. You have hit

the nail on the head, these are

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fabrications.

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-- absolutely, you have hit the nail

on the head, these are fabrications.

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They have been designed to deflect

from the crisis the Government is

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in.

I will stop you because we have

done that.

But it is an important

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point to make.

That is why it has

been made more than several times.

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Now, more than 60 eurosceptic

Tory MPs have written

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a letter laying down their red lines

for the next stage of

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Brexit negotiations.

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The letter - which was sent last

week - comes as the Prime Minister

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tries to get her Cabinet to a agree

on common position.

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Here's Emma with all the details.

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Thanks, Andrew it's time

to crack open the Blue Nun,

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because there's a house

party at Chequers.

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Tomorrow evening, Theresa May

will host her Brexit sub-committee

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of senior ministers to try to thrash

out what they want their final deal

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with the EU to look like.

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There have been a series of speeches

by Mrs May and her senior team

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outlining their vision,

the Prime Minister herself has said

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she wants a "deep and special

partnership" with the EU and has

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promised Britain would remain

committed to Europe's security.

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Foreign Secretary Boris

Johnson has said Brexit

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was a cause for "hope not fear"

and argued we had to leave

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the single market and the customs

union to enjoy the

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benefits of Brexit.

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Yesterday the Brexit secretary

David Davis promised Britain

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will lead a "global race to the top"

in rights and standards

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and Environment Secretary Michael

Gove has claimed we'll

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have a green Brexit, arguing

there is an historic opportunity

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to improve the environment.

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Today David Davis will outline

Britain's official response

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to the EU's Brexit transition

proposals, he's expected to say

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Britain needs protection from future

EU laws that could cause us harm

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during the transition.

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However, the party is having

some gate crashers,

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The European Research Group,

which comprises over 60 Conservative

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MPs led by Jacob Rees-Mogg,

has written to the Prime Minister

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with a list of helpful 'suggestions'

for Brexit that include arguing

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Britain should be free to negotiate

and sign trade deals as soon

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as we leave next year,

and they say there should be "full

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regulatory autonomy",

during the transition period.

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A view that is at odd with others

in the party, Nicky Morgan,

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who voted to stay in the EU,

called the letter a ransom

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note and said the ERG was taking

Theresa May hostage.

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Thank you. The European research

group, used to chair that, didn't

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you?

I did.

It was like a full

regulatory autonomy, do you agree?

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We will continue our relationship

with the EU on the same fundamental

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basis as we do today but as a third

country outside of the former

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structure...

So not full regular

Tory autonomy?

Where we need to

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land...

On talking about the

transition.

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transition. -- we are talking about

the transition. You don't agree on

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this?

My job is to agree with the

Government. I will support with the

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Government's policy. We need to have

an implementation period which

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allows us to be a third country and

continue our future trade

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relationship agreement. It is

through that agreement we should

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have full regulatory autonomy which

is a policy that prime Minster has

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set out during the course of...

Is

it broadly the Government's position

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that we should remain aligned to EU

rules and regulations, even after

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the transition?

The position David

Davis set out as the Government 's

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position. We need to maintain high

standards. We should have control of

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our own laws. We should get

ourselves into the position of the

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normal free trade agreement where we

have a degree of mutual recognition,

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a degree of confidence, and we are

able to control our own laws.

So we

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will remain aligned?

In some areas

where we choose to achieve the same

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goals by the same means. But this

isn't news. This is what the Prime

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Minister has set out in her previous

speeches. We are signed up to taking

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back control of our laws, borders,

our money.

But not during the

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transition?

This isn't a new

statement.

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I know legally we leave after the

Article 50 process, but we enter a

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transition period, in practice, what

would the difference be between

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membership and the transition?

We

will start negotiating and signing

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our new trade agreements.

That is

what the ERG wants too, we will be

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able to sign trade agreements.

That

is the Government's policy, during

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the integration period we can sign

them, but only bring them into

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effect...

You think we will be able

to sign free trade agreements during

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a transition period. Not just talk

or negotiate, not even agree but

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pigeonhole until we leave, we will

be able to sign them and agree them?

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I'm expecting us to agree them to

come into effect after the implement

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wapgs.

--

Implementation.

The reason

I ask again it is unusual to get

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such clarity on these questions, I'm

somewhat taken aback. David Davis

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said she wants to work with the EU

for a race to the top in rules and

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regulations. But he wants to work...

So that would mean that we are going

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to mirror each other. What is the

point of leaving?

The point is to go

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to race to the top. We know the

public require high standards across

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a range of issues from work

conditions, the environment, we want

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to get to a position where we are

leading a race to the top globally.

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So the impact will be the same as

the EU's rules?

The objectives may

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well be the same.

So what is the

point?

We will strive to the

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objectives in different ways. So the

point would be for example Iain

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Duncan Smith pulled out a list of

regulations and talked of the next

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round of solvency regulations, the

point is we should have control of

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our laws and regulations and have

the opportunity to strive to similar

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goals in different ways. What

What

would happen if your ideas went in a

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very different direction to Europe?

We need to agree a regime of mutual

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recognition.

We would have to take

into account what they want, which

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is like being in the EU.

No, there

will always be a mechanism for

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co-ordination. That doesn't mean

you're compelled to accept law from

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there. One would have the choice

whether to adjust and taking the

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consequences.

If we were going to

change our standard, we would go to

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Brussels and say, what do you think?

I would not expect us to seek

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consent. I would expect us to go

about the business of conducting a

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multi-dimensional trade policy, to

have some unilateral measures, some

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plural agreements with member states

and some multilateral agreements.

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That is why we have our ambassador

at the WTO chairing the trade and

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services committee to move the world

forward.

How long would the

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transition period last?

The

transition period, the length is a

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matter for discussion.

We know what

the Europeans think, they want it to

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end in December 2020. What is the

British Government's position.

That

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is the position of EU, we think the

right period is about two years.

Why

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does it need to be longer? Why does

a euro sceptic want it to be longer

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than the EU wants?

I would be happy

for us to have the minimum period

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necessary. That is a matter to

negotiate. You can see that they

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want us to exit during, at the end

of the budget period, the Prime

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Minister suggests two years. What

will be the case is when we have

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agreed there will be a fixed date.

It will be time-limited.

Absolutely.

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On Labour's position on the customs

union, what is the difference

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between a customs union and the Cus

comes union -- customs union.

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comes union -- customs union.

A

union would be negotiated.

In what

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way would it differ?

It may differ

it is down to negotiation but may

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differ in the sense that we retain

access to tariff-free trade with the

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EU, but we have freedom to enter

third party negotiations on free

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trade with other country.

You think

we can be in a customs union, and

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still have the right to negotiate

free trade agreements?

That is why

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we want to have the transition

period, so that we can have that

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extra time to sit down with our

European colleagues and negotiate a

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deal that works in the interests of

Britain.

Can you point to a single

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sign, the slightest sliver of a sign

that the EU is prepared to agree to

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us being in a customs union and to

negotiate our own free trade

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agreements.

Don't be a pessimist.

Don't try and get out of it with a

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joke. You point to any sign they

would agree to that.

A Labour

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Government would approach the Brexit

negotiations in a different manner

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and sit down with our partners and

negotiate a deal that works.

Do you

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agree at the moment there has never

been the merest indication from Mr

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Barnier or Mr Junker or the Germans

or the French that they would in any

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way even contemplate Britain being

in a customs union with them and

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still allow Britain to have free

trade deals.

They're dealing with

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Steve and his government.

You have

talked to them as well.

They have a

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different...

Jeremy Corbyn has

talked to them. Have you had any

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indication that would be on the

agenda?

Absolutely, we believe we

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can negotiate...

What indication.

We

believe we can negotiate an

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arrangement.

I know what you want,

but I'm asking you can you show me

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any indication, have you been given

any indication in the meetings you

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have had with Mr Barner in that this

would even be discussed?

We wouldn't

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be putting it down to be an option

if we didn't think it was possible.

0:22:060:22:10

Give me the evidence that it is

possible.

We believe it is possible.

0:22:100:22:17

You believing something, what would

be possible if Mr Barnier indicated

0:22:170:22:21

this was a route he would consider.

Can you give me any evidence that he

0:22:210:22:26

has indicated that

We believe.

I

know what you believe.

We believe

0:22:260:22:31

that we will be in a position to

negotiate a tariff-free trade...

It

0:22:310:22:39

is fan tasical. From everything Mr

Barnier has said it is fantasy.

I

0:22:390:22:46

don't believe it is it is in the

interests of British people we

0:22:460:22:50

secure a deal.

If we are in a

customs union, the EU would set our

0:22:500:22:56

tariffs. So we wouldn't be able to

negotiate free trade deals and his

0:22:560:23:02

argument falls.

0:23:020:23:08

And for more reporting

and analysis of Brexit,

0:23:080:23:10

check out the BBC News website -

that's bbc.co.uk/brexit.

0:23:100:23:13

Now, a major story in this morning's

newspapers has shocked

0:23:130:23:16

centres of global governance.

0:23:160:23:18

Yes, Westminster, Washington,

New York, and Brussels

0:23:180:23:20

are all reeling from the news

that the Hollywood star

0:23:200:23:24

Jennifer Lawrence is planning

to give up acting for a year

0:23:240:23:27

in order to help "fix

American democracy".

0:23:270:23:34

Here on the Daily Politics we've

been doing our best in the UK

0:23:340:23:38

for some time and, Jennifer,

let me tell you - you might need

0:23:380:23:41

to book a bit more time off.

0:23:410:23:45

One thing we can advise is that

there's no better way to acquaint

0:23:450:23:48

yourself with the glory -

and the nightmare -

0:23:480:23:50

of the democratic ideal

than by tuning into Prime Minister's

0:23:500:23:53

Questions - where the lead actors

stumble over their lines,

0:23:530:23:55

the director likes to be the star

of the show, and the supporting cast

0:23:550:23:59

seems to know only one bit

of script: an indistinct braying

0:23:590:24:01

that begs all viewers

to switch off the screen.

0:24:010:24:05

Perhaps the only way

to endure it is with a glass

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of the strong stuff

and what better vessel

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than one of these beauties -

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The magistrates came

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forward slash dailypolitics.

0:26:150:26:23

It's coming up to midday here -

0:26:250:26:30

just take a look at Big Ben -

and that can mean only one thing,

0:26:300:26:34

yes, Prime Minister's

Questions is on its way.

0:26:340:26:35

And that's not all -

Laura Kuenssberg is here.

0:26:350:26:38

You have had a chance to look at

this document, I believe it is from

0:26:380:26:43

the Government about its attitude to

transition period from the end of

0:26:430:26:47

the Article 50 process to fully

leaving the EU.

That's right on

0:26:470:26:52

these pages in my clammy paws is the

UK's draft proposals for what that

0:26:520:27:00

two year period should look like.

Most of it is what we knew all

0:27:000:27:06

along, the UK says we will be bound

by most EU laws. The UK is

0:27:060:27:14

processing a joint committee to work

out any disputes over new rules and

0:27:140:27:19

proposing we will be in the room and

have a say like any other country

0:27:190:27:24

over fisheries policy. That is

something really important in some

0:27:240:27:26

parts of the country. Also to many

Breck tiers, it was a part of

0:27:260:27:32

argument. What might be trickier for

the Government there does not appear

0:27:320:27:38

to be a concrete way of fighting

what the Prime Minister said he

0:27:380:27:43

would fight - the EU's proposal to

say EU citizens with apply for

0:27:430:27:54

settlement staying. Be Prime

Minister said again and again,

0:27:540:28:04

understandably, given immigration

was such a part of the the campaign,

0:28:040:28:08

immigration will have to look

different and the rules will have to

0:28:080:28:10

change. One source in Government

said it was clear that the EU would

0:28:100:28:14

not going to allow that to be the

case. The Brussels view was clear

0:28:140:28:20

and that was something of a brick

wall. So the UK seems to have

0:28:200:28:24

softened its altitude.

What does it

say in the paper about that.

There

0:28:240:28:30

does not appear to be anything

explicit. Most of this document

0:28:300:28:37

reads about things, paragraph 1.2

whatever. So right now, just outside

0:28:370:28:43

the studio, some very enthusiastic

of our excellent team here are going

0:28:430:28:48

through line by line, comparing it

with the Brussels document. What

0:28:480:28:53

doesn't appear to be is an explicit

clause that says... We will have

0:28:530:28:58

this plan.

We have the Brexit

minister here he can tell us. What

0:28:580:29:03

will be the rights of migrants from

the EU who come here during

0:29:030:29:07

transition.

We want to be an open

country.

What rights will they have?

0:29:070:29:15

The Prime Minister said we need to

go forward on the same framework we

0:29:150:29:21

have with the EU. For that period,

when we will have a registration

0:29:210:29:25

period so people who come here

during the implementation period

0:29:250:29:29

need to let us know they're here and

have a conversation about their

0:29:290:29:32

rights and what rights they will

acquire here.

You're going to have a

0:29:320:29:37

conversation about their rights.

That what is a negotiation is. What

0:29:370:29:43

will the British Government's be

come the negotiation, which I

0:29:430:29:47

believe is next month.

Our starting

point is we would allow people to go

0:29:470:29:55

and and come during the

implementation period, but we will

0:29:550:29:59

need to have a conversation about

how they will continue after the

0:29:590:30:03

implementation.

Who is this kvrs

conversation to be with?

Our

0:30:030:30:08

negotiators and theirs.

You can't

have a negotiation until you have

0:30:080:30:12

decided your position.

Our position

has been that we would allow people

0:30:120:30:16

to come and go. ...

Would they have

the same rights as those who have

0:30:160:30:21

been coming and going up to the

start of transition period?

We would

0:30:210:30:25

hope we will be able to negotiate

that those people after we have

0:30:250:30:30

formally left would be subject to UK

law.

Would they have the right to

0:30:300:30:35

stay here?

We will need to have that

conversation.

Would they have the

0:30:350:30:39

right the stay here.

We need toov

that conversation.

You need to

0:30:390:30:45

decide you want before the Europeans

can negotiate with you.

Our starting

0:30:450:30:49

position is that we are leaving the

EU in March 19 and becoming an

0:30:490:30:55

independent third country.

What does

that

0:30:550:31:02

that heen mean for migrants who come

here?

We respect the freedoms of the

0:31:020:31:07

the single market while we are in

the implementation period and people

0:31:070:31:10

will be able to come and go

And can

they stay

That is we will have to

0:31:100:31:17

negotiate.

Do you want them to stay.

We want to be an open and tolerant

0:31:170:31:21

country.

We like motherhood and

apple pie too, it is a simple

0:31:210:31:26

question, if we are going to

negotiate with the EU and it is

0:31:260:31:30

coming up, what is the British

Government's position going to be on

0:31:300:31:35

migrants who come during that

period? Will they have indefinite

0:31:350:31:39

right to remain or not?

The cabinet

is meeting tomorrow and there will

0:31:390:31:43

be a conversation about a number of

these issues.

So you haven't

0:31:430:31:49

decided.

The cabinet will agree the

matters.

What is interesting to hear

0:31:490:31:56

until this document emerged if you

asked ministers the question they

0:31:560:31:59

would say it has to be different.

Let's see if it comes

0:31:590:32:05

This morning the High Court ruled

that the government's air quality

0:32:260:32:30

plan is unlawful. What does the

Prime Minister feel is worse, losing

0:32:300:32:35

for the third time in the High

Court, or 40,000 unnecessary deaths

0:32:350:32:42

and the impact on children's health

of the UK's unsustainable air

0:32:420:32:47

quality?

0:32:470:32:48

The issue the Honourable lady has

raised is an important one. That is

0:32:520:32:55

why we have been taking action to

improve air quality. May I just say

0:32:550:33:01

to the honourable lady that the way

she has described the court's

0:33:010:33:05

decision this morning, I don't think

properly reflects the decision that

0:33:050:33:09

the court has given. If I can just

perhaps... Mr Speaker, explain to

0:33:090:33:16

the house, because we... We do

welcome the fact that the court has

0:33:160:33:20

dismissed the complaint relating to

five cities with major air quality

0:33:200:33:26

problems, has found that we are

taking appropriate action, they have

0:33:260:33:29

agreed that the modelling we used to

support the 2017 air quality plan is

0:33:290:33:35

sound. They have asked us to go

further in areas with less severe

0:33:350:33:39

air quality problems where we

thought a pragmatic approach was

0:33:390:33:42

appropriate. We will now formalise

that. But on two of the three camps

0:33:420:33:47

they found in the government's

favour. -- to recounts.

We want to

0:33:470:33:56

see more police on the streets. I

lobbied the police Minister for

0:33:560:34:00

funds to put more police on the

streets. Will the Prime Minister

0:34:000:34:05

join me in urging the Labour Police

and Crime Commissioner... To put

0:34:050:34:11

more police on the streets instead

of increasing his Budget for back

0:34:110:34:16

office staff by £10 million.

CHEERING

0:34:160:34:24

My honourable friend raises an

important issue. He is right to

0:34:240:34:27

speak up for his constituents in

relation to this. He's also right

0:34:270:34:31

because as a Government we've been

keen to ensure police are out there,

0:34:310:34:35

not in back office jobs. More money,

more money is going to policing.

0:34:350:34:44

Order! Please. The questions and the

answers must be heard. And I make no

0:34:440:34:55

apology for repeating that the

discussions here at Prime Minister's

0:34:550:34:58

Questions should bear some

resemblance to what the house is

0:34:580:35:03

saying in relation to culture. We

have recently had a report on

0:35:030:35:08

harassment. Let's try to behave

properly in these sessions. That

0:35:080:35:12

means listening to the answers, and

listening to the questions. Both

0:35:120:35:16

sides of the house have got to try

to wake up to the reality that huge

0:35:160:35:22

numbers of people outside this place

couldn't care less about the press

0:35:220:35:26

gallery, huge numbers of people

outside this place disapprove of

0:35:260:35:33

this sort of behaviour on both

sides. Stop it! Prime Minister.

0:35:330:35:39

Thank you. The funding settlement

for next year provides extra money

0:35:390:35:43

for policing, which means that the

West Midlands Police will receive an

0:35:430:35:47

increase of £9.5 million. As my

honourable friend says it is up to

0:35:470:35:54

the West Midlands Police and Crime

Commissioner, the Labour

0:35:540:35:56

commissioner, to decide how he

spends that money. But I know that

0:35:560:36:00

police forces can be more effective

and productive. And I'm sure he is

0:36:000:36:04

going to make his case very strongly

to the Labour Commissioner.

Jeremy

0:36:040:36:06

Corbyn.

0:36:060:36:08

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Yesterday the

Brexit secretary assured the country

0:36:100:36:17

that Brexit will not plunge Britain

into a mad Max style world road from

0:36:170:36:24

dystopian fiction -- borrowed from

dystopian fiction. Doesn't the Prime

0:36:240:36:32

Minister think that he could set the

bar a little bit higher?

0:36:320:36:35

LAUGHTER

I'll tell you, as the Right

0:36:350:36:42

Honourable gentleman knows, we are

clear we are going to ensure that

0:36:420:36:45

when we leave the EU we are going to

be able to take back control of our

0:36:450:36:50

borders, our money, and our laws.

CHEERING

0:36:500:36:54

As I have to say to him, the only

fiction around in relation to the

0:36:540:36:58

Brexit and the European Union is the

Labour Party's front bench who

0:36:580:37:01

cannot even agree with themselves on

what their policy is.

Jeremy Corbyn.

0:37:010:37:12

One of her former Brexit ministers

in the other place warned the Prime

0:37:120:37:16

Minister that Britain will be

walking a gangplank into thin air if

0:37:160:37:21

she doesn't decide what she actually

wants on leaving the EU. In his

0:37:210:37:27

speech the Brexit secretary also

said fears about a deregulatory race

0:37:270:37:31

to the bottom were based on nothing.

So, why then did his own

0:37:310:37:41

department's exit analysis say there

could be opportunities for Britain

0:37:410:37:45

in the regulating areas such as

environment and employment law?

0:37:450:37:52

He talks about what we actually want

to achieve when we leave the EU.

0:37:520:37:56

I'll tell him what we want to

achieve. We want to ensure this is a

0:37:560:38:01

country that can negotiate

free-trade deals around the rest of

0:38:010:38:03

the world. We want to ensure we have

a good trade agreement with the

0:38:030:38:07

European Union, and that is what we

will start negotiating. We want to

0:38:070:38:11

make sure we have a get security

partnership with the EU, as I set

0:38:110:38:16

out in detail in my speech in Munich

last week. But what we also want

0:38:160:38:24

insurers that this country takes the

opportunities that will be open to

0:38:240:38:26

us outside the EU to boost our

economy, to ensure we are developing

0:38:260:38:29

the economy of the future, the jobs

of the future, more high-paid, high

0:38:290:38:32

skilled jobs, for the people in this

country. We are putting people

0:38:320:38:35

first.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Speaker, in December the Foreign

0:38:350:38:42

Secretary and the Environment

Secretary were briefing about the

0:38:420:38:44

working Time directive would be

scrapped. CBI and the unions are

0:38:440:38:48

clear they are not looking for a

bonfire of regulations, quite the

0:38:480:38:53

opposite. The only party that wants

to scrap workers regulation issues

0:38:530:38:59

are the party opposite. In her

Lancaster house speech a year ago

0:38:590:39:03

the PM clearly stated, I also want

tariff free trade with Europe. Now,

0:39:030:39:10

a year on, she has downgraded that

aimed to a tariff free -- as tariff

0:39:100:39:15

free as possible. Businesses and

workers want tariff free to protect

0:39:150:39:20

jobs, so why has the Government

abandoned that and want as tariff

0:39:200:39:26

free as possible as to what the

Government has not abandoned its

0:39:260:39:31

negotiating position in relation to

this.

0:39:310:39:33

We will be ensuring that we get that

good, comrades of trade agreement

0:39:330:39:37

new economic partnership with the

European Union.

-- as tariff free as

0:39:370:39:42

possible. I have been clear since I

became Prime Minister that this is a

0:39:420:39:46

Government that will not only

protect workers' rights, but enhance

0:39:460:39:49

workers' rights. Let's look at the

Conservatives' record in Government.

0:39:490:39:56

Which Government was a tactic action

on zero-hours contracts? A

0:39:560:40:02

Conservative Government, not Labour.

Which Government is it that got

0:40:020:40:06

Matthew Taylor to actually report on

the new economy so we insured

0:40:060:40:10

workers got the highest rights?

Conservative, not Labour. Which

0:40:100:40:15

Government is ensuring that workers

voices are heard on the boards of

0:40:150:40:20

companies? A Conservative

Government, not Labour.

0:40:200:40:24

I don't know if she has had a chance

to read the Daily Telegraph today,

0:40:240:40:29

but 62 of her backbenchers want a

bonfire of regulations, want to

0:40:290:40:33

destroy workers right in this

country. When the government's EU

0:40:330:40:40

and exit analysis... Mr Speaker,

when the government's EU and exit

0:40:400:40:47

analysis was published it said it

does not consider our desired

0:40:470:40:51

outcome. Could the Prime Minister

take this opportunity now to tell

0:40:510:40:54

the house and the country what is

the government's desired outcome?

0:40:540:41:04

the government's desired outcome?

A

bespoke economic partnership.

0:41:040:41:10

bespoke economic partnership.

OK,

given the PM ruled out any form of

0:41:100:41:12

customs union post Brexit, can she

explain how she expects to avoid a

0:41:120:41:21

hard border with Northern Ireland?

This question has been asked

0:41:210:41:28

previously. I've already pointed out

that the Government published papers

0:41:280:41:33

last summer which showed how we can

deliver exactly that, no hard border

0:41:330:41:38

between the Republic of Ireland and

Northern Ireland, they bespoke

0:41:380:41:41

economic partnership with the EU.

The Foreign Secretary recently made

0:41:410:41:47

a speech about Brexit. He found time

to mention carrots, spam, stag

0:41:470:41:55

parties a plague of boils and

V-signs. No mention of Northern

0:41:550:42:04

Ireland in his speech.

0:42:040:42:09

Ireland in his speech.

Calm

yourself. It's only Wednesday, you

0:42:100:42:12

have the rest of the week to get

through, this is not good for your

0:42:120:42:15

health. You should appreciate my

kindness.

0:42:150:42:19

We are halfway through the six

speeches we were told would set out

0:42:190:42:22

the Government's negotiating

position. So far all we have had is

0:42:220:42:26

a waffle and empty rhetoric...

Businesses need to know. People want

0:42:260:42:36

to know. Even her backbenchers are

demanding to know. But it isn't

0:42:360:42:41

clear from today's exchanges, this

Government isn't on the road to

0:42:410:42:47

Brexit, Mr Speaker, it is on the

road to nowhere.

0:42:470:42:55

I think...

0:42:550:43:01

I think... I think I have mentioned

to the right honourable gentleman

0:43:010:43:04

before that his job is to ask a

question, not make... But, you know,

0:43:040:43:09

I'm perfectly

0:43:090:43:15

I'm perfectly happy... I'm perfectly

happy to respond to the point that

0:43:150:43:17

he made. He said that we have not

set out any detail. Can I suggest to

0:43:170:43:25

him that he needs to think very

carefully about the security

0:43:250:43:28

partnership that we want with the

European Union when we have left. I

0:43:280:43:33

set out in my speech in Munich last

week exactly what we want that

0:43:330:43:37

security partnership to cover,

because we believe, we believe in

0:43:370:43:42

ensuring that we are maintaining the

security and safety of people here

0:43:420:43:46

in the UK, but also of people in

Europe. And we are unconditionally

0:43:460:43:51

committed to the safety and security

of Europe. But can I congratulate

0:43:510:43:57

the right honourable gentleman,

because normally he stands up every

0:43:570:44:03

week and asks me to sign a blank

cheque. And I know he likes Czechs,

0:44:030:44:12

but really.

LAUGHTER

0:44:120:44:22

My constituent was killed when a car

mounted the pavement with tests done

0:44:270:44:30

after the incident saying that the

driver had an undiagnosed medical

0:44:300:44:35

condition which would have been

assessed by the DVLA had it been

0:44:350:44:39

found up beforehand. What does the

Prime Minister think of the current

0:44:390:44:44

restrictions and rules of those

holding driving licences?

0:44:440:44:49

It is crucial. We want to ensure

that people who are driving are

0:44:510:44:55

actually fit to drive. I know that

the sympathies of not just my

0:44:550:45:01

honourable friend but the whole of

this house will be with her family

0:45:010:45:05

and friends. The current driving

licence system is designed to

0:45:050:45:09

balance the needs of road safety and

with those of the individual. All

0:45:090:45:15

drivers must inform the DVLA if they

have a medical condition which would

0:45:150:45:20

affect their driving and discuss any

issues with their own medical

0:45:200:45:23

professional. We take this seriously

and we are committed to ensuring

0:45:230:45:26

that those who are granted a driving

licence are those who are fit to

0:45:260:45:30

drive.

0:45:300:45:35

At least 194 people have been killed

in the last 48-hours in eastern

0:45:350:45:41

Ghouta, can the Prime Minister tell

the House what discussions her

0:45:410:45:45

government has had with UN

colleagues on Sunday on enforcing

0:45:450:45:51

existing UN resolutions calling for

an end of sieges of civilian areas

0:45:510:45:57

and attacks on civilians?

Can I say

he has raised an important issue and

0:45:570:46:02

we are appalled by the escalation of

air strikes in Ghouta and are

0:46:020:46:08

concerned by the reports of the

deliberate targeting of civilians

0:46:080:46:13

and this is in violation of

international law and we as a

0:46:130:46:19

Government do call on the regime and

its backers to cease this campaign

0:46:190:46:24

of violence and they should respect

international law, protect civilians

0:46:240:46:29

and allow rapid humanitarian access.

There is concern that it is

0:46:290:46:34

something like 700 people who need

medical evacuation are being refused

0:46:340:46:40

that. We will work with the UN and

the the process and finally I would

0:46:400:46:46

say that the UN envoy has our full

support in the work he is do Iing to

0:46:460:46:53

try to find a -- doing by trying to

find a solution.

The bombing is

0:46:530:47:00

relentless. Doctors are treating

pregnant women and babies who have

0:47:000:47:06

lost limbs, it is thought over 100

children have been killed since

0:47:060:47:12

Sunday. The UN has issued pleas

calling for political intervention,

0:47:120:47:19

state nothing words will do justice

to the children killed, their

0:47:190:47:23

mothers, their fathers and their

loved ones. Will the Prime Minister

0:47:230:47:29

show leadership and join me in

calling for an urgent meeting of the

0:47:290:47:34

UN Security Council to address the

horrific genocide unfolding in

0:47:340:47:38

Syria?

The UN has called on

governments around the world to call

0:47:380:47:45

out the action that has been taken

and to be ready to stand against

0:47:450:47:51

thattance. Action. We will be

ensuring that we will be talking to

0:47:510:47:57

our colleagues in the UN to ensure

that the best possible approach that

0:47:570:48:02

can be taken. But it is not just

about the Syrian government. It is

0:48:020:48:07

about the backers of the Syrian

Government as well and we call on

0:48:070:48:13

all their backers, including Russia

to ensure that this violence stops

0:48:130:48:17

and those in need of help are given

that help.

Thank you Mr Speaker. A

0:48:170:48:28

company has been manufacturing in

Britain for a hundred years in my

0:48:280:48:32

constituency. They're the only

British company bidding to produce

0:48:320:48:37

our new passport, the other two

being French. Will my honourable

0:48:370:48:41

friend commit to doing all she can

to support our manufacturers, our

0:48:410:48:47

innovators and making our new blue

passports truly British?

Can I say

0:48:470:48:55

to my honourable friend I'm sure he

is aware that this will be an open

0:48:550:49:00

and fair competition that I can't

comment on individual bids, but I'm

0:49:000:49:04

sure he will make his voice heard.

From autumn 2019 we will issue now

0:49:040:49:09

passports. That has been the colour

of voice for passports -- choice for

0:49:090:49:17

passports and it is right we return

to deciding the colour of passports

0:49:170:49:22

we wants and not the EU.

Thank you

Mr Speaker. My constituent Claire,

0:49:220:49:32

suffered tragedy when her two

children were murdered by their

0:49:320:49:37

father in an arson attack at the

family home. This brave woman has

0:49:370:49:43

since dedicated herself to

campaigning for protection of

0:49:430:49:49

victims of domestic violence. Can I

ask the Prime Minister when is the

0:49:490:49:55

domestic violence bill going to be

published and will it be as

0:49:550:50:00

comprehensive as she promised?

Can I

say to the honourable lady that our

0:50:000:50:05

thoughts are with Claire after this

terrible tragedy that she has been

0:50:050:50:10

through. And we do recognise the

need to ensure that we are providing

0:50:100:50:14

support for the victims of domestic

violence. As she said, there are

0:50:140:50:18

many aspects to this issue. The Home

Secretary before she brings forward

0:50:180:50:23

the legislation will be issuing a

consultation to ensure we listen to

0:50:230:50:29

all those who have been affected so

wir dealing with all the aexpects of

0:50:290:50:33

this Esh -- we are dealing with all

the aspects this. We are committed

0:50:330:50:38

to working to support the victims of

violence and to ensure that we end

0:50:380:50:42

violence against women and girls.

Thank you. I visited a memory cafe

0:50:420:50:51

in my constituency, the cafe is open

to individuals and their carers and

0:50:510:50:56

help to provide support for the

memory loss. I was touched by the

0:50:560:51:00

dedication of these volunteers and

will be hosting my own MP's memory

0:51:000:51:05

surgery to enable local residents

the opportunity to speak. Will the

0:51:050:51:13

Prime Minister take this opportunity

to update what the house what the

0:51:130:51:18

Government is doing to help with

those suffering from dementia.

I'm

0:51:180:51:24

happy to join my honourable friend

in congratulating the carers looking

0:51:240:51:29

after people with dementia. And also

the volunteers who provide services

0:51:290:51:33

for people with dementia and for

their carers. We are working with

0:51:330:51:37

partners across the health system to

ensure more people with dementia

0:51:370:51:43

receive a diagnosis, to raise

awareness and provide the care and

0:51:430:51:47

support that they need. I'm also

pleased to say there are 2.3 million

0:51:470:51:52

dementia friends across the country.

We are doubling spending on dementia

0:51:520:51:55

research and I'm going to make sure

that members of cabinet are given

0:51:550:52:01

the dementia friends training.

Last

night I attended a meeting of

0:52:010:52:07

resident s who are concerned about

rising levels of crime and

0:52:070:52:11

anti-social behaviour. Crime has

increased 18% and we have lost over

0:52:110:52:16

500 police officers and suffered £40

million worth of cuts to policing.

0:52:160:52:21

Will the Prime Minister commit to

giving back the money for

0:52:210:52:26

neighbourhood policing and apologise

to the constituent of the area who

0:52:260:52:28

have had to put their hands back in

their pocket to compensate for her

0:52:280:52:34

massive cuts?

First, can I say to

the the honourable lady that it is

0:52:340:52:40

good to see her back in her place in

this House. As I said earlier, what

0:52:400:52:48

we are doing, we are providing extra

funding for police forces. Now, it

0:52:480:52:54

is no good Labour members shaking

their heads and saying no you're

0:52:540:52:57

not. Because we are providing extra

funding for police forces. And of

0:52:570:53:02

course it is then up to the police

and crime commissioners to decide

0:53:020:53:05

how that is spent.

Mr Speaker I'm

sure the whole House would join me

0:53:050:53:13

in welcoming the delegation of

French MPs watching proceedings

0:53:130:53:17

today. The people from across the

European Union have the belief they

0:53:170:53:27

can build a life here. So they want

certainty. What reassurances can the

0:53:270:53:34

Prime Minister give that speedy low

cost system starting from the

0:53:340:53:40

premise they will be staying with

soon be in place to allow them to

0:53:400:53:44

get on with their lives and play an

important role in our community and

0:53:440:53:49

culture?

Well, can I say to my

honourable friend I'm happy to join

0:53:490:53:54

the fact that we are being, have

been joined by a delegation of

0:53:540:53:58

French MPs. But he has raised an

important points about citizens

0:53:580:54:04

living here. They have made a huge

contribution to our country and we

0:54:040:54:09

want them to stay. I'm clear that EU

citizens living in the UK today will

0:54:090:54:16

be able to stay. He refers to

process and I can assure him it

0:54:160:54:22

won't cost more Nan than a British

passport. It will be a digital

0:54:220:54:32

system and ensure that this is as

simple for people as we can provide.

0:54:320:54:40

Over a million people are living

with the consequences of acquired

0:54:400:54:46

Britain injury and thanks to the

government's new trauma centres, 600

0:54:460:54:53

extra lives are being saved each

year. The problem is many of these

0:54:530:54:57

people are having their lives saved

but they're not getting the

0:54:570:55:02

rehabilitation that get them to live

independent lives again. Miracles

0:55:020:55:06

can be done. But have the units have

no rehabilitation consu ant. Will

0:55:060:55:18

the get all those together, the MoD,

the justice system, and the

0:55:180:55:25

department for work and pensions to

make sure every person with an

0:55:250:55:30

acquired brain injury gets the full

rehabilitation that they need?

The

0:55:300:55:34

honourable gentleman has raised a

very important point. As he may know

0:55:340:55:37

there are two ways in which those

rehabilitation service are

0:55:370:55:42

commissioned. NHS England

commissions centres for complex

0:55:420:55:48

brain injury. But more routine

rehabilitation is provided,

0:55:480:55:56

commissioned locally. But NHS

England sets out guidance to those

0:55:560:56:01

commissioners. He has raised a very

important point and I will ask the

0:56:010:56:05

Health Secretary to respond to him

and take up the issues that, the

0:56:050:56:09

specific question he has raised.

Can

I tell the Prime Minister how

0:56:090:56:14

welcome the police minister's

statement was yesterday at the

0:56:140:56:17

urgent question that he is going to

help Alfie Digly find a way to get

0:56:170:56:25

through the law to access medicinal

cannabis. Will the Prime Minister

0:56:250:56:34

join the majority of states of the

EU, of the United States, of British

0:56:340:56:39

public opinion and all the

colleagues who raise questions

0:56:390:56:43

yesterday to give British citizens

the earliest possible action to the

0:56:430:56:50

benefit of medicines derived from

cannabis and for the United Kingdom

0:56:500:56:55

to get on the front foot in

licencing these to get the benefits.

0:56:550:57:01

I know that the sympathies of the

members across the House are with

0:57:010:57:05

Alfie and his family. And of course,

people with chronic pain and

0:57:050:57:11

illnesses, we recognise will always

look to alleviate their symptoms. We

0:57:110:57:15

do need to ensure that if we are

going to allow medicines are going

0:57:150:57:21

to be permitted to use that they

have been through the most rigorous

0:57:210:57:26

testing and we apply the most

rigorous standards before they're

0:57:260:57:31

used. We believe cannabis should be

subjected to same regulation as

0:57:310:57:36

other medicines.

Mr Speaker, I have

highlighted each Tory Scottish MP

0:57:360:57:47

costs a lot of money. The Scottish

leader is cheaper because £15,000

0:57:470:57:53

you can hire her for a day for a

fund-raising dinner. At that same

0:57:530:57:58

dinner the Defence Secretary was on

high for 30,000. 2,000 bought the

0:57:580:58:04

international Secretary and 55,000

the Prime Minister. Does she agree

0:58:040:58:08

that although they will sell

anything that moves, it is time to

0:58:080:58:15

halt the privatisation of Tory MPs.

I was struggling to hear. Before I

0:58:150:58:20

ask the Prime Minister to respond, I

need an assurance from tech the

0:58:200:58:26

honourable gentleman that he is not

suggesting the presence of a member

0:58:260:58:30

of Parliament was bought. If he is

suggesting that, that is out of

0:58:300:58:34

order. That is what the honourable

gentleman is saying?

I was referring

0:58:340:58:38

to a story in the newspapers.

I'm

afraid that is not good enough. I

0:58:380:58:45

have to make instant judgments if

the Prime Minister wishes to issue a

0:58:450:58:50

response she is free to do. No.

Twice in the last four weeks the

0:58:500:59:00

equalities commission has had cause

to write to the Labour Party

0:59:000:59:04

regarding breaches of equality law.

Does my honourable friend agree that

0:59:040:59:09

equality law must be applied equally

and they're there to protect all

0:59:090:59:14

groups equally?

I'm happy to agree

with my honourable friend on that

0:59:140:59:19

point. I was in opposition when the

equality act went through and we

0:59:190:59:24

supported that, it is there to

ensure as he said that people are

0:59:240:59:29

treated equally.

The Government's

decision to leave and withdraw from

0:59:290:59:36

the

0:59:360:59:41

the customs s union could limit our

access to medicines. The CEO...

0:59:410:59:49

Let's be clear about this. This

question like every question will be

0:59:490:59:55

heard. The honourable lady will not

be shouted down. And that is the end

0:59:551:00:00

of the matter. So if some foolish

person is seeking to do so, examine

1:00:001:00:06

your behaviour and stop it.

Thank

you. The CEO nuclear

1:00:061:00:19

you. The CEO nuclear industry say if

medical isotopes are delayed, they

1:00:201:00:23

could be useless on arrival because

of their short life. Will the Prime

1:00:231:00:33

Minister explain how to stop this.

She is wrong on two counts. We are

1:00:331:00:43

pursuing a Brexit to have enable us

to have that economic partnership

1:00:431:00:47

and sees I us have that freedom of

frayed across the borders of the

1:00:471:00:53

European Union. It is the case that

the availability

1:00:531:01:09

the availability of isotope is not

affected. Our ability to import from

1:01:091:01:12

Europe and the rest of the world

will not be affected by our

1:01:121:01:17

withdrawal from this.

Can I thank

the Prime Minister for taking an

1:01:171:01:29

interest in getting justice for

victims. These people went to the

1:01:291:01:33

GPs in good faith and were given a

drug that has ended up with the loss

1:01:331:01:39

of life for their babies. Is there

any good news that the Prime

1:01:391:01:44

Minister has for the victims of this

to put an end to this situation?

1:01:441:01:54

I was very pleased to meet him and

to meet my honourable friend the

1:01:561:01:59

member for Eastleigh to discuss this

particular issue. And I recognise

1:01:591:02:04

there are many individuals whose

lives have been affected by this.

1:02:041:02:06

There are very powerful stories of

these individuals. I know this has

1:02:061:02:12

been a concern across this house.

And concerns raised by campaign

1:02:121:02:18

groups by not just this but other

issues. It has highlighted that

1:02:181:02:23

there is an issue with our

regulatory health system and we are

1:02:231:02:30

determined to do better. I was

struck by the powerful stories I

1:02:301:02:33

heard. We need a faster and more

understanding response to patients.

1:02:331:02:41

If my right honourable friend could

be more patient, he will be making a

1:02:411:02:48

statement this afternoon, setting

out his plans for review on these

1:02:481:02:51

issues.

It is over eight months

since the terrible fire at Grenfell

1:02:511:02:58

Tower. But thousands of people are

still living in blocks with

1:02:581:03:02

dangerous flammable cladding,

including cityscape in Croydon. This

1:03:021:03:06

dangerous cladding was allowed to go

out because of flawed Government

1:03:061:03:09

guidance. There is still on average

one fire every month linked to this

1:03:091:03:14

cladding. It's clear this is the

governments responsibility. Why is

1:03:141:03:17

she running the risk of a second

Grenfell Tower when she could act

1:03:171:03:20

and take this dangerous cladding

down? -- Government's

1:03:201:03:23

responsibility.

Over the years,

under both Labour and Conservative

1:03:231:03:31

governments, building regulation and

enforcement have been looked at. The

1:03:311:03:34

arrangement in relation to

enforcement were changed by the last

1:03:341:03:38

Labour Government. What we did

immediately following the appalling

1:03:381:03:45

fire at Grenfell Tower, what we did

immediately was to ensure that all

1:03:451:03:49

those, local authorities and others,

worked with their Fire authorities

1:03:491:03:54

to inspect towers, to look at where

the cladding was... And there are

1:03:541:03:58

not just issues about the cladding,

but how it is affixed to the

1:03:581:04:01

building, as well. Action was taken

by local Fire authorities in those

1:04:011:04:05

areas where they felt it was

necessary to do that. That's why we

1:04:051:04:09

saw, for example, people in Camden

leaving their tower block while

1:04:091:04:12

action was being taken. The Housing

Secretary has put in place that

1:04:121:04:21

review of the regulations. It was

urgently put in place. Action is

1:04:211:04:25

being taken as a result of that

review.

1:04:251:04:31

review.

Yesterday, after months of

ignoring evidence from a wide range

1:04:321:04:36

of stakeholders, the SNP agreed to

pause their plans to merge British

1:04:361:04:39

Transport Police into police

Scotland. During this pause the

1:04:391:04:44

Scottish Government must look at all

options for the future of PTP when

1:04:441:04:50

that is devolved from this

Parliament to ensure that we get the

1:04:501:04:53

best possible deal rather than these

failed regulation plans. -- BTP when

1:04:531:05:02

that is devolved.

This is an

important point. We are committed to

1:05:021:05:07

delivering business commission in

full. We are devolving powers over

1:05:071:05:13

to the Scottish Government in this

area. But the number one priority

1:05:131:05:18

must be the safety of the public as

they travel. We will work with the

1:05:181:05:23

Scottish Government to make sure

there is a smooth transfer of the

1:05:231:05:27

British Transport Police to their

responsibility. Whether or not the

1:05:271:05:31

British Transport Police is merged

with police Scotland is a matter for

1:05:311:05:34

the Scottish Government. But the

Scottish Government...

Order! Calm

1:05:341:05:43

yourself. You're supposed to be

setting an example to some of your

1:05:431:05:46

colleagues. You aspire to be a

statesman. One century or another.

1:05:461:05:53

The Prime Minister.

The honourable

gentleman is the right example, I

1:05:531:05:58

was going to say. It is a matter for

the Scottish Government as to what

1:05:581:06:04

they choose to do. But I would urge

the Scottish Government to ensure

1:06:041:06:09

they are putting the safety and

security of people who are

1:06:091:06:11

travelling first when they make that

decision.

1:06:111:06:17

decision.

I would like to ask a

question. Over the course of the

1:06:181:06:24

last two months this Government has

butchered Glasgow's job centre

1:06:241:06:28

network. Will the Prime Minister

look me in the high-end tell me no

1:06:281:06:32

more job centres in Glasgow are due

for closure -- look me in the eye

1:06:321:06:38

and tell me.

He is perfectly right to ask me for

1:06:381:06:41

questions about which I am

responsible. I have the right, as I

1:06:411:06:44

did previously to comment on issues

which we are taking up with the

1:06:441:06:48

Scottish Government.

I say to the

honourable gentleman, I will be the

1:06:481:06:53

judge of what is in order. And the

honourable gentleman will accept the

1:06:531:06:58

ruling. The Prime Minister was in

order and that is, again, the end of

1:06:581:07:02

it. Somebody must decide. I have

done so.

1:07:021:07:05

Thank you, Mr Speaker. What we are

doing in relation to the job centre

1:07:051:07:11

services is ensuring that there is

going to be no decrease in the level

1:07:111:07:15

of services that job centres are

offering people in Scotland. In fact

1:07:151:07:19

we will increase the number of work

coaches across the country to

1:07:191:07:23

provide more support to the people

that need it. These plans are

1:07:231:07:27

designed to retain the skills and

experience of the workforce across

1:07:271:07:30

the country and to ensure that we

not just protect but enhance the

1:07:301:07:34

service offered to people.

Will the Prime Minister tell the

1:07:341:07:42

international aid sector that

despite the abuses that have come to

1:07:421:07:46

light recently that this Government

is committed to helping the most

1:07:461:07:49

vulnerable and poorest people around

the world. But the sector really

1:07:491:07:54

does need to get its act in order.

This Government maintains its

1:07:541:08:00

commitment to helping the most

vulnerable people around the world.

1:08:001:08:03

We maintain our commitment to our

international development Budget.

1:08:031:08:07

But we do want to work with

organisations that meet the high

1:08:071:08:10

standards we expect. And the

behaviour of Oxfam staff in Haiti

1:08:101:08:14

was quite frankly horrific. Far

below those standards. But I am

1:08:141:08:19

pleased to say that not only has my

right honourable friend the

1:08:191:08:23

International Development Secretary

showed immediate action by demanding

1:08:231:08:26

assurances from all our charitable

partners here and abroad about their

1:08:261:08:30

safeguarding and protection

policies. And demanded those by the

1:08:301:08:35

end of the month. The Charity

commission will hold an emergency

1:08:351:08:41

safeguard summit. They will bring in

international charities and expects

1:08:411:08:45

to look at what can be used for aid

workers. -- charities and experts.

1:08:451:08:53

Then we'll take that into the

international arena. It is crucial

1:08:531:08:57

we continue our support of aid for

those most vulnerable. But they also

1:08:571:09:02

deserve to be treated by the same

high standards we would expect to be

1:09:021:09:06

treated ourselves.

My constituent was refused leave to

1:09:061:09:11

remain because of a minor legitimate

correction to his tax return which

1:09:111:09:15

the Home Office under section three

to 2.5 under the immigration act is

1:09:151:09:19

deemed a threat to national

security. Today there is a protest

1:09:191:09:23

outside against the planned policies

in the same nature. My constituent's

1:09:231:09:33

home is Glasgow. He has contributed

to society. Why does the Prime

1:09:331:09:37

Minister want to force him out?

I won't comment on individual case.

1:09:371:09:41

The Home Office looks at the

circumstances of individuals. There

1:09:411:09:44

are rules in place and the Home

Office will decisions accordingly.

1:09:441:09:51

-- will make decisions accordingly.

We will all be aware of the

1:09:511:09:56

excellent work done by the Holocaust

education trust. And the brilliant

1:09:561:10:01

efforts from the Auschwitz Project.

At the moment the Polish

1:10:011:10:04

Constitutional Court is considering

the idea of diminishing the role --

1:10:041:10:17

diminishing its role. Will the Prime

Minister ensure that the families

1:10:171:10:20

and victims and survivors' words are

heard, that history cannot be

1:10:201:10:28

rewritten by getting in touch with

the Polish Constitutional Court.

1:10:281:10:32

The Government has already raised

this issue with them. What we should

1:10:321:10:36

be doing is ensuring that nobody

forgets the Holocaust. Nobody

1:10:361:10:42

forgets the horrific, inhumanity to

man that was shown through the

1:10:421:10:44

actions that were taken by the Nazis

in the Holocaust. The Holocaust

1:10:441:10:49

education trust does very important

work. The education centre and

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memorial which will be placed here

at Westminster will be a

1:10:531:10:57

long-standing memorial to people and

will also do that important job of

1:10:571:11:04

educating people of the past so we

make sure we don't see horrific

1:11:041:11:07

crimes like this being committed

against.

1:11:071:11:09

How would the Prime Minister feel if

somebody stole her car, then it cost

1:11:091:11:15

£200 to get it back? That is what is

happening to hundreds of people. Why

1:11:151:11:20

doesn't she allow the police to use

proceeds of crime returns to recover

1:11:201:11:25

legitimate cost and put an end to

this state sponsored secondary

1:11:251:11:30

marking of innocent victims?

A lot of work has been done on what

1:11:301:11:40

the proceeds of crime can be spent

on. The Home Secretary has heard the

1:11:401:11:43

question he has raised. I will

ensure this is looked into.

1:11:431:11:49

Three months ago I rose at the case

of a constituent distressed by the

1:11:491:11:55

relationship between his 17-year-old

daughter and her much older driving

1:11:551:11:59

instructor. The driving and vehicle

standards agency announced this week

1:11:591:12:05

that a consensual sexual

relationship between an approved

1:12:051:12:06

driving instructor and a 16 or

17-year-old pupil will now be

1:12:061:12:12

considered and exploitation of their

position of trust. Any instructor

1:12:121:12:16

involved will likely be struck off

the register. Can I thank the Prime

1:12:161:12:21

Minister for her response. The DVS

aphid their action. And does my

1:12:211:12:25

right honourable friend agree that

this sets a strong example and which

1:12:251:12:29

you ask the Department for Education

to consider adding driving

1:12:291:12:32

instructors and other coaches to

their list of those formerly covered

1:12:321:12:36

in law by a position of trust. --

bank the DVSA for their action.

1:12:361:12:46

From that has a change in attitude

from the DVSA. Hopefully that will

1:12:461:12:52

benefit others who may have been put

into that awful situation. I was

1:12:521:12:56

certainly off the

1:12:561:13:01

certainly off the Department for

Education about it.

1:13:021:13:03

£11.1 million projected current

overspend is the highest in

1:13:031:13:09

Yorkshire and Humber and the second

highest in England. This is clearly

1:13:091:13:12

in correlation with the cuts since

2010. What does the Prime Minister

1:13:121:13:19

say to those children who need these

vital council services but may not

1:13:191:13:23

be able to access them because the

Conservatives continue to cut

1:13:231:13:27

council budgets so savagely.

As I pointed out earlier, in

1:13:271:13:34

response to other questions. What we

are doing is ensuring, as we have

1:13:341:13:38

done over the settlement period,

that local authorities have more

1:13:381:13:41

money to deal with... Particularly

difficult issues they have to deal

1:13:411:13:48

with at a local level. We want to

see and ensure that children are

1:13:481:13:52

given the best possible start in

life. But it is completely wrong to

1:13:521:13:56

suggest that decisions taken at

local level are all the

1:13:561:14:00

responsibility of this Government.

It is clear from academics,

1:14:001:14:07

behaviourists, charities and

trainers that electrocuting dogs

1:14:071:14:10

does not help train them but risks

more long-term consequences for

1:14:101:14:15

their welfare. Thank you to all of

the colleagues who came along to the

1:14:151:14:18

event yesterday to sign up the

pledge to ban the electric shock dog

1:14:181:14:23

collar. As dogs are man's best

friend it's time we showed some of

1:14:231:14:27

that loyalty and friendship in

return by banning the use,

1:14:271:14:31

distribution, and sale of these

barbaric devices.

1:14:311:14:35

I think you are raising this issue.

I know he has been campaigning long

1:14:351:14:39

and hard on this particular issue.

We have made clear in the updated

1:14:391:14:43

statutory code of practice for the

welfare of dogs that positive

1:14:431:14:46

training should be used, any

training that involves injury, pain,

1:14:461:14:52

or distress would breach the animal

welfare act of 2006. I understand my

1:14:521:14:57

honourable friend will be meeting

the Environment Secretary to discuss

1:14:571:14:59

this matter further.

The deputy president of the National

1:14:591:15:04

farmers union has said that losing

full access to the European single

1:15:041:15:09

market could be absolutely

disastrous for British agriculture.

1:15:091:15:12

Does the Prime Minister agree with

her?

1:15:121:15:17

My position is we are going to

negotiate an economic partnership, a

1:15:171:15:21

new partnership with the EU and I

can assure the honourable lady that

1:15:211:15:25

the interests of agriculture will be

one of the considerations we take

1:15:251:15:29

into account when we make sure we

are still able to have a good trade

1:15:291:15:33

arrangement with the EU as well as

immoved trade with the rest of

1:15:331:15:37

world.

1:15:371:15:38

Prime Minister's questions has

finished early. And surprise and

1:15:481:15:53

surprise, even more, Jeremy Corbyn

went on Europe. And on Brexit. That

1:15:531:15:58

doesn't often happen. He started

with a good joke about... How the

1:15:581:16:05

Brexit Secretary said that leaving

the EU would not result Britain

1:16:051:16:10

descending into a kind of Mad Max

dytopia and the leader of the

1:16:101:16:15

opposition asked the Prime Minister

if she could raise the bar a little

1:16:151:16:21

higher. Theresa May said the Shadow

Cabinet couldn't agree. That may be

1:16:211:16:26

true, but wasn't a funny response.

She was pushed by Jeremy Corbyn on

1:16:261:16:31

what will happen to regulation, will

there be deregulation on the

1:16:311:16:37

environment and financial services,

the working time directive. Theresa

1:16:371:16:40

May said she wanted to protect and

enhance workers' rights in or out of

1:16:401:16:46

the European Union. Jeremy Corbyn

said could you tell us what the

1:16:461:16:51

desired outcome of the Brexit

negotiations will be. Theresa May

1:16:511:16:55

answered very briefly saying it was

a bespoke economic partnership.

1:16:551:17:00

Meaning a specially tailored deal

between the UK and the EU. What the

1:17:001:17:05

content of that is is another

matter. We finished on questions

1:17:051:17:11

about whether any deal that didn't

involve a customs union could still

1:17:111:17:17

avoid a hard border between the

North and South of Ireland. Well

1:17:171:17:24

still with me, the Brexit minister

Steve Baker, Andrew Gwynne and Laura

1:17:241:17:32

Keunssberg. Unusual for Jeremy

Corbyn to go on Brexit.

Yes he

1:17:321:17:39

normally avoids it. It not a thing

that gets him up in the morning. He

1:17:391:17:43

has spent more time on housing and

health, thing he is cares about. But

1:17:431:17:48

I think this week in a way maybe he

didn't have a choice, tomorrow is a

1:17:481:17:53

huge day where the cabinet will be

locked away to hammer out a day for

1:17:531:17:59

the opening offer of the next phase

of the negotiations and really every

1:17:591:18:03

now and again you get the sense

Jeremy Corbyn thinks, actually this

1:18:031:18:08

is the big issue. So David Davis's

joke and met aforeabout Mad Max give

1:18:081:18:16

him an easy.

Who is his speech write

sner

Do you want to hire him?

I

1:18:161:18:25

would like to know, you could see

the pit falls the moment you

1:18:251:18:30

mentioned it. The senior Brexit, it

is the Brexit sub committee. Is that

1:18:301:18:42

meeting tomorrow to decide on the

Government's bargaining position on

1:18:421:18:45

the end game or is it meeting to

determine what it wants for the

1:18:451:18:50

transition?

It is to discuss the

future economic partnership, but the

1:18:501:18:56

agenda is for the members of the

committee. I haven't seen the

1:18:561:18:59

agenda. The future economic

partnership. I'm sure there will be

1:18:591:19:03

many matters to discuss.

Talk us

through the time table. Let's say

1:19:031:19:09

that the British Government manages

to come to some positions, the next

1:19:091:19:17

with Mr Barnier resume next month.

The technical negotiations are in

1:19:171:19:20

progress now.

Involving civil

servants.

Relating to separation and

1:19:201:19:29

we hope and expect the conclusion of

an agreement on the implementation

1:19:291:19:33

period in March and we will

accelerate into...

The substance of

1:19:331:19:40

what the end state will look like.

Yes.

Are you confident of that

Yes.

1:19:401:19:50

Is it your view or the Government's

view, my understanding is Mr

1:19:501:19:57

Barnier, the lead negotiator on the

EU said, said he wants to get it all

1:19:571:20:03

done and dusted by October. Because

he wants to leave time for

1:20:031:20:07

ratification process to take place.

Is that the British Government's

1:20:071:20:11

time table? .

The Prime Minister

said we want to get these elements

1:20:111:20:16

in place by October and we should

do. There are plenty of precedents

1:20:161:20:20

to work for. Mr Barnier has had

financial services and TTIP.

The

1:20:201:20:26

treaty that never was.

There are

plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

1:20:261:20:30

This is the question mark, can an

agreement in October be more than a

1:20:301:20:37

single sided A4. The Government

position has been they can get

1:20:371:20:42

something, but the pace of how will

ing they are are to put forward

1:20:421:20:52

their position and actually hammer

down into some of the details that

1:20:521:20:55

are difficult for the Tories to

agree on, that has such an influence

1:20:551:21:00

over the pace the question mark over

whether October can be something

1:21:001:21:04

that is meaningful rather than a

heads of terms is an open one. In

1:21:041:21:11

the last few days No 10 and cabinet

ministers have been sounding more

1:21:111:21:16

optimistic about being able to get

some form of compromise position.

1:21:161:21:20

Because after all, the Prime

Minister has promised to stand up

1:21:201:21:23

next week and make a big speech,

that will be the third in the trio

1:21:231:21:27

of his big Brexit speeches. We had

Lancaster House in January, Florence

1:21:271:21:32

in September and next week we are

expecting part 3. They have given a

1:21:321:21:37

commitment that I which the Prime

Minister has committed to saying

1:21:371:21:44

something more.

It must seem a tight

time table.

Yes the clock is ticking

1:21:441:21:52

closer to March 2019 when we leave

the EU. That is why the Labour Party

1:21:521:21:56

has argued not an implementation

period but a proper transition

1:21:561:22:01

period to buy time to act as a

bridge from where we are today to

1:22:011:22:05

where we want to be, our future

relationship.

The minister calls it

1:22:051:22:14

an immremation period. It will be a

transition period?

We have different

1:22:141:22:19

views on what should happen in that

period. Because we have been clear

1:22:191:22:25

we would remain within the single

market and the customs union during

1:22:251:22:31

the time-limited transition period

and accept all the rules and

1:22:311:22:35

regulations.

That is the Government

position.

I'm not sure they accept

1:22:351:22:44

the oversight of European court of

justice.

That is in the arrangements

1:22:441:22:49

for the implementation. It has been

a concern to some, but it is there.

1:22:491:22:53

The position is that we go through

into the implementation period and

1:22:531:22:56

we are outside the treaties of EU

and a third country, but operating

1:22:561:23:04

within the framework of European

law.

Are we in danger of see a by

1:23:041:23:12

partisan policy.

Wouldn't it be

nice.

Well, maybe.

They're not miles

1:23:121:23:18

away on transition.

I won't hold my

breath.

We want to see the

1:23:181:23:25

protection of rights and freedoms

for people in this country and we

1:23:251:23:31

will make sure a hold the Government

to that.

What do you have in mind.

1:23:311:23:39

The final deal has to be voted on in

Parliament and you know we hope the

1:23:391:23:46

Government will come forward with a

deal that means all of our six tests

1:23:461:23:51

will be met. We will hold you that.

You will probably vote against it.

1:23:511:23:58

Let's see what they come forward

with.

I would be amazed if they

1:23:581:24:02

voted for it.

It seems to me it is a

tight schedule, pretty much to do a

1:24:021:24:11

full body free trade agreement, not

saying it can't be done, but it is a

1:24:111:24:15

big ask. Canada, plus, plus, plus. I

take the point you're not starting

1:24:151:24:22

from scratch and that you are trying

to come off from a high level of

1:24:221:24:26

almost complete freedom of movement

on trade, so it could be done.

1:24:261:24:31

Supposing it done by October, and it

bedpins the process of ratification,

1:24:311:24:38

when would the British Parliament

have its say?

We would expect to

1:24:381:24:41

bring forward a vote on the final

agreement as soon as possible. And

1:24:411:24:45

then after that vote we would move

forward to bringing forward the

1:24:451:24:51

implementation bill and there will

be votes on the whole process.

To

1:24:511:24:55

implement the deal.

Yes we will set

it out in a statement and Andrew

1:24:551:25:02

talked about winning a meaningful

vote. We set out the meaningful

1:25:021:25:06

vote. I think you're referring to

clause 9 powers. But the point I

1:25:061:25:11

would make is the withdrawal

agreement and implementation bill

1:25:111:25:16

has been pledged and is primary

legislati.

That is before the

1:25:161:25:24

European Parliament votes.

We expect

both houses to vote before theure

1:25:241:25:31

mean Parliament.

Why before?

That is

Parliament's expectation. There is a

1:25:311:25:39

practical issue, in the European

Parliament there is a translation

1:25:391:25:48

issue.

It has to be more than a

thumbs up or the thumbs down to the

1:25:481:25:52

deal. Can they change it when it

comes to Parliament? That is

1:25:521:25:57

difficult to see to go back to

Brussels.

Mr Barnier will be

1:25:571:26:04

measuring the drapes for Mr Junker's

office by then.

I think he is

1:26:041:26:08

already done that.

Checking for

cognac left in the cupboard. The

1:26:081:26:13

answer was no. If the minister's

right, on this time table, we could

1:26:131:26:21

have big vote in Parliament before

the end of the year.

Yes it could be

1:26:211:26:24

in the autumn in theory. Some

suggest it is more realistic in

1:26:241:26:28

January or February, because the

time tables always get stretched and

1:26:281:26:32

also the government has had to delay

some of its Brexit legislation

1:26:321:26:38

because of the political divisions.

It may happen with the trade and

1:26:381:26:42

customs bill. Small little birds

tell me that might be some weeks

1:26:421:26:47

off.

Singing little birds.

Maybe the

odd tune, interesting if the

1:26:471:26:53

minister wants to comment.

Does he

want to comment.

That is not within

1:26:531:26:59

my remit.

That is a shame. The point

is even irrespective of the time

1:26:591:27:08

table, what will people be voting

on? Will it be more than a vague

1:27:081:27:13

agreement. The leaders on both sides

are desperate to get this done. But

1:27:131:27:21

will it be something basic and the

details are put off until after

1:27:211:27:25

Brexit and the things that are tough

will get work ud out in the

1:27:251:27:29

implementation period. That is wloo

the Government is keen to get the

1:27:291:27:34

implementation period nailed down in

March so that in a way you leave the

1:27:341:27:38

harder homework until later and hope

the politics moves too.

If the

1:27:381:27:43

Parliament goes for its Full Monty,

to 2022, by that general election,

1:27:431:27:48

is there no question we will be out

of single market and out of the

1:27:481:27:53

customs union?

There is no question

in my mind we will be out.

What

1:27:531:27:57

about you?

Well, if that is the

Government's intention, and they're

1:27:571:28:01

in power until 2022, you have heard

it from the minister. I would hope

1:28:011:28:05

that we have a different arrangement

than that.

Very well. It is

1:28:051:28:09

interesting. We will leave it there.

1:28:091:28:16

We have an idea of time table to

make sure we can make our holiday

1:28:161:28:21

plans.

1:28:211:28:23

There's just time to put you out

of your misery and give

1:28:231:28:26

you the answer to Guess The Year.

1:28:261:28:28

The year was 1969.

1:28:281:28:30

You probably guessed that from the

pictures of Northern Ireland. Press

1:28:301:28:34

that red button. That will tell us

who the winner is.

1:28:341:28:45

There we go. He said we

1:28:461:28:54

That's all for today.

1:28:541:28:55

Thanks to our guests.

1:28:551:28:56

The One O'Clock News is starting

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