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Good morning and welcome to BBC Parliament's live coverage of the


Commons. The SNP will be asking an urgent question on the current


humanitarian situation in Yemen. After that, the Commons leader will


be answering questions on the forthcoming parliamentary matters


and the main business today are two backbenchers debates, on the pubs


code adjudicator and secondly, on breast cancer drugs. Over in the


committee rooms, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will be


giving evidence to the Lords International relations committee on


the Middle East. You can watch that live from 10am on the website. And


around 5:30pm. Joined Christine for the best of the day in both Houses


of Parliament at 11pm. First it questions to David Davis, the Brexit


secretary. Minister Dave Jones. We fully recognise the importance of


the farming sector also in leaving the EU, we have the opportunity to


take the British farming sector forward and ensure it thrives. As


highlighted recently by my honourable friend the Secretary of


State for DEFRA, we be bound by rules and can consequently design


and agricultural system which works for us. While Brexit may dread


uncertainties in the short-term cut it opens up exciting new markets and


opportunities for farmers and food manufacturers across the country.


What steps are the Government taking to help the sector sees those


opportunities going forward? My honourable friend is right. The food


and drink sector is in fact the largest manufacturing sector in the


country and there are huge opportunities to be seized. The


Government is addressing this by the creation of the Department Boynton


at a trade, which is working closely with DEFRA on a plan to boost our


food Drink exports by ?3 billion over five years. UK farmers face a


triple jeopardy with the loss of CAP subsidies, potential new tariffs on


trade which is currently free with the EU, and the prospect of trade


deals with bigger countries like the USA flooding the UK with cheap


imports, lower food safety and standards. The Secretary of State


said he would do everything necessary to protect London, so can


you give the same assurances to UK farmers who make up 25% of UK


businesses? Well, Mr Speaker, she is right, the farming sector is


extremely important. The Government has already put in place measures to


ensure that the level of EU funding is protected until 2020, the end of


the financial framework period. Furthermore, I think she should have


more confidence in the sector. Kurdish agriculture produces some of


the finest products in the world and I have no doubt, whatever


arrangements are put in place, they will continue to thrive in the


international market. How will the Government approach the regulations


and directives that have been created and implemented between now


and the date we leave the EU when we probably have no intention of


keeping those regulations or directives? Such as the ban on


glyphosate. This will be very damaging to British agriculture, so


will we have to implemented before we leave? Mr Speaker, the Government


has made it absolutely clear that until the date of our departure, we


will continue to play a full part in the European Union which means


observing all the regulations that are implemented. The great repeal


bill, of course, will absorb the body of EU law into British law full


stop once we have left the European Union, we will be in a position to


review that legislation and take the decisions which are best for British


agriculture. At this moment, the UK Government is withholding nearly


?200 million of convergence uplift which is meant to go to Scottish


farmers. Does he agree the Government should pass that on to


Scottish farmers to show they won't be left high and dry after a Tory


Brexit? I don't recognise that description by the honourable


gentleman. The British Government is engaging extremely closely, not only


with a Scottish Government, but the Scottish farming unions and I can


assure him that whatever deal we do will be in the interest of Scotland


as much as the rest of the United Kingdom. Some studies looking at the


future of agricultural policy rather downplay the importance of food


security such as this one from the Central policy studies, so could he


reassure the House that food security remains at the top of the


Government agenda because a shock to the system could completely


destroyed existing trading links and could leave the country and could


leave the country in a vulnerable position. My honourable friend makes


an extremely important point. British agriculture standards are


amongst the highest in the world and I can assure him that this


Government will do nothing that would jeopardise the reputation that


British farming enjoys. Almost 40% of EU funds are spent on the common


agricultural policy so it clear that supporting farming is a central aim


of the EU. Will he comment on what schemes the Government are


considering as replacements which will reflect the importance of


farming to the UK? The honourable lady will know that the Government


has already guaranteed the current level of CHP funding until 2020. I


can assure her that the Government will make sure that the interests of


agriculture are at the forefront of their calculations. British


agriculture is a huge asset to this country and we intend to protect it.


I ask the House to forgive my voice. It is where inter, not emotion.


LAUGHTER -- wear and tear. We have a plan


which includes all negotiating objectives. The primers to confirmed


yesterday that we will be publishing this plan in a White Paper. In


answer to our approach to the customs union, the trading


relationships we are seeking, it had been widely welcomed as a series and


ambition vision for a new positive and constructive partnership for


Britain and the European Union. That would be good for Britain and the


rest of Europe. I thank the Secretary of State for that answer


but can he explain it to the aerospace industry the health


service and other major employers in my constituency accounting for


thousands of jobs, how they should have confidence in this country's


ability to negotiate beneficial trade deals when we have barely any


specialist trade negotiators and no experience of negotiating trade


agreements for decades? Well I'm afraid, it doesn't help her own


industries which are very important that you talk them down herself. Let


me say to the opposition, this is not just as that think this is an


eminently achievable deals a former EU trade commissioner said a trade


deal between the UK and the EU can be done in a very reasonable period


of time. Let me get to the point. He said, I am reading everywhere it


takes five or six or seven years to do a trade negotiation. Yes, that's


true but it's not for technical agreements because you can't get


agreement. Technically you could make an agreement within a period of


time because you know each other. It's not a technical constraint.


There are quite enough negotiators in Whitehall to do the job are


talking about. Will White Paper highlight the words of Article 50,


which say that the union must negotiate and conclude an agreement


taking account of the framework for its future relations between the


union and the UK? It is therefore impossible to start negotiations


unless one has an outline agreement on what that framework should be.


There are only two frameworks that are possible, continuation of free


trade and a move to favoured nation terms. Will we get that


clarification right the beginning of the negotiations? We already have


done. In my one meeting with Mr Barnier, when he was talking about


this sequential quote which seems to be not practical, it isn't possible


to come to an outcome on either negotiations without a clear idea of


the trade aspect in the negotiation and his description is pretty


accurate. I've said in terms, we intend all this to be concluded


within two years. The Government says it wants nothing further to do


with the European Court of Justice, but as the Secretary of State well


knows, in any new free agreement with the 27 member states, there


will have to be a legal arbitration mechanism whose rulings will be


obliged to prevent. In the European Court of Justice is not acceptable,


what court would be? It would not necessarily be a court. Most


international... Listen to the answer. In most international trade


agreements, there's an arbitration mechanism, normally preceded by a


mediation mechanism which is used more often. In the case of Canada


one for example, you've got one person from each side and one


neutral appointed by agreement. That agreement cannot be reached, there


is a fallback and there's all the different and will between the civil


trade arbitration mechanism and accord which reaches into every look


cranny of your society. Can I thank the Secretary of State very much for


the party played in securing the White Paper? That has been welcomed


across the House and is good news. Does he know when it might be


published and how much time this place will have two debated? Of


course, this is a decision based solely on the Prime Minister to


publish the White Paper and it's nice to agree with myself from six


months ago. LAUGHTER


In terms of timing... Sorry, my voice on the microphone together, in


terms of timing, the Prime Minister said in due course yesterday it will


be as expeditious as we can be. She has been in Government and these


things have a proceed and it takes time to do that we won't waste time


producing it for the House. I wish the secular state would get his


voice back because I know he will lead it in the next couple of weeks.


To think we should be able to see the White Paper before we consider


legislation? With respect, there will be lots of legislation, I


assume, he's affirming to Article 50? Yes, here's. The Article 50


legislation is about carrying out the will of the British people, the


decision was taken to the 23rd. There will be much more legislation


after that am which will relate to policy, the maintenance of European


law, that's the great repeal bill, but also the other new rights from


that, so it's certainly going to be before all that, and as I said, I


will be as expeditious as is reasonable.


You will be aware of how helpful the House of Commons website is, policy


documents by the government set out their proposals for future


legislation, given Article 50 is a significant piece of legislation and


this house deserves to scrutinise it, will he commit to publishing the


White Paper for the committee stage? I will give the next week, but


before the committee stage? As I said, we will be as expeditious as


we can be. I reiterate to him this point, the Article 50 legislation is


about putting in place the beginning of the procedure, only the beginning


of the procedure as decided by the British people last year that is not


really conditional on the other policy experts of this. I will be as


expeditious as I can. I'm welcoming this decision, can I ask my right


honourable friend, which, if any select committee chairman has


expressed an interest in having this White Paper published with an


intention of scrutinising it. Well, I am pretty sure the "Brexit"


committee, edging out the chairman, but he's not paying attention(!)


LAUGHTER ... I'm pretty sure the "Brexit"


committee have done. I cannot account for the others. I am


concerned by some of the responses from the Secretary of State,


seemingly bursting with enthusiasm about this White Paper, now it seems


we may not get it as soon as we need it. Given the level of interest in


the legislation and the amendments to be tabled, we need this White


Paper before committee stage of this bill, will he make sure we get it?


Powered EU deal with an opposition that will not take yes for an


answer...? LAUGHTER I have said, I have said... We will


deal with it, I will produce it as expeditiously as possible, as


quickly as possible, what can you do faster than that?! Work as fast as


he can, I suppose, but we need it before. Will it be a cut and paste


of the Prime Minister 's speech, when we get it, or instead, will we


have a sense of the financial impact on this country of different


options? As I said at the beginning, the


Prime Minister 's speech, one of the clearest acquisitions of


international policy I have heard in many years, answered all of the


questions that the opposition and the "Brexit" committee raised, other


than those which would actively undermine our negotiating position,


the opposition put up a motion which said that we will not undermine our


negotiating position. It is quite right that they expect us to obey


the rules of the house, but they should as well. A lot of questions


on the paper, which I am keen to reach, but the exchanges at the


moment are quite ponderous... We do need to speed up a bit! Sir Henry


Bellingham. Mr Speaker, with your permission, I will answer questions


four and a team together, unprecedented opportunity here to


ensure agriculture industry is competitive, productive and


profitable, and that our environment is protected for future generations.


I regularly meet farmers representatives from all over the UK


as well as my ministerial colleagues. Post "Brexit", two key


priorities for agriculture, devise a system of support for the economy


which does not contain the current levels of EU Beller n Chrissie that


are so expensive, and if we're cheap that, we agree that we could


maintain the current levels of support for our own economy? -- EU


bureaucracy. My honourable friend makes extremely appalled in point,


once we have left the European Union we will be able to redesign policy


to suit the needs of British agriculture, which will lead to a


significant reduction in red tape and as he says, in costs. When the


Prime Minister spoke, she did not mention the agriculture sector, when


they publish their White Paper Commonwealth the guarantee that the


farming sector is a key element, because once we have left the, the


sector needs a show of support. I can assure the honourable gentleman


that the agriculture industry is at the forefront of calculations, as I


said earlier we consult regularly with farming unions from all over


the UK, including Wales, and we will be meeting the farm is union of


Wales on Saturday of this week full of any suggestion we are not


listening to farming industry is completely unfounded. Will the


Minister ensure that the new system of farm support rewards the highest


standards of animal welfare? Another extra important point, the United


Kingdom is noted throughout the world for its high standards of


animal welfare, and I have no doubt that the government will wish to


maintain that reputation in the forthcoming legislation. Farmers are


worried that crops will rot in the ground without a seasonal worker


scheme, will this be included in the promised White Paper? The honourable


gentleman makes another important point, farming industry is reliant,


to a certain extent, on seasonal agricultural workers, there was a


scheme which existed until fairly recently. That is one of the models


that the government is giving consideration to. The department is


working with officials across government continuing wide-ranging


analysis, covering the entirety of the economy and trading


relationships with the, looking at 50 sectors including cost-cutting.


We want to ensure that British businesses have the maximum freedom


to trade with and operate within European markets and let European


businesses do the same in Britain, we believe that a good deal of


market access and a strong relationship is in the interest of


both parties. While bringing in more immigration controls, the ability of


keys sectors like financial services and aerospace to bring in and


relocate talent from different countries is important. What


reassurances can my honourable friend give such businesses? My


honourable friend is a champion for the aerospace businesses on the M5


corridor and helps in his role as a global trade envoy, as she said, we


want the UK to be a secure, prosperous and tolerant country, a


home for pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead, we will


continue to attract the brightest and best to work and study in


Britain. Openness to international talent must remain one of this


country's most distinctive talents. Can you ask the minister what he's


doing to ensure that research leaders from the UConn trees can to


receive positions at UK research institutions after we leave the EU?


The honourable gentleman raises a very important question, I have had


a number of valuable meetings with my honourable friend for pension and


is higher education Council to address this issue, we recognise the


concerns of the sector and we recognise we need to continue


focusing on having an immigration sector which attract the brightest


and the best. Can I urge my right honourable friend to address the


issue about incoming individuals and the controls as soon as, one of the


big issues which my honourable friend has already touched on is the


concern about access to global, global talent, and the sooner that


we can reassure the city and others that the high added value, low


volume numbers that come in are very welcome, it is the low skill, using


British benefits, which are not very welcome. My right honourable friend


is right about the importance of attracting global talent for key


industries such as the financial services and the Finn tech


industries. Manufacturing companies in aerospace and automotive are


worried about potential delays at the border when we leave the, and


possible customs duties. It was suggested that associate membership


of the customs union might be possible. Will the Minister confirm


that unless that associate membership covers most sectors of


the economy, it will fall foul of the WTO rules? The Prime Minister


has talked about aiming for a frictionless system and one which we


can agree to not have tariffs and not have barriers in place, that is


what we should all be aiming for in a new partnership between the UK and


the EU. In light of the very clear statement by the Prime Minister and


the observations of the member for Chingford, doesn't Prime Minister


think it might be useful to set out at an earlier date these rules for


attracting talent into the UK? In light of the Prime Minister's beach


and ability to create certainty from this process, the sooner we can come


forward with that, the better. The Prime Minister's appeal for some


form of hybrid customs arrangements with Europe, far from being a clear


expedition of policy, raised more questions than it provided answers,


will the forthcoming White Paper expand upon the Prime Minister's


remarks and provide businesses across the country with the clarity


they need about the range of positive alternative arrangements


and how that may affect? The Prime Minister's statement has given very


welcome clarity, welcomed by many business groups. We would expect the


White Paper to set up more detail around that but we should also make


sure that we are not doing what the house has repeatedly instructed us


to do, protect interests through this process. Flexibility is


important in a complex negotiation such as this, requiring imagination


on both sides. Not everyone will be able to know everything at every


stage. That is why we have the set out the strategic aim for new


partnership in a bold and ambitious trading arrangement. That is also


why we will not get drawn into setting out every bit of our


negotiating strategy in detail and laying out red lines. Doing so would


tie the hands of the government, and make it harder for us to achieve the


right deal for the UK, I presume that is what every once. I thank the


Secretary of State for the answer, the right honourable member for


Hitchin and Harpenden reminded the house that Article 50 requires the


European Union to take account of any future relationship that an


independent Britain may have with it as we negotiate the declaration of


arid independence. Would my right honourable friend agree with me that


at the same time as we negotiate independence, we should show


generosity to the 27 by continuing to offer them access to our market


on a free-trade basis? Well, he's exactly right, and that is our


intention, we made it clear, and it is, I believe, one of the reasons


why the Prime Minister's beach has been received with such applause,


frankly, around the rest of Europe. Actually, let me quote, if I can


find it... In fact, in that case, I won't find... It is rather a long


quote, I will leave it! LAUGHTER. I agree with my right honourable


friend. The Secretary of State has


repeatedly said that he can maintain flexibility and give the house a say


through the great repeal Bill. That only covers things in legislation.


At what point is the house going to be able to look at the value of the


agencies and the cost of setting up new UK ones? Well, that is precisely


the sort of thing that I welcome up in legislation -- that might well


come up in legislation. In dealing with these new agencies we will be


seeking the best outcome in each case for the relevant sector. And


when we are doing that, we will of course be talking to the house about


the cost benefit of various options at the point it is appropriate, not


whilst still in the middle of that details bit of negotiation but when


it is appropriate for the house to know. In seeking a clean "Brexit",


we would want to be as flexible as possible in negotiating our


mentorship of a free-trade area, nevertheless, will the Minister


agree that such an agreement is not forthcoming and therefore, we need


to be prepared for a situation where we may have to have some form of


duties, will he agree with me that it is perfectly possible that with


digital technology, to have the border as part of the journey rather


than a hard border of old. Given my honourable friend's constituency he


will know this better than most people, I can see where you are


going and he is right. There will be a ten station for the government to


think this is just about government to government conversations,


wouldn't it be really useful for the government to look at this as a


parliament to Parliament negotiation as well, so that... So that we all


start lobbying together, so that we all secure the best possible deal


for this country? INAUDIBLE


I'm not going to say definitely no to the honourable gentleman. On the


contrary, he knows, my prejudices in this is probably the right word, but


it is for Parliament to decide what Parliament wants to do. The


essential responsibility of the negotiation is quite properly the


government and the opposition will hold us and everybody to account but


nevertheless, he is quite right, there is a role for Parliament to


talk to other parliaments about the joint interests of their


constituents. In that respect, he has my support.


An important part of a partnership we seek with the EU will be the


pursuit of the greatest possible market access to the single market


on a fully reciprocal basis. This'll be a high priority in the


negotiations and we believe that the benefit of both sides and the people


of Scotland. We want to get the best deal for people including Scotland.


Exports from Aberdeen to Norway, over ?750 million in 2015, and a


vital part of anchoring the world class oil and gas trade. Can he


ensure that in this process the oil and gas industry will be taken into


account and access will not be lost as a result of a harder Tory Brexit?


He's right to raise the importance of the oil and gas industry in his


constituency and the entire UK. The Secretary of State held a roundtable


with industry leaders which included oil and gas representatives and I'm


looking forward to visiting them in Scotland in the coming weeks. Does


he agree with me that selling into the single market is much preferable


to being a member of it because it is in fact a highly regulatory


bureaucratic mechanism and 87% of British businesses does not rely on


it. He makes his case very strongly as ever. I believe the best market


access to a single market for UK businesses and European businesses


to the UK market will be in all our interests. I recently met with a


very good manufacturing company who employs people in my constituency


and they told me they hope the Government understands the concerns


of industry in terms of Brexit and the customs union. Wires? THE


industry across the country to make industry across the country to make


sure we take on the concerns and they see the opportunities. Many


businesses I have met are excited about the opportunities for the UK


to go out and make trade deals and trade around the world. If he has


liberating effect of escaping from liberating effect of escaping from


the external tariffs, as a former economic speed, I'm happy to give


him 45 minutes on the subject. I look forward to the lesson. What a


fortunate fellow he is. Lord Bromfield. Thank you, Mr Speaker.


The Secretary of State provided some clarity on his priorities for access


to the single market in response to questions on Tuesday statement. He


said he is seeking, "A comprehensive free-trade agreement, a


comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits


as we have." Being inside the single market? Would he confirmed that is


his negotiating position so we can measure the success against it? It


is up to the opposition to get the best market access and as we've


repeatedly said, for British businesses to trade in the single


market. The Department for exiting the European Union has been


undertaking a thorough analysis of over 50 business sectors. We have


been speaking direct lead to manufacturer such as those in the


automotive and chemical factors to understand what they need from us so


we can continue to thrive after the European Union. Within that work,


has established how many British manufacturing factories are actually


in competition internally with other factories in France, Germany,


forward that companies going to be manufacturing and does he therefore


realise how catastrophic it would be for our manufacturing industry if


there were tariffs on products made in the UK that France and Germany


didn't have. He's entirely right. Manufacturing industry is highly


integrated across the EU and that's why the Prime Minister has made it


clear that watches G6 is customs arrangements which will cater for


those arrangements, but I think we have to remember that when we have


left the European Union, the UK will be the biggest export market for the


European Union. It is therefore in our mutual interest we have proper


arrangements relating to customs. Can he confirm that two


manufacturers in Caterham, there export prospects are far brighter


outside the EU because whilst we are a member, we are forbidden from


entering international trade agreements of our own. He is right


to point that out for the once we've left the EU, we will be in a


position to strike free-trade agreements around the world and that


is precisely what the Department for it and trade is doing right now.


70,000 jobs are created in the food sector in Northern Ireland. 1.1


billion basic prices. What will he provide for this massive employer


and what support and advice has been offered? He is right to point out


the importance of the agri- food sector not only in Northern Ireland


but throughout the UK. We having gauged closely with the food Drink


Federation. In Northern Ireland there are specific circumstances,


and he will know that the Government is committed to ensuring that there


is as little impact as possible on the sector in Northern Ireland. Is


he aware that both Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover are currently planning


for how the export market may well change if we have free-trade


agreements with India, China and the United States? Does he agree with me


that they are right to say this is an opportunity for manufacturing,


not a disadvantage? He is entirely right and I really think that we


have a duty, rather than talking down British manufacturing industry,


to point out the benefits which will flow from Brexit. There is a world


out there and we should seize the opportunity. My Livingston


constituency was built on manufacturing and many other


companies in Livingston rely on EU workers. What can he do to assure


me, those workers and companies in my constituency that they will stay


and work in Livingston in Scotland? The issue of EU residence in the UK


is one that we believe should be settled very early in the


negotiation, similarly the issue of British residents in the continuing


European Union. I can tell the honourable lady I have already


discussed this issue with ministerial counterparts and they


are agreed that this is a matter of priority. My department is working


closely with the Department for Education to understand their


interests. A global button must look to the future and it means being one


of the best places in the world for science and innovation. The UK laws


like those with the skills and expertise to make our nation greater


still. The university sector is one of the largest contributors to our


economy so it does need to think carefully about its position post


Brexit, so is there an appropriate point of contact, start and a


significant way, so that sector can feel confident its issues will be


dealt with? The ministers for universities and science, who I


joined this week with the university sector to engage on precisely this


issue, we were both delighted to the prominence universities and science


played in the prime ministers speech. I taught in the university


sector for many years and saw first-hand the benefits that


overseas students bring to the universities both financially,


culturally and socially. What assurances can he give that overseas


students will continue to come in the same numbers and more post


Brexit? I have been clear we should continue to welcome the brightest


and the best of the UK. The UK continues to be a great place to


study. We have world-class teaching and innovative research carrying out


some of the most culturally and intellectually diverse academic


environment in the world. 18 universities in the top 100 and I


will visit the highest ranked in the world tomorrow. Given the migration


of these issues will be close to the negotiations for any future trade


deals with India, America, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, can


he give an assurance that a new British immigration policy will be


sufficiently well-developed and can demand public support in time for


those negotiations to begin in a meaningful way? I absolutely agree.


I think this is a challenge for the whole of Government. We need to work


across Whitehall and other departments, the Treasury, Home


Office, to come up with a best system for a global Britain. Has he


any plans to seek an accommodation of the Republic of Ireland to


achieve reciprocal processes for staff and students that move


backwards and forwards across the border? We have been very clear in


the Prime Minister speech about our commitment to the Common travel area


with Ireland and continuing to engage on cross-border issues of the


Republic of Ireland as regards to universities is absolutely vital and


apply Mr will meet with their leader next week. -- the Prime Minister. UK


nationals in EU and vice versa are a priority for negotiations. This is a


right and fair thing to do. The Prime Minister has already set out


that we try to achieve an early agreement on this issue with our EU


partners. We will continue to do so. We also want to ensure our future


immigration framework operates in the best interests of all part of


the UK and we are working closely with devolved administrations to


achieve this. The committee I'd share carefully considered the


Scottish Government paper last week. We were clear it is our intention to


it detect the existing rights enjoyed by Irish and UK nationals


when in the other state and to maintain existing border arrangement


of the Common travel area. Immigration is a reserved matter


nonetheless. If the Government is not going to guarantee residence


rights for EU nationals, what assessment have made on public


services and the economy and the return of thousands of retired


British immigrants? We don't intend to pursue a policy which will lead


to that. I think there is a real issue at the heart of this but it's


not helped I holier than thou stance of the SNP. I think the House should


be reminded of the words of Nicola Sturgeon during the independence


referendum in 2014. She said, "We have set down a robust and


common-sense position for that there are 160,000 EU nationals from other


states living in Scotland, including some in the Commonwealth city of


Glasgow. Of Scotland's outside Europe, they would lose the right to


stay here." I will deal with the issue properly. Can he explain why


so many EU nationals who start off in Scotland end up in England? No.


The Prime Minister will today meet an American president who champions


torture and who is proud to discriminate against Muslims. Will


he therefore agree with me that it's even more important as Government


sends a strong moral message, bargaining chips are not human


beings. Will he confirmed the residency rights of EU nationals?


The honourable lady knows my stance on torture down the years. Better


than most, I suspect. The British Government's stance on torture is


very painful that we don't agree with it under any circumstances


whatsoever. At the conference in Berlin on Brexit at the weekend, the


uncertainty facing EU nationals residence to the UK was made very


clear. The Prime Minister's comments were immensely welcomed, and would


be possible for this issue to be resolved as rapidly as possible in


negotiations? The primers and made it plain she is trying to get


agreement amongst the member states -- the Prime Minister for the most


of them agree that one or two don't. We have two keep pressing to resolve


this as quickly as possible but I hope EU nationals currently here


will take heart from what we are saying, what our intention is, to


give them the guarantees that will also apply to British citizens


abroad. The Prime Minister speech said at


the negotiating priority to ensure the UK is one of the best places in


the world for science and innovation. As part of the


negotiations, the Government will discuss EU member state to continue


co-operation in the field of clinical trials. With a spectre


directly to his question, the UK's successfully brought to reform the


current directive and is in the best interests of business. We will


follow the UK, EU rules and to the point of exit and those new rules


come into effect shortly. The great repeal bill will convert the law on


Brexit including EU regulations and if need be we can reform them after


that. Given the harmful effect of EU directives on clinical trials and


science in the UK, when the time comes to write our own rules, can he


give an undertaking to listen to some of the chemical scientists, not


just the big corporate vested interests from Brussels? The short


answer is absolutely. Here's right. The original clinical trials


directive was a very poorly drafted piece of EU regulation and certainly


has increased the of undertaking such trials and if I remember


correctly from my own constituency background, particularly small


trials. Those are exactly that other people I think he's talking about.


Those views will be taken very seriously indeed in a new regime


after Brexit. Boat the US biotech company and GlaxoSmithKline have


announced they are making very substantial investment into the UK.


Does he agree that this demonstrates that, even after we leave the


European Union, we will still be a very competitive place for biotech


companies to do business? Yes, he's exactly right. I went to see some of


those companies in Cambridge recently. One of the problems for


people who do talk the country down if I underestimate the extent to


which pharmaceuticals, life sciences, finance, software, are


fantastically powerful industries in which we already have a huge


critical mass of talent which will continue into the future.


This is the trouble with being Taylor and Charlie. The Prime


Minister was clear that she wants to guarantee the status of EU citizens


already in Britain. -- tail end Charlie. She has tried already to


reach an agreement and we will continue to try to get her to reach


an agreement. Will my right honourable friend accept that that


answer will be extremely welcome because there is genuine and


widespread concern on this issue. Could he tell the house what are the


problems that he is encountering with a few member states that is


stopping a reciprocal agreement from being arrived at now? Well, truth be


told, I'm not 100% sure, on what the actual problems are, in the running


to these negotiations of course the commission and some member states


have taken a very stern stance on no negotiation before notification and


may think it is trying to pre-empt that, that is not the intention. The


intention is to act in the interest of principal citizens. Those


problems notwithstanding, there are many talented people from the


European Union in this country making enormous contributions to the


economy and the cultural life of the country, and surely he agrees that


it is not need agreement with other EU member states, there is going to


be won, and he would get a lot of goodwill from the public and


partners across European Union if he unilaterally made that commitment


today. I thank the honourable member for the tone in which he put the


question but we have a dual responsibility, responsibility


within our own country to maintain a moral stand in what we did and that


is what I see this as, immoral question, and on the other hand, a


responsibility to citizens abroad. Legal as well as moral. We will get


this resolved, and we will resolve it as fast as we can. Question 15,


Mr Speaker. Recognise the large majority of trade agreements


involving 40 mechanism or trades dispute resolution. -- involve


the Prime Minister has said that she wants a conference free-trade


agreement with the UN and that in future, our laws will be interpreted


by British judges in British courts, but every comprehensive free-trade


agreement has some sort of intended trade dispute resolution mechanism,


does the Minister agree that this sort of inconsistency needs to be


ironed out by rigorous Parliamentary scrutiny of the Prime Minister's


plan. It is not an inconsistency, it is a lack of understanding on the


part of the opposition, as I said in response to an earlier question,


there is a range of models but a large number of international trade


agreements with arbitration mechanisms but they are that, agreed


arbitration mechanisms, they are not mechanisms that bring the influence


of the European court into all parts of British society and that is what


will be resolved by leaving the European Union. Mr Speaker, Britain


has played a key role in protecting Europe's security and Prime Minister


is clear that we will continue to with European partners on Warren


defence policy as we leave the European Union. Does my right


honourable friend agree that as a global player in areas such as


counterterrorism, we have much to benefit both EU partners and


ourselves as a cooperation agreement in our interest? I agree entirely


with my honourable friend, indeed, this was an issue I discussed with


several of my European counterparts earlier this week, they fully


understand the strength that Britain brings to the table, in terms of


intelligence, for example, and they understand the value that they bring


to the table after they leave the EU. Surely the Minister understand


that across Europe as we talk to other parliamentarians, they are


deeply worried that the knock on effect of us leaving the European


Union on stability and future of Nato. That is the truth. They get


what is happening in the United States with the new president, can


you assure the house that the Nato commitment of this country will be


redoubled rather than diminished? Mr Speaker, we are absolutely committed


to Nato and I can assure the house that commitment will continue after


"Brexit". As the Prime Minister said, we will


put the final deal to a vote, we have always said that we will


observe the constitutional legal obligations that apply to the final


deal and as I have said many times, we will keep the house informed


through the process. Will my right honourable friend confirmed that


both Houses of Parliament will have a number of opportunities to vote on


a wide range of legislation determining substantial policy


decisions as we exit the EU? My right honourable friend is


absolutely right, we will have the Article 50 Bill, introduced


imminently, a great repeal Bill, to be introduced in the next session,


that is an important piece of legislation which will ensure that


all EU laws can be voted into UK law, including workers' rights and


environmental regulation, which I would think would be of interest to


the opposition. There will be the deflation on those and other issues,


those are just the beginning, exiting the European Union


this Parliament back control over this Parliament back control over


its own laws. Decisions on policy will be taken here, not the European


Union, and we will go back to being a free country again. Extraordinary


fellow... Mr Speaker, during the prime and is the's beach... I'm


sorry, I'll do... -- during the Prime Minister's speech, and... I'm


sorry, I will do... Yes... The question is not whether we should


leave, that decision was taken on June 23 last year, it was a question


of respect in the referendum result and doing the majority of -- doing


the job that the majority want, making a success of our new position


in the world. The Prime Minister has set out a old ambitious plan to


build a global Britain and one which everybody can get behind. In her


speech at Lancaster house on the 17th of this month, she has promised


to put the preservation of our press is union at the heart of everything


we do, given that we are told this is a union of equals, what form of


role will be given to the devolved administrations when the UK


renegotiate its new relationship with the EU. Formal role is already


in place, we have a joint ministerial committee of which a


Scottish Government represented, along with representatives of the


Northern Ireland executive and Welsh government, three meeting so far,


another meeting on Monday in Cardiff, and another in early


February, we are taking formerly the paper submitted by the Scottish


Government and the Welsh government, and we will take them on board. The


point we have made throughout all of this is that this is a sophisticated


and complex negotiation, difficult to do, it has to be done under a


single banner, but it will be done in a way that reflects the interests


and reflect the interests of all parties in the United Kingdom. With


the UK being a net importer of agricultural goods from the EU and


the EU being the agriculture Mark's biggest market, what assurances can


be given that a key part of negotiations will be to remove


agricultural tariffs on both the UK and EU sides as it is in both our


interests? My honourable friend is entirely right, there is a


significant two-way trade in agricultural products, food and


drink products, and I would imagine that it is just as much in the


interests of the EU and the UK that sensible arrangements continue.


Thank you, we have a commitment now to a White Paper, the role of


Parliament in the Article 50 process is to be determined. That is why


Labour will seek to table an amendment to the proposed Article 50


Bill to require Secretary of State to lay periodic reports at intervals


of no less than two months -- every two months. Will the Secretary of


State now to the principle of who are big report? Well, from behind me


I hear, like he's not going to do that...! Every two months?... Since


September, in five months I have done five statements in front of


this house, ten debates, appeared in front of a number of select


committees, and that process will continue, I suspect two months will


be rather an unambitious aim. Thank you. The role at the end of the


exercise for parliament will also be important, the Prime Minister has


said that MPs will have a vote on the final agreement. Can the


Secretary of State today state categorically that MPs in this house


will have no less involvement in the process and no less a say over the


final Article 50 agreement then MEPs in the European Parliament? I


cannot... I have to say... The role of the MEPs will be somewhat limited


and peripheral in many respects, use of offset will be allowed at treaty


negotiations, but I don't think you will be making a decision. European


citizens in this country and British citizens in the EU make valuable


contributions to their countries. Pension, health and the rights of


children have been mentioned, I wonder if he and his colleagues have


been working on this with counterparts across the European


Union? My honourable friend again makes an important point, the


interest of British residents in the continuing European Union are at the


top of their agenda, in fact, I had a discussion early on Monday with


representatives of the British residents in Malta, he can be


assured that we will continue to reflect the interests of British


residents as negotiations commence. Will the government publish an


impact assessment of the effect that leaving the single market will have


on jobs and conversely the impact of the resulting skills shortage on key


industries and the NHS? These are certainly important matters, and


certainly matters that we are addressing, but she will understand


that we will not be publishing impact assessments, that might be


useful to those with whom we would be negotiating. The seafood


processing sector is of vital importance to the local economy in


the Cleethorpes constituency, can the Minister assure me that their


interest will be at the forefront of consideration during Brexit


negotiations and will he meet with business leaders from that sector to


pass on their assurances? Yes, my honourable friend is entirely right,


this is an important sector of the economy, and it may well be that we


have already met with those representatives since we have been


having extensive engagement with the agricultural food industry. The


Health Secretary told us this week that "Brexit" would mean Britain


leaving the European medicines agency 's, this move is likely to


send Britain to the back of the queue for innovative new drugs, make


regulation more complex, and threaten jobs in the thriving


pharmaceutical sector, will the Secretary of State tell us why his


government have so readily given up membership of this vital body and


will he explain the measures he will introduce to ensure that people


across Britain will have the same access to medicines as European


neighbours? Is already well that the complete premise of -- it's all very


well, but the complete premise is wrong. That has been misinterpreted.


What I will say to her is this, what we will be doing with this is first


putting the clinical safety of the British people at the front of the


queue, the front of the priority list, and then the interest of


British industry, particularly Biosystems, and life sciences, in


which of course we are a world leader and we will remain one after


we leave. As the all-party Parliamentary group, the clinical


trials issue is a big one for patients, they are concerned that


exiting the EU means that nothing will replace them, and my right


honourable friend assure the house and those patients that that will be


replicated as soon as we end up leaving the EU? I can assure my


honourable friend that we are in extensive discussions with the bio


Pharma industry, on this particular issue, and those discussions will


continue. This week the kingdom of Fife is


placed to welcome many students from around the world. When will the


university be given guarantees that nothing about Brexit will jeopardise


its reputation as the most international of universities? We


need to engage with the university sector about what makes Britain such


an appealing place to come. I believe that leaving the European


Union will be a good thing for the steel industry. This week the steel


APPG published its 2020 vision report. Would you like me to send a


copy to you so you can have a look at its recommendations as part of


the ongoing debate? We would be delighted to receive that. The


society of Moti motor manufacturers reported today that car production


is at a high but investment in manufacturing is falling because of


uncertainty over Brexit. How long does he think the current


uncertainty is going to be undermining investment in British


economy? We should absolutely welcome the fact that we've seen the


highest level this century of car production and car exports from the


UK. We continue to see key investments by the automotive


industry, such as Land Rover expansion in Coventry. We want to


work with the industry to make sure they have the best access to


European markets and indeed global markets as we move ahead. About 9


million written is will visit France this year and 15 million will visit


Spain. About foreign half million French and about two and a half


million Spaniards will visit the UK. We be seeking Visa free travel for


Europe post Brexit and we were making it clear that it is now you


are praying friends's interest to do so? He is hot right to highlight the


importance of the two-way tourist industry in Europe. We are


considering this but I'll aim is... Via protocol three, when we exit the


European Union does it mean the Crown dependencies will also exit


the customs union? I met with Chief ministers of Crown dependencies


yesterday as part of the formal process of ongoing meetings we're


using stakes have use into account and following the Prime Minister's


speech I spoke to them and they are pleased with the direction of travel


it is at. Higher education is one of the UK's greatest exports. As we


seek to grow our export markets post Brexit does the Minister agree we


needed an approach that plays to our strengths and builds on them?


Wholeheartedly. In response to an earlier question, the secretary of


states said we needed both flexibility and imagination in


tackling these context negotiations. My manufacturing sector, my


university, want competence. That is what they are worried about, the


competence of the team sitting on the front bench during negotiations


thoroughly. I'd better deal with this one. The interesting thing is,


if you look at the response around Europe to the Prime Minister's


speech talking about confidence, the Spanish secretary of state for


foreign affairs who I saw only a couple of weeks ago welcomed it


widely and said it was an eminently achievable aim, in everybody's


interests. In my constituency we are lucky to see the excellent L bus 400


M as it flies from Brize Norton. Does my honourable friend agree that


it is an excellent example of defence cooperation and such


cooperation will continue when it leaves the European Union? I visited


the hour bus factory just before Christmas and saw the wonderful work


they are doing. He is right to say that into grated manufacturing


across Europe is important and I have no doubt we will be putting in


place arrangements to ensure it continues. An RAF Typhoon flown from


my constituency have more marked a rusting Russian aircraft carrier as


it made its journey back from raids on Aleppo. Does this demonstrates


the important role in the United Kingdom must play after our exit in


ensuring the defence and security of Europe as a whole? As my honourable


friend is right. Britain is a leading power in Nato and will


continue to be after we leave the EU. Will my honourable friend come


to Dorset to speak to our businesses and hear their concerns, and discuss


the great opportunities Brexit provides? Delighted to. We are


talking to businesses all across the country and I look forward to


visiting those in your constituency. Urgent question. We make a statement


please on Yemen? Thank you. UK supports the Saudi Arabian lead


military intervention which came at the request of the legitimate


president and we are clear


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