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We now come to the notion on the early parliamentary general election

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to move the motion, I call the Prime Minister. Thank you, and I beg to

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move the motion on the order paper in my name and that of my honourable

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friends. That mission confronts every member of this house with a

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clear and simple opportunity. A chance to vote for a general

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election that will secure the strong and stable leadership the country

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needs to see us through Brexit and beyond. Invite each one of us to do

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the right thing for Britain and to vote for an election that is in our

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country's national interest. The priority when I became Prime

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Minister was to provide the country with economic certainty, a clear

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vision and strongly the ship after the long and passionately fought

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referendum campaign. -- leadership. This Government has delivered on

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those priorities. I will. In the time-honoured fashion, my honourable

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friend have called this election in what she considers, and I consider

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to be the national interest at this moment. It will be a brave man or

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woman who vote against this notion and therefore the fixed term

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parliament act is seen to be and Emperor without clothes. It is not

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necessary. With the first act of the manifesto be to scrap it? My

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honourable friend is trying to tempt me down a road block what is clear

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is the fixed term parliament act does give us an opportunity,

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notwithstanding the fixed term part of it, to have an election at

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another time. It is for this house to vote for that election but, like

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my honourable friend, it is clear that every member of this house

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should be voting for the selection. If I just returned... I will take

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one more. The Prime Minister pledged time and time again not jubilant

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early election. In her ease the message, she is local to Christian

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values. The Prime Minister explain why she has such a ruse and

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obligated relationship with telling the truth? Order, order. -- loose

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and, located. The Prime Minister can fend for herself, but what the

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honourable gentleman has said is a breach. -- complicated. He is

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versatile in the use of language, withdraw that and use some other

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population if you must. Withdraw. I will withdraw and reformulate. Why

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does the Prime Minister have such a complicated and loose relationship

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with giving the country a clear indication of her intentions? To say

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to the honourable gentleman, I think yesterday I have given the country a

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very clear indication of my intentions and, if he has a little

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patience, he will hear the reasons why I have done so. As I say, the

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Government has delivered on the priorities I set out last year

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despite predictions of financial and economic danger, we have seen

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consumer confidence remain- the referendum, growth of jobs and

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economic growth exceeding all recommendations. At the same time,

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we have delivered on a mandate to red-handed by triggering article 50

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before the end of March as he pledged to do. We are leaving the EU

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and there can be no turning back. I well. Doesn't it take some brass

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neck to call a general election when you are facing allegations of buying

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the last one? I have to say, that intervention was not worthy of the

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honourable gentleman. Can the Prime Minister just clarify if you support

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term parliament? -- if she supports. We have an action that allows us to

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have fixed term parliament. I believe it is right for us to have

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this debate, have this vote in this house and I believe it is right for

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members of this house to vote and I will explain why, for us to have a

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general collection at this time. I will not take any further

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interventions for a while. This is a limited time debate and honourable

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members wish to make contributions. Today, we face a new question, how

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best to secure the certainty we need over the long term to get the right

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deal for Britain in Brexit negotiations and make the most of

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the opportunities ahead. I've come to the conclusion that the answer to

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that question is to hold a general election now in this window of

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opportunity before the negotiations begin. I believe it is in prison's

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national interest to hold an election now, a general election is

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the best way to strengthen Britain's and any negotiations ahead because

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securing the right deal for Britain is my priority and I'm confident

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that we have the plan to do so. We have set out, and vision, a deep and

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special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and

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the United Kingdom that is free to chart its own way in the world. --

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la ambition. It means they will regain control of our own money,

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laws and borders. We will be free to strike trade deals with old friends

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and new partners around the world. I give way. I'm grateful to the Prime

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Minister forgiving way and I understand she wants to give you

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have the opportunity to determine whether the should be an election.

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If they have the Germans now is the time, why will be Prime Minister

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stand in the face of the Scottish Government that about it for a

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referendum on Scottish future. -- have decided that now is the time.

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Why should the Scottish people not be given either as well? Now is the

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time for a general election because it will strengthen our negotiations

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in Brexit. Now is not the time for a second Scottish independence

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referendum because it will weaken our hand in negotiations in Brexit.

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Strength and unity with the Conservatives in the division and

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weakness with the Scottish Nationalists. I will just make more

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progress. I believe this delivers on the will of the British people. Our

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client Brexit is the right approach and will deliver a more secure

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future for our country and a better deal for all our people. It is

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Claire, Mr Speaker... Just a minute, that other parties have a different

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view about the right future for our country. -- clear. Members of the

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other place have vowed to fight our Government every step of the way. I

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thank my honourable friend forgiving way, the people of Rossendale and

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Darling in the referendum gave her and her Government and mandate to

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trigger article 50. She has done that. We are grateful to

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strengthening her hand so she can get out there, get the best possible

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deal but people living in Rossendale and Darwen, manufacturers there and

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every family. My honourable friend is right and we should be united in

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this Parliament in wanting to get back at possible deal, not just for

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the country as a whole but everybody across the whole of this country. I

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commend my honourable friend for the work he has done in Rossendale and

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Darwen in supporting his constituents on this. I will give

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way to the honourable gentleman and then make progress.

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I can see how it suits your purpose is to make this about Brexit, but

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can she accept that it may become a referendum on how brutal costs which

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have left older people without care, schools sending begging letters to

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parents and a record number of homeless people on the streets of

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Greater Manchester. I have to say to the right honourable gentleman, of

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course, when we come into the campaign, people will be looking at

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the wide range of issues. They will look at the fact that pensioners are

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?1200 better off, they will look at the fact that we have 1.8 million

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more children in schools, but if the right honourable gentleman wants to

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talk about impact on the economy, I suggest she searches in his memory

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for the time he spent as Chief Secretary to the Treasury when

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Labour were trashing the economy of this country. Mr Speaker, no, I'm

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going to mix in progress. I have set out the divisions that have become

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clear on this issue. They can and will be used against us, weakening

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our hand in the negotiations to come and we must not let that happen. I

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believe that at this moment of enormous national significance, this

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should be unity here in Westminster, not division. That's why the right

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and responsible thing for all of us here today to vote for a general

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election, to make our respective cases to the country and then to

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respect the result and the mandate it provides to give Britain the

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strongest possible hand in the negotiations to come. I give way. In

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the last election, the Conservatives gave a manifesto commitment to stay

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in the single market, will she be with drying that commitment any new

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manifesto and if she does, will that weaken her negotiation position? We

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gave a commitment in the last manifesto to provide the people of

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the United Kingdom with a boat on whether or not leave the European

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Union. We give them that old, that was supported by Parliament, we give

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them up but they give a clear message that they want the United

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Kingdom to leave the European Union and that is exactly what we are

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going to do. I fully support the fact that she needs a stronger hand

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going into the negotiations as we leave the European Union. Does she

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not think it prefers that some people who didn't want a referendum

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in the first place and I want a second wreck around at the very end

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of the procedure, just in case the British Government doesn't get a

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good deal from Brussels. -- second referendum. Doesn't she believe that

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if we had that, it would deeply weaken the position of the Prime

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Minister in a position she has with the European Union? My friend is

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absolutely right in his description of what would happen and I think of

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those who want a second round friend, that is denying the will of

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the people, because people voted for us to leave the European Union and

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we are going to go out there and get the best possible deal. Waiting to

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hold the next election in 2020 as scheduled would mean the

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negotiations would reach their most difficult and sensitive stage, just

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as election was looming on the horizon. A general election will

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provide the country with five years of strong and stable leadership to

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see us through negotiations and is sure we are able to go on to major

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success as a result. That is crucial. That is the test. It is not

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solely about how we reach the European Union, but what we do with

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the opportunity that Brexit provides that counts. Leaving the EU offers

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us a unique, once in a generation opportunity to shape a brighter

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future for Britain. We need the leadership provided by a strong and

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stable Government to seize it, a Government that has a plan for a

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stronger Britain, a Government that the determination to see it through

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and the Government that will take the right long-term decisions that

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will deliver a more secure future for Britain. The Conservative Party

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I read is determined to be that Government. Is the Prime Minister at

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all concerned that having tried her best to build up a reputation for

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little integrity, but as Home Secretary and pay minister, she has

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no scene after all these denials there will be a snap election,

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simply as a political opportunist. I have not denied the fact that when I

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came into this role as Prime Minister, I was clear that what the

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country needed was stability and the also needed a Government that was

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going to show that it would deliver on the boat people had taken any

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referendum on meeting the EU. We have provided that over the last

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nine months. Now it is clear to me that if we are going to have the

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strongest possible hand in negotiation, we should have an

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election now. As I have just said, leaving in 2020, would mean that we

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are coming to be more sensitive and critical part of the negotiations in

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the run-up to a general election and that would be a nobody 's interest.

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Except that the Conservative Party that I read is determined to that

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Government, that has the determination to see through its

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plan for a stronger Britain, we are determined to provide that

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readership and bring stability to the United Kingdom in a long time

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and that is what this election will be about, leadership and stability.

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Does the Prime Minister appreciate decisiveness? And as she agree that

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voting yes in this motion signifies strength, whereas a staining is a

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symbol of weakness? -- ab staining. I think absolutely doubled in years

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is a sign of strength. I would say a little bit more about it, but I

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think anybody who thinks we should not, is endorsing the record of the

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Conservative Government. Would she agree with the Lord Hill, who was a

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commissioner in Europe, when asked in fund the Foreign Affairs

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Committee what the best strategy for negotiation is, his response was

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that we have to come together, because our interlocutors will be

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watching this place, they were absolutely exploit any weakness in

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our political system? My honourable friend is absolutely right and I am

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grateful to him for reminding us what the Lord said with his

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experience in relation to this issue. It is important that we come

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together and we don't show that divisions that have been suggested

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in in the past and that we are able to stroll a strong mandate for

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Brexit and make a success of that. We are determined to bring stability

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to the United Kingdom in a long time, that is what this election

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will be about, leadership and stability will stop the decision

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facing the country will be clear. I will be campaigning for a strong

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leadership with me as Prime Minister and I will be asking for the public

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support to continue to deliver my plan for a stronger Britain to lead

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the country through the next five years and to give the country the

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certainty and stability that we need. I think the Prime Minister for

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giving way. On the timetable before yesterday, the Prime Minister would

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have concluded her negotiation by 2019, we would have gone into the

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general election 2020 a year later talking about the Prime Minister's

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deal. That would have given the country and outlook as to what they

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would be voting for. The Prime Minister is asking the country to

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strengthen her hand. What she is actually doing is asking the country

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to vote for a blank cheque. No, we are not asking the country to write

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a blank cheque. We have been very clear about what we intend, I set

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that out in my Lancaster house speech in January. It has been set

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out in the White Paper, in the article said the letter, that we

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triggered and submitted to the president of the European Council.

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Can I say to be how is that the choice before us today is clear, I

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have made my choice. It is to do something that run through the veins

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of my party more than ever. It's a choice to trust the people. Let us

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but to do that today. Let us lay out our plans for Brexit. Let us put

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forward our plans for the future of this great country. Let us put our

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faith in the hands of the people and let the people decide.

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CHEERING Order, the question is that there

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shall be a dot-mac and early parliamentary general election. Mr

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Jeremy Corbyn. Thank you, Mr Speaker. We welcome the opportunity

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of a general election, because it gives the British people the chance

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to vote for a Labour Government that will put the interests of the

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majority first. The Prime Minister says she has only recently and

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reluctantly decided to go for a snap election. Just four weeks ago, the

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Prime Minister's spokesperson said and I quote, there isn't going to be

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an early general election. How can any voter trust what the Prime

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Minister says? Britain is being held back by her Government. The Prime

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Minister talks about a strong economy, but the truth is, most

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people are worse off than they were when the Conservatives came to power

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seven years ago. The election of the British people the chance to change

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direction. This election is about her Government's failure to be build

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the economy and living standards for the majority. It is about the crisis

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her Government has plunged our National Health Service into, the

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cuts to our children's schools which will limit the chances of every

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child in Britain, 4 million of whom are now live in poverty. A chance of

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an alternative to raise living standards, as more and more people

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do not have security in their work or over their housing.

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THEY SPEAK OVER EACH OTHER I give away to my friend.

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Thank you very much. I try not to take it personally that having

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arrived so early, the Prime Minister is so desperate to get rid of me she

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is calling an election. Would my honourable friend agreed that the

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Prime Minister, in calling this election, has essentially said she

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doesn't have confidence in her own Government to deliver a Brexit deal

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for Britain and one way she could security vote is to table a motion

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of no confidence in her own country, which I will happily vote for. I

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thank my friend for that intervention. I congratulate him on

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his election to this House and I congratulate him on his work and a

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agree with him. I have no confidence in the Government either. In the

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interests of unity in Stoke-on-Trent, what else can I do?

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I'm grateful to my Right Honourable Friend. He highlighted the fact that

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the Prime Minister for 12 months dithered over whether she wanted an

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election and at all times say she did not want one. But isn't the

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reality that what has focused her mind is the fact that she may well

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lose some of her backbenchers if the CPS have her way? I thank my friend

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for that intervention. The timing of that intervention and the rule of

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the CPS is extremely interesting and it's interesting that the Prime

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Minister did not mention it during her contribution. I give way to the

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gentleman here. He talks about trust in leaders, what trust any public

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but in a leader who has no confidence from his parliamentary

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colleagues and is in place by people who are not in Parliament, but from

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people who are outside? Mr Speaker, I was elected leader of my party by

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300,000 votes, I don't know how many people voted for the Prime Minister

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to be leader of her party. Non-! I suspect it was actually none

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whatsoever. So, Mr Speaker, to be 6 million people working in jobs that

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pay less than the living wage, I simply say this, it doesn't have to

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be like this, because Labour believes that every job should pay a

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wage you can live on and every worker should have decent rights at

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work. To the millions of people who can't afford a home of their own or

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have spent years waiting for a council home, this is your chance to

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vote for the home of your family deserves. Because we believe a

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housing policy should provide homes for all, not investment

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opportunities for a feud. To the millions of small businesses that up

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with red tape, hikes in business rates, broken promises on national

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insurance contributions, this is your chance to vote for a Government

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that invests and that supports wealth creators, not just the wealth

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extractors. Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister says she has called the

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elections of the Government can negotiate Brexit. We had a

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referendum, that establish that mandate. Parliament has voted to

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accept that result. There is no obstacle, there is no obstacle to

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the Government is negotiating, but instead of getting on with the job,

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she is paving herself as the prisoner of the Lib Dems. Who

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apparently have threatened to grind Government to a standstill. Mr

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Speaker, there are nine of them and they managed to vote three different

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ways on article 15. So, is obviously a very serious threat indeed. The

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Tories want to use the exit to turn us into a low-wage tax haven. Labour

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will use Brexit to invest in every part of this country. To create a

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high wage, high skilled economy in which everyone shares the rewards.

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My minister also says this campaign will be a man readership, so let's

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have a head to head TV debate about the future of our country. -- in the

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Prime Minister. -- about leadership. Why reject that request? Mr Speaker,

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a waiver of. We want rich lives for all. -- labour offers a better

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future. Not a life for the rich. Order. Giving way to the honourable

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gentleman. Order. Order. Order! Other! I've learn the honourable

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gentleman from more than 30 years since we do against each other in a

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student collection. He's not going to take it personally. Order. The

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honourable gentleman has completed his speech, he wants the point, I

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will hear it with On a point of order, is that it?

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CHEERING It is very generous of the right

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Honourable gentleman to seek to invest me with additional powers,

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but the question of whether it is it, as he puts it, is not a matter

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for me, it is a matter for the honourable gentleman and he has

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completed his contribution. Sir Desmond Swain. Mr Speaker, I accept

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entirely the logic that was laid out by my honourable friend and heard

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statement yesterday in Downing Street. What I can say is that I

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read that conclusion somewhat earlier. However, I just thought the

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-- did not believe it was possible to deliver. I found myself

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discombobulated by a reversal in Government Public policy for the

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second time in a pew weeks, having told the readers of the Forest

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Journal in terms that there was no question of there being an early

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general election. Because it was not in the Prime Minister's gift to

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deliver it. Because of the fixed term act, that decision lies with a

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majority of two thirds of the members of the House of Commons. As

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I told them with absolute confidence, turkeys and will not

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vote for Christmas. I congratulate my honourable friend having achieved

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the impossible and secured the fact that two day, there's turkeys will

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indeed vote for that. The reason why I read the opinion that I did, that

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election was necessary, was firstly, during the passage and the debate on

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the article 50 bill, member after member opposite got up and announced

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their recantation, notwithstanding having voted to remain, they were

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now going to abide by the will of their constituents. Yet at every

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opportunity, they cheered to the rafters and there is you who start

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out and said they remained with the 48% and believed that, so preceding,

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as events unfolded, that 48% would become a majority. They pursued a

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strategy of desperation, a strategy of, hang on, something might turn

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up, whether that something was the long promised economic shock or

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whatever. But that strategy of... Hang all in, requires an essential

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ingredient, delays. Delay was the tactic that they clearly pursued

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throughout the preceding of that bill with the amendments that they

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table and they promised that there would be more. With respect to the

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other place, the other place is not bound currently in respect of the

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Government's policy by the Salisbury Convention. My honourable friend,

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the member from North Norfolk and I were invited to bid their -- debate

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in front of a city audience the notion that the United Kingdom is

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leaving the EU. Two highly respected peers, the Lord Butler, former

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Cabinet Secretary and Lord Lester, one of our premier human rights

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lawyers, argued the case that they would not leave the European Union

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because they were in a position to prevent it and would do so. It is

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essential, therefore, I believe, that the policy be Prime Minister

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has announced of pursuing a general election and securing a mandate in

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this house, and a mandate to bind the other house in respect of the

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Salisbury convention, is absolutely necessary. I'm confident that she

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will achieve that majority because I'm confident that she will be

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backed by the overwhelming majority of this nation, a few, as ING will

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now, I voted for every other possible candidate for the

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leadership of the Tory party last year in order to avoid becoming

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leader. I had to tell her that I have become the greatest fan. As my

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constituents recognise and tell me continuously, she is being

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magnificently and made Geelong continue to do so. Angus Robertson.

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Thank you. The Prime Minister has said that she wants unity and she

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has said that she wants an end to division, and she intends to do that

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by crushing opposition. With political opponents described as

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saboteurs. Something I invited her earlier to take a distance from, but

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she was not prepared to. This is not a vision or an understanding of

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mainstream democracy that I share with the Prime Minister. For months,

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we have heard from her that now is not the time for the public to vote,

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no one wants it, it is important to get on with the day job. We have

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been told that the Prime Minister needs to concentrate all of her time

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on Brexit negotiations and that not being should get in the way. --

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nothing. As we have all the renewal at 24-hour, although that was empty

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rhetoric. There are two key reasons why there is going to be a general

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election and the first is totally politically expedient, it is about

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the woeful on electoral -- unelectable state of the Labour

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Party and that is a reason of political expediency to hold an

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election. It is about not wanting to repeat the political error Gordon

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Brown made and she was to receive her own mandate and crushed

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political opposition in England. The second reason for holding an early

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general election is that it has finally dawned on the UK covenant

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that the Brexit negotiations will be very difficult. -- Government. The

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realities of the hard Brexit the Prime Minister is pursuing have not

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yet fully dawned on the public. As one commentator wrote... Just a

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moment, I will make progress. As one commentator wrote to date, the EU

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will not roll over and give the UK free and frictionless access to the

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internal market. The Prime Minister is cutting and running, getting a

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vote in before the reality of hard Brexit hit home. Can I tell the

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Prime Minister that, while she thinks she can get her way with all

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of this begins the Labour Party in England, she will not get away with

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this in Scotland. I thank him for giving way. On the subject of hard

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Brexit, that they agree with me that it is incumbent on those advocating

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it to set out very clearly what their assessment of the impact on

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jobs will be of us coming out of the single market and the customs union.

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Of course, that would be an opportunity in a normal general

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election campaign whereby party leaders actually debate the issues

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and record for them to have but there has been an interesting

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developments in the debate and I have noticed colleagues looking at

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their mobile phones because IGD has confirmed that there is going to be

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a leaders debate. -- ITV. I'm looking at other party leaders, the

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Leader of the Opposition, is he intending to take part? I suspect he

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will probably take part in a television debate. No doubt the Lido

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of the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, and colleagues. -- the

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leader. It is unsustainable in the 21st century, in the multimedia age,

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to get to the country and not debate with the leaders of the parties. The

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notion that the UK Prime Minister might be an key chair and because he

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is not prepared to stand up for their argument is not sustainable.

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-- empty chaired. Perhaps the honourable gentleman might take her

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place instead. As I said in the house yesterday, I hope that the

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Prime Minister does go ahead to head with the leaders of other parties.

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It's quite simple, she would football them all! -- floor. No she

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would not. I don't think she would manage that with Nicola Sturgeon. I

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am surprised and I do welcome that the honourable gentleman had to say

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in encouragement to the Prime Minister because I think the public

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deserves a debate, more than one, during the election campaign and I

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think the prime ministers should have more confidence in herself. She

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should be prepared to address the country and debate the idea that all

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different political parties across the UK have. We have already

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learned, of course, in Scotland, that the Prime Minister is preferred

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to ignore the mandate and wishes of the Scottish electorate, the

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Scottish Parliament and of the Scottish Government. Why would

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anyone in Scotland... I need to make progress. Why would anyone in

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Scotland vote for such a dismissive and disrespectful party and Prime

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Minister? I need to make some progress. Time is limited. I will

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try to take some interventions later. The Prime Minister promised

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she would have a unified approach with all of the devolved governments

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and agreement before triggering Brexit. She did not. She broke her

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words. As we have learned in recent weeks, in connection with the

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appalling rate clause, the one thing that the Tories don't like talking

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about is Tory policy. -- rape. This election will highlight the dangers

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of unfettered jewellery Government and we live in one of the most...

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Countries in the developing world but the Tories want to make it more

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unfair. Experts say there will be an increase in inequality since the

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days of Margaret Thatcher. I'm happy to give way to the leader of the

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Green Party. I'm grateful. Does he agree with me that if this election

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is, as the prime ministers said, about a more secure future for this

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country, if it is of national significance, we should have an

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urgent change in the law to give Britain's 1.5 million 16-17

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-year-olds a say in what will be very much their future on the 8th of

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June. As someone who gave his maiden speech about enfranchising 16 and

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17-year-olds, I totally agree. It is unsustainable that young people have

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been given leave out some elections and referenda but should be denied

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it in others. I returned. I give way. I'm most grateful. He'll be

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aware that the Supreme Court made it abundantly clear and all the judges

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decided on a unanimous basis that issues concerning Brexit

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negotiations should be determined by this Hallows which represents the

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whole of the United Kingdom. This was not an issue to be decided by

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any devolved institution. -- house which part party have a problem

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understanding? The thing I have a difficulty understanding of the

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commitment that the Prime Minister gave authority gave eventually came

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to Edinburgh, it was an the front page of the Daily Telegraph, it was

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in terms that she wanted to seek a UK wide approach an agreement with

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the Government. The honourable gentleman might wish to rewrites

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history but the Prime Minister gave a commitment to reach an agreement,

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she did not reach it. The fixed term Parliament act was supposed to stop

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political parties are abusing their position and putting party before

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country. Today, the Tories will do just that. Sadly, the Labour Party

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is going to bed with the Tories and make life easy for them. We on these

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benches will not vary with the Tories. -- vote. Giving the reality

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that the Labour Party well, there will be a general election and, boy,

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we look forward to that! Because in Scotland,... Sign in order! Mr

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Morris, normally you have a very emollient manner. Very restrained in

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the past, but you have become excited. Take a soothing indignant,

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it will have a good impact on you. Thank you. In Scotland, the general

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election will be a two horse race, a straight fight between the Tories.

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Do I think that mainstream Scots regardless of whether they voted

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remain or leave will vote for a hard Tory Brexit? I do not. Will they

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vote for more austerity and cuts to public services? No. Well most Scots

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like a party that actively undermining the mandate already

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given by the doubters in a Scottish general election? For people in

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Scotland to determine their own future? No, I do not. We, on these

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benches, worked hard for every vote in every seat in Scotland and we

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look forward to defeating the Tories in this general election.

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CHEERING There are at least ten people who

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want to speak. It would be appreciated if each Member would

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help other members, tailoring his or her contribution accordingly. I

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welcome the courage that the Prime Minister has shown in taking this

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question to the public. Who is that they are expecting to lead the

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country for the next five years? I have to say, having followed the

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last Speaker, it will not be the right honourable gentleman for

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Moray. I think the public will have to think long and hard, because

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Brexit is happening. This is not about... No, this is very

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time-limited. This is not about us in here. This is about delivering

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the future for the British public that they deserve. This is about

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delivering the best possible outcome to this country as we leave the

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European Union. I know that when we have that election on June eight,

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there will be individual members here who may well find themselves in

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difficulties with their constituency. For whatever reasons

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they have expressed about the readership, I'm proud to be standing

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behind a Prime Minister who has made it brutally clear that this is not

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about making games in this place. This is about delivering a Brexit

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that is the good of the European... LAUGHTER

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Well, it is about that as well. Getting her relationship with the

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European Union in the future is going to be incredibly important.

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This will be the question posed, of the leaders that could be the Prime

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Minister, that is what we are going to be asking the country, does this

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country believe that the leader for Islington North to delete this

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country? I suspect a large number of colleagues on his own backbenchers

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would say no and I would suggest that the businesses in my

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constituency would equally say no. Does the leader for... Sorry,

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Westmorland and Lonsdale, his voting record and attendance in this House

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along with his colleagues is generally pretty low, there are two

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here today, there were none here to vote on the Budget yesterday, does

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he really believed that he can lead this country? I suggest no. I would

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suggest the British public, when they are looking who devote four on

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the 8th of June will look forward with confidence to a Prime Minister

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with an increased mandate to take us through to the next five years and I

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am delighted that she is giving this opportunity to the country to

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examine our record insert all been since 2010, 70 3% youth

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unemployment, a drop. I hear no defence of the open is.

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They are more interested in campaigning and less interested in

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running the country. This party, our Government, has taken a strong

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stance and in Saint Alden 's,, there are two thirds reduction in youth

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unemployment, 62% in young people going into apprenticeships, those

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are the records we will be bidding to the public. Brexit is happening.

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We are going to make the best of it and I believe our Prime Minister

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will not have to suffer 100 on a elected Liberal Democrat any other

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place and nine in display to really place and nine in display to really

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turn up. Trying to talk the tail of this Prime Minister. We need to make

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the future secure... No, I'm going to finish. We need to make the

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future secure for all young people, families, and this game playing in

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the space does a disservice to the British public. They are fed up with

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elections anyway, but let's get on and get a mandate for our Prime

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Minister. The public do not respect the fact that people yell from the

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backbenches. She can speak up for her own leader, only do, own

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manifesto and own party and why she believes her own leader for

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Islington North will be the person to take the country through to the

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next five years. I would not share her confidence, but she obviously

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has a lot of confidence in his capabilities. I will conclude by

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saying that I know that this Government, which has delivered so

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much already and has a much more to deliver, will have a residence with

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the British public when you look at what is on offer from the other

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parties who are divided, scaremongering and in Brexit denial.

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This Government will govern as the best deal for all constituencies. An

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appropriate time to be called. I saw a daily that Cameron Tweet... -- I

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sort David Cameron Tweet saying you welcome to the decision to call an

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early election. Given we are in this mess because he put party before

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country in calling your friend when he did. It is hardly surprising that

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the Prime Minister should follow him and indeed choose to put party

:44:29.:44:32.

before country once again. Let's remember... Give me a moment. For

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the moment that she took office, the Prime Minister has ignored the

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closeness of the referendum vote, has preceded the hardest form of

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Brexit driving division instead of cohesion, she has ignored the

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British people, the British public sector and the National Health

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Service and now in what is clearly another Act of putting 1's party

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before it the country, she has chosen an early election. Not

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because she needs a mandate to deliver Brexit, the Labour Party has

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given her a mandate to deliver a Brexit. She's acting upon the narrow

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majority of the referendum in 2016. Let's be very honest and clear about

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this, she has chosen this election because she looked across the

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dispatch box and she could not resist the temptation of doing the

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political equivalent of taking candy from a baby and facing a Labour

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Party in a general election. She expects a coronation and not a

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contest. That is why the Liberal Democrats relish the challenge of a

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general election. I will give way. I'm very grateful for giving way.

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Given what he is said, will he rule out a Coalition with the

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Conservatives? The great problem we face in this country is that the

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Prime Minister is running on the expectation. There will be no need

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for any Coalition, the Prime Minister has won this general

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election in order to take advantage of what she sees, of what she thinks

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is a clear opportunity for a majority of 100 or more. -- the

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Prime Minister has called this general election. It is very clear

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that we are not talking about balanced ballots, the Prime Minister

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takes the view that in calling the selection it is the opportunity to

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hurt you have a 100 seat majority, an opportunity to drive through not

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just a hard Brexit, but indeed her agenda to is slimmed down a National

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Health Service... I'm Act order. The Honourable Member is undertaking an

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apprenticeship to become a statesman. He has several modules

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and some years to go. He must calm himself. He is listening to be

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statesmen, Tim Farron. Do as the hackles from a friend of many years

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standing down below me, the reality is, we are not looking at the

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balanced Parliament. The Prime Minister has clearly called the

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selection on the understanding that she can reap swathes... Give herself

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a majority that will allow her to do... Not the time being, thank you.

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Allow her to deliver the hardest former Brexit, showing the National

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Health Service, undermine support for education and figures out of the

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single market. Come on, Tim. If you want to avoid a hard Brexit, the any

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single market, a Britain that has a decent opposition, a decent

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opposition, that only the Liberal Democrats will give you in the final

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stages. Can I does point out... May I point out... There is only one

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route, Mr Speaker. There is only one route the Prime Minister losing this

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general election and it is a liminal Derek Radford. -- Liberal Democrat

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route. I'm happy to explain. Let me move on. Let me explain why it the

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only route through which Theresa May could lose her majority, unless my

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friends on the SNP are about to unleash an aggressive foreign

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policy, they can only get one seat. policy, they can only get one seat.

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Not even the Labour Party believes they will be gaining seats at the

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selection, so the only outcome of this election that does not lead to

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a Conservative majority is the Liberal Democrats revival in every

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part of this country. , On! The Government has already stated that

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it will not down lines if negotiating goes any further than

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the damp record we have frizzy. If they will not tell us what we are

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receiving, they must instead just the people with their say on the

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final deal. The Prime Minister has already confirmed that she will not

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do any television debates, preferring to cower behind the hard

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rate pages of the Brexit press than stand up and present her case to the

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British people. To have the honourable gentleman, I think he may

:49:43.:49:45.

have missed out my honourable friend to as a straight question. We have a

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word in Scotland it means give as a straight and is, will you rule out a

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call issue with the Tories? Gas or no? The outcome of this general

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election is uncertain and in the days and weeks to come... Yes or no?

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We will no doubt talk about what will happen afterwards. The

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honourable gentleman below need to... Answer it! You need to be

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patient and your patience will be rewarded. As will my Honourable

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neighbour. I don't think my Honourable Member give an answer to

:50:30.:50:33.

that. A lot of his views will be asked about over the next seven

:50:34.:50:35.

weeks and he was asked one question which he refused to give an answer

:50:36.:50:39.

to and I would be interested if he did today. Does the Honourable

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members think that being gay is a sin? I do not. I am very proud to

:50:44.:50:52.

have gone through that lobby behind the honourable gentleman there in

:50:53.:50:56.

any Coalition Government with the Liberal Democrats introduced gay

:50:57.:51:01.

marriage, equal marriage, and did not go as far as it did in terms of

:51:02.:51:04.

recognising transgender rights, or however there is much more to be

:51:05.:51:10.

done and if we campaign for an open and tolerant United Society, then we

:51:11.:51:15.

need to make sure that we in not in any way complacent about LGBT

:51:16.:51:20.

rights. In particular, what is going on in Chechnya at the moment. Let me

:51:21.:51:27.

say this, do you know what, I won't. Let's move on. There is not much

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time! I am flattered that you want to know my views. I will put myself

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up for a leader debate with others, even if the Prime Minister doesn't.

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You can then denies me. The reality is, what we had in a referendum last

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June was a vote to start the process and giving the Prime Minister a

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mandate to negotiate Brexit. What was not given the mandate to give

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this Prime Minister the right to enact any old deal at the end of the

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process. At the end of the process... What the Prime Minister

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is asking for now is a blank cheque to a lower the British people to put

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up with what ever a stitch up she and the Brussels bureaucrats who

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together over the next two years. That is not democracy was up and

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election that takes place on the 8th of June will not decide that

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outcome. It will be about imposing on the British people a deal that

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absolutely nobody voted for. Yes, the Liberal Democrats welcome this

:52:33.:52:37.

opportunity to show the British people that there is another way.

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The values of tolerance, of openness and fairness can help build vibrant

:52:44.:52:49.

and successful communities and opportunities across the whole of

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the United Kingdom and beyond. The Government has made it clear that

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this is not the Britain that they believe in, they have chosen

:52:56.:53:00.

isolation over core operation. Meanness of fairness, I believe in a

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better Britain and that is why, Mr Speaker, we will support this

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motion. Border. On account of the level of

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interest and given that there are just over 37 minutes ago, I will

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impose a three-minute limit to backbench speeches. I hope I can

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take less time and it is a great honour to follow the honourable

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gentleman, I had hoped to agree with him on one thing in his speech, I

:53:28.:53:32.

had hoped he would have ruled out calling into a coalition with ours

:53:33.:53:36.

because I can tell you, from these benches, there was no chance he

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would want you, third, in our coalition of any Government. -- sir.

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To date, the debate is in full swing but this is a good day for

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Parliament. This is another slight step towards parliamentary democracy

:53:54.:53:58.

rather than dictate by the executive. The Prime Minister has

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not called a general election, it is this how that will decide whether

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there will be a general election. If I thought for one moment that this

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election had been in... Any moment. If I thought for one moment this

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election has been called for party political reasons to go early to the

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country, as happened with previous governments, they chose a moment to

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go for political advantage, it gave great power to the executive. A

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strange number of circumstances have come to get there. We have had a

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change in the Prime Minister. We have not only at their age in Prime

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Minister, we have had a change in all senior ministers as they move

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from a governance that was and I Brexit to probe Brexit. --

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anti-Brexit to pro. It to every member in this house to make a

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decision. That proves that the fixed and is working and I absolutely...

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If members visit the dumbing disagree but they can. Thank you.

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I'm greatly honoured for you giving way. He said the parliament will

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decide on the Prime Minister went on television yesterday, staking a

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reputation, that there would be a general election. If you does not

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get the majority, should she resigned after such a public

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humiliation? That the whole advantage of the Parliament act. If

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the house does not agree to the general election, it won't happen

:55:35.:55:39.

and the Government will continue in office. Now, of course, opposition

:55:40.:55:44.

members that don't want a general election would be very strange

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creatures indeed but also because opposition members sit on their

:55:49.:55:54.

hands and don't vote, they will be regarded as important Members of

:55:55.:55:57.

Parliament. I hope the honourable gentleman will make his mind up one

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way or another. -- impotence. Isn't that I've fixed term Parliament

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cannot work? No one can sensibly say they prefer a Government they oppose

:56:11.:56:13.

to continue in office rather than having the cancer defeating it.

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Therefore, the fixed term Parliament act does not go far. -- the chance

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to. I will disagree. It is proving today that it is working. I believe

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we will have the required majority. I understand, Sir, that if nobody

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objects, and you decide the matter on the voices, it in fact is carried

:56:37.:56:44.

and we don't have too actually have two thirds. I think that is a

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strange anomaly but I hope someone will shout no and we get it. I will

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not be doing that today because, as you know, you have two followed...

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How you go to the volume about and I would never dream of doing anything

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other than that. Despite the party politics, I think this is a great

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day for Parliament and it's a small step forward in parliamentary

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democracy. Free issues I want to address any short time available to

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me. The first is that this election is happening in our midst of

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political discussions in Northern Ireland about the formation of an

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executive. That is important. I want to make eclair, starters -- as far

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as our party is concerned, we want discussions to continue in Northern

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Ireland. Clear. We want to make eclair along with the SDLP in Ulster

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Unionists we will form an executive in Northern Ireland. -- make it

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clear. We do not see anything is more important than health

:57:50.:57:53.

education, funding, the future of our problems and public services. We

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believe those things are far more rewarding than some of the issues

:57:58.:58:00.

that are now said to divide us so we are ready to get that executive up

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and running two-day, next week, whenever. We don't need prolonged

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negotiations. The second thing I want to say is, in terms of the

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Brexit, Northern Ireland's position is different. That has been made

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clear. That has been made clear in the paper set out, it is recognised

:58:20.:58:23.

as special circumstances. We believe it is imperative that Northern

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Ireland's voices heard very strongly. That is why it's such a

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tragedy that Sinn Fein is what a way from the executive, collapsed the

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Assembly, full other into an unnecessary Assembly election,

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boycott this place and then the man is a special stages which have been

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rejected from the Irish Republic, the European Union and even the

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European Parliament when it set out to negotiate. Never they except some

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kind of special stages, they want, and we agree with special

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arrangements that recognise special circumstances of Northern Ireland.

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Mr Speaker, if that'll be essential in the election is now going to

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happen, people in Northern Ireland recognise the clear choice between a

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party that has waterway and abandoned its responsibilities on a

:59:10.:59:13.

number of fronts and a party that will enter Government in Northern

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Ireland, takes the chair, contribute and raise its voice, standing up for

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Northern Ireland. The final thing I want to say this. The only big issue

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about going forward in terms of this country, this election will provide

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clarity. It will provide clarity on the union. The union that really

:59:30.:59:35.

matters, the union of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and

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Northern Ireland. On that issue, the people of Northern Ireland will have

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a clear choice. They will have a clear choice as to whether or not

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they will want to rally round and say firmly that they want Northern

:59:50.:59:53.

Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom, whether they want to go

:59:54.:59:56.

down the route presented by Sinn Fein, which is a Marxist, Leninist

:59:57.:00:05.

concept of a republic that has been rejected by most people accept their

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nationalism and but reject what they stand for in terms of their

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intellect average and all the rest of it. The only way to support the

:00:13.:00:17.

union is by rallying behind the Democratic Unionist Party on the 8th

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of June. The Prime Minister presents itself, to adapt a phrase from Tony

:00:24.:00:27.

Blair, as a pretty straight sort of a person. She is a former Home

:00:28.:00:33.

Secretary, she is a former Home Secretary and she knows full well

:00:34.:00:37.

the values of evidence as it is proved. Firstly, she was initially

:00:38.:00:41.

in favour of leaving the European Union. A lesser moral stand, even if

:00:42.:00:50.

I disagree. Then in favour of May in, others silent in that report.

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Now with us again in her determination to leave. Secondly,

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opposed to holding a second general election. -- a general election.

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Turning on domestic matters when he had important and time limited

:01:05.:01:08.

international negotiation to conclude. Now, hey how, she has

:01:09.:01:14.

eagerly said it is a general election we must happen. Again the

:01:15.:01:17.

European Union, for the European Union, again, again. Against holding

:01:18.:01:22.

a general election, now determined to have one. Mr DJ, they recognise

:01:23.:01:28.

that are as straight as legendary European Union bandanna. -- bonanza.

:01:29.:01:40.

-- banana. She has said she wants an election to get a larger Tory

:01:41.:01:42.

majority. But the honourable member agree with me that the Prime

:01:43.:01:48.

Minister is triggering the -- treating the electorate with

:01:49.:01:50.

contempt because he assumes it will result in such and she admits she

:01:51.:01:55.

has no plan at all for this country if she does not get that result. I

:01:56.:02:03.

have no crystal ball. I know the disarray unfortunately that the

:02:04.:02:06.

party of the rates on my right and who knows what the outcome would be

:02:07.:02:11.

but I am suspicious of the Prime Minister's motives and reasoning.

:02:12.:02:16.

She said he general election would in hand the stages of the other 27

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and I cannot see how that might the case. Just to turn briefly to what I

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do think the motives are, and I think they're pretty clear. They are

:02:28.:02:33.

pretty straight. Is not only about the destruction of the Labour Party

:02:34.:02:36.

as a credible opposition over the next decade or so, unfortunately,

:02:37.:02:42.

and I'm afraid they are doing in very effective demolition job

:02:43.:02:45.

themselves with her help, it is not only about raising a challenge to my

:02:46.:02:48.

friends in Scotland, though I think, in this case, her case is already

:02:49.:02:56.

lost. This is about seeing of her opponent on the side of the house

:02:57.:03:00.

and her enemies behind her. As always with the Tories, desperate

:03:01.:03:09.

while it suits. My hearty Plaid can raise welcomes unity. We welcome the

:03:10.:03:15.

people of Wales and the opportunity for the people of Wales to change

:03:16.:03:21.

our course in the long-term. -- banana. Away from the cyber

:03:22.:03:26.

centralised governments in London. -- Plaid Cymru. With prosperity,

:03:27.:03:32.

social justice than the problem confident place all else in the

:03:33.:03:42.

world. If the Prime Minister, when taking office, said we wanted this

:03:43.:03:47.

Government led by herself wanted a general election, there would be

:03:48.:03:50.

less controversy than there is at the moment. But it is denial. Every

:03:51.:04:00.

opportunity, she herself or someone speaking for her has denied the

:04:01.:04:07.

general election. Where was the general election, they were asked.

:04:08.:04:12.

The question was Claire, 2020. There is no great public demand free

:04:13.:04:14.

general election. How many members of this house have received, in your

:04:15.:04:21.

last few weeks of the last few months, letters and e-mails

:04:22.:04:24.

clamouring for a general election? Hands up. Go. It is absolutely

:04:25.:04:31.

clear. There has been no such demand. The reason given by the

:04:32.:04:43.

prime ministers for a general election, Brexit, that is a feeble,

:04:44.:04:46.

flimsy excuse and not taken in by anyone. I honourable friend said the

:04:47.:04:50.

Government should not be complacent without getting a large majority. --

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about getting it. Hopefully they will not receive one. When you

:04:56.:05:02.

consider the hard done to the people in need, disabled, vulnerable, live

:05:03.:05:05.

aid in employment, when this covenant has had a small majority,

:05:06.:05:09.

just imagine what would happen if there was a large Tory majority. It

:05:10.:05:13.

would be a nightmare. An absolute nightmare for those who we

:05:14.:05:20.

represent. Millions of people in this country need the governments to

:05:21.:05:29.

protect them and not be half them. I have -- not with a small, not with a

:05:30.:05:34.

large majority. I was here Julie Jory Government of the 1980s and I

:05:35.:05:37.

saw only too well the arm that was done to my constituents. Certainly

:05:38.:05:44.

others. This motion before us is murky, complete the opportunist and

:05:45.:05:50.

reflects badly on the Prime Minister. I just repeat these words,

:05:51.:05:57.

made were cynical about politics in this country and unfortunately that

:05:58.:06:01.

is a trait that has increased with whoever has responsibility for

:06:02.:06:08.

producing, or perhaps all. I do say that this notion and this general

:06:09.:06:13.

election which is coming your way for opportunistic reasons, we

:06:14.:06:16.

increase the cynical feeling and that is a very damaging thing to the

:06:17.:06:25.

democratic process. Thank you. I, too, will be voting against the

:06:26.:06:29.

motion to day because I think it is totally unnecessary and I say that

:06:30.:06:35.

as somebody who voted leave on the 23rd. Since then, I have had a

:06:36.:06:42.

grudging respect for the way the Prime Minister has conducted herself

:06:43.:06:46.

since you do go over. However, the justification of which she has given

:06:47.:06:50.

for having a general election is quite frankly disingenuous. To

:06:51.:06:54.

suggest that he needs a mandate to negotiate Brexit is just ridiculous.

:06:55.:07:01.

She was given that mandate on the 24th of June by a majority of

:07:02.:07:07.

British people and it is up to her now to carry that out. If she then

:07:08.:07:12.

wishes to have another election at the end of the process, or to have

:07:13.:07:17.

another referendum, then so be it. To justify it now is just as my

:07:18.:07:23.

honourable colleague said, surely opportunistic. She said she needs a

:07:24.:07:33.

larger majority because heard business in the house is likely to

:07:34.:07:38.

be disrupted by an opposition party or by the House of Lords. Well, she

:07:39.:07:43.

drew back to what happened when the Wilson Government was in power

:07:44.:07:50.

between 64-66. He had a majority of three. The Callaghan current in the

:07:51.:07:56.

1970s governed for five years without any majority. --

:07:57.:08:00.

governments. If he is fearful of what could happen any House of

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Lords, she should do exactly what stories have done in the past and

:08:04.:08:08.

flog the plays that their own people to ensure she gets her way. There is

:08:09.:08:13.

no justification for arguing that she needs to have a larger majority

:08:14.:08:20.

in order to get the business of the house through. -- flood the place.

:08:21.:08:25.

Furthermore, the quite frankly arrogant view that the electorate

:08:26.:08:31.

should concentrate simply all in one narrow issue is treating the

:08:32.:08:39.

electorate with contempt. I can only speak for my constituents, but when

:08:40.:08:43.

they considered the issues, they will be asking the questions, why is

:08:44.:08:48.

every school in my constituency losing out under the new funding

:08:49.:08:52.

formula? Why is the City Council having to make the horrendous cuts

:08:53.:08:58.

because the Government have at support grants. Whilst the dog

:08:59.:09:02.

waiting times local hospitals increasing? There are just not

:09:03.:09:06.

enough staff. While more and more hard-working families having...? I

:09:07.:09:09.

will. I just wanted to point out that in

:09:10.:09:20.

his questioning about why the things were happening to do things in his

:09:21.:09:26.

constituency, I wanted to ask if he might addressed why my children's

:09:27.:09:31.

school which is in his constituency, the children are now going up to

:09:32.:09:36.

having 32 children in a class and I wonder if he agrees with me, I don't

:09:37.:09:39.

remember that happening under a Labour Government. I thank my

:09:40.:09:45.

colleagues. Of course, she is correct. Under a Labour Government,

:09:46.:09:51.

we build schools for the future. We had short staffed centres, under

:09:52.:09:55.

this Government, for as well, the programme has stopped and secondly,

:09:56.:10:00.

short staff centres are being closed left, right and centre. My

:10:01.:10:03.

constituents will ask other questions, why is it that more and

:10:04.:10:07.

more hard-working families are being forced into the humiliation of

:10:08.:10:12.

having to use food banks, because they do not have enough money at the

:10:13.:10:17.

end of the week to feed and clothe their families? Why our energy

:10:18.:10:23.

consumers paying ever increasing prices well the energy utility firms

:10:24.:10:28.

are ripping them off in the sacred name of competition? And why are

:10:29.:10:36.

young people, married and unmarried, unable to acquire proper housing for

:10:37.:10:38.

themselves and very often have to stay with their in wars? These views

:10:39.:10:46.

will be echoed throughout the country. There is no justification

:10:47.:10:50.

for the selection and I will certainly be opposing it. Thank you

:10:51.:10:58.

very much, Mr Speaker. I will be supporting emotion, because I think

:10:59.:11:02.

is one of the members opposite side, it is rather bizarre that when the

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Opposition says they want to keep a Tory Government in power, it makes

:11:08.:11:12.

no sense. We have to put our case to be British people and see what

:11:13.:11:16.

happens. We have arrived at a position today which I always

:11:17.:11:19.

thought was inevitable. This was bound to happen. I never bought all

:11:20.:11:25.

the golf about no election. As a political dilemma could work here,

:11:26.:11:30.

which has resulted in this decision being inevitable. Given he is going

:11:31.:11:38.

to support the Government, is he then confident we won't have a toy

:11:39.:11:41.

Government returning post-election with two more years? What is the

:11:42.:11:48.

follow through on his actions? The follow-through is to do what ever

:11:49.:11:51.

you can to get rid of a Tory Government as soon as you can. That

:11:52.:11:54.

is always the case. That may not work, but it's up to the British

:11:55.:11:57.

people in an election. That is their choice. The reason I think we are in

:11:58.:12:04.

an inevitable position is because I just wanted to pay a minor tribute

:12:05.:12:11.

to Mr David Kaplan. -- David Cameron. When the history of the

:12:12.:12:17.

early part of the 20th century comes to be written, you will have one

:12:18.:12:23.

even most prominent roles in it. Not a particularly glorious tribute, but

:12:24.:12:27.

decisions that he took will over time the damage this country

:12:28.:12:31.

immensely. Members serving on the original EU Referendum Bill known at

:12:32.:12:39.

the time as the Walton Bill. I remember sitting in a committee and

:12:40.:12:46.

the then Prime Minister actually came into the committee room and sat

:12:47.:12:57.

in the public gallery simply to pay all pieces to the hard right wingers

:12:58.:13:02.

of the Tory party who were on that Bill committee. I have never seen or

:13:03.:13:07.

heard the Prime Minister being faced with such ignominy as having to do

:13:08.:13:17.

that. He gave them the guarantee of an in-house referendum. He did not

:13:18.:13:20.

say he would renegotiate the terms of are you membership. -- EU

:13:21.:13:29.

membership. This is the consequence of that. When I think you will go

:13:30.:13:34.

down as one as the most damaging Prime Minister 's, but prominent

:13:35.:13:38.

nonetheless, he is also a bit at jeopardy the entire future of the

:13:39.:13:44.

United Kingdom. Not just our relationship with the European

:13:45.:13:50.

Union, but these future of Scotland as part of the United Kingdom, and

:13:51.:13:56.

again it was he who granted the referendum in the first place which

:13:57.:14:00.

set the dynamic in train, which has destroyed the Labour Party in

:14:01.:14:05.

Scotland, let's be frank and given them the more prominent role that

:14:06.:14:09.

they enjoy today. He also has put in jeopardy our relationship with the

:14:10.:14:15.

Republic of Ireland and also as the honourable gentleman from the DUP

:14:16.:14:20.

mentioned earlier, put at risk the very stability of Northern Ireland

:14:21.:14:26.

as an entity, whether or not as part of the United Kingdom. All of these

:14:27.:14:29.

things add up and the damage that has been done will be with us for

:14:30.:14:32.

decades. The people who will pay the biggest price as mentioned earlier

:14:33.:14:38.

will be the young people. The next generation and those who come after.

:14:39.:14:42.

It has permanently damage this country. I will vote for the general

:14:43.:14:47.

election and say I don't think it will change anything. I think the

:14:48.:14:52.

landscape or remain much the same after an election as it is now. It

:14:53.:14:57.

will all follow from the calamitous decision of last June to leave the

:14:58.:15:04.

European Union. I can understand that is a certain amount of bank to

:15:05.:15:10.

me here today. Politics is neither science nor art and it certainly is

:15:11.:15:14.

not religion. People do things for their own political advantage as has

:15:15.:15:19.

every Prime Minister. I'm not intending to speak in this debate,

:15:20.:15:22.

but in response to a question posed by the Honourable Member for Walsall

:15:23.:15:27.

Norris said he wouldn't let me intervene to respond. I want to make

:15:28.:15:33.

a couple points. I have received e-mails from constituents over the

:15:34.:15:36.

last three weeks asking me to encourage the Prime Minister to call

:15:37.:15:40.

a general election and go to the country once again. He seemed to be

:15:41.:15:43.

implying that the one in the country was asking for this, but there were

:15:44.:15:48.

members of my constituency were asking me to do that. When the Prime

:15:49.:15:53.

Minister did make an announcement yesterday, initially I would say I

:15:54.:16:00.

was in shock. Like my Right Honourable Friend, I was boldly

:16:01.:16:03.

telling people that there was no chance of a general election

:16:04.:16:07.

happening and I wasn't quite as bald as to put it in the papers, but both

:16:08.:16:11.

verbally and in e-mails, I was telling people that I didn't believe

:16:12.:16:15.

it was going to happen. Having listened to the reason the Prime

:16:16.:16:19.

Minister gave yesterday, I am happy to the outcome to be position where

:16:20.:16:22.

I do believe it is the right thing for the country. That we obtain a

:16:23.:16:27.

new mandate to go into the negotiations to leave the EU and the

:16:28.:16:30.

Prime Minister and the others who will begin negotiating our towns in

:16:31.:16:34.

the strongest possible position in those negotiations. Limmy also say

:16:35.:16:40.

that I'm very happy to stand on this Government's record of delivering

:16:41.:16:44.

for this country. This is not just about Brexit negotiations, it is

:16:45.:16:51.

about this Government has one of the best performing economies in the

:16:52.:16:54.

world, record numbers of jobs, great investment in the NHS. I am per to

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the letters continue with the job that we are doing on these benches

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for delivering what our country needs and put us in the strongest

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possible position. I want to make one final point for I finish, if the

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Conservative Party is returned into Government with a substantially

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reduced majority, I see to the leader of the Liberal Democrats,

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will he then except that that is the word of the British people? That

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they have returned the Conservative Party with a clear mandate to press

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on and figures out of the European Union on the grounds that the Prime

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Minister has set out and drop this opposition in gameplay to thwart the

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democratic will of the British people? As someone who believes the

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Prime Minister has presented the case with a selection on an entirely

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false premise, I too will be voting against the motion today. I was not

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acting for an election last week, the week before, I was arguing in

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the context of the toxin in Northern Ireland there any mood to an

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election in the near future wouldn't actually help the context of those

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negotiations, so my mind has not changed, so why should I pretend

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that it has? I'm not going to be goaded into voting differently

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because of the Prime Minister's actions and standards. She is

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accused others are playing games in this Parliament. Her argument is

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that she has no confidence in Parliament. We have this bizarre

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situation where we had a referendum that was about taking back control,

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parliamentary sovereignty, but then we have a Prime Minister who says

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she has no confidence in Parliament. She does not trust the Opposition,

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she confers all sort of exaggerated powers to block and she complained

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that the House of Lords. If members of the Tory benches are concerned

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about the House of Lords, moved to abolish it or move to put forward a

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confident, coherent democratic reform, but stop using them as props

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in this argument. The Prime Minister is pretending she needs the election

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knows that she has a strong hand in the short-term, when we really know

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that she wants a free hand in the longer term in terms of the regular

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room around periods of adjustment and transitions and other things

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that too many of her colleagues have been to straight on. Does my

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honourable friend appreciate that the nearest power level to what is

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happening now in this campaign for an election is the... I am

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interested in hearing the honourable gentleman, but I would like to face

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the house, thank you. You were pretty busy talking.

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LAUGHTER I was being spoken to by an

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illustrious Member of the Opposition whip. We'll hear from the Honourable

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Member. The nearest parallel is the election of 1974 when Ted Heath, the

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then Prime Minister, decided on a very narrow argument that the miners

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were on strike and that it would be about to runs the country. Most

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general elections are about a lot of things, this one was about a

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specific thing. Can I say to my honourable friend, what happened in

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the event was that the Labour Party finished up with the largest number

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of seats and the Queen Centre Ted Heath to try and form a Coalition

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with the Liberals and the Liberals ran away. I appreciate the right

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honourable members intervention and I would also make the point that we

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have going to bring in comparisons with that election in 1970 Coric,

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the power-sharing objective formed in Northern Ireland fell as a

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consequence of that election. -- election in 1974. That was because

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of the balance of forces. The collection has been called without

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regard for the fact that there are a sensitive negotiations ongoing in

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Northern Ireland currently in its hard to see how this happening there

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won't have an impact on those negotiations. It will probably call

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the attitude of pointed to some of the issues they are dealing with. It

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will colour their attitude to each other in terms of trust, but also

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the British and will not be in a position to give undertakings or

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commitment in the contest of those negotiations. How are we going to

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get any sort of comprehends of agreement in those hours of

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circumstances? As someone who worked for the Good Friday agreement and

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its implementation, I do not take those issues lately and I cannot be

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dismissive of them. I want to make sure we have the agreement fully

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protected and that is why I am no saboteur of anything that has been

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endorsed by a referendum, least of all but the Irish people endorsed by

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referendum unable to put the Good Friday agreement. I worry about the

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implications of Brexit for the Good Friday agreement, I worry about the

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fact that the Government are in denial about the fact that the

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process of Brexit has implications for that agreement, but of course I

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also do recognise that the agreement gives us the machinery to answer a

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lot of the questions and challenges for the whole island of Ireland in

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times of Brexit. It gives us the material to make sure we can operate

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in the future in ways that continue to be supported by and funded by the

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EU, we can keep the island as a comment market, even got market, in

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sector after sector if we use the Good Friday agreement. We go for it

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in this election in a positive way, but with no pretence that the

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election was necessary and no pretence that the Prime Minister is

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justified in the Times that she has used an ordinary by the pretence.

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I believe this is the sort of thing that gives politics a bad name in

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our country and it leads to the alienation of people from the

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blissful process because there's only one reason the Prime Minister

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what they general election on the 8th of June and that is because she

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figures she has a better chance of winning it now than she does in the

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future. It is therefore the most blatant abuse of the democratic

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procedure for party political advantage. As the campaign goes on,

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it'll be seen as that. This has nothing to do with the country was

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lacked interest and to do with the management of the Conservative

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Party. I give two reasons why that is the case. She has suggested she

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was a majority. He is not lost any vote on Brexit only last year with a

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majority of less than 30. She has not won any, rather. The majority is

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already there. She also said that this will give clarity to the Brexit

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process. We have been trying from ten long ones for clarity. Every

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question you have to as being met with silence and refusal to actually

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say what Brexit does indeed mean. I do believe for one minute that the

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Tory party manifesto for the 8th of June will spell out exactly what

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they plan to Britain is both Brexit. Who is giving you? We will not be

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any clearer at this election as to what Brexit means than they are

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right now. -- post-Brexit. Thank you. The media are reporting that up

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to 30 sitting Tory MPs face being prosecuted for electoral fraud and

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the Crown Prosecution Service will announce whether it intends to press

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charges very soon. But I honourable friend think this might have

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anything to do with the Prime Minister was my change of heart? I

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do. I think it is remarkably suspicious but my concern is that

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actually what the Prime Minister wanted to his silence dissent and

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disagreement in the house and the country. Therefore her instincts are

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not democratic, they are authoritarian. That is a great

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worry. Can I just turned to the situation in Scotland? There are two

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reasons why the people of Scotland should be given another choice about

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self governance. The first is because -- not because people who

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lost the referendum respect the results but that changed afterwards.

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The United Kingdom people voted to be part of will no longer the

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dominant be there in the future. The second is, despite a comprised

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position by the Scottish Government that said it would neither challenge

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the Brexit deal argue for independence, that would fall back

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on our faces. There is no option but to offer people in Scotland the

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other agility and the choice between having a hard Tory isolation Britain

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are taking matters into their own hands. This is not required as a

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mandate to have that second referendum because the Scottish

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Government already have that mandate. This will be a judgment,

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Prime Minister, on your refusal to agree to the wishes of the Scottish

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Parliament and I would like to have this in finishing. If the

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Conservative Party loses the general election in Scotland, will you stop

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blocking the right of the Scottish people do have its choice? Very

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unfair. Any generation. Northern Ireland is in a state of the

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military have no executive, no Government and I wonder if the Prime

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Minister fully considers what it may happen to us there. Before the

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recess, I was given an excellent answer as to our position in the

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union and I'm very, very grateful to this part I want to get three points

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across. One is not about this election, we fully supported a

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public version. The public in Northern Ireland are fed up to the G

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with elections. They have had very many, see no point in another

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Assembly election. If you watched what was going on in Easter and

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watched some paramilitaries dressed in west Belfast and I think

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somewhere else marching carrying the European Union flag as if it were

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their banner. Brexit for art is a very different and brittle world. We

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fully support and the divinely the right way forward but it will be

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used by Sinn Fein to really try and break up the union and the need that

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support. I add that, in the manifesto, they look at how they

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deal with Northern Ireland APPLAUSE Special stages but also how you look

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in that manifesto at ensuring that they have a workable Government.

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That's what the Ulster Unionist Party all about. Getting back to

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Central parties running Northern Ireland and finally, the last point,

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making sure the manifesto looks after our Armed Forces, our

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ex-servicemen. Legacy is playing its way out, not protecting the people

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who need protected were doing their duty. We will support the motion to

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date. Thank you. Several members have already pointed out today that

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the Prime Minister head up a party with the current majority that was

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gained by her party cheating in the last general election and BLS jawed

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committee has signed on as a result today, she had a brass neck to give

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a speech that leadership. I want to know what leadership is the prime

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ministers showing on this? She refused and the question from the

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honourable member from Bolsover. She refused to answer the member for

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Glasgow 's south about electoral cheating. Will they take part? What

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interventions has she made to make sure this cheating does not happen

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again? If the honourable lady mask. Like the order. Mr Speaker, tries

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the honourable member has accused members of cheating. There is no

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proof of cheating and he should withdraw the remarks. I think it's a

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matter of taste rather than order for the honourable lady but he has

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made that with accuracy and it is forward. Thank you concluded?

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Condemns a further nine leadership interventions by the Prime Minister,

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she consistently said that would be no general election, we had a

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U-turn. She did not and the likely change their mind on the single

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market. No evidence about what a hard Tory Brexit will mean converge

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to Scotland's playing in the single market. She ignore the Scottish

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Government and Scottish Parliament. I have to, shows a real leadership.

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Thank you. Saying that it is voting for Christmas -- turkeys voting for

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Christmas. It is what they are doing. The Prime Minister needs 433

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MPs to support her to day. She has gone on television, told the

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build-up will be a general election will stop if Parliaments doesn't

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back her, Labour did and do her tune, if you does not have 433, will

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she resigned? That and they could change the views of the Labour

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members. Under the standing order, I must now put the question. The

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question is that there shall be an early parliamentary general

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election. As many of that opinion say aye, on the contrary know. On

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the contrary, no? Division! Clear the lobby. Order. Order. The ayes to

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the right, 522. The noes to the left, 13. The ayes to the right,

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five to two. The noes to the left, 13. The ayes have it, the ayes have

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it. Unlock. Whitehall, the heart of Govan but

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could you balance this with Government and the one of the

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largest employers of the world. So, you want to be Health

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