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in both Houses of Parliament at 11 o'clock tonight. But first we have

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questions to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his ministerial

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team. Hors d'oeuvre. City of London open

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spaces bell, the chairman of ways and means to revival mission. The

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question is on the order paper. I think the ayes have it. Middle level

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Bill, the chairman of weather means to move the revival mission. I beg

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to move. Objection. Objection taken. Motion to be taken what Dave.

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Tuesday the 18th of July. Thank you. Cemetery Bill, Lords. Move the

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revival mission. He is keen, very keen today. I beg to move. The

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question is on the order paper. I think the ayes have it. Chairman of

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ways and Means, to move, the motion for an returns. Thank you. Not so

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much a nod as a magnificent bowel. -- bow. Mr Nigel Huddleston. Number

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one, Mr Speaker. I should like to begin by congratulating a rock's

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security forces for liberating Mosul from the grass of Daesh, the flag of

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Iraq flies once more in the country's 's second city and I pay

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tribute to the pilots who played a vital role in supporting this

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operation, delivering more air strikes than anyone else apart from

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the United States, I think the House can take pride in what they have

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done. An illegal wildlife trade, I think we can be pleased with the

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agreement be Prime Minister helped to secure IBG 20 summit in Hamburg

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and I say to all honourable members, this is not about cracking down on

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the trade in charismatic mega- fauna but of course in cracking down on

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those who engaged not just in illegal wildlife trafficking but in

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gun-running and people trafficking and much other human misery. We can

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be proud of what we are doing. Nigel Huddleston. I applaud the efforts of

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the Government is making in this area and I am pleased that the UK

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will be hosting the illegal wildlife trade conference in 2018. Can the

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Foreign Secretary confirm how much the money the department has

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committed to tackling illegal wildlife trade and how the money is

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being spent effectively? I can confirm that we are increasing our

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contribution to ?26 million, another ?30 million to tackle illegal

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wildlife trade and I have myself seen what UK finance projects are

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doing in ten year to crack down on this while trade.

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Mr Speaker, thank you, I say to the Foreign Secretary we have to give

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there is a much greater priority than we do. Not only our Government

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but across the world. Every single week it seems all mud it seems we

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see programmes on television, 55 African elephants are poached every

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single day. It is simply not good enough and the Foreign Secretary has

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to make this a priority. It is not good enough for us to look at our TV

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screens until sorry about it, we have to have a far greater

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commitment to do something about it. I completely share the Passion of

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the right honourable member. I would point out that the UK has been on

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the lead on all this for several years now and we will be continuing

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to push this agenda, not just at the T20 as the Prime Minister did, but

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of course Attar IW teed summit that we are hosting next October in

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London. With my right honourable friend tell us a little bit of the

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strategy he is taken to approach this? The link between illegal what

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I've trade, smuggling, people traffic like lawlessness and pilots

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in many countries is extremely real and so addressing wildlife trade may

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seem hysterical but it is not at all, it's about the stability of

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many nations that farm partners of the United Kingdom. It is not only

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touches the heart of millions of people in our country, it helps to

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cause increased human misery because the same people are involved in

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trading drugs, in arms, in human trafficking, worth up to ?30 billion

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a year and we are playing a major part in frustrating that trade.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. There is increasing evidence that the UK's

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legal ivory market has been used as described for an illegal trade. What

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about them all-out ban on the ivory trade? The honourable gentleman we

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know we have a commitment in this Government to all-out ban on the

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sale of ivory in this country and that is what we intend to pursue.

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Rachel McLean. Question number two, Mr Speaker. With your permission, I

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will answer questions to answer for together. The Foreign Office

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continues to support that... 14. The give and -- forgive me. My

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department, my apologies. My department indeed used to support EU

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exit negotiations and the Government works to strengthen our relations

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with partners worldwide. As a champion of free trade, we will

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continue to seize the opportunities afforded by Brexit I guarantee our

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long-term global prosperity. Rachel McLean. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I

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thank my right honourable friend for this answer. Businesses in my

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constituency are looking to make the most of the opportunities of Brexit

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provides for them. But can my right honourable friend ensure me that he

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will work closely with the Department of trade, the Department

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for exiting the EU to ensure businesses that are already trading

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with the single market are given support to help build new export

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markets for their goods and services around the world to ensure their

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continued prosperity? Absolutely. I congratulate my

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honourable friend on what I believe is her first question in this

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chamber and I think it is a very good one and she can reassure her

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constituents that, of course, not only will the excellent companies in

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her constituency be able to continue to enjoy free trade with the rest of

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the European Union, with the EU 27, but of course they will have the

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additional opportunity afforded by the new free trade deals that we

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will be able to strike with countries around the world. I am

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pleased to say that they were queueing up to make that point to

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the Prime Minister IBG 20 in Hamburg. Today is the feast Day of

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Saint Benedict, the agency of Europe. He famously warned against

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against the others. Will my right honourable friend please proclaim

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that we do not want any murmuring from anybody against our vision of

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an open, free trade in Europe, the best possible free-trade deal,

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leading the world towards free trade and on tour prosperity? I think my

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right honourable friend makes an excellent point. Members on both

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sides of this House know very well, 85% of us were elected on a very

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clear manifesto to come out of the European Union, to come out of the

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single market and as the leader of the Labour Party has said to come

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out of the customs union as well. Nothing could be clearer than that

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and I think what the people of this country want us to do is to get on

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and deliver a great Brexit and with the support of members opposite, I

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have no doubt that we can achieve it. Ben Bradshaw. A transition

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period of three years during which we will remain under the jury system

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at the ECJ. Neither the Secretary of State has said any such thing. Cue

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him being called second, I am not sure he minds. Hilary Benn. In

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March, the Foreign Secretary said leaving the EU with no deal would be

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perfectly OK. However, last month the Chancellor of the Exchequer said

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that would be a very, very bad outcome for Britain. Since the two

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positions are clearly completely contradictory, who should the

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British public believe? I think what the British public can take from

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both the Chancellor and myself and indeed from the vast majority of

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Labour members opposite, as I understand, their position, that we

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all want to get on and do the deal and do the best deal possible and to

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leave the EU. Mr John Barron. The Australian Government which

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negotiated free-trade deals with China, Japan and South Korea in very

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short order by focusing on trade itself, rather getting bogged down

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in disputes rather to standings and legalities and regulations. I agree

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very much with what my right honourable friend has said and I

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think with a bit of gumption and a bit of positive energy, there is no

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limit to what we can achieve and we should get on and do it and of

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course we cannot ink in the free-trade deals now but we can

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certainly pencil in the outline. Yesterday, the Prime Minister 's

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spokesman was reported as saying the transition rules could involve the

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European Court of Justice for a limited time, that is a matter for

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negotiation. That was the quake that was reported. Can the Foreign

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Secretary confirmed this change in Government policy and set out the

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rationale behind it? We are in the negotiation whose objective is to

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out from under the penumbra of the European Court of Justice outside

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the EU legal order and that is what we will achieve.

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Since we joined the Common Market until the date we leave, we will

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have given the EU a total of ?209 billion. Will the Foreign Secretary

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make it clear that if they want a penny more, they can go and whistle?

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I am sure my honourable friend the's words will have broke like a

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thunderclap over Brussels and they will pay attention to what he has

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said, and he makes a very valid point. I think these sermons I have

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seen that they proposed to demand from this country seem to me at

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extortionate, and I think to go whistle is an appropriate

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expression. Will the Secretary of State ensure in the spirit of

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cooperation the final Brexit deal is endorsed by the devolved parliaments

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before it assigned? About as the honourable gentleman knows very

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well, we work closely with the ministerial committee to bring in

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the devolved administrations and to make sure the great deal we are

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going to get has their endorsement and their approval. Further to the

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question from the right honourable gentleman for Leeds Central, did my

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right honourable friend he had a report on the today programme this

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morning that other European leaders were making it clear that they would

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not accept a deal on any terms, does he share my view that what is sauce

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for the goose is sauce for the gander? May I congratulate my

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honourable friend on his sixth child? Many congratulations on that.

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He makes a good point about the negotiation stance of our friends

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and partners across the Channel. They do sound at the moment they are

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pretty hard over, as we see in the Foreign Office, but I have no doubt

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in the fullness of time, a suddenness will descend and a

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willingness to compromise, because a great Brexit deal, a grapefruit

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trade deal, a deep and special partnership is in our interest --

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great deal. Given the given the prime Mr's appeal to these benches

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to help her out, where does the Foreign Secretary field there are

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areas for compromise? As I said, I think the striking thing about this

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debate is how much unanimity there is between the two sides of the

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chamber on the fundamental questions. I've been very struck by

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the right honourable gentleman, the leader of the Labour Party, he seems

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to be very much on all fours with the objectives of the Brexit... I

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don't wish... He very much agrees with the position we are taken, they

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hope to see him in the lobbies with us. I hate to disagree with the

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Foreign Secretary. While he is right to say the Leader of the Opposition

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is fully behind the government, and these benches are fully behind the

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Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary, it is the opposition that is

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hopelessly split on this issue. Is that not hindering the government's

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negotiating position? It is not for me to comments on the ability of the

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Labour leader to control his party, I take it they are all following

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Labour policy, which is to come out of the EU, come out of the single

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market. If they aren't, they can stand up now and buy their questions

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portray their position. They are supporting the will of the British

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people as expressed last year. If they wish to dissent from that, now

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is the time. Can I start by welcoming the new Foreign Office

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front bench in their positions? Back in July last year, I wrongly accused

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them of being an all-male team. If only I'd waited a year. I would have

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been correct. Mr Speaker, talking of female Tory MPs, the member of the

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Newton Abbot use a disgusting racist phrase in her Commons at the East

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India club. I hope the Foreign Secretary will join me in condemning

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them. I hope you will agree offensive language deriving from the

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era of American slavery has no place in modern society. The member of

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Dean Abed was trying to ask a valid question. A question about what

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would happen if Britain fails to reach a deal -- Newton Abbot. Can I

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asked the Foreign Secretary to answer that question today? Can he

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explain what that no deal option would mean to the people and

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businesses of Great Britain? As I've said before, I think the chances of

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such an outcome of vanishingly unlikely, since it is manifestly in

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the interests of both sides of the Channel to get a great free trade

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deal and new special partnership between us and the European Union,

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and that is what we will achieve. Unfortunately, it leaves us in on

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the wiser, it is baffling, it is the Prime Minister, at least for now, he

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decided to put the deal of the no deal option on the table. She

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couldn't stop using the phrase Junior election campaign, and now

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are me ask what it means in practice, they refuse to tell us.

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The Foreign Office, the Foreign Affairs Committee said in December,

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I quote, the government should produce a new deal plan identifying

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the likely consequences, and making proposals to mitigate potential

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risks. Anything else would be a dereliction of duty. We cannot have

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a repeat... Order. I apologise the interesting here, but he needs to

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bring herself a single sentence, because there are lots of colleagues

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who want to take place. Is normally succinct. Return to form. Given a

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plan to no deal would be worse than that dereliction of duty, can I

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asked the Foreign Secretary to spell out what no deal would mean, can you

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reassure as it is not, at a very least he has a private plan to

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manage the risk? There is no plan because we will get a great deal.

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Just for the sake of example and alliteration, I would remind the

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honourable lady that there was a time, I old enough to remember it,

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when Britain was not in what we call the Common Market. Foreign officials

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are working closely with colleagues to prepare for the 400th

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anniversary, nine please Oliver Colville, the former member for

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Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, has been appointed chair by the Prime

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Minister, and they will make the most of the opportunity to

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commemorate the legacy of the pilgrims and the special

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relationship. Well, Mrs Biggar, I thought the Prime Minister wanted

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help from the opposition bench -- Mr Speaker. I'm here available. The

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re-elected co-chair of the pilgrims group. I was prepared to offer my

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services to take on this role rather than on parliamentarians.

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Nevertheless, can the good people expect support from this government

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as promised by George Osborne to properly celebrate the fact that the

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pilgrims and their legacy, including the modern United States, originates

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in battered hall? At least eating claim that it has strong coastal

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links, but we do welcome already his contribution to the House by the

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comments he made on the 9th of March, reminding us of the

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anniversary, it will be an historic opportunity for us to celebrate.

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Across the sows, we will think of every possible way in which we can

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do so to best effect. The importance of the anniversary can hardly be

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overstated. Would it not be a more suitable dates for a state visit

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from the president of the United States to have it in 2020 to mark

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this, rather than in the months to come? I note the suggestion, but

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that matter is already in train, and the visit offered to the president

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stands. I thank my right honourable friend because the UK is in the lead

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on this issue helping Ukraine to make the vital reforms that need to

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do and to continue on a cracking down on corruption, which is so

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important if we are to encourage a long-term and continued investment

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in a successful Ukraine. Can I congratulate my right honourable

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friend on the organisation last week of the Ukraine reform conference in

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London? It demonstrates that Britain will continue to play a leading role

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on the world stage. But can he confirm that whilst Ukraine still

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faces major challenges, progress is being made in areas like tackling

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corruption, and canny see what more we can do to assist them? May I get

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the ball back over the net by congratulating my right honourable

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friend on the coming chair on the Ukraine all-party group? We all in

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this House have a clear interest in a strong and successful Ukraine, not

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why we've invested another 33 million in helping Ukrainians to

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tackle the problems of governance. The House should be in no doubt

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about what is going on in Ukraine. This is an arm wrestle, if you like,

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between two value systems come our way of looking at the world and the

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Russian way, and it is vital for our continent and vital for this country

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that Alloway prevails, and we're British help, I believe it is

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prevailing and will prevail. So far there has in a single sign of all

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the efforts Britain has rightly made in relation to Ukraine, paying

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dividends in terms of Russia stopping its corrupt meddling in

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that country. He is right the fault lies with Russia, they annexed

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Crimea, they drive the problem in the Donbas region. What you are

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seeing from the UK, and by the way, we are contributing the efforts to

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stave off that Russian military meddling with a non-lethal equipment

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that we've agreed to send to Ukraine. But more importantly, we

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are engaging, held the Ukrainians to sort out their domestic, political

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scene, to crack down on Russia. To be fair to Ukrainians, they aren't

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only seeing 4% growth, depending on the figures you believe, but they

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have made more progress in cracking down on corruption in the last three

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years than in the last 25 years. A very different country is being

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born. Our bilateral relationship is strong because it is a deep bond of

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friendship rooted in our shared histories and common values. We look

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forward to strengthening those ties over the coming years and have

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agreed to hold regular strategic talks to maximise the full potential

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of this important bilateral relationship. I thank the Minister

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that response. Canadian investment is important and my consistency and

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across the UK. As we move forward in leaving the EU, seeking a free-trade

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deal with Canada, however relationship will be more important,

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as is specifically our relationship with the provincial governments. Do

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we have the network in place across Canada to make sure we are making

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the best of those relationships? On behalf the House, I express our

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sympathy to all those in British Columbia who been affected by the

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damaging wildfires in that province. Our Consulate general in Calgary,

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Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver do work for a provincial governments to

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increase bilateral trade, particularly in the infrastructure

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sector. We are working across all levels of the Canadian government to

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ensure British companies can take full advantage of the opportunities

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offered by the Canada EU, rent of economic and trade agreement. Is he

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not aware, I have strong family relationships and Canada, is he not

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aware that senior diplomats in Canada are absolutely aghast at the

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way in which this government is handling our withdrawal from Europe

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and its impact on world trade? They believe the swashbuckling sector

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ministers are not the right people. I have to say, positive energy and

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gumption won't give us a good deal in Europe. We need people who have a

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eye for detail, this Foreign Secretary has no idea about detail!

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I simply don't recognise the analysis right honourable gentleman

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has offered the House on any matter he's just mention. May I say, I

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think I were opportunities for future trade with Canada will be

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enormous once we've left the European Union. I thank the

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Minister, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian

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Confederation, and our two nations face together some of the most

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difficult challenges in our history in that period. Will he agree that

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actually with those relationships, provides a great relationship to

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build on and reject the nonsense we just heard? Yes, I agree

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emphatically. We also offer our congratulations to Canada on the

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anniversary of Canadian Confederation. We are please the

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Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were able to join

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celebrations in Ottawa to mark the celebration. On a practical basis,

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the Foreign Secretary met Foreign Minister last week and agreed to

:25:38.:25:43.

hold talks to ensure we can maximise the full potential of this important

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and close by that relationship way beyond the expectations of the right

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honourable gentleman opposite. Thank you, Mr Speaker. We have a

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strong and wide-ranging relationship with the Philippines on prosperity,

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education and security issue. Ministerial visits to the

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Philippines and annual high-level talks between officials help a graph

:26:09.:26:12.

that corporation. Most recently, my right honourable friend was there as

:26:13.:26:18.

recently as last December and this enables us to discuss concerns about

:26:19.:26:21.

human rights was pursuing closer diplomatic and trade links. Mr

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Speaker, my skin constituency has been held in Philippines since 2008.

:26:33.:26:37.

Sentence on to produce foreign employment defence. They have failed

:26:38.:26:43.

to acknowledge a clemency request despite his poor health. Concerns

:26:44.:26:46.

about the safety of the institution and his parents worried they will

:26:47.:26:49.

not see him again. Well my honourable friend set out what is

:26:50.:26:52.

being done to support his family's efforts to bring him home?

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May I thank for his work over the many years on behalf of Mr Taylor's

:26:59.:27:03.

parents in North Swindon. We have been providing ongoing well for

:27:04.:27:08.

support to Kevin Taylor since his arrest almost ten years ago. Most

:27:09.:27:13.

recently a visit in prison and we have liaised with his parents only

:27:14.:27:17.

yesterday. Our consulates are bought as extended to delivering funds and

:27:18.:27:23.

vitamins, medical points after Mr Taylor brought his health concerns

:27:24.:27:26.

to our attention. A clemency request was made as recently as 2015 that I

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reassure my honourable friend we will do our level best to continue

:27:31.:27:33.

this work and I will be in touch without apartment to ask to redouble

:27:34.:27:40.

his efforts in the days ahead. Thank you, Mr Speaker. In the year since

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the president of Philippines took ASBOs, 13,000 people have been

:27:48.:27:51.

killed. He has threatened to extend martial law across the entire

:27:52.:27:56.

country and last week, he said he would eat the livers of terrorists

:27:57.:28:02.

with salt and vinegar. But the Secretary of State for International

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Development claims that Britain has shared values with the president.

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Could the Minister tell the House which values we share with the

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President? The honourable lady will recognise the shared values in

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relation to international trade and we need to recognise that. Indeed

:28:18.:28:22.

with all dedication, it is not an issue of ditching anything else, I,

:28:23.:28:26.

like the honourable lady, concerned about the high death toll in the war

:28:27.:28:31.

on illegal drugs has come to a head in his role. We have been urging

:28:32.:28:35.

much more thorough independent instigation at all violent deaths

:28:36.:28:41.

that have taken place I would say that from our perspective, we have

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repeatedly and will continue to raise human rights concerns with the

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administration and I will be doing so with Manila and I have at some to

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be visiting to make light of the Kaci made. -- the case she has made.

:28:53.:29:04.

Pay tribute to the campaigns on the subject, our policy in relationship

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to Zimbabwe kiddies used to be to balance out the best days of the

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horrifying record of Bieber Gabi regime -- Mugabe and the people have

:29:14.:29:19.

suffered terribly over the last 40 years. Can I welcome the honourable

:29:20.:29:23.

member to his position and wish him every success in it? $53 million was

:29:24.:29:32.

spent by Mugabe on private travel overseas last year, the same time

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the United Kingdom paying proportionally more in UK aid to

:29:36.:29:40.

that country than any other country in Africa. Does he think that

:29:41.:29:44.

perhaps with the election is coming next year and Mugabe refusing to

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permit the 20 13th Constitution, now is the time to put some of that

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money into helping voter education in those rural areas can show? Thank

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you, Mr Speaker. The answer is that I agree. We are trying to balance a

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very difficult thing which is the terrible performance of the Mugabe

:30:06.:30:09.

regime with a country where people have been dying of cholera,

:30:10.:30:14.

suffering extreme him a humour tarry in need. Focusing on free and fair

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elections is one of the first things we can do in a country like

:30:22.:30:25.

Zimbabwe. The policy of incremental engagement with Zimbabwe is the be

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best, sometimes an unpalatable best policy. But with the Minister

:30:31.:30:35.

consider in the near term actually visiting Zimbabwe, which would be a

:30:36.:30:38.

great step forward and prospered the UK in a better position for

:30:39.:30:46.

relationships longer term? The honourable member has huge expertise

:30:47.:30:50.

is African Minister. The decision on whether or not I as a minister were

:30:51.:30:56.

to visit Zimbabwe depends a great deal on the genuine commitment to

:30:57.:30:58.

the Zimbabwe Government towards reform and I will be guided by the

:30:59.:31:02.

ambassador of the country as to when such a visit would be necessary and

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possible. Number eight.

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We are in costs contact with our international counterparts,

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including most recently at the organisation of American States

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summit last month. I issued a very strong statement on the 6th of July,

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utterly condemning the 5th of July attack on Venezuela's national

:31:25.:31:27.

assembly and its elected members and calling for the Venezuelan

:31:28.:31:30.

Government to uphold the Constitution and show respect for

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democratic institutions and the statement was echoed by many

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political colleagues across the world mark.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Leader of the Opposition described the regime

:31:43.:31:45.

in Venezuela is offering an alternative agenda from which we

:31:46.:31:51.

could learn. The alternative agenda has seen the economy collapse,

:31:52.:31:58.

poverty increase, dozens of people, scores of people killed in civil

:31:59.:32:02.

unrest and now an attempt to undermine both the elected Congress

:32:03.:32:05.

and the independent Attorney General. Will my right honourable

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friend confirm that Her Majesty's Government strongly condemns the

:32:10.:32:14.

attempt by the regime to rewrite the constitution and rock out democracy?

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The Leader of the Opposition does seem to be a great fan of the

:32:19.:32:24.

Venezuelan Government. A passable impression himself as Fidel Castro

:32:25.:32:28.

won sometimes things. What is happening to the Venezuelan economy

:32:29.:32:30.

gives us a very clear indication of what would happen to the UK economy

:32:31.:32:34.

if ever the right honourable gentleman were Prime Minister.

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Mr Speaker, what practical steps have been taken to deal with famine

:32:41.:32:44.

on the border between Venezuela and Colombia by the British Government?

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There are no easy such attempts. We do not have a bilateral programme

:32:50.:32:52.

that are in touch with the United Nations. But the very question of

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the honourable lady does illustrate the extent to which the Venezuelan

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Government has driven their own people to poverty, running very

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short of some of the most basic goods on which they have to live.

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Number nine, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker. We readily raise these

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issues with Israel, calling for a reversal of the policy of settlement

:33:18.:33:21.

expansion. I reiterated that in the House of Commons last week but also

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recently both the Foreign Secretary and myself have made statements

:33:27.:33:29.

strongly condemning proposals the new settlement expansion in both the

:33:30.:33:36.

West Bank and East Jerusalem. Mr Speaker, only last week the

:33:37.:33:39.

right-wing Israeli Government announced a further expansion of the

:33:40.:33:43.

illegal settlement programme so it is clear that whatever action the

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British Government is taking, it is not working. It is not time Her

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Majesty's Government to more response to this problem? Ensuring

:33:51.:33:59.

the proper labelling of all importing goods so that they are

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designated as coming from an illegally occupied Palestinian

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territory. This is a long and difficult

:34:06.:34:10.

process, as the honourable gentleman rightly dies. We have a policy in

:34:11.:34:14.

relation to labelling and continued conversations will go on with the

:34:15.:34:18.

state of Israel in relation to, as last week, the suggestion that the

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edge of the new housing units being built and East Jerusalem. But it is

:34:23.:34:25.

a complex process, the United Kingdom does not believe in boycotts

:34:26.:34:29.

of sanctions, but clear labelling has been that the sometimes

:34:30.:34:33.

consumers can take their choice. We have contributed to a number of

:34:34.:34:37.

structures, EU structures that have been demolished. Will he asked the

:34:38.:34:41.

Government of Israel for our money back? Mr Speaker, I think my right

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honourable friend is referring to some work done by the EU. The EU has

:34:49.:34:52.

not sought compensation from the state of Israel in relation to this

:34:53.:34:55.

and no decision has been taken on any further action.

:34:56.:35:01.

Settlements are a barrier but they are far from the only barrier to

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peace. The building blocks for the peace process is our trade and

:35:05.:35:11.

economic development in the West Bank and supports the coexistent

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projects to get them working together. Funding for which, I'm

:35:16.:35:18.

afraid, this Government has stopped. Can I asked the minister whether he

:35:19.:35:23.

will reinstate funding to the coexistent projects to build the

:35:24.:35:26.

priest projects? The honourable gentleman understands this issue

:35:27.:35:31.

extremely well and a extreme bill-mac -- I agree there are

:35:32.:35:36.

building blocks and settlements are by far from the only barrier in

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relations to that. Trade and investment remains very important.

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We will be looking further out what prospects are for any new

:35:46.:35:49.

initiatives. I'm aware of the coexistent projects that he mentions

:35:50.:35:52.

and certainly I will be having a look about wearing my joint

:35:53.:35:59.

responsibilities. Mr Speaker, we are glad to see the

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Mr back working on this issue. But this is the second time in the space

:36:04.:36:06.

of a week when the Foreign Secretary has declined to speak about middle

:36:07.:36:10.

east and evolve the job to him instead. And that follows his

:36:11.:36:18.

failure even to mention Israel or Palestine in the Tory election

:36:19.:36:23.

manifesto. So I simply ask the Minister, when are we going to hear

:36:24.:36:25.

the Foreign Secretary stand up and condemn these new illegal

:36:26.:36:30.

settlements? The other day, this week. I did it this week. Can I find

:36:31.:36:35.

the honourable lady for her warm welcome and enjoy being back in this

:36:36.:36:39.

role, no matter what is broken at me in response to it. Can I say the

:36:40.:36:43.

Foreign Secretary strongly condemned the proposals that were announced at

:36:44.:36:49.

the West Bank quite recently. But I like to feel he has confidence in

:36:50.:36:55.

his Minister for the Middle East. As he has confidence in his soul missed

:36:56.:36:58.

a team to answer appropriate questions but I have never known him

:36:59.:37:02.

to be shy of answering a question when necessary. Question Time, Mr

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Speaker. Thank you, Mr Speaker. United Kingdom was instrumental, Mr

:37:13.:37:17.

Speaker, in securing the Paris agreement on climate change. We are

:37:18.:37:20.

helping other countries to meet their targets and we are confident

:37:21.:37:25.

that we will be able to meet our own ground-breaking target of reducing

:37:26.:37:32.

emissions by 18% by 2050. I thank the Foreign Secretary for his

:37:33.:37:35.

answer. Last week, Downing Street said the primers are intended to

:37:36.:37:39.

challenge President Trump on climate change at the G20 meeting. With this

:37:40.:37:43.

and how have been better done before he announced he was pulling out of

:37:44.:37:48.

the Paris agreement than after? As I have told the House before, we made

:37:49.:37:54.

our views very clear to the US administration, repeatedly we have

:37:55.:37:56.

expressed dismay that they have withdrawn. But on the other hand, I

:37:57.:38:02.

think all members on both sides of the House should acknowledge in all

:38:03.:38:05.

fairness that the United States has made and continues to make, even

:38:06.:38:11.

under this initiation, continues to make substantial progress in

:38:12.:38:15.

reducing greenhouse gases. This country has reduced CO2 by 42% since

:38:16.:38:28.

1990, despite a 67% increase in GDP. The United States has achieved,

:38:29.:38:32.

report progress and we intend to encourage them on that path.

:38:33.:38:40.

Following the isolation of Donald Trump at last week G20 Summit, on

:38:41.:38:46.

the issue of the Paris agreement, further postponement of the trip to

:38:47.:38:51.

the UK, can I ask the sexual simple question. Does the Government regard

:38:52.:38:58.

President John is the leader of the free world, is so, how would they

:38:59.:39:07.

rate the job he is doing... As a mark out of ten? -- president Trump.

:39:08.:39:15.

We certainly regard the achievement of the Prime Minister as

:39:16.:39:21.

considerable as getting the US president to sign up actually to the

:39:22.:39:27.

G20 agreement on climate change, as she did. She is instrumental in

:39:28.:39:31.

getting the Americans to endorse. Getting the Americans to sign up to

:39:32.:39:35.

the communique and I think members on all sides of the House will

:39:36.:39:38.

appreciate that whatever disagreements they have with the

:39:39.:39:42.

current incumbent of the White House, the president of the United

:39:43.:39:46.

States is the leader of our most important ally and he deserves that

:39:47.:39:51.

and respect for the consideration of this country. Question 11, Mr

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Speaker. With the Foreign Secretary's permission, ensuring the

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promotion of human rights and engaging with this next essential

:40:07.:40:09.

part of the global policy of Britain, ministers meet their

:40:10.:40:16.

cultivars readily and raise issues, gender equality, modern slavery,

:40:17.:40:19.

freedom of belief and religion, the death penalty and torture. It is an

:40:20.:40:25.

essential part is who we are the United Kingdom and the Foreign

:40:26.:40:28.

Commonwealth Office. Back in March, the UN human rights Council to

:40:29.:40:44.

commit atrocities. Women being raped by the security forces. Does the

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Minister agree that the perpetrators of such crime be brought to justice

:40:49.:40:54.

as a matter of urgency? And can he tell us what

:40:55.:41:00.

I was recently in Burma and was able to reaffirm the United Kingdom's

:41:01.:41:07.

sport for the Independent United Nations commission. This is a

:41:08.:41:12.

difficult issue being wrestled with by those in Burma. And the UK

:41:13.:41:15.

remains very close to the humanitarian needs of the people

:41:16.:41:24.

there. The World Trade Organisation estimates three out only for trade

:41:25.:41:29.

deals include provisions to improve human rights, is what discussions

:41:30.:41:32.

has my honourable friend been having with his colleagues in the

:41:33.:41:35.

Department of trade to make sure our new trade deals include obligations

:41:36.:41:39.

to improve human rights where it is appropriate? My right honourable

:41:40.:41:47.

friend is right, ensuring human rights are an essential part of the

:41:48.:41:51.

future policy of the UK in terms of trade deals. As these issues are

:41:52.:41:56.

raised now, it's an important part of future and will continue to be a

:41:57.:42:01.

key part of our prosperity drive. Following the arrest of amnesty

:42:02.:42:10.

International Turkey director, they are examples of the worrying shift

:42:11.:42:16.

away from respected human rights in Turkey. What steps has the Foreign

:42:17.:42:20.

Secretary himself taken to ensure the immediate and unconditional

:42:21.:42:29.

release of these two people? The right honourable lady knows these

:42:30.:42:33.

issues extremely well. My right honourable friend the Foreign

:42:34.:42:36.

Secretary has raised this with his counterpart on the Prime Minister

:42:37.:42:41.

raise this as the T20 were the president of Turkey -- G20. This

:42:42.:42:47.

remains an important issue. On his recent visit to Burma, did he

:42:48.:42:51.

encourage the Burmese government to allow full access and cooperate

:42:52.:42:55.

fully with the fact-finding machine looking into human rights issues in

:42:56.:43:03.

that country. Yes, indeed. It is a difficult issue but we've made it

:43:04.:43:10.

very clear that the UN independent report need full consideration. We'd

:43:11.:43:14.

urge the government to do all they can to facilitate what the UN needs

:43:15.:43:19.

to complete its work. There is an internal investigation already been

:43:20.:43:21.

carried out by the Burmese government.

:43:22.:43:31.

We have been able to gain access through our console. What efforts

:43:32.:43:38.

are being made to ensure the human rights and the medical needs of the

:43:39.:43:43.

two people in prison are being protected? Mr Speaker, I met with

:43:44.:43:51.

the family last week. I've raised this issue directly with my

:43:52.:43:54.

counterpart, the Deputy Foreign Minister of around, and the Iranian

:43:55.:44:00.

ambassador. We remain concerned about this and other consulate cases

:44:01.:44:04.

involving around. I can assure the lady we will continue to raise these

:44:05.:44:11.

at the highest issue. Briefly from the front bench. As a government

:44:12.:44:17.

celebrated his victory in the High Court over arms sales to Saudi

:44:18.:44:20.

Arabia, number of people affected by the cholera epidemic in Yemen past

:44:21.:44:29.

300,000. Humanitarian workers face a choice of using it twinkling food

:44:30.:44:31.

supplies to be those children suffering from malnutrition or those

:44:32.:44:37.

infected with cholera. In that context, can the Minister told the

:44:38.:44:41.

House wired the Saudi led Coalition continues to use British bombs to

:44:42.:44:45.

attack farms, food factories and water plants? The judgment by the

:44:46.:44:53.

gorgeous today was unequivocal in saying the United Kingdom had fully

:44:54.:44:58.

fulfilled its obligations under the control of the arms trade. And also

:44:59.:45:03.

the work that was being toured with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in

:45:04.:45:06.

relation to its response to international humanitarian law was

:45:07.:45:11.

fundamental to that judgment. The situation in Yemen remains a

:45:12.:45:14.

humanitarian disaster, the actor Kingdom is involved in seeking to do

:45:15.:45:20.

all it can, the cholera outbreak has taken some 6500 cases each day. I am

:45:21.:45:25.

pleased we are fully engaged and tried to do all we can to mitigate

:45:26.:45:27.

these actions -- United Kingdom. He is new, I thought I was new, too.

:45:28.:45:45.

I am concerned the democratic freedoms continue to face

:45:46.:45:47.

fundamental restrictions in the Maldives. Pressure, including

:45:48.:45:53.

arrests has grown. Human rights activists, the media art under

:45:54.:45:58.

threat. The government raise these issues frequently with the Maldives

:45:59.:46:03.

government and we led the recent UN statement in the gene human rights

:46:04.:46:10.

Council. My right honourable friend will know that a Coalition of

:46:11.:46:13.

opposition parties in the Maldives, led by the former president,

:46:14.:46:19.

committed to democracy and proving relations with this country, has

:46:20.:46:23.

secured a majority in that country's parliament. Does he share my concern

:46:24.:46:29.

is that the regime may resort to legal means to prevent Parliament

:46:30.:46:31.

from properly functioning in that country? I am very concerned is at

:46:32.:46:40.

that prospect. I have to say, no one's hands in recent years in any

:46:41.:46:44.

part of the political environment in the Maldives have been entirely

:46:45.:46:47.

clean. It has not been a happy situation across the board. The

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biggest regret we have on this site is the Maldives unilaterally left

:46:52.:46:56.

the Commonwealth in 2016, and I hope a new regime will bring them back

:46:57.:46:59.

into the international regime in this way. Firstly we should pay

:47:00.:47:11.

tribute to what United States has done with its peacekeeping budget.

:47:12.:47:15.

It provides well over a quarter of the global peacekeeping budget. Over

:47:16.:47:21.

$2 billion a year, which has not eligible, so we need to pay tribute

:47:22.:47:26.

and encourage them to play the role, that essential part. And then

:47:27.:47:30.

sticking to the Congressional limit of 25% is vital for the UN

:47:31.:47:35.

peacekeeping operations. Does the Minister agree the loss of financial

:47:36.:47:41.

support from the US will be devastating, such as the world food

:47:42.:47:50.

programme Will they get them to reconsider their planned cuts? It is

:47:51.:47:56.

right, in the current global situation, UN peacekeeping

:47:57.:47:59.

operations are vital. But reforms can be introduced. The move to close

:48:00.:48:04.

on the peacekeeping operation in Ivory Coast, we can reduce costs and

:48:05.:48:11.

peacekeeping. It is vital the States and others continue play a strong

:48:12.:48:15.

role, and support from United States has been vital for the last 50 years

:48:16.:48:23.

and we hope it will continue to be. Topical questions. Can I just remind

:48:24.:48:27.

colleagues in this Parliament, topical questions are sure to be as

:48:28.:48:37.

-- supposed to be shorter. My priority is to help resolve tensions

:48:38.:48:41.

in the Gulf where Britain has all friendships and vital interests,

:48:42.:48:45.

that's why I've just returned from visits to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and

:48:46.:48:49.

cut. I reinforce the need for dialogue. I will the summit in

:48:50.:48:53.

Trieste tomorrow, whether UK is playing a vital role in guaranteeing

:48:54.:48:58.

stability and resisting Russian ambitions. Yesterday in Kashmir,

:48:59.:49:10.

seven Hindu pilgrims were brutally murdered by terrorists, including

:49:11.:49:15.

five women whilst undergoing it. What action has my right honourable

:49:16.:49:19.

friend taken to condemn this outrage? Waterboard will he give to

:49:20.:49:23.

recovering and bringing to justice the terrorists who we believe are in

:49:24.:49:33.

Pakistan -- what will he give? The whole issue is something we are in

:49:34.:49:40.

close contact with. I give the issuer and we will bring this up in

:49:41.:49:44.

the course of the next 24 hours and as for a plan of action in the wake

:49:45.:49:50.

he has asked. Does the Foreign Secretary agree that if there's to

:49:51.:49:53.

be an extension of military action in Syria, there should be a full

:49:54.:49:58.

debate and vote in this House? That is for the Leader of the House to

:49:59.:50:03.

consider, I can tell him that no such request has been made. I must

:50:04.:50:09.

say I think the difference in the current American administration's

:50:10.:50:12.

attitude, many people on the other side of the House, is to be

:50:13.:50:26.

welcomed. As America appears to be volunteering we surrendering power,

:50:27.:50:28.

and from the main platform of our interest in the several decades, it

:50:29.:50:33.

is not vital the Foreign Office address is substantially to beef up

:50:34.:50:38.

our dramatic effort so we may retain our prosperity, security and our

:50:39.:50:46.

influence abroad? I'm delighted to welcome him to a cause I think is

:50:47.:50:52.

gathering strength across both sides of the House of Commons, everybody

:50:53.:50:57.

understands, global Britain must be properly supported. We have a

:50:58.:51:02.

world-class network of embassies, 278, the best foreign service in the

:51:03.:51:06.

world, but they do need proper financing and proper support. The

:51:07.:51:13.

Foreign Secretary has spoken in the past about his ardent opposition to

:51:14.:51:17.

female genital meat elation. We'll he therefore have a word with the

:51:18.:51:22.

Home Secretary who is yet to respond to be -- mutilation. She is

:51:23.:51:26.

threatened with deportation. I raise it with the Prime Minister and have

:51:27.:51:33.

yet to receive an answer. I heard her raised this before. I'm sure the

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case of her constituent is indeed very troubling. I'm sure the Home

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Secretary will have picked up what she's had to say today. I welcome

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the part played by purchase forces in stabilising the threat posed by

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Daesh. What does he and British forces for ensuring that such an

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insurgency does not recur? I thank him for an excellent question. It is

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one thing but others to drive Daesh out of Ozil, but we must make sure

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the reasons they sprouted in those cities do not recur and that this

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study -- the Sunni minority have the confidence in their country. Not

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since the Suez crisis has a UK Government been so combines of the

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defeated at the United Nations, as it was last week. In this week's

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spirit of bipartisan cooperation, should the Foreign Secretary would

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not grant the right of return? I must respectfully disagree with the

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gentleman opposite. We secured rather more positive votes than we

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had expected. As it happens, the other side of the case got fewer

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than half the members of the UN in support of their cause. I think that

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most impartial observers of the matter would agree their case has

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been substantially weakened as a result, not that it was a strong

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case to begin with. Last week Palestinian president said he would

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continue paying prisoner salaries to people who are murdered innocent

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civilians. Does the Foreign Secretary agree with me that there

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is nowhere we will have peace in the Middle East unless there are

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projects and support for coexistence on the Palestinian side? My

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honourable friend is right, there are a number of barriers on the

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Palestinian side to be able to make progress. Support for incitement and

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terror is one of those, we are looking carefully to make sure no

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payments go in the wrong direction. It is true the Palestinian authority

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need to look very hard to make sure it is not giving the wrong signals

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as we try to make progress on the middle East peace process.

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Will the Minister pick up the phone to the opposite numbers in India, do

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a deal to get the men deported so we can have a pint in Chester before

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the summer is out? I do appreciate the persistent with which he

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campaigns from his constituents, and his raise it with me. I have in turn

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raises myself personally with my Indian counterparts. What they say

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to me is they cannot interfere in their own court system anymore than

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we can interfere in our own quarters. That is where the massacre

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of your stance, but I want to assure him we continue to raise him on that

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issue. Does my right arm friend agree we

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have, as we leave the EU, a great opportunity to boost our mutual

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trade and security interests by enhancing our diplomatic relations

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with Ghana and other Commonwealth countries? I want to pay tribute to

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the right honourable member, Ghana is one of the most impressive recent

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of ultimate in Africa, three recent transitions of democratic power, a

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rapidly growing economy and huge example of how we moved to the

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Commonwealth, the Commonwealth can become one of the great success

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stories of Britain's next five years. The Paralympic games in Rio

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were a great success, showing inspirational talent and importance

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of sports included worldwide. What discussions has a foreign of us had

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with Japanese counterparts to lend our full support to the Tokyo

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Paralympic games going forward? I thank you right honourable lady

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for her question. A huge amount of work is going on. But also very

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importantly, she rightly says, the Shia organisation and we are working

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very closely to make sure there is a seamless progress between 2012. I

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think it is going to be a great success, the Paralympic games in

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Tokyo. In the next few weeks, the HR Government from Libya are coming

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over here to visit the UK. I am wondering if my right honourable

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friend or any of the friend bench would like to meet them when they

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come over here because they play a pivotal role in keeping peace in

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Libya. Mr Speaker, an expansion of the Libyan political agreement we

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believe is necessary to move matters along. There is a lot happening on

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the political and business side and Libya as it gets back on its feet.

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Her be happy to meet those whom I honourable friend wants to bring

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forward. Given the collapse of the talks in Cyprus and that the

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Government remains a guarantor of the process, what is the Government

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going to do now? Mr Speaker, very sadly, the cyber stalks on which

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people have done so much work for over two years collapse in the early

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hours of Friday morning. -- these I press talks. This was a once in a

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generation trustee reunify the island. Sadly it has been missed and

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rejected so we go back to the status quo and it is enormous pity indeed,

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a tragedy for future generations that agreement was not reached.

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In view of the continuing concerns about human rights in Hong Kong,

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does my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary intend to make any

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further representation on the joint declaration? I hope my honourable

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friend will be assured that the UK has been very active in emphasising

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the significance of this joint British decoration which is a

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legally binding treated richly with the UN and continues to be

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reinforced today. Join my own meeting with the Chinese ambassador

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I stress the UK's strong commitment to the joint declaration. We urge

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the Chinese and the Hong Kong and mistress and governors and all

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politicians in Hong Kong to retain from any actions that Bill Clinton

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or undermine confidence in the one country two systems principle. The

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Foreign Secretary has rightly underlined the UK US relations in

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this new role. The relationship is collect the light by cultural

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programmes which are now in peril by President Trump's proposal to cut

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47% from the budget. Will he make representations to underline how we

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think the programme should be expanded and pushed to the point of

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extinction? I stand here as a Kennedy scholar which is a very

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similar sort of structure and we have a fantastic programme of

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scholars sponsored by the front office. My right honourable friend

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has confirmed that he will raise the issue of scholarships with secretary

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to listen when he next season. With a quart of a million people now

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refugees as a result of the repression in human rights abuses in

:58:58.:59:02.

that country, what is the Foreign Secretary doing to stimulate

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dialogue to resolve the political impasse that? The situation in Bindi

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is very disturbing, we call upon all on the brilliant president to --

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upon the President and leading the peace talks in Burundi as in so many

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countries in the war, the only long-term solution is a political

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salutes you -- solution to a crisis. Friends of Syria to discuss the

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desperate need to get more aid to the hundreds of thousands being

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starved to death in Syria. I thank the honourable gentleman for his

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persistence in pursuing this cause and he is absolutely right, we have

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spoken across the chamber many times about the humanitarian crisis in

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Syria. I will have great pleasure in meeting the Syria group to discuss

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what the UK is doing by the House will know that this country is the

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single, the second-biggest contributor of humanity relief aid

:00:07.:00:12.

to Syria in the wild. Whilst I welcome the fact that the Prime

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Minister raise the issue of the at the G20, can he focuses efforts on

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the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and seek a meeting with her urgently, it

:00:26.:00:29.

is almost four years have our bodies have been languishing in jail there.

:00:30.:00:33.

I visited them myself. It is time they were brought home. My right

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honourable friend is absolutely right. He suggests an interesting

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avenue for further work. I will look at the possibility of talking to the

:00:47.:00:49.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Whether we will be more successful

:00:50.:00:53.

in her in making our points, I wore ascertained. We will leave no stone

:00:54.:01:00.

unturned. Mr Speaker, last week at the same time as represented ?57

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were meeting in the next, they were convicting a human rights activist

:01:09.:01:11.

the charges on which defence witnesses were not allowed to

:01:12.:01:15.

testify. The defendant was taken to hospital during the trial and it was

:01:16.:01:18.

convicted in his absence. What action the Government is taking to

:01:19.:01:25.

make sure the authorities in Belarus... The most important thing

:01:26.:01:29.

we can do is enhance our bilateral relations by visitor. No minister

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has visited Belarus for many years and I intend to do so at the

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earliest opportunity. As well as the physical rebuilding

:01:37.:01:45.

of Mosul, the Iraqi constitution allows for them to regain power,

:01:46.:01:50.

looking at devolving power to the people of Mosul. I am grateful to my

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honourable friend. He is right that Iraq is an ethnically divided

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country, religiously divided country, we must make sure that

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everybody feels properly represented in the new constitution and

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evolution to Mosul is certainly an option that we will be exploring.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. Before he meets the friends of Syria group,

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will he discussed a comrade is a strategy to protect civilians with

:02:28.:02:29.

the Department for International Development and a Ministry of

:02:30.:02:32.

Defence and we can have a proper joint strategy at last? I can tell

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the honourable lady that is already happening. Extremely grateful to the

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Foreign Secretary. I recognise there is so unsatisfied demand but not as

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much as they might have been if I had not overrun which I was pleased

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to do and I'm sure the Foreign Secretary was equally

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