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Order.

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First and, to pay tribute to the

professionalism of all the doctors,

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nurses and investigation team to

have led the response to this

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incident and the fortitude of the

people of Salisbury and let me

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reassure them that as Public Health

England have made clear, the ongoing

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risk to public health is low and the

Government will continue to do

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everything possible to support this

historic city to recover fully. Mr

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Speaker, on Monday I set out that

Sergei Skripal and his daughter were

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poisoned with a military grade nerve

agent developed by Russia. Based on

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this capability, combined with their

record of conducting state-sponsored

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assassinations, including against

former intelligence officers whom

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they regard as legitimate targets,

the UK Government concluded that it

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was highly likely that Russia was

responsible for this reckless and

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despicable act. And there were only

too plausible explanations. Either

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this was a direct act by the Russian

state against our country or

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conceivably the Russian Government

could have lost control of a

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military grade nerve agent and

allowed it to get into the hands of

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others. Mr Speaker, it was right to

offer Russia the opportunity to

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provide an explanation but their

response has demonstrated complete

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disdain by the gravity of these

events. They have provided no

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credible explanation that could

suggest they lost control of that

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nerve agent. No explanation as to

how this agent came to be used in

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the United Kingdom. No explanation

as to why Russia has an undeclared

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chemical weapons programme in

contravention of international law.

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Instead, they have treated the use

of a military grade nerve agent in

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Europe with sarcasm, contempt and

defiance. So, Mr Speaker, there is

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no alternative conclusion other than

that the Russian state was culpable

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for the attempted murder of Sergei

Skripal and his daughter, and for

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threatening the lives of other

British citizens in Salisbury,

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including Detective Sergeant Nick

Bailey. This presents an unlawful

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use of force by the Russian state

against the United Kingdom. And as I

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set out on Monday, it has taken

place against the backdrop of a

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well-established pattern of Russian

state aggression across Europe and

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beyond. It must therefore be met

with a full and robust response

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beyond the actions we have already

taken since the murder of Mr

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Litvinenko and to counter this

pattern of Russian aggression

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elsewhere. As a discussion in this

House made clear, it is essential we

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must now come together with our

allies to defend our security, to

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stand up for our values, to send a

clear message to those who would

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seek to undermine them. This morning

I chaired a further meeting with the

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National Security Council, where we

agreed immediate actions to

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dismantle the Russian espionage

network in the UK, urgent work to

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develop new powers to tackle all

forms of hostile state activity, and

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to ensure that those seeking to

carry out such activity cannot enter

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the UK, and additional steps to

suspend all planned high-level

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contacts between the United Kingdom

and the Russian Federation. Let me

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start with the immediate actions. Mr

Speaker, the house will recall that

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following the murder of Mr

Litvinenko, the UK expelled for

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diplomats. Under the Vienna

Convention, the United Kingdom will

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now expel 23 Russian diplomats who

have been identified as undeclared

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intelligence officers. They have

just one week to leave. This will be

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the single biggest expulsion for

over 30 years and it reflects the

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fact that this is not the first time

that the Russian state has acted

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against our country. Through these

expulsions, we will fundamentally

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degrade Russian intelligence

capability in the UK for years to

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come. And if they seek to rebuild

it, we will prevent them from doing

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so. Second, we will urgently develop

proposals for new legislative powers

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to harden our defences against all

forms of hostile state activity.

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This will include the addition of a

targeted power to detain those

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suspected of hostile state activity

at the UK border. This power is

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currently only permitted in relation

to those suspected of terrorism. And

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I have asked the Home Secretary to

consider whether there is a need for

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a new counterespionage powers to

clamp down on the full spectrum of

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hostile activities of foreign agents

in our country. Mr Speaker, as I set

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out on Monday, we will also table a

Government amendment to the

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sanctions bill to strengthen our

powers to impose sanctions in

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response to the violation of human

rights. In doing so, we will play

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our part in international effort to

punish those responsible for the

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sorts of abuses suffered by

surrogate Magnitsky. And I hope as

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with all the measures I'm up today

that this book the manned

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cross-party support. Mr Speaker, we

will also make full use of existing

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powers to enhance our efforts to

monitor and track the intentions of

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those travelling to the UK who could

be engaged in activity that

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threatens the security of the UK and

our allies.

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Will freeze the freeze Russian state

assets wherever we have the evidence

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that they may be used to threaten

the life or property of UK nationals

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or residents, and led by the

National Crime Agency we will

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continue to bring all of the

capabilities of UK law enforcement

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to bear against serious criminals

and corrupt elites. There is no

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place for these people or their

money in our country. Mr Speaker,

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let me be clear. While our response

must be robust, it must also remain

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true to our values as a liberal

democracy that believes in the rule

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of law. Many Russians have made this

country go home, abide by our laws

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and make an important contribution

to our country, which we must

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continue to welcome. But to those

who seek to do us harm, my message

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is simple. You are not welcome here.

Let me turn to our bilateral

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relationship. As I said on Monday,

we have had a very simple approach

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to Russia, engaged but beware. And I

continue to believe it is not in our

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national interests to break off all

dialogue between United Kingdom and

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the Russian Federation. But in the

aftermath of this appalling act

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against our country, this

relationship cannot be the same. So,

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we will suspend all planned

high-level bilateral contacts

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between United Kingdom and the

Russian Federation. This includes

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revoking the invitation to Foreign

Minister Lavrov to pay a reciprocal

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visit to the UK and confirming it

will be no attendance by ministers

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or members of the Royal family at

this summer's World Cup in Russia.

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Finally, we will deploy a range of

tools from across the full breadth

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of national security apparatus in

order to

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set out some of these measures

today, members on all sides will

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understand that there are some that

cannot be mentioned due to reasons

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of national security. There are

other measures we stand ready to

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deploy at any time, should we face

further Russian provocation. Mr

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Speaker, none of the actions we take

our intended to damage legitimate

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activity or prevent contacts between

our populations. We have no

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disagreement with the people of

Russia. They have been responsible

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for so many great achievements

throughout their history. Many other

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us look at a post-Soviet Russia with

hope. We wanted a better

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relationship, and it is tragic that

President Putin has chosen to act in

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this way. But we will not tolerate

the threat to life of British people

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and others on British soil from the

Russian government. Nor will we

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tolerate such a flagrant breach of

Russia's international obligations.

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Mr Speaker, as I set out on Monday,

the United Kingdom is not standing

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alone in confronting Russian

aggression. In the last ten to four

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hours I have spoken to President

Trump, Chancellor Angela Merkel and

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President Macron. We have agreed to

cooperate closely in responding to

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this barbaric act and coordinate

efforts to stand for the rules

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-based international order which

Russia seeks to undermine. I will

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also speak to other allies and

partners in the coming days. I

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welcome the strong expressions of

support from Nato and from partners

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across the European Union and be on.

Later in New the UN Security Council

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will hold open consultations, where

we will be pushing for a

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international response. We have also

notified the information Billy Knott

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Organisation for the Prohibition of

Chemical Weapons about Russia's use

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of this nerve agent and we are

working with the police to enable

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the open ECW to independently verify

the analysis. It was not just an act

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in Salisbury or an act against the

UK, it is an affront to the

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Prohibition of chemical weapons to

the rules -based system on which we

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and our national partners depend. We

will work with allies and partners

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to confront such actions were ever

they threaten our security at home

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and abroad. I commend the statement

to the house.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Thank

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you, Mr speaker. I would like to

thank the Prime Minister for the

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advance sight of her statement and I

echo her words about the state of

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emergency and public services. The

attack in Salisbury was an appalling

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act of violence. Nerve agents are

abominable if used in any war, and

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it is utterly reckless to use them

in a civilian environment. This

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attack in Britain has concerned our

allies in the European Union, Nato

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and the UN, and their words of

solidarity have strengthened our

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position diplomatically. Our

response as a country must be guided

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by the rule of law, support for

international agreements and respect

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for human rights. So, when it comes

to the use of chemical weapons on

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British soil, it is essential that

the Government works with the United

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Nations to strengthen its chemical

weapons monitoring system and

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involves the office of the

Prohibition of chemical weapons. The

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Prime Minister said on Monday either

this was a direct act by the Russian

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states or the Russian government

lost control of their potentially

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catastrophically damaging nerve

agent and allow dish to get into the

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hands of others. Our response must

be both decisive and proportionate,

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and based on clear evidence. If the

Government believes that it is still

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a possibility that Russia

negligently lost control of a

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military grade nerve agent, what

action is being taken through the

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OPCW with our allies? I welcome the

fact that the police are working

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with the OPCW... And has the Prime

Minister taken the necessary steps

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under the chemical weapons

convention to make a formal request

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for evidence from the Russian

government under Article 9.2? How

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has she responded to the Russian

government's request for a sample of

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the agent used in the Salisbury

attack to run its own tests? Has

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high-resolution trace analysis been

run on a sample of the nerve agent?

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And has not revealed any evidence as

to the location of its production or

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the identity of its perpetrators?

And can the Prime Minister update

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the house on what conversations, if

any, she has had with the Russian

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government? And, while... And while

suspending planned high-level

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contact, does the Prime Minister

agree that it is essential to

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maintain a robust dialogue with

Russia? In the interests of our own

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and wider international security.

With many countries, Mr Speaker,

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speaking out... Speaking out

alongside us, the circumstances

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demand that we build an

international consensus to address

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the use of chemical weapons. We

should urge our International are

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lies to join us and call on Russia

to reveal, without delay, full

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details of its chemical weapons

programme to the Organisation for

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the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

It is, as we on these benches have

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its best before, a matter of huge

regret that there are countries --

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that our country's diplomatic

capacity has been stripped back in

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the last five years. It is, Mr

Speaker... It is, Mr Speaker...

The

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Right Honourable Gentleman must be

heard. There will be adequate

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opportunity for colleagues on both

sides of the house to put questions.

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Members must be heard. Jeremy

Corbyn.

I couldn't understand a word

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of what the Foreign Secretary just

said, Mr Speaker, but his behaviour

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demeans his office. It is in moments

such as these that governments

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realise how vital strong diplomacy

and political pressure are four hour

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security and national interests. The

measures we take have to be

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effective, not as for the long-term

security of citizens but to secure a

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world free of chemical weapons. So,

can the Prime Minister outline what

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discussions she has had with our

partners in the European Union, Nato

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and the UN, and what a willingness

there was to take multilateral

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action? While the poisonings, Mr

Speaker, of Sergei and Yulia Skripal

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are confronting us today, what

efforts are being made to assess the

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death of his daughter, who died in

2012, and the deaths of his eldest

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brother and son, who had both died

in the past two years? We have a

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duty to speak out against the abuse

of human rights by the Putin

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government and its supporters, both

at home and abroad. I join many

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others in this house in paying

tribute to the many campaigners in

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Russia, for human rights and

justice, and democracy in that

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country. Mr Speaker, we must do more

to address the dangers posed by the

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State's relationship with unofficial

Mafia like groups and corrupt

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oligarchs. We must also expose the

flows of ill gotten cash between the

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Russian state and billionaires who

becomes stupendously rich by looting

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their country and subsequently use

London to protect their wealth. We

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welcome the Prime Minister's

statement though, clearly committing

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to support the amendments and

commenting out as soon as possible,

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as we on this side have long pushed

for. Mr Speaker, yesterday Nikolai

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Kirchhoff, a Russian exile who is

close friends with Boris Berezovsky,

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was found dead in his home. What

reassurance can she give to citizens

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of Russian origin living in Britain

that they are safe here? The events

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in Salisbury are abominable and have

been rightly condemned right across

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the house. Britain has to build a

consensus with our allies, and we

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support the Prime Minister in... Mr

Speaker, we support the Prime

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Minister in taking multilateral

action, and firm action, to ensure

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that we strengthen the chemical

weapons Convention, to ensure that

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this dreadful, appalling act, which

we totally condemn, never happens

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again in our country.

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Weapon the Right Honourable

Gentleman raised a number of

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questions around the nerve agent

that had been used. He asked if we

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have put together an international

coalition to call on Russia to

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reveal the details of its chemical

weapons programme to the OPCW. That

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is indeed what we did. We gave the

Russian government the opportunity,

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through the message that was

delivered the Russian ambassador, to

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do just that. They have not done so.

He has raised a number of questions.

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He asked about the corrupt elites

and money going through London. As I

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said in my statement, led by the

National Crime Agency, we will

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continue to bring all of the

capabilities of UK law enforcement

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to bear against serious criminals

and corrupt elites. There is no

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place for these people or their

money in our country. That work is

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ongoing. He talked about getting an

international consensus together. As

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I have said, I have spoken to

Chancellor Merkel, to President

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Trump, President Macron, and others

have expressed their support. The

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Nato Secretary General said we stand

in solidarity with our allies in the

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United Kingdom and those

responsible, both those who

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committed and ordered the crime,

must face appropriately serious

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consequences. The Nato Council has

expressed deep concern at the first

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offensive use of a nerve agent on

Alliance territory since Nato's

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foundation, and allies agreed with a

clear breach international norms and

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agreements. Donald Tusk, the

President of the EU Council, said I

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express my full solidarity with

Theresa May in the face of a brutal

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attack inspired most likely by

Moscow. I am ready to put the issue

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next week's European Council. We

will be doing that. I say to The

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Right Honourable Gentleman that this

is not a question of our diplomacy,

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what diplomatic support we have

around the world. This is a question

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of the culpability of the Russian

state for attacks on our soil.

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He says that we should be trying to

build a consensus. It is clear from

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the conversations we have had with

allies that we have a consensus with

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our allies. It was clear from the

remarks that were made by

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backbenchers across the whole of the

house on Monday that there is a

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consensus across the backbenchers of

this house. I am only sorry that the

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consensus does not go as far as the

Right Honourable Gentleman.

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Who could have taken the opportunity

as the UK Government has done to

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condemn the culpability of the

Russian state.

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Mr Kenneth Clarke!

Mr Speaker, it seems to me without

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any access to enclosed information

that the choice of this particularly

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bizarre and dreadful way of killing

an individual is a deliberate choice

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by the Russian Government to put

their signature on a particular

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killing so that other defectors are

left in no doubt that it is the

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Russian Government that will act if

they are disappointed in any way by

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their actions. In light of that, the

only sensible question that the

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Leader of the Opposition asked was

what consultation we propose to have

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with Nato, the other European

countries, with the American

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Government, about positive action

that can be taken to prevent this

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continuing defiance of international

law, with the defiance of all the

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rules and testing and possession of

chemical weapons. It is not just a

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question of expressing anger about

it, but actually a serious threat to

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the safety of the Western world,

unless we all do something together

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to start getting the Russians to do

something as opposed to simply

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ignore us.

My right honourable friend and

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learning friend is absolutely right,

and that is why we are not only

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talking to allies bilaterally but

there will be a meeting of the Nato

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Council tomorrow at which this issue

will be considered, as the president

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of the EU Council said, he will be

putting this on the agenda of the

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European Union Council meeting at

the end of next week. My right

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honourable and learning friend is

absolutely right, that why we

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rightly initially focus on the use

of the nerve agent in the UK and its

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impact in the UK, this is about the

illegal use of chemical weapons by

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the Russian state, and it is about

an illegal programme to develop

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those chemical weapons, by the

Russian state. We will leave no

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Stone unturned in order to work with

our allies to ensure we respond

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appropriately to that.

Thank you, Mr

Speaker. Let me thank the Prime

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Minister for her statement. As the

Prime Minister has stated, the

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attack on Sergei Skripal and his

daughter was an unlawful use of

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force by the Russian state against

the United Kingdom. Mr Speaker,

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there has to be a robust response to

the use of terror on our streets. We

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must act in a measured way to show

that we will simply not tolerate

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this behaviour, and in this regard,

I welcome and associate with those

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of us on these benches with the

measures contained in the statement.

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On this matter, I commit my party to

working constructively with the

0:23:260:23:30

Government. I am sure the House will

join me with extending thanks to the

0:23:300:23:38

police and security services who are

working round the clock and the

0:23:380:23:41

recent case in Salsbury. Mr Speaker,

it has been warming to see our

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closest friends and allies across

Europe expressing solidarity and

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support. Our friends globally must

join with us by standing up to this

0:23:500:23:56

abuse of state power by Russia. I

look forward to discussions in the

0:23:560:24:00

United Nations. The UN must speak

with a clear and unambiguous voice.

0:24:000:24:07

Mr Speaker, the fact that we are

expelling the largest number of

0:24:070:24:12

undeclared intelligence officers in

over 30 years is welcome and is the

0:24:120:24:18

desire to examine what can be done

from a legislative perspective to

0:24:180:24:22

defend against hostile state

activity. As someone who has

0:24:220:24:25

previously supported the so-called

Magnitsky measures, I am pleased the

0:24:250:24:30

Government is taking action in this

area. Let me commend the actions of

0:24:300:24:34

another who had the opportunity, I

met with him earlier. Someone who

0:24:340:24:40

was at massive risk and stood at the

effects of Russian state power. Mr

0:24:400:24:47

Speaker, financial sanctions are

welcome and we must redouble our

0:24:470:24:49

efforts against any money-laundering

by those responsible. It must be

0:24:490:24:52

clear to the Russian authorities

that we will not tolerate activities

0:24:520:24:58

that infringe international law.

Whilst we support the actions of the

0:24:580:25:04

PM, we'll get a descriptive nice

carefully and must ensure proper

0:25:040:25:07

scrutiny of any proposed

legislation. Our thoughts are with

0:25:070:25:13

those are in Russia who have

suffered abuse of state power and

0:25:130:25:15

there is no doubt that is what we

are seeing. In doing so, we look

0:25:150:25:19

forward to a time when we can engage

positively for a time of peace and

0:25:190:25:24

cooperation, but the only response

today must be a robust one towards

0:25:240:25:27

the Kremlin and Russia.

CHEERING

0:25:270:25:33

Can I...

0:25:330:25:41

THEY ALL YELL

0:25:410:25:46

Mr Speaker, can I thank the right

honourable gentlemen for not just

0:25:460:25:48

the tone of his response but the

comments he has made. Can I reassure

0:25:480:25:54

him that any legislative proposals

we bring forward will have scrutiny

0:25:540:25:58

in this house? Can thank him for his

constructive offer to work with the

0:25:580:26:01

Government on this issue, because it

is a matter that should concern is

0:26:010:26:05

across the whole House? And can

reassure him that although I have

0:26:050:26:08

made reference to a number of allies

who have spoken in support of the

0:26:080:26:13

UK, others have as well, including

Canada and Australia, who have been

0:26:130:26:17

very clear a robust response is

appropriate to this? Once again, I

0:26:170:26:21

welcome the comments made by the

right honourable gentlemen.

0:26:210:26:25

Mr Speaker, may recommend my right

honourable friend for her strong

0:26:250:26:28

leadership? In rising to this

challenge as others have shown they

0:26:280:26:32

also two in positions of leadership

have risen to the challenge, and I

0:26:320:26:35

may be sorry that others in such

positions have fallen well short...

0:26:350:26:42

Can I ask her, in the conversation

she is going to have with our

0:26:420:26:46

allies, as he is correct to do, she

may raise with the German Government

0:26:460:26:49

the issue of the pipeline that they

are engaged in with the Russians,

0:26:490:26:55

which will cut revenues from Ukraine

and Eastern Europe and give Russia

0:26:550:27:00

and unparalleled ability to bully

those countries in the future? If

0:27:000:27:05

Russia is as we now believe a rogue

state, could she please try and

0:27:050:27:11

persuade our allies in Europe and

elsewhere not to treat with them and

0:27:110:27:14

make them better off.

Well, I thank my right honourable

0:27:140:27:19

friend and can I say to him that I

think one of the things we will be

0:27:190:27:23

discussing with our allies is how we

can ensure that the robust message

0:27:230:27:27

about the act that has taken place

on UK soil is consistently given and

0:27:270:27:33

continues to be given by all our

allies? As regards to the pipeline,

0:27:330:27:37

this is a matter regularly discussed

at the European Union Council, as my

0:27:370:27:41

right honourable friend would I

suspect imagine.

0:27:410:27:45

I welcome the Prime Minister's

statement but her conclusion about

0:27:450:27:50

the probability of the Russian state

is an immensely serious one. That in

0:27:500:27:54

addition to the breaches of

international law and of the use of

0:27:540:27:57

chemical weapons, but also the

continued disregard for the rule of

0:27:570:28:02

law and for human rights must be met

with unequivocal condemnation.

0:28:020:28:13

Hear, hear!

0:28:130:28:18

Can I welcome but the managers she

has taken to downgrade the

0:28:180:28:21

intelligence capability of the

Russian state, but also in

0:28:210:28:27

particular the work I now understand

has started with the United Nations?

0:28:270:28:31

It is important to expose Russia and

what they are doing within the

0:28:310:28:34

United Nations and to build the

broadest possible support against

0:28:340:28:38

them. Can she say that more about

what she is doing that front?

0:28:380:28:43

Can I also thank the right

honourable lady for the strength of

0:28:430:28:46

the statement she has made. I know

this is representative of many of

0:28:460:28:51

her honourable friends on the

backbenches. We are taking this

0:28:510:28:55

matter to the UN and my right

honourable friend the Foreign

0:28:550:28:59

Secretary has spoken to the UN

Secretary-General that this issue.

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It will be part of the open

discussion taking place tomorrow and

0:29:010:29:05

that is the start of the process of

looking at this issue. But as I

0:29:050:29:11

indicated in response to my right

honourable friend, the member for

0:29:110:29:15

Rushcliffe, this is not just about

the incident which has taken place

0:29:150:29:18

here in the United Kingdom but it is

about this use of chemical weapons,

0:29:180:29:22

this illegal use of chemical weapons

which has taken place. And the role

0:29:220:29:26

of the Russian state and the

development of chemical weapons,

0:29:260:29:29

contrary to international law.

Mr Speaker, no reasonable person can

0:29:290:29:34

possibly doubt that the Russian

Government has behaved with

0:29:340:29:41

arrogance and inhumanity and with

contempt, not least in failing to

0:29:410:29:47

respond to the Prime Minister's

deadline, which it surely would have

0:29:470:29:52

done if it had known it was innocent

of this charge. In welcoming the

0:29:520:29:58

Prime Minister's expulsion of 23

diplomats for intelligence agencies,

0:29:580:30:06

will I ask her to make it clear that

any retaliation in kind by the

0:30:060:30:13

Russian Government will be met by a

further expulsions, possibly

0:30:130:30:17

including even the ambassador, who

spends so much time coming to talk

0:30:170:30:21

to us in this place, prolonging the

poor state of Anglo Russian

0:30:210:30:26

relations? Will she accept that

Russia traditionally respects

0:30:260:30:35

strength and despite his weakness,

and that the time has come to

0:30:350:30:41

recognise that 2% GDP is not enough

to spend on defence when we are

0:30:410:30:46

reverting to the sort of adversarial

relationship, when we used to spend

0:30:460:30:52

a much higher proportion of GDP in

ensuring that this country was well

0:30:520:30:56

defended?

Can I thank my right honourable

0:30:560:31:01

friend for his remarks? As I said in

my statement, in response to his

0:31:010:31:05

first point, there are other

measures we stand ready to deploy

0:31:050:31:08

any time, should we face further

Russian provocation. On the other

0:31:080:31:12

point he made, of course, as we have

been looking through our national

0:31:120:31:17

security capability review and our

modernising defence programme

0:31:170:31:20

review, what we're is ensuring that

for the variety and diversity of

0:31:200:31:26

threats this country faces, we have

the resources and capabilities

0:31:260:31:29

available to deal with those

threats. But of course, as those

0:31:290:31:34

threats diversify, not all of them

will be responded to buy what is

0:31:340:31:38

conventionally normally considered

to be defence.

0:31:380:31:42

Can I say that I, and my party,

fully support the Prime Minister's

0:31:420:31:46

statement? Can I start by asking

what is her response to the brave

0:31:460:31:53

Leader of the Opposition in Russia,

who is not allowed to stand in the

0:31:530:31:58

presidential election? Who has said

that the most effective action the

0:31:580:32:03

British Government can take is to

use its legal powers, such as the

0:32:030:32:08

unexplained wealth orders, against

named individuals who are critical

0:32:080:32:12

to the Putin operation? And unions

in particular a person who has

0:32:120:32:20

substantial property and sporting

interests and the first Deputy Prime

0:32:200:32:26

Minister, who amongst other things

owns a £40 million flat overlooking

0:32:260:32:32

the Ministry of Defence? Will she

act?

0:32:320:32:37

And I thank the right honourable

gentlemen for the support he has

0:32:370:32:39

given to the actions being taken by

the Government. Can I also say to

0:32:390:32:44

him, as I did in my statement, that

we do of course look at issues

0:32:440:32:50

around corrupt elites and we look at

issues around criminal finance and

0:32:500:32:53

we look at using the tools and

capabilities that are at our

0:32:530:32:59

disposal, and the National Crime

Agency continues without work?

0:32:590:33:04

Thank you, Mr Speaker. May I thank

the Prime Minister for higher press

0:33:040:33:07

of leadership in this matter?

Unusually I side with the leader of

0:33:070:33:14

the Liberal Democrats in calling for

more use of Linux by wealth

0:33:140:33:17

orders... Can also ask her if she

will use tools at his disposal to

0:33:170:33:21

expose the wealth of the Vladimir

Putin family? $300 million or more

0:33:210:33:25

has been stolen from the Russian

people buy that man. We should

0:33:250:33:28

expose them for what he is and not

be a useful idiot hiding behind

0:33:280:33:32

legalism of his crimes.

Can I thank my friend Mike for his

0:33:320:33:38

contribution and suggestion? And I

also say on the unexplained wealth

0:33:380:33:41

orders, of course, those articles we

do use, but we have to use is

0:33:410:33:46

properly in accordance with the rule

of law, following the new processes

0:33:460:33:50

that should take place.

Thank you, and I welcome the Prime

0:33:500:33:57

Minister's statement, agree with her

analysis and fully support the

0:33:570:33:59

Government's actions.

I understand that the Foreign Office

0:33:590:34:06

has called for an urgent meeting of

the UN Security Council.

0:34:060:34:12

What is the Prime Minister think the

result of this is likely to be,

0:34:120:34:15

given that one permanent member of

the council is engaging in unlawful

0:34:150:34:21

attacks on another, and does she

share my concerns that Russian

0:34:210:34:25

action in this country, in Ukraine,

and in backing Assad's murderous

0:34:250:34:31

regime in Syria, means that the

current security Council mechanism

0:34:310:34:38

is broken?

Thank you, to her for her comments.

0:34:380:34:43

And the Foreign Secretary spoke to

the UN Secretary-General yesterday

0:34:430:34:45

and later today in New York, the UN

security council will hold initial

0:34:450:34:51

consultations and obviously Russia

is a member of that Security Council

0:34:510:34:54

but I think it is important we

continue to use the international

0:34:540:34:57

organisations that are available to

us. The United Nations is a

0:34:570:35:03

protector of the International rules

-based order and that is what it

0:35:030:35:05

should be, we will continue to press

for a robust international response.

0:35:050:35:13

It is clear that almost unanimously

across the house there is support

0:35:140:35:16

for my right honourable friend's

proportionate and right response to

0:35:160:35:20

this crisis. In particular, she is

absolutely right to use the

0:35:200:35:25

mechanisms of the United Nations to

make clear to everybody what has

0:35:250:35:29

happened in this case. And will she

also bear in mind that in Syria,

0:35:290:35:33

Russia has either indirectly or

directly authorised and used

0:35:330:35:39

chemical weapons. May I also thank

her for what she has said about the

0:35:390:35:41

Magnitsky amendment, which many

others across the house have been

0:35:410:35:46

working for for some time now. I

hope she will give consideration for

0:35:460:35:50

implementing the full Magnitsky

amendment, as it has been in

0:35:500:35:55

fermented in America and Canada.

Panay first of all say, and it picks

0:35:550:36:03

up a point made from the previous

question, that this is not some day

0:36:030:36:06

one act we see from Russia, it is a

pattern of actions by Russia, where

0:36:060:36:11

they are undertaking, in a variety

of ways, different actions. Of

0:36:110:36:15

course, what we see them doing in

Syria, the illegal annexation of

0:36:150:36:22

Premier, and the use of propaganda,

their attempts to interfere in

0:36:220:36:25

elections across the continent of

Europe. -- Crimea. These are all the

0:36:250:36:30

actions that the Russian state are

getting involved in. In response to

0:36:300:36:33

the second point, we will bring

forward a government amendment to

0:36:330:36:37

reflect the Magnitsky considerations

and ensure that we have got the

0:36:370:36:42

strongest possible means to deal

with these issues.

We welcome the

0:36:420:36:48

decisive action which is being taken

by the Prime Minister today. It sits

0:36:480:36:52

in contrast with the policy of

appeasement that we have heard from

0:36:520:36:56

the front bench of the Labour Party.

I am sure the people of the United

0:36:560:37:02

Kingdom are pleased that it is the

Prime Minister who is standing

0:37:020:37:07

behind the dispatch box today,

defending the rule of law and the

0:37:070:37:10

citizens of this country. However,

she has told us she has spoken to

0:37:100:37:14

our allies over the last couple of

days. Perhaps you could tell us,

0:37:140:37:18

apart from words of support, what

actions have they committed to to

0:37:180:37:23

ensure that, first of all, a message

is sent out about this action and

0:37:230:37:26

actions in the future?

Can I thank

the honourable gentleman for his

0:37:260:37:31

remarks and the support of the DUP

for the action of the Government is

0:37:310:37:35

taking on this matter? Can I say to

them, in relation to the action

0:37:350:37:42

taken by international allies, they

were waiting to announce the actions

0:37:420:37:46

we were taking, the decision taken

by the National Security Council

0:37:460:37:49

this morning, but we will be holding

further discussions with allies

0:37:490:37:52

about the way in which they can

support what we're doing with

0:37:520:37:55

actions themselves.

I entirely agree

with the approach adopted by my

0:37:550:38:01

right honourable friend the Prime

Minister in how she has responded to

0:38:010:38:04

this outrageous attack. Does she

agree with me that the difficulty we

0:38:040:38:10

face is not so much in getting the

concurrence of our allies in

0:38:100:38:14

agreeing on the nature of the

outrage, but how we are going to

0:38:140:38:18

craft a sustained strategy so that

those of us who believe in the rules

0:38:180:38:24

-based international system you can

apply the necessary leverage and

0:38:240:38:28

persuasion on Russia to conform to

it? And the very serious risk that

0:38:280:38:33

we run is that if we do not succeed

in doing this, the level of violence

0:38:330:38:38

that Russia is guide to exercise

with impunity against other states

0:38:380:38:43

and us will simply increase? And

that this is something that our

0:38:430:38:47

allies in particular must have

regard to if we are going to make

0:38:470:38:53

any progress?

My right honourable

and learned friend is absolutely

0:38:530:38:55

correct that this is an issue that

we need to address in that wider

0:38:550:38:59

sense, because it is about the way

in which the Russian state is

0:38:590:39:05

acting, it believes, with impunity,

in a whole variety of ways, the way

0:39:050:39:08

in which it is flouting

international rules -based order. We

0:39:080:39:12

must come together as allies to

ensure that we are supporting that

0:39:120:39:15

international rules -based order and

that we have not just a collective

0:39:150:39:21

agreement, but a collective approach

that ensures that we can challenge

0:39:210:39:23

what Russia is doing. But he's also

right, one of the points I think we

0:39:230:39:29

should be making to our allies is

that this may have happened in the

0:39:290:39:32

United Kingdom, but, actually, it is

something that could be happening

0:39:320:39:35

any of these states.

I join others

in welcoming the measure is the

0:39:350:39:42

Prime Minister has announced today.

As Russia has chosen to act against

0:39:420:39:48

us in such an outrageous way, we

have to demonstrate our

0:39:480:39:51

determination to defend ourselves.

Given that Russia's usual response

0:39:510:39:56

is to deny all responsibility for

such actions, as well as seeking the

0:39:560:40:01

assistance of the Organisation for

the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

0:40:010:40:04

in identifying the sample, does she

intend, as any member state is

0:40:040:40:09

entitled to do, to ask for that

organisation to carry out an

0:40:090:40:13

investigation, including an

inspection of any facilities or

0:40:130:40:19

locations in Russia where this nerve

agent in all probability was

0:40:190:40:23

produced?

Can I say to the Right

Honourable Gentleman that we will be

0:40:230:40:28

talking to the OPCW about a number

of ways in which not just the sample

0:40:280:40:34

of the nerve agent used here in the

United Kingdom can be independently

0:40:340:40:38

verified, but other actions that the

OPCW might be able to take?

May I

0:40:380:40:45

welcome the decision of the

Government to refer the patiently

0:40:450:40:52

and carefully acquired evidence in

this attack to the Organisation for

0:40:520:40:57

the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons?

Is it her intention that the

0:40:570:40:59

findings should be transferred to

the Russians, the United Nations and

0:40:590:41:02

to ourselves, and will she consider,

in light of that finding, going

0:41:020:41:07

further on unexplained wealth orders

and other financial sanctions

0:41:070:41:11

against Russia if necessary?

I say

to my right honourable friend that,

0:41:110:41:17

of course, we are asking the OPCW to

independently verify this, so that

0:41:170:41:21

it can be clear to everyone the

nature of this nerve agent. Can I

0:41:210:41:27

also say to him that, as I said

earlier in response to the

0:41:270:41:31

unexplained wealth orders, these are

things which we do operate, we do

0:41:310:41:35

use and we have introduced. We will

always ensure that they are done on

0:41:350:41:43

evidence and, obviously, we operate

according to the rule of law.

Can I

0:41:430:41:49

welcome the Prime Minister's clear

statement and her condemnation of

0:41:490:41:53

the Russians, and the action she has

taken? Can I in particular welcome

0:41:530:41:58

the fact that she is adopting the

Magnitsky Amendment from the

0:41:580:42:03

Government? Can I say that too much

money is being Lord and -- laundered

0:42:030:42:11

and finding its way to the British

system? There are two magazines she

0:42:110:42:15

could do pretty quickly to tackle

that. In the first place, she could

0:42:150:42:17

bring forward a public register of

ownership of properties, promised by

0:42:170:42:24

her predecessor in 2015 and has been

delayed by this government. In the

0:42:240:42:29

second place, she could increase

transparency in our corporate

0:42:290:42:32

structures, so that we will know who

forms companies, where the money

0:42:320:42:39

comes from, and deal with it if it

is illicit money that is brought in

0:42:390:42:43

by unsavoury people?

In relation to

the issue she has raised about the

0:42:430:42:52

transparency, in relation to

property ownership, that is

0:42:520:42:57

something I have discussed with the

Business Secretary. We haven't been

0:42:570:42:59

delaying that. We need to make sure

we get that right. We have been

0:42:590:43:03

discussing the timing for

introducing that. We do want sure we

0:43:030:43:06

have all the tools in our locker we

can use that can help us in the

0:43:060:43:11

endeavour that we are engaged in.

I

want to 100% support the premise was

0:43:110:43:20

a statement and the actions she is

taking. To follow up on the last

0:43:200:43:25

question, I wanted to pick up on the

statement that there is no place for

0:43:250:43:29

serious criminals and corrupt elites

or their money in our country. There

0:43:290:43:33

are amendments that the premise will

support. It will she bear in mind

0:43:330:43:39

that the select committees need to

know what is going on to tackle

0:43:390:43:47

dirty money in the City of London or

elsewhere, to bring evidence to the

0:43:470:43:52

house, to shake the action that the

Government can then take?

I thank my

0:43:520:43:56

right arm will friend for her

suggestion. Indeed, I recognise the

0:43:560:44:00

role that select committees can

play. I suspect my right honourable

0:44:000:44:04

friend has just set up a stream of

work for her own Treasury Select

0:44:040:44:07

Committee to undertake.

Can I ensure

the Prime Minister that most of us

0:44:070:44:15

on these benches fully support the

measures she has announced today.

0:44:150:44:21

Indeed, some of us think they could

have come a bit sooner. On the wider

0:44:210:44:26

issue of Putin's hybrid warfare

against our country, will she Tasker

0:44:260:44:33

the intelligence services to

investigate his influencing

0:44:330:44:40

operations in our institutions and

political parties?

The Right

0:44:400:44:45

Honourable Gentleman raises an

important issue about the propaganda

0:44:450:44:49

activities that are being undertaken

and I will look at his suggestions.

0:44:490:44:57

We should all be thanking God today

it is my right honourable friend at

0:44:570:45:00

her place and not the so-called

alternative. I am not expecting my

0:45:000:45:06

right honourable friend to comment

on the detail, but this morning,

0:45:060:45:09

residents in my constituency saw the

Metropolitan Police and the army in

0:45:090:45:16

place, the stricken lockdown,

removing vehicles and items linked

0:45:160:45:21

to the Salisbury incident. I am not

expecting my right honourable friend

0:45:210:45:28

to give over information on current

operations, but Coogee content two

0:45:280:45:35

things? First, that she, the

government and the security services

0:45:350:45:37

are doing all that they can to my

constituents safe, and can she

0:45:370:45:42

arrange fulsomely to provide

everything to me, as the member of

0:45:420:45:45

Parliament, as to precisely what

happened?

Can I say to my right

0:45:450:45:49

honourable friend I am very happy to

do that. As he will be aware, the

0:45:490:45:53

police investigation does continue.

We cannot say where the

0:45:530:45:57

investigation is going to take the

police in terms of their further

0:45:570:46:00

inquiries. I was sure that she is

provided with a briefing as a member

0:46:000:46:03

of Parliament.

I completely support

everything the Prime Minister has

0:46:030:46:07

said today. The truth is, under

Putin, the Russian Federation has

0:46:070:46:15

managed to combine all of the worst

facets of communism and all of the

0:46:150:46:18

worst assets of rampant capitalism,

all wrapped up inside a national

0:46:180:46:23

security state which keeps its

people poor and kills his political

0:46:230:46:30

opponents. Can I just ask about the

Russian ambassador? Since he arrived

0:46:300:46:33

here seven years ago, he has

repeatedly lied to parliamentarians.

0:46:330:46:40

He has tried to get the speaker to

stop debates on Russia happening in

0:46:400:46:45

this house. He has tried to

interfere in the internal elections

0:46:450:46:48

of this house. Surely to God, it is

time we now told him that we will

0:46:480:46:54

order our affairs in this country,

not him, and he can go home.

Welcome

0:46:540:47:03

I say to the Right Honourable

Gentleman he is absolutely right, we

0:47:030:47:07

will order our affairs in this

country and we will not be told what

0:47:070:47:10

to do by Russian ambassadors. I

fully expect the house authorities

0:47:100:47:17

to ensure it is not possible for an

external parties such as that to

0:47:170:47:20

interfere in elections in this

house. Can I also say that it is a

0:47:200:47:24

brave man who tries to tell the

Speaker of the House of Commons what

0:47:240:47:28

to do when anything down.

For the

avoidance of doubt, he got nowhere

0:47:280:47:31

with me, you be sure about that.

Anna Soubry?

Is to Speaker, it is

0:47:310:47:39

noticeable that the length and

breadth of this place has completely

0:47:390:47:43

supported not just the wise words

and leadership of the Prime

0:47:430:47:44

Minister, but also her firm actions,

with the notable exception of the

0:47:440:47:49

front bench of the opposition. That

is a shameful moment. Further to the

0:47:490:47:57

question asked by the Honourable

Member for Exeter, democracy is a

0:47:570:48:03

fundamental British value. And there

have been long held concerns that

0:48:030:48:07

Russia has been seeking to undermine

and interfere in it. If those

0:48:070:48:14

concerns now turn to evidence, will

she take equally robust action

0:48:140:48:16

against Russia to ensure that our

great British democracy continues to

0:48:160:48:22

be protected?

0:48:220:48:25

I am very happy to give the

assurance to my right honourable

0:48:260:48:29

friend of the action that we take.

We recognise that the first duty of

0:48:290:48:34

government is to safeguard the

nation and we treat the security and

0:48:340:48:39

integrity of our democratic

processes, as with everything else

0:48:390:48:41

in this country, very seriously. In

terms of disinformation that is used

0:48:410:48:47

by the Kremlin, we know that they

persistently use this to destabilise

0:48:470:48:52

perceived enemies, and managing this

is a long-term priority for the UK.

0:48:520:48:55

We continue to work not just as the

UK, but with international partners

0:48:550:48:59

on efforts to counter this.

Alongside many colleagues in this

0:48:590:49:06

house, I speak and a half of my

party in calling for a robust and

0:49:060:49:09

immediate response. Sources inform

us that Russia is the UK's biggest

0:49:090:49:17

wrappings grade nuclear substances

export market. This is despite

0:49:170:49:21

several attempts at a moratorium on

depleted uranium by the European

0:49:210:49:25

Parliament and the United Nations.

Will the Prime Minister confirm

0:49:250:49:29

whether the UK still exports nuclear

substances to Russia, and, if so,

0:49:290:49:32

surely this should be among the very

first sanctions imposed?

Can I thank

0:49:320:49:39

the honourable lady for the remarks

that she has made for the support

0:49:390:49:42

she has given from her party for the

actions that the government is

0:49:420:49:48

taking. What we have been talking

about today is the use of a nerve

0:49:480:49:50

agent, they chemical weapon UK soil,

and the blatant flouting of the

0:49:500:49:57

International rules -based order,

and the legal structure around that

0:49:570:50:01

use of chemical weapons by the

Russian state.

0:50:010:50:06

When I served as Security Minister

and my right honourable friend was

0:50:070:50:12

Home Secretary, I became aware of

both of her outstanding

0:50:120:50:16

determination and dedication, and

they commitment of expertise to

0:50:160:50:25

security services and

counterterrorism. She knows as the

0:50:250:50:27

House knows that this is important.

But this invent happened in

0:50:270:50:30

Salisbury and could have happened in

rapture or a Lincolnshire... Will

0:50:300:50:34

she asked the Home Secretary to look

at whether our local woollies forces

0:50:340:50:40

are equipped, given the dynamic --

whether our local police forces are

0:50:400:50:46

quotes given the dynamic nature of

these events, to deal with these

0:50:460:50:50

events?

He has a particular understanding of

0:50:500:50:54

these issues, but can I say to him

that the ability to bring in

0:50:540:51:00

capabilities of the counterterrorism

police, who don't just operate in

0:51:000:51:03

the Metropolitan Police, as he

knows, but have regional bases

0:51:030:51:06

around the country as well, is part

of the layover structure we have in

0:51:060:51:12

relation to police forces, but I am

sure my right honourable friend will

0:51:120:51:14

make sure that the police look at

the immediate response that they

0:51:140:51:18

have to this incident, to ensure we

will not see an incident of this

0:51:180:51:23

type happening again on UK soil, and

that is why we are giving a clear

0:51:230:51:27

message to the Russian state that we

do want to ensure all of our police

0:51:270:51:31

forces are aware of threats they may

face.

0:51:310:51:40

The Prime Minister's words were

appropriate, measured and correct,

0:51:400:51:43

and she has my full support. She

mentions dirty money from Russia.

0:51:430:51:47

Can she look again at the role of

the tax Havens internationally,

0:51:470:51:56

including those in British Overseas

Territories and Crown dependencies?

0:51:560:52:02

I thank the honourable gentleman for

his remarks. Can I say to him that,

0:52:020:52:07

as he knows, we have been taking a

number of measures in relation to

0:52:070:52:12

financial activities in the British

Overseas Territories and

0:52:120:52:15

dependencies, and we continued to

press and those? And of course we

0:52:150:52:20

have enhanced our ability to deal

with these issues here in relation

0:52:200:52:24

to economic crime through the

formation of the National economic

0:52:240:52:26

crime Centre, which I am pleased to

say, obviously having fun the

0:52:260:52:29

National Crime Agency, we have now

set up that national economic crime

0:52:290:52:34

Centre as part of the NCA which

brings capabilities together to do

0:52:340:52:38

with these issues?

My constituents will be reassured by

0:52:380:52:45

the way you are regarding the

nation's security. Can I ask my

0:52:450:52:52

honourable friend to contempt the

remarks of President Putin who are

0:52:520:52:59

tacked nations for meddling in the

United States of America? Can I ask

0:52:590:53:03

about possible drug use of chemical

weapons... What is the prospect of

0:53:030:53:08

such chemical weapons had ending up

in the hands of extremists?

0:53:080:53:16

I must say that I also condemned the

remarks he has referred to that were

0:53:160:53:20

made in relation to certain

communities in the United States.

0:53:200:53:24

Can I say to my honourable friend in

relation to the second part of his

0:53:240:53:28

question, that what we're talking

about here is a nerve agent that was

0:53:280:53:32

developed as part of eight chemical

weapons programme by the Russian

0:53:320:53:35

state? I think that will give him a

clear message in relation to this.

0:53:350:53:44

Could I fully support what the Prime

Minister said in her statement in

0:53:440:53:48

the actions she outlined today? Can

ask the Prime Minister about my

0:53:480:53:53

concerns about whether we have in

place a proper strategy to combat

0:53:530:53:56

chemical weapons attacks on this

country, particular small-scale

0:53:560:54:02

attacks? At the premiership me

reassurance to tell me if work is

0:54:020:54:08

continuing to improve that? -- could

the Prime Minister give me

0:54:080:54:11

reassurance?

We look at this issue and have a

0:54:110:54:13

strategy but will of course ensure,

given what has happened, we will

0:54:130:54:17

review of and look again to make

sure we have the best possible

0:54:170:54:22

opportunity to ensure that this

cannot happen again.

0:54:220:54:28

Whilst welcoming the Prime

Minister's statement as almost

0:54:280:54:31

everyone else has, can I join with

the Right honourable member for

0:54:310:54:36

Beaconsfield about the important for

the international rule of law? I say

0:54:360:54:41

this is an important public decision

for China to decide which side she

0:54:410:54:44

is going to sit on in this

arrangement? Can I urge my right

0:54:440:54:49

honourable friend to make sure we

make the most energetic steps to

0:54:490:54:52

ensure that China stands with the

rest of the civilised world on the

0:54:520:54:55

site of law and responsibility.

Thank you for raising the issue in

0:54:550:55:03

this way. We want to see the maximum

possible adherence to the

0:55:030:55:07

international rules -based order

across the whole world. In a

0:55:070:55:11

different context this is a matter

that I raised when I was in China

0:55:110:55:14

recently.

This is an extremely important

0:55:140:55:18

parliamentary occasion and I think

it's understandable that very large

0:55:180:55:21

numbers of members would want to

question the Prime Minister. Can I

0:55:210:55:26

request you colleagues that they

should seek to ensure that their

0:55:260:55:29

questions are as succinct as the

Prime Minister's replies have been,

0:55:290:55:32

and that way we might get through a

very great many more quickly than

0:55:320:55:36

otherwise?

I also support the measure the Prime

0:55:360:55:42

Minister announced and condemnation

to what is increasingly looking like

0:55:420:55:44

a rogue state. On the question of

the integrity of the UN Security

0:55:440:55:49

Council, we must now begin to talk

about reform. Russia cannot be

0:55:490:55:52

allowed to simply sit pretty,

thumbing its nose at the rest of the

0:55:520:55:58

world community, and building itself

immune from the rule of law

0:55:580:56:01

internationally. Will she initiate

that sort of reform discussion with

0:56:010:56:05

the general secretary?

And once again thank the right

0:56:050:56:09

honourable gentlemen for the remarks

made today and support given to the

0:56:090:56:11

Government, as he did so on Monday?

In relation to the question, we

0:56:110:56:18

talked to the United Nations about

reform of the UN in a whole variety

0:56:180:56:21

of ways. In a decision made at the

catch 22 is that any decision taken

0:56:210:56:27

in the Security Council to reform it

of course could be subject to a veto

0:56:270:56:32

by Russia, who are sitting there

are... I think the point has been

0:56:320:56:35

raised not just by the right

honourable gentlemen but by others

0:56:350:56:37

and this is something we must look

at.

0:56:370:56:40

Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister has

underlined to the house at the

0:56:400:56:44

Russian state has either been

utterly reckless at best or directly

0:56:440:56:50

complicit at worst, in contravening

the movement against employing a

0:56:500:57:00

harmful substance on our soil. Will

she take a hardline defences against

0:57:000:57:03

hostile State defence? Will she

ensure appropriate balances be

0:57:030:57:12

employed against counterterrorism

and counterespionage to ensure our

0:57:120:57:16

excellent security and intelligence

agencies are appropriately focused

0:57:160:57:18

too, and rightly disrupt those who

would cause harm in our country?

0:57:180:57:25

Can I say to my right honourable

friend, also a former Security

0:57:250:57:28

Minister who has an understanding of

these issues, that I take the point

0:57:280:57:31

he has made, we do indeed constantly

ensure that the balance is right

0:57:310:57:37

between counterterrorism and

counterespionage, and we will

0:57:370:57:40

continue to ensure that balance is

maintained properly?

0:57:400:57:47

Responding with strength and resolve

when your country is under threat is

0:57:470:57:52

an essential component of political

leadership. There is a Labour

0:57:520:58:00

tradition that understands that, and

it has been understood by prime

0:58:000:58:05

ministers of all parties who have

stood at that despatch box. That

0:58:050:58:10

means when chemical weapons are

used, we need more than words but

0:58:100:58:16

deeds. And can I ask the premise to

what more she can do to enhance our

0:58:160:58:22

solidarity with our allies,

particularly at a time when there

0:58:220:58:25

are a Nationalist forces trying to

drive wedges between democratic

0:58:250:58:30

countries, some of those forces

backed and supported by the Russians

0:58:300:58:35

themselves?

Can I first of all say to the right

0:58:350:58:40

honourable gentleman that he is of

course absolutely right that there

0:58:400:58:45

is a strong tradition in the Labour

Party of recognising the importance

0:58:450:58:50

of acting in the national interest

and acting in our national

0:58:500:58:54

security's interest when under

threat? And we have seen that from

0:58:540:58:58

governments of all complexions over

the years. In relation to the point

0:58:580:59:03

about the international activity and

the deeds that we need to take, it

0:59:030:59:07

is right and we will be continuing

to talk and we have been speaking to

0:59:070:59:13

our allies even before this event

took place about the ways in which

0:59:130:59:16

we could deal with and address some

of the activities and actions Russia

0:59:160:59:21

has been taking across the countries

in Europe and elsewhere. But we will

0:59:210:59:26

redouble those efforts.

Does my right honourable friend

0:59:260:59:31

agree that some of the best assets

we have against Russian

0:59:310:59:34

disinformation propaganda is the BBC

World Service? Will she look at ways

0:59:340:59:39

in which we can extend the reach of

the World Service, perhaps by

0:59:390:59:43

incorporating world television?

Dishy agree we need to be careful

0:59:430:59:46

not to give any pretext, however

unjustified, for the Russians to

0:59:460:59:50

take action against BBC and other

free media outlets? -- does

0:59:500:59:56

agree?

I would hope that the Russian state

0:59:560:59:58

would be prepared to accept the

importance of free media but sadly

0:59:581:00:05

one or two things we heard last

night suggest this may not be the

1:00:051:00:09

case. My right honourable friend is

right that the broadcasting of the

1:00:091:00:14

BBC, of the World Service, is an

important element of the reach that

1:00:141:00:19

the United Kingdom has but it is

important as a part of people who

1:00:191:00:25

believe in democracy and the rule of

law and free speech and expression

1:00:251:00:28

to have an outlet and she is doing

just that.

1:00:281:00:33

Mr Speaker, I was glad to hear the

Prime Minister mentioned the

1:00:331:00:36

sanctions and the anti-money

laundering bill and I welcome the

1:00:361:00:41

commitment to the Magnitsky

Amendment. But you will understand

1:00:411:00:44

that many uptake SLPs and LLPs are

engaged in money-laundering from

1:00:441:00:51

Russia via Azerbaijan, Georgia, the

Ukraine through these country. Was

1:00:511:00:54

he Speaker Cabinet colleagues and

bring forward sanctions under the

1:00:541:01:01

anti-money-laundering bill to tackle

these corrupt elites, because money

1:01:011:01:05

is happening -- money-laundering is

happening via capital has at the

1:01:051:01:15

moment.

We have been working with the

1:01:151:01:16

financial sector on ways we can

improve the action we are taking

1:01:161:01:21

against money-laundering, and this

is one of the things I expect the

1:01:211:01:25

National economic crime Centre to

look at closely.

1:01:251:01:28

Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I welcome

the action of my right honourable

1:01:281:01:32

friend as she announced today. One

way Russia seeks to extend influence

1:01:321:01:37

in Europe is building relationships

of energy dependence. Is my right

1:01:371:01:44

honourable friend aware that we have

recently begun to receive Russian

1:01:441:01:47

natural gas? We need to bring in

extra energy resources from Qatar,

1:01:471:01:55

Malaysia and Australia who are more

than willing to sell to us, allies?

1:01:551:01:59

When looking to gas supplies, we are

looking to other countries and I

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confirm this.

Can I say I am another one who

1:02:021:02:07

supports the statement she has made

today? As a strong advocate for the

1:02:071:02:12

defence and security of our country.

Mechanic draw attention to something

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I don't want to get lost in what she

said, while our response must be

1:02:151:02:18

robust, it must also remain true to

our values, and as such, with the

1:02:181:02:22

prime ministers say a bit about

something I think she has done,

1:02:221:02:26

which is not disabled band Russia

today, which actually I think is a

1:02:261:02:30

strong point to make -- it is not to

say we will ban Russia Today. We

1:02:301:02:38

Also Believe in the rule of law and

democracy.

1:02:381:02:42

We believe in the rule of law and

democracy and free media.

1:02:421:02:45

The question of the status of Russia

Today A a broadcasting in the United

1:02:451:02:51

Kingdom is not a matter for the

Government but a matter for the

1:02:511:02:55

independent Ofcom to consider.

The premise that was correct to say

1:02:551:02:59

that our argument is not the Russian

people but with the Russian state

1:02:591:03:02

which has sponsored murder on our

streets. Today we have heard

1:03:021:03:06

absolute solidarity from across the

western world and was political

1:03:061:03:09

parties, but what chairman of

support has my right honourable

1:03:091:03:12

friend received from the one

political party which gives

1:03:121:03:15

unequivocal 100% backing to the

Leader of the Opposition, the

1:03:151:03:19

commonest party of Great Britain? --

the Communist Party of Great

1:03:191:03:23

Britain.

It believe I have received any such

1:03:231:03:30

statement from the Communist Party

of Great Britain although I did

1:03:301:03:33

notice that a matter of one or two

weeks ago they did say that they

1:03:331:03:37

were not going to be standing as

candidates against where the Labour

1:03:371:03:42

Party were standing and they now

felt more comfortable in working

1:03:421:03:45

with the Labour Party.

I strongly work on the Prime

1:03:451:03:50

Minister's statement but I urge her

to go further in using energy policy

1:03:501:03:55

as a new way of attacking the

Russian threat. While there were

1:03:551:03:58

significant British energy interests

in Russia, will acknowledge that...

1:03:581:04:04

Anti-development in the military and

intelligence assets are primarily

1:04:041:04:07

funded by the sale of Russian fossil

fuels. Callander for comment at

1:04:071:04:14

looking -- can I comment to look the

EU energy strategy largely written

1:04:141:04:21

in Russia and reducing dependency on

fossil fuels?

1:04:211:04:26

I understand this about the extent

to which Russia uses its energy as a

1:04:261:04:31

means to influence and have an

impact on those countries that are

1:04:311:04:35

in receipt of it and also the

finances it provides from what is an

1:04:351:04:40

important one, and I can assure him

that as we continue to discuss with

1:04:401:04:45

the European Union not just our

energy security but that wider

1:04:451:04:50

energy security that Mac

many

members of this and the other House

1:04:501:04:55

are members of multilateral

parliamentary organisations.

1:04:551:04:59

Like the Council of Europe and the

Nato parliamentary assembly... Would

1:04:591:05:03

my right honourable friend agree

that a way we can help get behind

1:05:031:05:05

her leadership and the Government

position on this is to when we

1:05:051:05:10

attend events get the message across

to explain the policies of this

1:05:101:05:13

Government, to explain what is

happening and why our allies should

1:05:131:05:16

be supporting us?

1:05:161:05:20

I think he has raised an extremely

valuable point and I welcome that

1:05:201:05:24

suggestion and would encourage him

and other members of this house in

1:05:241:05:27

the multilateral organisations to do

just that.

The Prime Minister will

1:05:271:05:32

know I do not shy away from

criticising international policies

1:05:321:05:36

when they get it wrong. She should

know that she has my full and

1:05:361:05:40

unequivocal support for the measure

she has set out, particularly in

1:05:401:05:43

light of the revelations coming out

of the Robert Mueller inquiry, will

1:05:431:05:48

she insurers that she will leave no

stone unturned when examining the

1:05:481:05:53

Russian State's attempts to subvert

parliamentary democracy whether by

1:05:531:05:59

financial, propaganda, and other

means, however uncomfortable some of

1:05:591:06:01

those findings may be for us?

I am

very happy to give that commitment

1:06:011:06:06

and thank you for the Commons he has

made today. I know that he is not

1:06:061:06:09

backward in coming forwards when he

wishes to criticise the Government,

1:06:091:06:12

but he has given support to the

government not just today but on

1:06:121:06:15

Monday as well. I welcome that and

thank him for it.

I also welcome my

1:06:151:06:22

right honourable friend's clear,

decisive actions she is taking. Can

1:06:221:06:26

she reassure the British citizens

that are looking to travel to Russia

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over the coming weeks and months

that regular updates will be

1:06:291:06:33

provided by the Commonwealth office

and their safety will be paramount?

1:06:331:06:38

I can give that assurance to my

honourable friend. I suggest to

1:06:381:06:42

those that do wish to travel to

Russia that they do ensure they are

1:06:421:06:45

checking the Foreign Office advice.

My understanding is that the travel

1:06:451:06:47

advice has not changed at this

stage. But people should check that

1:06:471:06:51

travel advice before they move.

This

is a day for the house to speak as

1:06:511:06:58

one for the nation. She will be

reassured to hear that a clear

1:06:581:07:03

majority of Labour MPs, alongside

the leaders of every other party,

1:07:031:07:06

support the firm stance she has

taken. Can I ask, is she prepared

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that this situation will probably

get more difficult before it gets

1:07:121:07:18

better? And is she prepared to stay

the course, to face down this

1:07:181:07:23

international bully and wrecker of

the rule of all across the world?

1:07:231:07:35

Can I thank the honourable gentleman

for the remarks he has made, and he

1:07:351:07:38

made a strong statement on Monday as

well. Can I assure him that I am

1:07:381:07:42

this government will stay the

course. We recognise that there may

1:07:421:07:46

be further Russian provocation. If

there is, we have further measures

1:07:461:07:49

we can deploy in relation to that.

But I think it is important that we,

1:07:491:07:54

and we will encourage international

allies to do this as well, that we

1:07:541:07:57

recognise this is an important

moment to stand up and say to

1:07:571:08:02

Russia, no, you cannot do this. The

Russian economy is a fraction, but

1:08:021:08:08

their expenditure on offensive

capability is a multiple of hours.

1:08:081:08:10

Is there a lesson there?

Well, can I

say to my right honourable friend

1:08:101:08:18

that, of course, we do constantly

look at the resources that we are

1:08:181:08:21

putting in to ensure our national

security, which is assured across a

1:08:211:08:26

number of apartments in Government,

and we continue to do so.

Can I

1:08:261:08:31

welcome the Prime Minister's a

response, which she set out today?

1:08:311:08:36

Further to the confirmation that no

minister member of the Royal family

1:08:361:08:38

will be attending the World Cup this

summer, does she believe this should

1:08:381:08:41

also extend to senior FA officials,

and will she ask Nato allies to join

1:08:411:08:49

us in this endeavour?

I think the

attendance at sporting events is a

1:08:491:08:57

matter for these sporting

authorities. It is a matter for

1:08:571:08:59

them. They will be aware of the

statement I have made today. They

1:08:591:09:02

will be aware that we say that no

ministers and members of the Royal

1:09:021:09:05

family will be attending the World

Cup, and I am sure they will want to

1:09:051:09:09

be considering their position.

As

chair of the Interparliamentary

1:09:091:09:15

Union, I led a delegation to St

Petersburg and was met by Russian

1:09:151:09:21

people with great warmth and

hospitality. Will she stress that

1:09:211:09:27

our problem is not with them, it is

with their appalling leadership, and

1:09:271:09:31

the Russian ambassador has made it

clear that we should expect

1:09:311:09:34

retaliation, so will she send a

clear signal to him and Moscow that

1:09:341:09:37

the United Kingdom will not be

threatened?

I am grateful to him for

1:09:371:09:45

the remarks that he has made. I

think last night I saw the Russian

1:09:451:09:49

ambassador being quoted as saying

that Russia was not a country that

1:09:491:09:54

accepted ultimatums. Well, I can say

to my right honourable friend and

1:09:541:09:58

others that the United Kingdom is

not a country that accepts threats

1:09:581:10:03

and we will stand against them.

I

welcome the Prime Minister's

1:10:031:10:07

reminder that we have no problem

whatsoever with the peoples of the

1:10:071:10:13

Russian Federation, who are, after

all, living under Putin's

1:10:131:10:17

dictatorship all the time. The

action that has to be taken against

1:10:171:10:20

Putin will make it more difficult

for the organisations that seek to

1:10:201:10:24

keep good relations with the people

of the Russian Federation. Is there

1:10:241:10:26

anything that the government can do

that can help them continue the good

1:10:261:10:33

work, even as we impose strict

sanctions against their leader?

What

1:10:331:10:37

is important, in my statement, and

this is the point my right

1:10:371:10:40

honourable friend made in his

previous question, that we are very

1:10:401:10:42

clear that we have no argument with

the Russian people. It is with the

1:10:421:10:47

Russian state, the Russian

government and their actions that we

1:10:471:10:49

are concerned. I think in the

response that we give, it is

1:10:491:10:55

important that we make that clear,

not just in words, but in actions.

1:10:551:10:59

That is why what I have talked about

today is a response that affects the

1:10:591:11:03

Russian state and the Russian

government, and not the Russian

1:11:031:11:05

people.

1:11:051:11:08

With regards to the longer term,

given the actions of the Russian

1:11:091:11:13

state under President Putin, hasn't

the time now come to have a

1:11:131:11:17

fundamental reassessment of our

defence spending, in collaboration,

1:11:171:11:23

preferably, with our allies, but

alone if not?

I say to my honourable

1:11:231:11:30

friend, as he will know, we are one

of the limited number of countries

1:11:301:11:33

within Nato that maintains our

commitment to spending 2% of our GDP

1:11:331:11:37

on defence. We do have, as I am sure

he is aware, the modernising defence

1:11:371:11:42

programme that is being undertaken

at the moment, alongside the

1:11:421:11:47

national security capability review.

It is important that we are able to

1:11:471:11:50

deal with a variety of threats that

we face. But I would say to my

1:11:501:11:54

honourable friend, as I have to

other members of this house, that in

1:11:541:11:58

looking at how we deal with those

threats, not all of them will be

1:11:581:12:01

dealt with in a way that would

conventionally be considered as a

1:12:011:12:05

matter for the Ministry of Defence.

The Prime Minister has rightly said

1:12:051:12:09

that the attacks in Britain have

been part of an ongoing, contempt of

1:12:091:12:20

Britain, the rule of law and values.

There has also been a contempt of

1:12:201:12:24

our alliances, political and

military. In moving forward, will

1:12:241:12:29

the Prime Minister work with those

political and military alliances so

1:12:291:12:32

that, together, we have a root and

branch removal of Russian

1:12:321:12:39

interference in our political,

higher education and financial

1:12:391:12:42

institutions? Let this be a marker.

No more, now they will fear what we

1:12:421:12:49

will do to hit back on the

interference they have shown us?

I

1:12:491:12:53

thank the Honourable Member for the

commitment she has shown us a

1:12:531:12:58

parliamentarian to the alliance we

have through Nato, which is very

1:12:581:13:01

important and the bedrock of

European defence. I will certainly

1:13:011:13:04

say that we will continue to work

through those alliances to ensure we

1:13:041:13:07

are sending a very clear message

that is not acceptable.

Thank you,

1:13:071:13:13

Mr Speaker. Can I commend the Prime

Minister on her decisive and

1:13:131:13:19

vigorous action in response to what

was, after all, an attack on the

1:13:191:13:22

United Kingdom? In some ways it had

flashes of the iron lady about it.

1:13:221:13:29

But it was also in stark contrast to

the attitude of the Leader of the

1:13:291:13:34

Opposition, who simply could not

bring himself to condemn Russia for

1:13:341:13:40

this outrageous act. He simply

couldn't do it. Is that not because

1:13:401:13:46

he remains, at heart, what he has

always been, a CND badge wearing

1:13:461:13:55

apologist for the Russian state?

Can

I say to my honourable friend that I

1:13:551:14:00

think people will take their own

conclusions from what they have

1:14:001:14:03

heard today. I can also say to my

honourable friend but I am sure he,

1:14:031:14:06

as I do, take great reassurance from

the positive messages of support

1:14:061:14:11

that have come from the Labour

backbenchers.

Our way of life in

1:14:111:14:19

this country, and in the West, is

based on democracy, human rights and

1:14:191:14:23

the rule of law. It should be

defended.

1:14:231:14:26

Strongly held opinions have been

expressed, everybody can consult the

1:14:301:14:33

record. I understand that there is

an intensity of feeling. The

1:14:331:14:38

honourable gentleman for such field

must have his question heard, then

1:14:381:14:42

the answer will be heard.

Our way of

life in this country, and in the

1:14:421:14:49

West, is based on human rights,

democracy and the rules of law. It

1:14:491:14:53

should be defended. That is why the

Prime Minister is right to bring

1:14:531:14:58

forward sanctions against the state,

a state that does not believe in

1:14:581:15:02

those principles. Could the Prime

Minister give a commitment to come

1:15:021:15:05

back to the house, she feels the

need for further consideration of

1:15:051:15:08

sanctions should be made?

The

honourable gentleman has raised an

1:15:081:15:13

important point. I said in my

statement that we had further

1:15:131:15:16

measures that we might wish to

deploy if we were subjected to

1:15:161:15:21

further Russian provocation. If we

choose to do so, I will come back to

1:15:211:15:24

this house.

We will leave the House

of Commons. The announcement from

1:15:241:15:30

the Prime Minister

1:15:301:15:31

Rights and the rule of law. Will my

right arm or friend ensure that we

1:15:391:15:43

can expel Russia from the Council of

Europe as reprisal? It's continuing

1:15:431:15:53

membership seems to fly in the face

of our commitment to those important

1:15:531:15:57

values?

My right honourable friend

has raised an important point. Can I

1:15:571:16:01

submit say that I do not think it is

hands only of the United Kingdom to

1:16:011:16:05

expel Russia from the Council of

Europe, but as he would have heard,

1:16:051:16:08

our item or friend the member of

Newbury has made the point that

1:16:081:16:12

members of the house who are members

of such multilateral groupings

1:16:121:16:16

should come I think, be making every

effort to make a point about the

1:16:161:16:20

illegitimate activity that has been

undertaken by Russia.

I welcome very

1:16:201:16:26

much the Prime Minister's statement

today, the measures she has

1:16:261:16:30

announced, which will only be

strengthened if our allies take

1:16:301:16:34

similar action. Can she say more

about Nato, and whether she will be

1:16:341:16:38

bringing together Nato heads of

state and Government to discuss a

1:16:381:16:42

coordinated response?

As I think I

have said earlier in response, the

1:16:421:16:48

Nato Council will be meeting

tomorrow to discuss this particular

1:16:481:16:51

issue. I will be talking to a number

of allies that are within Nato about

1:16:511:16:58

coordination of the response. As I

said earlier, in response to a

1:16:581:17:01

previous question, they have been

waiting to hear the details of the

1:17:011:17:05

response, which I brought first to

Parliament.

The Prime Minister is

1:17:051:17:09

clearly aware that the Kremlin is

using a very full spectrum of tools

1:17:091:17:13

in what it considers to be its new

generation warfare against the West.

1:17:131:17:18

Assassination is one element of

that. Is the Prime Minister aware of

1:17:181:17:21

the important work that was done in

the 70s and 80s by the Senate

1:17:211:17:25

intelligence committee in the United

States to methodically exposed

1:17:251:17:33

Russian espionage and

disinformation. In that era it was

1:17:331:17:37

called active measures. Will she

consider something similar for this

1:17:371:17:40

country now, because the light of

truth, shining light Russian

1:17:401:17:45

subversion today, however one calls

it, is a critical part of defending

1:17:451:17:52

democracy and undermining Russian

subversion? Thank you.

Yes, can I

1:17:521:17:55

say to my honourable friend that I

was not aware of the details of the

1:17:551:17:59

work of the Senate committee that he

has referred to. It is the case that

1:17:591:18:04

this is a government that is not

afraid to call a Russian actions in

1:18:041:18:07

public when we see those actions

taking place. I take the point he's

1:18:071:18:11

making about a more detailed and

forensic look at the activities of

1:18:111:18:15

the Russian state and I would

certainly consider that.

In

1:18:151:18:20

supporting the Prime Minister's

strategy, can I remind them that,

1:18:201:18:23

during the Putin years, he has

become emboldened, sometimes because

1:18:231:18:28

our allies, the Europeans and

internationally, have not always

1:18:281:18:31

been prepared to face down that kind

of aggression, relative to their

1:18:311:18:37

commercial interests? If we are

going to stay the course, and she

1:18:371:18:40

remind our allies that they are

aren't much as a threat?

He makes an

1:18:401:18:50

important point, it could have

happened in any one of a number of

1:18:501:18:53

countries. I think it is important,

and other countries are seeing other

1:18:531:18:56

actions being taken by Russia, such

as attempts to interfere in

1:18:561:19:01

elections and propaganda and

disinformation campaigns. It is

1:19:011:19:03

important that we do, as far as

possible, work together.

I also add

1:19:031:19:11

my support for the cool, calm and

collected way that she has responded

1:19:111:19:16

to a serious threat to this country.

Would you be pleased to know that

1:19:161:19:19

both the First Minister of Wales and

the First Minister in Scotland have

1:19:191:19:23

both tweeted their support for the

Prime Minister and the action she

1:19:231:19:29

has taken? Would she undertakes to

always keep the devolved

1:19:291:19:33

administrations fully informed of

what is happening?

I thank my right

1:19:331:19:37

honourable friend for letting me

know of the tweets that having put

1:19:371:19:41

out by the first ministers in

Scotland Wales. I am pleased to say

1:19:411:19:45

I will be meeting both of those

first ministers later this afternoon

1:19:451:19:49

as we, both in bilateral and in the

meeting, and I certainly undertake,

1:19:491:19:55

we have been keeping the devolved

administrations aware of what we

1:19:551:19:58

have been doing and I certainly

undertake to continue to do that.

1:19:581:20:02

The Prime Minister has made the

right call on the facts before her

1:20:021:20:05

today and her judgment is correct in

this matter. Could she also look at

1:20:051:20:11

the issue of transport of materials

and assets from other countries?

1:20:111:20:15

Because material will often not go

direct from Moscow to London. Will

1:20:151:20:19

she ensure that our European

partners and Nato partners take the

1:20:191:20:22

same action if evidence leads to

that conclusion?

1:20:221:20:28

That is an important point that has

been raised. We will be looking at

1:20:291:20:32

the issue of movement of materials

and as I indicated in my speech,

1:20:321:20:36

looking at further action we can be

taken not just in relation to

1:20:361:20:41

movement of materials but people as

well. This is something we would be

1:20:411:20:45

discussing with our allies.

The

Prime Minister has such widespread

1:20:451:20:50

support because she has learnt the

lesson of history, that tyrants must

1:20:501:20:54

be stood up to and can I encourage

her to impose a freeze on assets so

1:20:541:20:59

that people do not have the

opportunity to take them out of the

1:20:591:21:02

country in the short term and to

boost the military resources in

1:21:021:21:05

Estonia where we have 800 troops

already to show very tangibly that

1:21:051:21:11

we will support our friends and

allies who may also be at risk from

1:21:111:21:15

Russia?

I thank my honourable friend

for his remarks. As I said in my

1:21:151:21:20

statement, we will freeze Russian

state assets if they may be used to

1:21:201:21:25

threaten the life or property of UK

nationals or residents. I was

1:21:251:21:30

pleased to visit the troops we had

in Estonia last September. We are of

1:21:301:21:35

course there with other allies that

I was pleased that at the

1:21:351:21:38

Anglo-French summit that we held in

January, President Macron committed

1:21:381:21:42

to continuing contingent of French

troops joining our troops in Estonia

1:21:421:21:49

which is a collective symbol of our

determination to protect the West

1:21:491:21:51

against Russia.

Can I welcome the

Prime Minister's statement. Given

1:21:511:22:00

the inevitable focus over recent

years over Isis and the Terrorism at

1:22:001:22:03

home, is the Prime Minister content

that across Government, the Home

1:22:031:22:06

Office and security services and

other agencies, we have enough

1:22:061:22:11

specific Russian expertise or do we

need to increase that expertise

1:22:111:22:15

given this event and many others

which show that the Russian

1:22:151:22:19

Government are undermining our

democracy?

The honourable lady is

1:22:191:22:23

right that in recent years there has

been an appropriate and correct

1:22:231:22:28

focus on counterterrorism but that

doesn't mean that we haven't been

1:22:281:22:30

looking at hostile state activity,

because we indeed have. We keep

1:22:301:22:36

these in balance as we go forward

and assess the threats we are facing

1:22:361:22:39

and will continue to do so.

Ever

since Russian troops first entered

1:22:391:22:46

Ukraine, friends for many different

countries have told me how false

1:22:461:22:52

news stories emanating from Russian

sources have been used to

1:22:521:22:54

aggressively influence public

opinion to undermine legitimate

1:22:541:23:01

democracies. They use social media

platforms and traditional media.

1:23:011:23:08

Will you call, Prime Minister, can

you call for an international

1:23:081:23:11

strategy to deal with... At the Nato

summit in July?

I can say to my

1:23:111:23:27

honourable friend that the issue of

Russian news of disinformation and

1:23:271:23:30

propaganda is something we have

discussed on the European Union

1:23:301:23:36

Council at previous meetings and I

would expect to raise it again. We

1:23:361:23:40

do recognise the importance of the

work being done by the Kremlin in

1:23:401:23:43

terms of disinformation campaigns.

In doing that, we will of course

1:23:431:23:50

work with our international allies.

1:23:501:24:00

We could probably accommodate

everybody but if there are going to

1:24:011:24:05

be mini speeches, some might lose

out.

The Prime Minister will

1:24:051:24:11

remember the pitch battles in Paris.

Will she reappraise the protection

1:24:111:24:18

that will be afforded to football

fans if they travel?

1:24:181:24:30

If we can persuade him to return to

the rule of law, then we can rebuild

1:24:511:24:57

those relationships.

I thank my

honourable friend for his question.

1:24:571:25:01

As I have said before, our argument

is not with the Russians. We

1:25:011:25:08

continue to recognise that this is

the actions of the Russian state.

1:25:081:25:13

Many of us looked at the post-Soviet

Russia with hope when Matt was first

1:25:131:25:18

developed but sadly what we have

seen from the way in which President

1:25:181:25:22

Putin has been dealing with these

measures...

1:25:221:25:34

President Trump has spoken out

against this particular incident and

1:25:541:26:00

he and I will be continuing to

speak, and the Beano station in

1:26:001:26:06

America are one of the

administrations we would hope would

1:26:061:26:11

work alongside us in collaboration.

Can I ask that all suspicious deaths

1:26:111:26:23

should be thoroughly investigated by

the police and if the Russian

1:26:231:26:26

Government is implicated in any of

those deaths, she stands by to take

1:26:261:26:30

further tough measures against that

state?

At the moment the police are

1:26:301:26:48

focusing on this investigation, but

I am sure they will look at that

1:26:481:26:52

matter in due course.

The Council of

Europe is ready been as one of the

1:26:521:26:58

platforms in which we engage with

with Russia. The resource that an

1:26:581:27:08

enquiry into the recent death. Can

the web be spread that we need this

1:27:081:27:15

law across Europe?

I'm prepared to

look at the proposal be honourable

1:27:151:27:21

lady has made.

There has been a

marked increase in the Balkans where

1:27:211:27:30

curbs are used to dissuade other

areas from joining.

My honourable

1:27:301:27:41

friend raises an important point and

we are happy to look at the session

1:27:411:27:45

of those countries to Nato and I am

pleased that we will be holding a

1:27:451:27:51

Western Balkans summit in July.

I

endorse the actions the Prime

1:27:511:27:57

Minister has taken and the

unavoidable conclusion that she has

1:27:571:28:00

come to. What she is disappointed as

I was that shortly after the

1:28:001:28:04

powerful and excellent Bateman from

Secretary of State Tillerson that he

1:28:041:28:09

lost his job in the Trump

administration? Will she passed on a

1:28:091:28:13

message to President Trump regarding

how much we supported the words of

1:28:131:28:20

Mr Tillerson?

Can I said to the

honourable gentleman who forms part

1:28:201:28:32

of the American Administration is up

to the president. Mr Tillerson gave

1:28:321:28:42

a robust comments after this

incident took place and we will be

1:28:421:28:46

working with his replacement to make

sure America is one other allies

1:28:461:28:50

that stands us.

Does the Prime

Minister agreed with me we need to

1:28:501:29:00

do more to call the Putin regime

out, including recognising their

1:29:001:29:04

occupation because that is what it

is, and occupation of Georgia.

1:29:041:29:17

Can I thank the Prime Minister for

her statement and are concerned that

1:29:221:29:25

she expressed to me yesterday

regarding the surprise substances

1:29:251:29:32

that we received in our parliament

should post? Can we go a bit faster

1:29:321:29:47

on the registers of property, many

which are Russian owned. If they

1:29:471:29:51

were in place by now, we would know

whether assets are to freeze.

I

1:29:511:29:57

reiterate the comments I made in

Prime Minister's Questions that this

1:29:571:30:00

was an appalling act taken against

mostly members of this house and a

1:30:001:30:09

full investigation is taking place.

In relation to the public register

1:30:091:30:14

of ownership, this is a matter I

have discussed with the Business

1:30:141:30:17

Secretary and it is the intention of

the government to bring it forward

1:30:171:30:20

so that we can shine a light on this

particular issue.

The political

1:30:201:30:31

journalist Tom Newton Dunn has said

that he does not believe there is

1:30:311:30:36

proof that Russia was responsible

for the attack in Salisbury. Come my

1:30:361:30:48

right honourable friend reiterate

the faith he has in the secret

1:30:481:30:54

services.

He has asked for the Prime

Minister's view on the intelligence

1:30:541:31:06

services.

I am shocked by the

statement put out. It's clear by the

1:31:061:31:17

remarks made from backbenchers of

the Labour Party that they will be

1:31:171:31:20

equally concerned about that remark.

They stand. Behind the government in

1:31:201:31:25

the analysis we have shown an action

have taken.

Are in 2010, Gareth

1:31:251:31:33

Williams, a British security

employee was found locked in a

1:31:331:31:39

holdall naked and decomposing. A

professional contortionist couldn't

1:31:391:31:45

get out of the bag himself. In light

of the events with Russia, will she

1:31:451:31:49

now reopen and look to find out if

Mr Williams was indeed another

1:31:491:31:53

victim of Vladimir Putin?

I recall

the case that the honourable

1:31:531:31:57

gentleman has raised. As I said in

response to one of my honourable

1:31:571:32:04

friend on this side of the House,

matters of investigation into

1:32:041:32:07

criminal activity that's taken place

will be a matter for the police to

1:32:071:32:10

determine whether or not they reopen

that case.

Under half of the people

1:32:101:32:17

of South Leicestershire, may I

welcome the Prime Minister's robust

1:32:171:32:20

but measured statement? On Monday I

met with BBC world's senior

1:32:201:32:28

management at BBC Broadcasting House

and was the Prime Minister is

1:32:281:32:30

correct to have said that the

honourable member for Gedling that

1:32:301:32:39

broadcasting is a matter for Ofcom,

funding isn't. Will she sure this

1:32:391:32:45

has today that if BBC World Service

needs additional funding to combat

1:32:451:32:50

Russia today, particularly in the

Baltic and Balkans, will she

1:32:501:32:57

undertake to speak to the trade

Secretary of the Treasury?

My

1:32:571:33:01

understanding is that discussions

are taking place around the funding

1:33:011:33:06

of the world Service and we expect a

resolution in due course.

I would

1:33:061:33:10

like to add my full support to the

Prime Minister's robust support

1:33:101:33:13

today. As director of the British

Council in St Petersburg from 2005

1:33:131:33:20

and 52 2008, I have first-hand

experience of the utterly ruthless

1:33:201:33:23

way in which the Russian state can

operate. Does the Prime Minister

1:33:231:33:32

share my concern that holding the

World Cup in Russia this summer

1:33:321:33:39

could be seen as a vindication of

his actions, and in which case would

1:33:391:33:45

she agree that it could potentially

be postponed and held in a more

1:33:451:33:48

neutral country?

I thank the

gentleman for his support and it's

1:33:481:33:57

particularly value given his

experience with the British Council.

1:33:571:34:01

Sport is a matter for the sporting

30s. As regards a sporting operated

1:34:011:34:05

in the United Kingdom, they will

have heard what I said about the

1:34:051:34:08

actions of the Russian state today.

This attack could have burned so

1:34:081:34:16

much worse. What if a group of

schoolchildren playing in the park

1:34:161:34:20

had been the first to have

approached the victims when they

1:34:201:34:23

were collapsed? Does the Prime

Minister therefore share my disgust

1:34:231:34:27

that the perpetrators of this crime

must have known this?

The honourable

1:34:271:34:34

gentleman is absolutely right. Of

course we do have one other

1:34:341:34:39

individual in Detective Sergeant

Nick Bailey who was affected as a

1:34:391:34:43

first responder by this act that

took place but it could have been so

1:34:431:34:47

different, as he says, and it is

thanks to the prompt action of the

1:34:471:34:51

emergency services in relation to

this that the matter was and has

1:34:511:34:58

been contained in the way that it

has. But those who undertake this

1:34:581:35:04

brazen and despicable act must have

known the potential locations.

There

1:35:041:35:12

can be no feigning of impotence

anywhere on these benches with this.

1:35:121:35:18

Can I ask about the example from the

member from West Berkshire on Monday

1:35:181:35:24

in asking the Spanish Government to

hold the use of airports for the

1:35:241:35:28

refuelling by the Russian fleet?

That is indeed a matter, of course

1:35:281:35:34

it is the case that other member

states within the European Union

1:35:341:35:38

have, at least one member state, has

indeed refused the Russian state the

1:35:381:35:44

possibility of refuelling its ships

at their place. This is a matter

1:35:441:35:50

that is raised from time to time and

I recognise the significance and the

1:35:501:35:57

passion with which the honourable

gentleman and his colleagues have

1:35:571:36:00

raised it.

Mr Speaker, nobody should

be surprised that Russia have denied

1:36:001:36:08

any kind of responsibility of the

attacks in Salisbury. This is a

1:36:081:36:12

country that has denied taking part

in the Olympics doping scandal, they

1:36:121:36:19

have denied taking part in the

rigging of elections and worst of

1:36:191:36:23

all they have denied any involvement

in the killing of Alexander the.

1:36:231:36:27

Given that, with the Prime Minister

assure the House that as this matter

1:36:271:36:31

goes forward, Russia would be

treated in accordance with its

1:36:311:36:34

actions and not with its words?

My

honourable friend makes a very

1:36:341:36:39

important point. I think we should

all be very clear that the attitude

1:36:391:36:45

of the Russian state is shown by

what it does, not by what it says.

I

1:36:451:36:51

welcome the statements of the Prime

Minister and the actions that she

1:36:511:36:55

has outlined. She particularly said

there was a need for a new targeted

1:36:551:37:00

power to detain those suspected of

hostile action at the UK border. I

1:37:001:37:03

think many of us would be surprised

we going to ready have that power

1:37:031:37:08

and I wonder if she can say is there

a plan to bring forward emergency

1:37:081:37:11

legislation so that power can be put

in place very quickly?

The power

1:37:111:37:16

currently exists for those with

suspected involvement in terrorism

1:37:161:37:19

but not for hostile state activity.

My right honourable friend the Home

1:37:191:37:23

Secretary will be looking at the

most appropriate legislative vehicle

1:37:231:37:26

to bring that power forward.

1:37:261:37:31

The Prime Minister was quite buy to

point out that this is the latest

1:37:311:37:35

acts by a criminal break state. One

would think about the Malaysians

1:37:351:37:39

airlines jet, the invasion of crime

area -- Crimea and the support for a

1:37:391:37:48

murderous regime. I'm horrified of

the statement read out on behalf of

1:37:481:37:51

the opposition's spokesman. Can I

add my voice to other members today

1:37:511:37:56

in asking the Prime Minister to look

at financial sanctions on

1:37:561:38:03

individuals closely associated with

the Putin regime as well as the

1:38:031:38:07

wider Russian economy?

We look

across the board at all the tools

1:38:071:38:11

that are available to us. Of course

we operate within the rule of law

1:38:111:38:17

and there are certain criteria that

need to be met if sanctions are

1:38:171:38:20

going to be applied.

I welcome the

Prime Minister's statement and look

1:38:201:38:26

forward to aggressively chasing down

that dirty Russian money. But there

1:38:261:38:31

are now 15 suspicious deaths and can

I asked the Prime Minister about the

1:38:311:38:35

prevalence of these death in the UK?

Are there more in the UK than in

1:38:351:38:39

other similar countries and if so

why? Is it because we have more

1:38:391:38:44

Russians or is it because washer is

deliberately targeting the UK?

I

1:38:441:38:52

believe that one of the families

involved that they don't believe

1:38:521:38:59

there was any suspicion around the

death of their loved one. But if the

1:38:591:39:03

police believe it's right to reopen

cases then they will do so, but it's

1:39:031:39:08

up to the police to make that

operational decision.

I thank the

1:39:081:39:13

Prime Minister for her calibrated

and robust response. Will she pay me

1:39:131:39:17

in paying tribute to the great

British intelligence agents that

1:39:171:39:25

serve our country. In light of what

has happened, if there needs to be a

1:39:251:39:29

reassessment of their personal

security in the UK, that should take

1:39:291:39:33

place without delay?

I will be happy

to join my honourable friend in

1:39:331:39:38

welcoming, congratulating and

thanking all those who work for our

1:39:381:39:42

security and intelligence agencies

for the valuable work that they do

1:39:421:39:45

for us on a day-to-day basis and can

I say to him that it is each of

1:39:451:39:50

those agencies who will be

consistently ensuring that they are

1:39:501:39:56

considering the safety of their

staff. They recognise the important

1:39:561:39:59

work they do and how important it is

to ensure that their staff are safe.

1:39:591:40:08

Wash it has consistently behaved in

this manner of a long period of time

1:40:081:40:12

but that has not stopped the elite

of our major sporting organisations

1:40:121:40:17

such as the OECD and now been proven

to be corrupt Fifa regime under Sepp

1:40:171:40:24

Blatter for allocating major sports

tournaments to Russia. Does she

1:40:241:40:26

agree with me that these elite in

our sport need to look to themselves

1:40:261:40:33

and not isolate themselves from

human rights issues and criminal law

1:40:331:40:35

when it comes to allocating these

major tournaments?

As the honourable

1:40:351:40:41

gentleman will know the elite in

certain sporting associations have

1:40:411:40:50

found themselves under scrutiny in a

variety of ways. It's important we

1:40:501:40:55

all have a care to issues around

human rights and other matters when

1:40:551:40:59

these things are being considered.

Can I first begin by welcoming the

1:40:591:41:07

Prime Minister's robust and

proportionate statement. Further to

1:41:071:41:09

the statement from my honourable

friend the member from Albert and

1:41:091:41:15

Rothwell, the Leader of the

Opposition's spokesperson seems to

1:41:151:41:19

have suggested that there were some

parallel between Salisbury and Iraq.

1:41:191:41:23

Could the Prime Minister confirm

that in Iraq no weapons of mass

1:41:231:41:27

destruction were ever found, get in

Salisbury three people are in

1:41:271:41:31

hospital because chemical weapons

were used and can she give us an

1:41:311:41:34

update please on their condition?

What we are talking about here in

1:41:341:41:39

the United Kingdom is the use of

chemical weapons, unnerved agent, a

1:41:391:41:46

military grade nerve agent against

people here in the United Kingdom.

1:41:461:41:50

That is very clear and I think it is

quite wrong and outrageous that the

1:41:501:41:56

Leader of the Opposition's spokesman

has made the comments that he has.

1:41:561:42:01

The horrendous incident in Salisbury

has placed a huge and unforeseen

1:42:011:42:05

burden on the local police. We know

that the police services faced

1:42:051:42:09

unprecedented cuts I wonder if the

Prime Minister can an insurance --

1:42:091:42:15

can give an assurance that this

additional burden will be met from

1:42:151:42:20

central resources and not fall upon

the local police to pick up the

1:42:201:42:25

bill?

What has happened in this

case, the initial response that

1:42:251:42:30

incident was taken by Wiltshire

Police. When it became clear the

1:42:301:42:34

nature of this incident, actually

they were able to not draw only on

1:42:341:42:39

support from neighbouring forces,

but crucially the counterterrorism

1:42:391:42:42

capability came into place and

counterterrorism police have taken

1:42:421:42:46

on the investigation and are running

it. It's not just about resources,

1:42:461:42:52

but it's about the capabilities

those police officers have and the

1:42:521:42:56

counterterrorism force has that has

been able to be brought to bear in

1:42:561:43:00

this instance.

The primaries -- can

the Prime Minister give any update

1:43:001:43:06

on the health of the brave policeman

who went to help and can she pay

1:43:061:43:10

tribute to him?

I'm happy to pay to

be to Detective Sergeant Nick

1:43:101:43:16

Bailey. He said he was merely doing

his job which is the attitude taken

1:43:161:43:22

by all our police officers on a

daily basis, no matter what danger

1:43:221:43:25

they find themselves in. He remained

seriously ill, but he has been

1:43:251:43:30

engaging and has been conscious.

The

response from the Prime Minister in

1:43:301:43:37

reaction to this terrible incident

in Salisbury is proportionate,

1:43:371:43:41

appropriate and robust, but we need

to go further to make sure all

1:43:411:43:46

members desist from appearing on any

Russian channels, including Russia

1:43:461:43:54

today and Sputnik.

I've spoken about

the actions the government can take,

1:43:541:44:01

but there are actions that

individuals of this House can take

1:44:011:44:05

to send a clear message.

I strongly

welcome my honourable friend's stud

1:44:051:44:11

fasteners and statement ship in

standing up to this Russian

1:44:111:44:15

aggression, but this attempted

murder of a Russian citizen on our

1:44:151:44:21

soils would not enrich the lives of

any Russians in Russia?

1:44:211:44:38

Democracy is long overdue in Russia.

There is not a single person in

1:44:381:44:45

Russia who is prosperity well

improved because of the actions

1:44:451:44:50

taken. It's about the state and not

the care of the Russian people.

The

1:44:501:44:57

Prime Minister will know a strong

Royal Navy is a strong deterrent

1:44:571:45:01

against Russian aggression. But the

Prime Minister make sure there is

1:45:011:45:04

new money available to the Royal

Navy said that there are no cuts to

1:45:041:45:13

the Navy or the Royal Marines?

We

have been enhancing the fleet of the

1:45:131:45:17

Royal Navy. Last summer I went on

the new aircraft carrier Queen

1:45:171:45:20

Elizabeth, which is a very fine

example of not just of our Royal

1:45:201:45:27

Navy, but the commitment this

government has given to our defence.

1:45:271:45:31

Can I welcome the Prime Minister's

statement and her robust response.

1:45:311:45:44

Would she confirm what discussions

we are having with the Republic of

1:45:441:45:47

Ireland. She has referred to the

border and Ms for security there. We

1:45:471:45:53

share a common travel area with

them, what measures are being taken

1:45:531:45:57

to make sure that border area is

secure?

The Common travel area and

1:45:571:46:03

the operation of the CTA is

something we discuss in a raid on a

1:46:031:46:06

basis with the Irish government. We

have been looking in recent times to

1:46:061:46:11

enhance security arrangements that

have been put in place

1:46:111:46:13

Live coverage of the statement in the House of Commons by prime minster Theresa May updating the House on the investigation into the poisoning in Salisbury and measures to be taken against Russia after it missed a deadline to explain the nerve agent used.