Brexit Negotiations Statement House of Commons


Brexit Negotiations Statement

Exiting the EU secretary David Davis updating the Commons on the latest round of negotiations with the EU and announcing a vote on the final deal, from Monday 13 November.


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Thank you Mr Speaker. I will update

the House and the negotiation

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between the United Kingdom and the

European Union in November

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reflecting our actions since the

October Council. Both of the United

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Kingdom and the European Union

recognise a new dynamic installed in

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the talks since the Prime Minister

's Florence speech, at the October

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European Council 27 states agreed to

start preparations for moving

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negotiations on to trade and

official relationships we want to

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see. And the conclusions also called

for work to continue on moving the

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second phase of negotiation as as

soon as possible. It is inevitable

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that discussions are now narrowing

to if you outstanding albeit

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important issues that remain. Last

week our focus was on finding

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solutions to those few remaining

issues. As we move forward towards

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December counsel we have told the

European Union we are willing to

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negotiate in a constructive way to

this end. Our teams are in

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continuous contact even between

formal rounds. I turned to three key

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ongoing areas of discussion and

outline the progress made last week

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in each of these. We have made solid

progress in our ongoing discussions

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on Northern Ireland and Ireland. Key

areas of achievement include

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progress and technical discussions

on preserving north - south

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co-operation, agreeing joint

principles on the travel area and

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associated rights and shafting

further joint principles on how best

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we preserve north - south

cooperation and the Belfast

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agreement to help guide specific

solutions to unique circumstances in

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Northern Ireland. Both sides also

remain firmly committed to avoiding

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hardboard, a point we have remained

clear on throughout. We also remain

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resolutely committed to upholding

the Belfast Good Friday Agreement in

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all its parts and finding a solution

that works for the people of

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Northern Ireland and Ireland, we

continue to hold frank discussions

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of our European counterparts on

these issues. We have also made it

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clear that why would respect the

desire to protect the legal order of

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the single market and the customs

union that cannot come at a cost of

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a constitutional or economic

integrity of the United Kingdom. We

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cannot create a new border within

the United Kingdom. This is an area

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where we believe we will only be

able to conclude talks finally in

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the context of a future

relationship. Until such time as we

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do so we need to approach the issues

which arise when a high degree of

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political sensitivity, with

pragmatism and creativity.

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Discussions on these areas will

continue in the run-up to the

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December counsel. We continue to

make good progress on citizens

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rights, both sides working hard

towards the resolution of

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outstanding issues. Last week in

response to requests for

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reassurances by the European Union,

we published a detailed description

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of our proposals for procedures to

European citizens seeking to settle

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in the United Kingdom. As the paper

demonstrates the new procedures will

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be as streamlined, straightforward

and low cost as possible. They will

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be based on simple transparent

criteria, laid out in the withdrawal

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agreement. While they remain

differences on the issue of family

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reunion and the export of benefits

we will be clear on what reassurance

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we can provide to families of

existing citizens even if they are

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not living together. We believe this

paves the way in this area which was

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acknowledged by the commission on

Friday. Daily Mail some areas where

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we are still seeking further

movement from the European Union on

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issues like voting rights,

recognition of qualifications and

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onward movement for British citizens

currently living in EU 27. In these

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three areas in the United Kingdom 's

offer goes beyond that of the EU.

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Finally the commission has not yet

matched the UK's offer in relation

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to the right to stand and vote in

local elections. This is a core

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citizens write normally enshrined in

European Union treaties. I have been

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disappointed that the European Union

has not been willing to include

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voting rights in the withdrawal

agreement so far. As a result we

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will pursue this issue by laterally

with member states. We sought

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further clarity on the agreement to

incorporate European Union citizens

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rights into UK law which will mean

that European citizens can be sure

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of clarity in the long term. We made

it clear over term we will take

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account of the rulings of the

European Court of Justice in this

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area to help ensure into perdition.

We had made clear that as we leave

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the European Union is a priority for

the United Kingdom pressed to

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preserve the sovereignty of our

courts and as such it will bring to

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an end the direct jurisdiction of

the Libyan court of justice. Mr

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Speaker, it's not my intention to

pre-empt the committee stage of the

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European withdrawal bill but what I

say next several ovens. We need to

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take extra steps to provide clarity

and certainty both in negotiations

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and at home to implement any

agreement into UK law. I can now

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confirm that once we have reached

agreement will bring forward a piece

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of primary legislation to implement

that agreement, known as the

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withdrawal agreement and

implementation bill. This confirms

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that the major policy set out in the

withdrawal agreement will be

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implemented into UK law by primary

legislation, not by secondary

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legislation under the withdrawal

bill. This means parliament will

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have time to scrutinise and vote on

the final deal with strike with the

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EU. This agreement will only hold of

Parliament approves it. We expect

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this bill to cover the contents of

the withdrawal agreement which

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includes issues such as agreements

on citizens rights, any financial

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agreement breast details on any

agreement reached by both sides, we

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don't know the exact details of

these bills and are not likely to do

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so until they are near completion.

These will be over and above the

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undertaking we've already made which

will bring forward a motion on the

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final deal as soon as possible after

it is agreed. We still intend expect

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such a vote on the final deal to

happen before the European

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Parliament votes on it. There can be

no doubt that Parliament will be

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intimately involved at every stage.

I see laughter from the benches

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opposite. This has been called for

by members on all sides of this

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House. I would hope that we get

Labour Party support for it, for

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once! Finally, on a financial

settlement. The Prime Minister 's

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commitment made in her Florence

speech stands. Our European partners

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will not pay more or receive less

and the remainder of the current

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budget plan as a result of our

decision to leave. The UK will

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honour its commitments made during

the period of our membership and

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this would groove made substantial

technical process on the issues that

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underpin these commitments. It has

been a low-key but important

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technical set of negotiations

falling between councils. We need

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there to pinpoint further

discussions that will take place. We

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must also look ahead to discussions

on our future relationship. For

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this, both parties need to build

confidence in the process and the

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shared outcome. The UK will continue

to engage constructively as we have

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done since the start.

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Went to see flexibility, imagination

to make progress on both sides. I

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commend this statement to the house.

Keir Starmer.

Can I thank the

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Secretary of State for advance

notice of his statement. It is

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clearly a statement of two halves,

Mr Speaker. First, the usual

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Groundhog Day report back on the

negotiations in Brussels. A round of

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negotiations, a press conference at

the end that leaves us wondering

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whether the parties were in the same

negotiations. Then both sides

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briefing the press in the days

immediately afterwards. Then a

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statement from the dispatch box that

assures no one. Underlying this, a

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profound lack of progress. We want

the next statements to be different.

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We want the Secretary of State to

return and inform the house real

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progress has been made, a

breakthrough, even. Last time we

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were promised acceleration. What is

now, and what's the plan if the

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December deadline is missed? Mr

Speaker, I recognise some of the

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difficulties. As the Secretary of

State knows, I have some sympathy

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with the position on Northern

Ireland that he has set out. As we

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see from the legislation before this

house today, the political situation

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in Northern Ireland is fragile. The

peace process is too precious to be

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put at risk by rushing a Brexit deal

that doesn't have the support of all

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communities. There must be no return

to a hard border. Mr Speaker,

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Northern Ireland should not be used

by either side in the negotiations

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for political point scoring, and I

think that's a really important

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point in this house. The second half

of the statement is not a report

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back at all. It's a recognition by

the government that is about to lose

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a series of votes on the withdrawal

bill. Labour has repeatedly argued,

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since the bill was first published

in July, that he Article 50 deal

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required primary legislation,

including a vote of this house. A

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point that was made forcefully at

second reading. Now, on the eve of

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crucial amendments, we have this

statement under the cloak of a

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report back from Brussels. I don't

think that fool is anyone. The devil

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will no doubt be in the detail. Can

the secretary of state is now

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confirmed the government accepts the

Labour argument that clause nine

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should be struck from the withdrawal

bill altogether? And then there is

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the question of transitional

arrangement. It is blindingly

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obvious to anyone following these

negotiations that a final deal with

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the EU, including a trade agreement,

will not be complete by March of

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2019. Transitional agreements on the

same terms just now are in the

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public interest. It's what

businesses, communities and Labour

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have been calling for for many

months. Can he Save The Don Mint

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will not stand in the way of

sensible transitional arrangements

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on the same basic terms we have now

with the EU. -- can he say the

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government will not. Can the

Secretary of State confirm to this

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house that this house will get a

vote in the event that there is no

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deal question your?

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vote in the event that there is no

deal question These questions have

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been pressing for months. This

last-minute attempt to climb down

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brings it into sharp focus and we

are entitled to clear answers.

Yet

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more carping opposite from the Right

honourable gentleman. He complains

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that negotiations are not making as

much progress as he would like. Yet

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he allowed his Labour members in the

European Parliament to vote against

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progress this time around. The

question he needs to ask himself is

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what would he be prepared to

sacrifice to buy the goodwill of the

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European Commission? We are standing

up to allow European citizens to

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move around Europe, use

qualifications and vote in municipal

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elections. Is he proposing we let

them down the interest to rush

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ahead. We are standing of British

taxpayers, not wasting their money,

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with the clear position we will beat

our financial commitments, only

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knowingly know more about future

relations. Would he sell them out?

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We are using Brexit to restore the

sovereignty of the British courts.

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Would he let that go as well, yes he

would, because he would give the ECJ

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the right to dictate our laws in

perpetuity. Let me come back to his

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description. He says the second half

does not arise from the negotiation.

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Yes it does, because actually one of

the reasons for this bill that I

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have announced today is providing to

European citizens a primary piece of

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legislation which will put into

British law the withdrawal agreement

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in total. It is as near as we can

come to direct effect. It comes

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directly out of the negotiation

today. I hope next time I come to

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report at this as we'll get more

support the Labour Party.

Kenneth

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Clarke.

We will be debating tomorrow

Eilidh rather helpful new course,

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first announced in the Telegraph,

which announces the processes. Can I

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get the government's intentions on

the final processes on the role of

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Parliament? Can he give me

reassurance that the parliament will

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have a legally binding and

meaningful vote in which it will

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approve or disapprove of any final

agreement or lack of agreement

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before we leave the European Union?

And that there will be time, in

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whatever circumstances, for the

necessary legislation to be

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introduced and debated to pass to

implement in law smoothly and

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properly whatever it is Parliament

has approved once the government has

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made its proposals?

I thank my right

honourable friend for the question.

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First of all, yes we will have a

meaningful vote. It has been said

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from this dispatch box and in a bar

of times. What I have said today as

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we will add to that, over and above

the meaningful vote on the outcome

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of the bill, on the deal, we will

have legislation which puts it into

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effect. In other words, the house

will be able to go through it line

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by line and agree it line by line.

Beta grad.

I am grateful to the

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Secretary of State for advance sight

of the statement. -- Peter Grant.

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Turning to Northern Ireland, doesn't

the Secretary of State appreciate is

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becoming increasingly clear that the

only sensible solution for Northern

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Ireland is for it to remain in a

customs union. If that means the

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rest of us remain in the customs

union as well, that's what we must

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do. As he has said, there can't be a

border between the two parts of

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Ireland, there can't be a border

between Northern Ireland and the

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mainland UK, and they can't be a

border between the Republic of

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Ireland and the European Union. They

cannot be a customs border anywhere

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between the UK and the European

mainland without breaching

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international treaties. On citizens

rights, I welcome the update on

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progress. Does he not accept we are

now well past the time when our

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constituents are entitled to

absolute legal guarantees and

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progress reports are not enough.

People are still leaving businesses

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the health service, social care

services, because they do not have

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confidence there will be a deal in

time for them to make a future here.

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Can I turn next to the update we

have had a financial settlement.

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Would it be cynical to suggest, that

this will become a lot simpler when

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the Chancellor has got his budget

out of the way? Can the Secretary of

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State tell us what discussions he

has had with the Chancellor on what

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might need to be in the budget next

week in order to pave the way for

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financial settlement in the weeks to

come? Or is it the case that there

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is no financial settlement in the

budget because the government they

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know they can't get the budget

passed their own backbenchers if

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there is admission of continuity to

the European Union in that. The

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announcement of a new piece of

legislation, first of all can I give

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credit that the Secretary of State

has done the right thing by

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announcing this to the house, and

some of his Cabinet colleagues could

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learn from his example. Can we get

more clarity on what the bill is

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about. I know he can't give

detailed, but will it still is

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simply be a case of take it or leave

it? Their Deal or no Deal? Will the

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house get an opportunity to amend

that bill, as the house must have

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the opportunity to amend any bill,

and therefore will the house have

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the opportunity to attempt to amend

the agreement? Given the Prime

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Minister is now on the eighth

disgruntled Conservatives away from

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facing a vote of no-confidence, why

should anyone else have confidence

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in this government to extricate us

from the mess have created, now they

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are losing the confidence of their

own backbenchers?

Firstly on the

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question of Northern Ireland, what I

have said in terms, which I have

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said here, is that there will be no

internal border within the United

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Kingdom. That is an absolute

fundamental, because, apart from

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anything else, the Good Friday,

Belfast agreement, requires us to

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run the government on behalf of all

communities. At least one community

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in Northern Ireland would not accept

a border in the Irish Sea. As for

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the border between Northern Ireland

and Ireland, everybody has accepted

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there must be no return to a hard

border. Some of that is dealt with

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by the continuation of the Common

travel area, which has been around

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since 1923. In that respect, it's

not new. In terms of the customs

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border, there is already a

difference between Levy and tax

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rates and excise rates north and

south of the border, which we manage

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without a hard border, which we will

continue to do. It ends up budget,

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he is optimistic if he thinks the

Chancellor gives us any more of an

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advance warning a recap from his

budget. I have discussed with him

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the financial aspects of our

relationship with the European Union

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at many meetings. As for new

legislation, I don't think it's in

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the gift of the government to put

out a piece of primary legislation

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before the house that is incapable

of amendment. It's the nature of

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primary legislation, it has always

been carried on Amendment. We'll

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have the practical limitations of

having a deal that we have signed

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and there might be applications for

that, but the whole thing will be

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put in front of the house.

Mr Iain

Duncan Smith.

May I congratulate my

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right honourable friend for being

very clear in his statement that

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come March 29 2019, as we leave the

European Union, the Court of Justice

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itself will no longer have direct

authority here in the United

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Kingdom, thus dispelling the game is

played out by the opposition this

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morning. May I take my honourable

friend back to the statement he has

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made with regards to the bill and

the motion. As I understand it, if

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we had a motion that was voted on,

but was not passed, then that would

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negate the idea of a bill that would

then be amended. And if there was a

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bill, and it could be amended, as we

were always told through

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negotiations with Maastricht and

beyond, you cannot accept an

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amendment at the end of the day

because the agreement has already

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been made and thus you would be

altering the agreement. This is not

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that -- does that not leaders into

the situation where you would have a

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bill that would change the

agreement, but the other side is not

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wish to make those changes?

With

respect to the first half of his

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question, if the motion, the

original motion that is but does not

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pass, the deal falls in total. He is

right about the second part. He will

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render the Maastricht Bill, as I

remember there was quite a lot of

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amendments and quite a lot of

voting. The house can express its

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view and did so in light of the

consequences.

Hilary Benn

I welcome

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the Secretary of State's

announcement that there will be

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primary legislation to implement the

EU withdrawal agreement. I would say

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it's another recognition of the

government having to listen to the

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House of Commons. The question I

want to ask is about Northern

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Ireland. It is becoming increasingly

clear that there is a contradiction

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between the government but I clearly

stated desire that there should be

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no return to a hard border and no

customs border on the one hand, and

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its determination to leave the

customs union. Since the proposal it

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has put forward proposals to try to

square that circle. It doesn't

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persuade the governance of the

Republic of Ireland that a hard

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border can be achieved. What does

the government propose to do about

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one of its central objectives?

I

will thank him for his opening

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comments. At the time we published

the white Paper on what was then the

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Great Repeal Bill, now the

withdrawal bill, I said at the time

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that we would listen to the House of

Commons. I said to the front bench

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opposite that if there were any

rights then we would endeavour to

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replace them and any other changes

similarly. In terms of Northern

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Ireland, the second stanza that we

face at the moment is that there are

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a range of permutations and

possibilities depending on what the

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outcome is and if the government

achieves is primary policy of having

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a tariff free, barrier free free

trade agreement than a customs

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agreement following on from that

will be a very light touch customs

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agreement, in which case it will be

relatively straightforward to

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maintain a relatively invisible

border.

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If that is not the case I suspect

the alternatives will be expensive

0:22:460:22:52

but not impossible.

Mr Owen

Paterson.

Thank you Mr Speaker. Of

0:22:520:22:58

the House of Commons voted in the

new withdrawal bill will we still

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leave on March 29, 2019 but without

an agreement?

Yes. Liverpool what

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was that? The Secretary of State

said yes. Kate Hoey.

Mr Speaker may

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I welcome the Secretary of State is

very firm rebuttal of the ridiculous

0:23:220:23:25

idea that Northern Ireland will be

taken out of the rest of the United

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Kingdom and stay in the customs

union. Can I also say that does he

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recognise that the Northern Ireland

affairs committee met with the

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customs in certain to not in the EU

and the one thing that he said over

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again was that that there was

nothing that could not make this

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work if there was not full

cooperation between all sides.

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Northern Ireland want no hard

border, no customs union, no EU,

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this can happen.

The honourable lady

is exactly right, this is too

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across-the-board whether talking

about free trade agreement, the past

0:24:040:24:11

commissioner for trade, the same is

true in this case, I'm sure the

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political will is there north and

south of the border.

With the

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Secretary of State confirm that any

such withdrawal bill would take

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place after the withdrawal bill

itself has been enacted after March

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29.

I don't confirm that, this would

depend on where the withdrawal

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treaty is negotiated. And that is

the intention of the union, we try

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to negotiate that by October of next

year. So the ideal outcome will be,

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it will be before the conclusion.

Yvette Cooper.

Thank you Mr Speaker.

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Can I welcome the government coming

forward with a separate bill for the

0:25:160:25:19

withdrawal agreement, it is

something I have made amendments for

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and the Member for Beaconsfield has

also made amendments. Can you

0:25:230:25:27

clarify the timing on this. He just

said it was only in an ideal world

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that this withdrawal agreement Bill

would come before Brexit date. May I

0:25:310:25:40

say it will be a real problem of the

government thinks they can simply

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use clause nine to provisionally

implement the withdrawal agreement

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through secondary legislation while

not having the withdrawal agreement

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Bill until after Brexit date. Can he

clarify, will he confirm that the

0:25:550:25:59

government will bring the withdrawal

agreement Bill before the House,

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before Brexit today and not after.

The right honourable lady corrects

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me, the right word is our principal

policy aims. That is what we are

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trying to do. But I cannot guarantee

is that if the union doesn't come to

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a conclusion in negotiations we

cannot bring the withdrawal bill in

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front of the House before we have a

withdrawal agreement. That is the

0:26:250:26:30

sequence I point you to.

Anna

Soubry.

Thank you Mr Speaker. All

0:26:300:26:37

very interesting because the

government has now decided to bring

0:26:370:26:39

forward an amendment to put into law

the Brexit leaving date, even though

0:26:390:26:45

it hasn't been to the Cabinet and

has not been subject to the usual

0:26:450:26:51

right around. Could my honourable

friend the Secretary of State help?

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He's told us about this new piece of

legislation that will come forward

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which we can all vote on and amend

and so forth in the normal way. That

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is only if there is an agreement.

Can he confirm that in the event of

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no agreement, no deal, this place

will have no say that any say from

0:27:080:27:27

this problem and which were to

detect that control.

What I can say

0:27:270:27:31

is if we don't have a withdrawal

agreement we can't have a withdrawal

0:27:310:27:34

agreement Bill. Full stop.

Hasn't he

just given the game away on this

0:27:340:27:44

sham offer. Totally worthless to

Parliament, trying to buy of people

0:27:440:27:48

by saying, we will give you an act

to shape things when in fact this is

0:27:480:27:53

a post-hawk, after the horse has

bolted bees of legislation. We might

0:27:530:27:57

have left the European Union, the

treaty and the deal will been down

0:27:570:28:02

and Parliament could do nothing at

all to shape the nature of that

0:28:020:28:05

withdrawal agreement. He has to do

much better than this. Parliament

0:28:050:28:09

must have a say on that withdrawal

agreement before we are thrown over

0:28:090:28:13

the cliff edge.

Let repeated to him

the probable sequence of events. If

0:28:130:28:22

Michel Barnier hits its target and

the hit man will conclude the

0:28:220:28:25

withdrawal agreement and associated

agreements in the latter part of the

0:28:250:28:28

water. That's his stated aim. If we

do, the first withdrawal and treaty

0:28:280:28:37

vote will come to the House, and

then as as soon as possible after

0:28:370:28:41

the withdrawal agreement Bill will

come before the house. That will

0:28:410:28:47

leave plenty of time and may be

amended at the time.

Sir Edward

0:28:470:28:51

Lidl. Liverpool imagine the outrage

in Europe if the European Union

0:28:510:28:57

decided to try to detach Catalonia

from Spain. But what is the European

0:28:570:29:02

Union today, they are saying they

were detach Northern Ireland from

0:29:020:29:05

the single market and customs union

of the United Kingdom. The

0:29:050:29:11

Conservative Party is nothing if not

the Unionist party. There will be no

0:29:110:29:18

amendment, no appeasement on keeping

Northern Ireland in the single

0:29:180:29:22

market and of the United Kingdom.

I

say to my honourable friend and

0:29:220:29:26

neighbour, I think I made that

plane. We won't have any borders,

0:29:260:29:31

any new borders within the United

Kingdom.

Ben Bradshaw.

Is he

0:29:310:29:40

accepting the amendment in the name

of the Member for Beaconsfield or

0:29:400:29:44

asking the House to take it on

assurance from the dispatch box?

I'm

0:29:440:29:50

stating what is government policy

from the dispatch box.

Mr Dominic

0:29:500:29:54

Greene.

Thank you Mr Speaker. I

greatly welcome Mike right

0:29:540:30:00

honourable friend in respect of

there being a for us to implement

0:30:000:30:07

the final deal. Unless my amendment

was not be accepted, man becomes

0:30:070:30:17

redundant. How can it be acceptable

that we implement Brexit by means of

0:30:170:30:28

clause nine after the date of our

departure? My anxieties are

0:30:280:30:31

heightened on this by the amendment

tabled by the government on Friday.

0:30:310:30:35

Surely the answer is, if we run out

of time none of these suggestions

0:30:350:30:42

put forward state that the time

should be extended after Article 50

0:30:420:30:48

so that all parties are able to deal

with that. That is the mechanism

0:30:480:30:52

that is provided and surely that is

the mechanism that the House and the

0:30:520:30:56

government should be following.

I

thank my right honourable friend for

0:30:560:31:00

his welcome of the bill. But I say

to him that Article 50, the

0:31:000:31:06

extension of Article 50 can only be

done by unanimity.

Alison McGovern.

0:31:060:31:15

Thank you, Mr Speaker. But this

doesn't make any sense. The

0:31:150:31:19

Secretary of State has said on any

number of occasions that a deal

0:31:190:31:22

could be done at the last moment. So

for the reasons explained can he be

0:31:220:31:27

clear that he can't have that

position, a deal done that at the

0:31:270:31:31

last moment, and support this new

clause from the government, nailing

0:31:310:31:34

down the specific date?

If I may say

so, any number of occasions, there

0:31:340:31:44

was one occasion in front of the

committee when I was asked that very

0:31:440:31:47

question, what could happen to the

negotiation in extremis. Since I was

0:31:470:31:52

pointing to previous examples, it's

hardly a statement of either intent

0:31:520:31:55

or expectation. As for the other

question, Michel Barnier hopes to

0:31:550:32:11

had October, I hope that amendment

for the bill, is that reflects and

0:32:110:32:23

European law tells you.

Is there any

prospect of Sir James Dyson being

0:32:230:32:34

invited to join our team of

negotiators?

0:32:340:32:45

Well, I have spoken to Sir James

Dyson. I don't necessarily agree

0:32:470:32:55

with his tactical advice but he is a

brilliant exponent of what a great

0:32:550:33:00

success this country can be when its

engineers get stuck into the job.

0:33:000:33:12

Thank you Mr Speaker., Secretary of

State clarify what government

0:33:120:33:16

thinking is around an adjudication

court as mentioned this morning on

0:33:160:33:19

Radio 4 by the Honourable member of

the Chingford and Woodford Green.

0:33:190:33:24

Adjudication. I am afraid...

I'm

sure it was a brilliant exposition

0:33:240:33:34

of did not hear it. He's got the

confirmation from the Right

0:33:340:33:44

Honourable gentleman that it was

very good. I'm sure that should

0:33:440:33:48

satisfy the Secretary of State. Mr

Bernard Jenkin.

Could invite my

0:33:480:33:53

right honourable friend to remind

this House that 498 members voted

0:33:530:33:58

for the withdrawal bill. In the full

knowledge that two years after

0:33:580:34:04

notification had been served we

would leave the European Union. They

0:34:040:34:10

seemed to be backtracking on their

promises to the British people.

My

0:34:100:34:21

honourable friend mixes point

clearly. March 29 is the departure

0:34:210:34:28

date and this has been known ever

since the data is passed.

Mr Speaker

0:34:280:34:33

I welcome the wretched of the

Secretary of State today in the face

0:34:330:34:36

of the impending votes on the

withdrawal bill. But why is he

0:34:360:34:39

intent on holding a gun to the head

of this House by presenting us with

0:34:390:34:45

a choice only between the deal he

negotiates and no deal at all?

0:34:450:34:50

Surely a meaningful vote and

meaningful legislation of asking the

0:34:500:35:00

government to go back and amend the

deal, including if necessary, as the

0:35:000:35:06

Honourable member for Beaconsfield

has said, extending the timetable if

0:35:060:35:09

that is required.

What I will say is

that the decision put before the

0:35:090:35:20

house was put there by 17.5 million

voters.

Sir Oliver Letwin.

Come my

0:35:200:35:26

right honourable friend assure those

of us who increasingly believe that

0:35:260:35:31

the strongest chance of ever

achieving a deal is being able to

0:35:310:35:36

demonstrate our EU counterparts that

we can manage exit without a deal

0:35:360:35:40

that he will shortly publish a

comprehensive and convincing account

0:35:400:35:43

of how this country will manage

affairs in the absence of any deal

0:35:430:35:48

whatsoever.

What I have said to the

House many times is that what my

0:35:480:35:55

right honourable friend alludes to

is not the primary policy of this

0:35:550:36:04

government, the primary policy is to

achieve a free-trade deal. But he is

0:36:040:36:08

right, if this did not happen we

would be able to make a good future

0:36:080:36:13

for Britain without that. It is not

the best feature, though, not the

0:36:130:36:18

best choice in front of us. Joanna

Cherry.

Thank you Mr Speaker. In

0:36:180:36:25

Brussels last week see the EU

officials were clear with members of

0:36:250:36:29

the select committee that

transitional deal under Article 50

0:36:290:36:32

means remaining in the singles

market, in the customs union and

0:36:320:36:36

remaining subject to the

jurisdiction of the Court of

0:36:360:36:38

Justice. Is it not time that the

Secretary of State explained that to

0:36:380:36:43

his backbenchers so that members

such as the Right Honourable member

0:36:430:36:48

for Chingford and weird group can

avoid embarrassing themselves in

0:36:480:36:51

legal matters on the radio, and will

he also clarify that parts of the

0:36:510:36:57

bill such as clause six will have to

go if there is to be a transitional

0:36:570:37:01

deal.

Whatever else the honourable

lady is she makes the mistake that

0:37:010:37:11

many, I'm afraid, Metropolitan and

media commentators make which is to

0:37:110:37:13

assume that everything they told in

Brussels is the whole truth and

0:37:130:37:17

nothing but the truth! Kroos

citizens wait.

If you are trying to

0:37:170:37:23

sell me a card are assured you that

I was determined not to leave the

0:37:230:37:27

showroom without buying one, does he

imagine that that would strengthen

0:37:270:37:30

my negotiating hand?

He is right, it

is foolish proposition only enjoyed

0:37:300:37:39

the other side the House.

Mr Stephen

Kinnock.

Thank you Mr Speaker, I'm

0:37:390:37:46

sure the Secretary of State will

join me in congratulating his friend

0:37:460:37:51

the Foreign Secretary and the

secretary of state for Defra for the

0:37:510:37:54

rekindling of their bromance. Do

they understand that the EU has

0:37:540:38:02

stated clearly that a transitional

deal can happen only on the basis of

0:38:020:38:08

an existing regulatory budgetary

supervisory judiciary enforcement of

0:38:080:38:13

structures. Does he believe that

there on his benches understand that

0:38:130:38:17

this will be the basis of the

transitional arrangement?

Firstly

0:38:170:38:23

let me say to him a milder version

of what I said to us, Scottish

0:38:230:38:28

nationalist colleague, it should not

take just what the European

0:38:280:38:31

Parliament says is the end of the

exercise but he is right in one

0:38:310:38:34

respect, and that is that the

transitional arrangement will look

0:38:340:38:38

like what we have now but it will

not be membership and it will allow

0:38:380:38:42

us freedoms that we don't have now

and that is critical to remember.

Mr

0:38:420:38:47

Philip Davies.

We've always known

that the EU is desperate to UK money

0:38:470:38:52

but it seems it is now so strapped

for cash it has resorted to bid

0:38:520:38:56

diplomacy vision of aggressive

begging of the last few days. Will

0:38:560:39:00

my right honourable friend assure

the House that the government will

0:39:000:39:04

not be intimidated by the threats

and blackmail of the European

0:39:040:39:08

negotiating team because the

government will not be forgiven in a

0:39:080:39:10

time of austerity if more is paid

then is legally due from leaving the

0:39:100:39:16

EU, would he agree with me on that

basis that you don't need to pay £10

0:39:160:39:21

billion a year net for a £90 billion

trade deficit, you can have one of

0:39:210:39:24

those nothing. On his last point, it

is a point I made to one member

0:39:240:39:33

state only last week!

Tom brake.

Mr

Speaker, when I met residents in

0:39:330:39:44

South Armagh recently who are badly

affected during the troubles, they

0:39:440:39:51

had no solution to the question of

the Northern Ireland border and nor

0:39:510:39:54

has anyone else I've met since.

Secretary of State set out how we

0:39:540:40:01

can leave the customs union and for

there to be a no control border

0:40:010:40:08

between Northern Ireland.

There's a

whole range of options to him

0:40:080:40:17

including listed trusted schemes,

exemptions for small businesses,

0:40:170:40:24

which we talked about at length. He

just had to read them.

Mr Speaker

0:40:240:40:31

May I congratulate the Secretary of

State on the progress made in the

0:40:310:40:35

last couple of weeks, can I

emphasise how important it is that

0:40:350:40:39

we move onto the next stage in

December. Businesses are concerned

0:40:390:40:44

that we have that, moving on within

the next two or three weeks. Could

0:40:440:40:51

he reassure us on that?

Of course,

that is what we are aiming to do.

0:40:510:40:56

One point has become very clear in

the negotiation, some of the matters

0:40:560:41:01

like the border between Ireland and

Northern Ireland or soluble once we

0:41:010:41:05

get onto the next stage but cannot

be advanced as we stand now. So for

0:41:050:41:10

many reasons both economic and

political we want to make that

0:41:100:41:14

advance as soon as possible.

Stephen

Timms.

Mr Speaker May I ask about

0:41:140:41:20

arrangements during the two you're

also implementation period after

0:41:200:41:25

March 2019, when the Prime Minister

has already told us that the writ of

0:41:250:41:29

the European Court of Justice will

still run. He told the select

0:41:290:41:33

committee he helped from a positive

Council conclusion in December,

0:41:330:41:39

hopefully this will agree that 2018,

Michel Barnier said the same to the

0:41:390:41:44

select committee last week. Does

that not put huge pressure on

0:41:440:41:49

everyone involved to achieve a

successful outcome to the December

0:41:490:41:54

council?

I hope so, when he says

everybody involved and indeed one of

0:41:540:41:59

the major successes of the October

counsel was that they told the

0:41:590:42:04

commission team, so called task

force 50, to prepare for that,

0:42:040:42:08

because it is moderately complex, a

policy that has to be put in place,

0:42:080:42:12

there are a number of mildly

contentious areas of it, and

0:42:120:42:17

therefore, we need to be ready for

it. They are under way on that and

0:42:170:42:21

if we get the decision in December

we will deliver, I hope, on the

0:42:210:42:26

select committee. Subtitles will

resume at 11pm with Monday in

0:42:260:42:29

Parliament.

0:42:290:42:31

Exiting the EU secretary David Davis updating the House of Commons on the outcome of the latest round of negotiations with the EU and announcing a Parliamentary vote on the final deal, from Monday 13 November.