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changed in response to public

consultation. I wouldn't be doing my

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duty if I couldn't in my final words

wish Paisley every success in the

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City of Culture competition.

Order,

order. Questions to the Prime

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Minister.

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The question tabled by the

honourable member for Lichfield,

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relating to economic performance and

public services in the West

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Midlands, question five, has in Eire

been omitted from the printed copies

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of the order paper. -- has been in

error. A corrigendum has been made

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available in the vote office, and

copies are on the table. Order,

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questions to the Prime Minister.

Ruth George.

Thank you, question

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number one.

The Prime Minister.

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Mr Speaker, I'm sure the whole house

will wish to join me in offering

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condolences to the family, friends

and colleagues of police constable

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James Dixon from Thames Valley

Police, who was killed while on

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motorcycle duty yesterday, and also

to the family and friends of the

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passenger car involved in the

collision. I'm sure the House would

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like to join me in offering

condolences to family and friends of

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the former member of this house who

was a former miner and strong voice

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of Lanarkshire in this place for

nearly 30 years. This morning I had

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meetings with ministerial colleagues

and others, and I shall have further

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such meetings later today.

Ruth

George.

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My constituent Kate has run a

successful nursery for over 14

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years, but after two months on the

Government's funding for three and

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four-year-old she says she can't

make it work, she's having to sell

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her home to pay her staff

redundancies. Over 1000 nurseries

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have already closed and 58% say they

cannot continue. If nurseries close,

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parents can't work. Please will the

Prime Minister meet with me and

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nursery owners to discuss such

widespread and critical problems?

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Well, I can say to the honourable

lady that I have indeed recently met

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with some nursery owners looking at

this issue, and they've given a very

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clear message that actually there

are parts of the country where Local

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Authorities are operating the system

very efficiently are very well and

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there are parts of the country where

that is not happening. Of course,

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what underpins this is the decision

taken by this government to improve

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the childcare offer for parents, so

that they actually have a better

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opportunity and ensure their

children get the childcare they

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need.

Will the Prime Minister give a quick

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update on the Brexit negotiations

and does she agree with me that post

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Brexit...

LAUGHTER

It's crucial that we enhance skills

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and apprenticeships in the

construction housing sector and does

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she agree that now is not the time

for the construction training board

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to be proposing to close their site

in West Norfolk, putting at risk 600

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jobs in a rural area? Will she make

me to discuss this and will she help

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me in my campaign?

Can I say to my honourable friend

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that he is a great champion for his

constituency. He's been a great

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supporter of the CI TB at Birch. I'm

happy to support his campaign, I

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wish him well and I'm happy to meet

him. He asked about Brexit and, of

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course, what we're doing in the

Brexit negotiations is ensuring we

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can indeed build those houses and

build that country for the future

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that we to seek, and the principles

we are working to our that the text

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that is currently being discussed is

a report on the progress of

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negotiations, on which basis the

European Commission will decide

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whether sufficient progress has been

made and we can move onto the next

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stage of talks. It is for those

future talks to agree precisely how

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we ensure cross-border trade, while

maintaining constitutional integrity

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of the United Kingdom. We are

leaving the European Union, the

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singles market on the customs union.

But we will do, we will do what is

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right in the interests of the whole

of the United Kingdom, and nothing

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is agreed until everything is

agreed.

Jeremy Corbyn.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. I joined the

Prime Minister in offering

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condolences to the police officer

and passenger who lost their lives

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yesterday and in paying tribute to

Jimmy Hood, he was a good friend of

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all of us, and he was a great

fighter for the coal industry and

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the mine workers union during the

strike and after that, during his

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time here. We thank Jimmy for his

work in the labour movement.

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Mr Speaker, in July, the

international trade Secretary said

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Brexit negotiations would be the

easiest in human history. Does the

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Prime Minister still agree with that

assessment?

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I am very pleased to report to the

right gentleman, as I've just said,

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negotiations are in progress and

very good progress has been made.

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But... What my right honourable

friend has been focusing on is the

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trade negotiations for the future,

and indeed, because we are already a

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member of the European Union, when

we leave we will not be at the same

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basis, like Canada was in

negotiating a trade agreement, and

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we do expect that be will get a deal

that is right for the whole of the

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United Kingdom. What we need to do

to be able to do that is to move on

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to phase two, and if he is so

concerned about easing negotiations,

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why did his MPs vote against us

being able to do that?

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Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister can

always look behind herself. Mr

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Speaker, she hasn't, she hasn't

succeeded in convincing many people

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and yesterday on Tory donor told the

papers and I quote, "Yesterday

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proved beyond doubt that the Prime

Minister is not only weak but it's

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her incompetence that is hobbling

the UK." And he wasn't very kind

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about the rest of her from bench

either, describing them as a bunch

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of jellyfish masquerading as a

cabinet.

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Mr Speaker, this is... This is truly

a coalition, this is truly a

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coalition of chaos. At the start of

the week, it all seemed to be going

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so well. The Prime Minister had

scheduled a lunch with Jean-Claude

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Juncker followed by a press

conference and then to triumphantly

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returned to the House to present her

deal.

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Order, order. Let me make it clear

for the umpteenth time, no, order. I

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know what's going on, I can look

after these matters. No one in this

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chamber is going to be shouted down.

It will not happen, and if people

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think they can sit where I can't see

them and make a raucous noise

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they're very foolish. I know where

they are and I know what they're up

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to, and it's not going to work. End

of subject.

Jeremy Corbyn.

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Thank you, Mr Speaker. On her way

back to Britain, someone forgot to

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share the details of the Irish

border deal with the DUP. Surely

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there are 1.5 billion reasons why

the Prime Minister really shouldn't,

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shouldn't have forgotten to do that.

I think it was a little difficult to

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detect the question is that

interruption. Let me say to the

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right honourable gentleman, as

President Jean-Claude Juncker said

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Monday, there are still a few things

we are negotiating on... LAUGHTER

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And he is confident, he is confident

that we will be able to achieve

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sufficient progress. But if he wants

to wonder about plans for

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negotiations, perhaps he should look

at his own front bench! The Shadow

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Chancellor used to say staying in

the single market was not respecting

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the referendum. Now he says it's on

the table. The shade -- shadow trade

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secretary used to say staying in the

customs union was very unattractive,

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now he says it is not off the table.

We now know from the Shadow

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Chancellor what their approach

really is, it's not having a plan at

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all, because when asked what the

Labour Party plan was, the Shadow

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Chancellor said, well, that's

difficult for us. As we all know,

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the only thing the Labour Party is

planning for is a runner on the

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pound.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister was

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unable to support her Brexit

secretary when he tried to explain a

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deal was supposed to be done in

October but still hasn't been done

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by December. The leader of the DUP

told Irish television she only got

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sight of the deal on Monday morning,

five weeks after she first asked for

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it. Two months after the original

deadline for the first phase of

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talks and after Monday's shambles,

is the Prime Minister now, now able

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to end the confusion and clearly

outlined what the Government was my

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position is now, with regard to the

Irish border?

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I'm very happy to outline the

position that I've taken on the

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Irish border with Northern Ireland.

It is exactly the same position that

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I took in the Lancaster House

speech, that I took in the Florence

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speech, that we have taken

consistently in the negotiations,

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which is that we will ensure there

is no hard border between Northern

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Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

We will do that while we respect the

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constitutional integrity of the

United Kingdom. And while we respect

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the internal market and protect the

internal market of the United

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Kingdom. Those Labour members who

shout "How?", that's the whole point

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of the second phase of the

negotiations... Because we will

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deliver this, we aim to deliver this

is part of our overall trade deal

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between the United Kingdom and the

European Union, and we can only talk

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about that when we get into phase

two. We have a plan, he has none.

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Jeremy Corbyn.

18 months after the referendum, the

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Prime Minister is unable to answer

the question. And on Monday, and on

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Monday, as she thought she was

coming here to make a statement, it

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was vetoed by the leader of the DUP,

the tale really is wagging the dog

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here. Mr Speaker, the Brexit

secretary told the BBC's Andrew Marr

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programme in June, "In my job I

don't think out loud and I don't

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make guesses. I try and make

decisions. You make those based on

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data, the data is being gathered, we

have 50, nearly 60 sector analyses

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done." The House voted to see the

analyses but today the Brexit

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secretary told the select committee

they don't exist. Can the Prime

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Minister put us out of our misery,

do they exist or don't they, have

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they done the work or haven't they?

That is surely one question she can

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answer after 18 months.

Can I make a gentle suggestion to

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the Leader of the Opposition? He

asked me a question on the Northern

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Irish border, I answered the

question. He then stood up and said

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I had answered the question. Perhaps

he should listen to the answers that

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I give. The House requested, as I

understand it, 58 sectoral impact

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assessments. There were no 58

sectoral impact assessment. There

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was sectoral analysis, over 800

pages of sectoral analysis has been

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published and made available to the

select committee and arrangements

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have been made available for members

of this house to see it. We are very

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clear that we will not give a

running commentary on negotiations,

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but what we will do, what we will do

is work for what this country wants.

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We will ensure we leave the European

Union in March 2019. We will leave

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the internal market, we will leave

the customs union at the same time,

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and we will ensure there is no hard

border between Northern Ireland and

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the Republic of Ireland when we do

it.

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Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Speaker, this really is a

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shambles. All they've done... All

they've done is offered a heavily

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redacted abbreviated version that

has not been widely shared, and the

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Brexit secretary said in September,

Mr Speaker, that 50 billion divorce

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payment was complete nonsense. The

Foreign Secretary rejected any

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payment and said the EU could go

whistle, so can the Prime Minister

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put before the House a fully

itemised account that could be

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independently audited by the Office

for Budget Responsibility and the

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National Audit Office on any

proposed payment?

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We are at the point of progressing

to the next stage. Snog agreed until

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everything is agreed. So the final

settlement won't be agreed until we

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have actually got the whole of the

deal agreed. But I have to say to

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the right honourable gentleman, he's

asked me questions earlier about

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hard borders, half the Labour Party

wants to stay in the single market,

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half the Labour Party wants to leave

the single market. The only hard

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border around is right down the

middle of the Labour Party.

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18 months since the referendum, no

answers to the questions. Today,

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they haven't yet concluded phase

one. No answers to the questions.

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And the DUP appear to be ruling the

roost and telling her what to do.

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Whether it's Brexit, the National

Health Service, social care, our

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rip-off railways, rising child

poverty, growing pensioner poverty,

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or universe credit, this Government,

this Government is unable to solve

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important issues facing this

country. In fact, it's making them

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worse. The economy is slowing. More

people in poverty. Brexit

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negotiations in a shambles. This

Government is clearly not fit for

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the future. If they can't negotiate

a good deal, wouldn't it be better

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if they just got out of the way?

Can

I say to the right honourable

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gentleman, week in and week out, he

comes to this House making promises

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that he knows he can't deliver. And

they keep doing it. At the election

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he told students they would write

off their student debt. Then he said

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I did not commit to write off the

debt. What are the Labour Party

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doing? They're putting around

leaflets which say Labour will

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cancel xooising student debt. --

existing. It's time the right

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honourable gentleman apologises for

grossly misleading Labour leaflets.

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Order. Order! Closed question,

MrMichael Fabricant.

Question five.

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Prime Minister.

I am pleased to say

that employment in the West Midlands

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has risen by 198,000 since the 2010

election. And in the budget my right

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honourable friend the Chancellor

confirmed people living and working

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in the West Midlands will benefit

from second devolution deal and a

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£250 million allocation for regional

transport projects.

The devolution

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deal, the budget, and now the

establishment of the national

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battery R and D centre in the West

Midlands puts the whole region at

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the very heart of European

autonomous drive and electric drive

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cars. So will my right honourable

friend commit to continue to support

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this important industry and will she

make a very important promise to me?

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Yes. Will she get rid of that gas

guzzler Jagielka of hers -- Jaquar

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and get a modern one from the West

Midlands, because we are the party

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of the future, not the old Labour

Party danosaurs opposite.

Perhaps I

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could just...

Perhaps I could just let my

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honourable friend know that, sadly,

the Jaguar Number 10 Downing Street

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is not mine. But my honourable

friend is absolutely right, that the

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West Midlands is at the heart of

this important industry. We are

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investing £31 million in the West

Midlands for the development of

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testing infrastructure for connected

and autonomous vehicles and we will

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also build on the West Midlands

expertise and self driving cars as

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we invest a further £5 million in an

initial test bed and I certainly

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look forward to seeing this

technology developing further.

Can I

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associate myself with the remarks of

the Prime Minister regarding the

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late Jimmy Hood and pass on

condolences to his family and

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friends. I am sure the House will

want to join me in welcoming Billy

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Irvine, one of the Chennai six who

has arrived back in Scotland this

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morning. Now we know that the deal

that was done with the DUP to keep

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the Prime Minister in office gave

the DUP a veto over Brexit. It is

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embarrassing that it was being

briefed on Monday morning that the

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Prime Minister had a deal, only to

take this off the table after a call

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with the DUP. Is this the Prime

Minister who is in office but not in

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power?

What we are doing is working

for a deal that will work for the

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whole of the United Kingdom. There

are particular circumstances for

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Northern Ireland because it is the

one part of the United Kingdom that

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shares a land border with a country

that will be remaining in the

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European Union. But as we look ahead

and during the negotiations as the

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honourable gentleman will know, we

are consulting and talking with all

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parts of the United Kingdom, with

the Welsh Government and the

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Scottish Government, and we want to

ensure that we get the right deal

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for the UK and that's the deal that

I have set out, we will be leaving

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the European Union, we will be

leaving the single market, leaving

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the customs union, but we will

ensure that we get that good trade

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deal for the future.

The clock is

ticking. We need a deal that keeps

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us in the single market and the

customs union. To do otherwise will

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devastate our economy and cost jobs.

Will the Prime Minister recognise

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that such a deal will resolve the

Irish border question and protect

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jobs throughout the UK, anything

less will be a failure of

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leadership.

I have to say to the

right honourable gentleman that he

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continues to washing up -- bark up

the wrong tree. We are leaving the

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European Union, that means we will

be leaving the single market and the

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customs union. We will take back and

we will ensure that we can go trade

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deals around the rest of the world

and that will be important for us

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and it's important, he references

jobs, it will be important in

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ensuring jobs in this country. We

will get a good deal on trade and

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security because this isn't just

about trade for our future

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relationship. I set out in my

Florence speech the deep and special

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partnership we want to continue to

have with the European Union. That

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is about a trade deal that ensures

jobs and prosperity across the whole

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of the United Kingdom.

I politely

observe that the front bench

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exchanges have absorbed a

disproportionately large share of

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time. I am determined to accommodate

backbenchers who are waiting to ask

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questions.

Thank you. The bottleneck

on the A417 continues to cause

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dreadful accidents and traffic

misery in Gloucestershire. Now

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following the leadership of the

Transport Secretary and the support

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of Gloucestershire honourable

members the vital consultation stage

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of the short listed improvement

proposals will begin shortly. Does

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my right honourable friend back the

scheme and does she agree by

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committing hundreds of millions of

pounds for this crucial project that

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Government is backing the

Gloucestershire economy?

Thank you.

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I know my honourable friend has been

working tirelessly on this

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particular issue and I understand

concerns and frustrations that

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drivers in his constituency and

elsewhere have about this vital

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strategic road for, not just

Gloucestershire but the wider region

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as well. I am happy to assure him we

are backing the development of the

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multimillion pound roundabout scheme

announced in 2014. A consultation

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will begin shortly. So we can

develop the right solution to tackle

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this pinch point and continue this

support which as he says is good for

0:23:040:23:10

the whole of Gloucestershire's

economy.

The Prime Minister has been

0:23:100:23:14

unable to provide us with a single

plausible Brexit scenario that will

0:23:140:23:19

meet her red lines, and be

acceptable to the Cabinet, Ireland

0:23:190:23:23

and the DUP. Isn't it therefore time

that she either dropped her red

0:23:230:23:27

lines, the DUP, or the pretence she

can govern this country.

I have to

0:23:270:23:33

say to the honourable lady she's

completely wrong, this Government

0:23:330:23:36

has published a number of documents

which set out various option that is

0:23:360:23:39

can be taken forward in relation to

the trade relation for the future,

0:23:390:23:43

that address the question of the

customs relationship in relation to

0:23:430:23:48

customs, address the issue of the

Northern Ireland border. We have

0:23:480:23:51

already published those proposals.

They're not part in detail - those

0:23:510:23:54

details are not part of the

negotiations at the moment. They

0:23:540:23:56

will become part of the negotiations

when we move on to phase two.

When

0:23:560:24:06

the British people voted to leave

the European superstate they voted

0:24:060:24:10

to end the free movement of people,

they voted to stop sending billions

0:24:100:24:14

of pounds to the EU each and every

year. They voted to make our laws in

0:24:140:24:20

our own country judged by our own

judges. Prime Minister, are we on

0:24:200:24:26

course still to deliver that? If we

have a problem, would it help if I

0:24:260:24:29

came over to Brussels with you to

sort them out?

0:24:290:24:43

Well, I say to my honourable friend

I am always happy to spend time in

0:24:440:24:48

his company and I hope his petition

on chicken farms went down well the

0:24:480:24:54

other evening. The answer is yes, we

are on course to deliver what the

0:24:540:24:57

people of this country voted for

when they voted to leave the

0:24:570:25:01

European Union.

Will the Prime

Minister support new transpen nine

0:25:010:25:06

rail links, namely high speed three,

but also the restoration of the

0:25:060:25:11

Skipton coal link which as well as

providing an economic boast to pen

0:25:110:25:15

nine towns has the additional merit

of starting in the Government Chief

0:25:150:25:21

Whip's constituency.

Can I say to

the honourable gentleman that we are

0:25:210:25:26

of course looking very seriously and

have been supporting with this

0:25:260:25:29

concept of the railway. We are

waiting as I understand it for

0:25:290:25:33

specific proposals to be brought

forward and we will look at those

0:25:330:25:38

proposals seriously.

I am sure the

whole House is aware that 40 years

0:25:380:25:43

ago today this House came together

and voted for a new charity,

0:25:430:25:49

mobility charity which has

transformed the lives of disabled

0:25:490:25:51

people and their families. Would the

Prime Minister agree that - it

0:25:510:25:58

should be carried forward and gives

a golden opportunity for disabled

0:25:580:26:01

people to get into the workplace and

enjoy things everybody else does in

0:26:010:26:06

this country.

I am grateful to my

right honourable friend for marking

0:26:060:26:11

the whoth anniversary of mobility in

this way and I am happy to join him

0:26:110:26:14

in marking that and I am looking

forward to becoming a senior patron,

0:26:140:26:18

they do excellent work for people in

enabling them to stay mobile and

0:26:180:26:21

active and there are more people

with a mobility car today than there

0:26:210:26:27

were in 2010. Can I also wish my

right honourable friend well as I

0:26:270:26:32

understand he will be going to the

Palace tomorrow to receive his

0:26:320:26:37

knighthood.

Thank you. Prime

Minister, in light of the news today

0:26:370:26:43

and the reported terrorist threat on

the Prime Minister and others, can I

0:26:430:26:47

assure her of our prayers for her

and Her Majesty's Government on this

0:26:470:26:50

side of the House and thank the

security forces for their sterling

0:26:500:26:54

efforts. Prime Minister, can you

give us specific commitment that

0:26:540:26:58

nothing will be done that creates

any barrier, constitutionally,

0:26:580:27:04

politically, economically, or

regulatory between Northern Ireland

0:27:040:27:06

and the rest of the United Kingdom?

Can I thank the honourable gentleman

0:27:060:27:11

for the remarks that he made. Can I

say to him the simple answer to his

0:27:110:27:15

question is yes. He will know as

other members of this House will,

0:27:150:27:19

that there are already areas where

there are specific arrangements

0:27:190:27:23

between Northern Ireland and the

Republic of Ireland, for example,

0:27:230:27:27

the single energy market that exists

between the Republic of Ireland and

0:27:270:27:31

Northern Ireland. But we want to

ensure that there is no hard border,

0:27:310:27:34

that is exactly what we are working

for. We are also working to respect

0:27:340:27:39

the constitutional integrity of the

United Kingdom and protect the

0:27:390:27:43

internal market of the United

Kingdom and I think we share those

0:27:430:27:48

aims.

The Prime Minister will be

aware of citizens advice Scotland

0:27:480:27:55

report issued yesterday that said in

Scotland up to a million consumers

0:27:550:28:00

pay on average 30% more to have

parcels delivered than the rest of

0:28:000:28:05

the country: In my constitute at

this time there is a huge issue

0:28:050:28:08

where ridiculous prices are put on

to deliver. In some cases companies

0:28:080:28:12

refuse to deliver at all. Can my

right honourable friend tell me what

0:28:120:28:15

the UK Government can do with myself

to ensure we right this wrong once

0:28:150:28:21

and for you will.

My honourable

friend is right to raise this issue

0:28:210:28:25

and speak up on behalf of his

constituents. I am sure he knows

0:28:250:28:32

rail mail does provide a service

that includes parcel service at a

0:28:320:28:35

uniform price throughout the UK but

there are commercial issues at play

0:28:350:28:39

outside this service. But I am sure

that my right hon friend the

0:28:390:28:43

Business Secretary will be happy to

meet and discuss this issue.

The

0:28:430:28:50

recognition by Donald Trump of

Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

0:28:500:28:54

will do grave damage to the

prospects for a just and lasting

0:28:540:28:59

peace settlement with the Israelis

and Palestinians which has been

0:28:590:29:03

British and indeed American foreign

policy for decades. Was she

0:29:030:29:08

consulted about this announcement

and if so what did she say? Will she

0:29:080:29:13

hear and -- here and now clearly

condemn it?

0:29:130:29:18

Well, I say to the right honourable

gentleman that I am intending to

0:29:180:29:24

speak to President Trump about this

matter. But our position has not

0:29:240:29:31

changed. He says it's been a

long-standing position and it's also

0:29:310:29:35

a very clear one, that the status of

Jerusalem should be determined as a

0:29:350:29:39

- in a negotiated settlement between

the Israelis and the Palestinians

0:29:390:29:44

and Jerusalem should ultimately form

a shared capital between the Israeli

0:29:440:29:49

and Palestinian states. We continue

to support a two-state solution. We

0:29:490:29:53

recognise the importance of

Jerusalem and our position on that

0:29:530:29:57

has not changed.

Today

GlaxoSmithKline and many other

0:29:570:30:10

companies invested in genetics, does

my honourable friend agree

0:30:100:30:14

investment in science and research

underpins jobs and revolution in

0:30:140:30:18

medical treatment that will save

lives and give hope to many patients

0:30:180:30:22

for new treatments.

Well, I

absolutely agree with my honourable

0:30:220:30:26

friend and what she has highlighted

is a sector which is important for

0:30:260:30:30

the United Kingdom and I welcome the

investment that she has referred to.

0:30:300:30:33

That is why this is one of the

sectors that has been given

0:30:330:30:38

significance in the industrial

strategy that my right honourable

0:30:380:30:41

friend the Business Secretary has

delivered, has published, because

0:30:410:30:44

this is exactly an area where we see

there are Ben bsh -- benefits here,

0:30:440:30:51

jobs, but also improving the

treatments available to patients and

0:30:510:30:55

improving their lives.

When the

Prime Minister rings Donald Trump to

0:30:550:31:03

express our concern about his moves

concerning Jerusalem and the US

0:31:030:31:09

Embassy, will she also be informing

President Trump that we will be

0:31:090:31:13

proceeding to recognise the state of

Palestine as a central part of

0:31:130:31:20

keeping the two-state process under

way?

We want to see a negotiated

0:31:200:31:25

settlement between the Israelis and

the Palestinians, we believe that

0:31:250:31:28

should be based on a two-state

solution, that should be a Sovereign

0:31:280:31:32

and viable Palestinian state but

also a secure and safe Israel. That

0:31:320:31:37

should be a matter for negotiation

between the parties.

The whole House

0:31:370:31:44

will support what the Prime Minister

said last week in the Middle East on

0:31:440:31:49

her visit about the unfolding

humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.

0:31:490:31:53

Will she continue to provide the

maximum amount of pressure to lift

0:31:530:31:58

both the humanitarian and the

commercial blockade and use

0:31:580:32:03

Britain's good offices at the United

Nations to secure a resumption of

0:32:030:32:07

some sort of political peace process

which is inclusive and which does

0:32:070:32:11

not have any preconditions?

Well, my

right honourable friend has raised

0:32:110:32:15

an important issue and I am sure

everybody across this House is

0:32:150:32:19

deeply concerned at the humanitarian

crisis and the spiralling crisis

0:32:190:32:22

that we have seen in the Yemen and

the lingering threat of famine

0:32:220:32:26

there. I did indeed as he said raise

my concerns when I visited Saudi

0:32:260:32:30

Arabia last week. I made it clear

that the UK's view is that we want

0:32:300:32:36

to see not just a border open for

humanitarian aid to get in but it

0:32:360:32:39

should be open for commercial

vessels as well. This is absolutely

0:32:390:32:44

crucial and important and he revenss

the need for peace talks, that is

0:32:440:32:48

our top priority. The best way to

bring a long-term solution and

0:32:480:32:52

long-term stability is to have a

political solution and we will

0:32:520:32:55

continue to support the efforts of

the UN special envoy and play a

0:32:550:32:59

leading role as he says in

diplomatic efforts to ensure a

0:32:590:33:02

political solution can be reached.

Due to the one billion deal that the

0:33:020:33:12

DUP MPs - each one is worth more

than Ronaldo. We need to consider

0:33:120:33:18

the cut to Scotland's budget, £600

million rail shortfall, the £200

0:33:180:33:27

million... And £140 million VAT

refund. Each one of the Scottish

0:33:270:33:37

Tories cost Scotland £265 million.

Can we transfer them?

I have to say

0:33:370:33:42

it's time that when he stood up for

questions he actually looked at the

0:33:420:33:47

facts. It's my Scottish Conservative

colleagues who have ensured that in

0:33:470:33:54

the budget we were able to take

steps in relation to the VAT status

0:33:540:33:59

of police Scotland and the fire

services in Scotland and he

0:33:590:34:03

obviously hadn't noticed but I am

happy to repeat as a result of this

0:34:030:34:10

budget £2 billion extra will come to

Scotland.

In 2010 the

0:34:100:34:18

Conservative-led Government set out

to reform the school curriculum to

0:34:180:34:22

give children skills they need to

succeed. Does the Prime Minister

0:34:220:34:26

agree yesterday's reading standard

results are a vindication of our

0:34:260:34:29

reforms and amazing teachers'

efforts which will allow our

0:34:290:34:32

children to forge a truly global

Britain.

Well, I thank my honourable

0:34:320:34:39

friend, she has raised an important

issue and I am happy to agree with

0:34:390:34:42

her. Yesterday we learned how the

UK's revolution in phonetics has

0:34:420:34:48

dramatically improved school

standards. I would like to pay

0:34:480:34:54

particular tribute to my honourable

friend the Minister for schools

0:34:540:34:59

standards who has worked tirelessly

to this end through his time here in

0:34:590:35:02

this House but also pay tribute to

the hard work of teachers up and

0:35:020:35:06

down the country. We have, just for

the figures, in 201258% of

0:35:060:35:13

six-year-olds passed reading checks,

this year it's 81%. We are indeed

0:35:130:35:19

building a Britain fit for the

future.

In October the Prime

0:35:190:35:23

Minister wrote an open letter saying

EU citizens living lawfully in the

0:35:230:35:27

UK today will be able to stay. But

this week my constituent was told by

0:35:270:35:34

UK she had to wait until Brexit was

done and take her chances. Can the

0:35:340:35:38

Prime Minister tell us are the EU

citizens living here just pawns in

0:35:380:35:47

the Brexit negotiations or will she

change UK operating systems to

0:35:470:35:52

ensure EU citizens can stay?

The

position on EU citizens that I set

0:35:520:35:56

out in the open letter that I sent

is the position of the United

0:35:560:36:00

Kingdom Government and I suggest to

the honourable lady if she has a

0:36:000:36:05

complaint about something said she

sends that information to the

0:36:050:36:09

immigration Minister.

Yesterday the

all-party group on cancer held its

0:36:090:36:14

annual Britain against cancer

conference, the largest one-day

0:36:140:36:18

gathering of the capser community in

the UK to launch a report on the

0:36:180:36:21

cancer strategy. We heard from the

Government and NHS England many good

0:36:210:36:25

things that were happening, there

was one issue causing real concern

0:36:250:36:28

to frontline services, and that is

the delay in the release of the

0:36:280:36:34

transformation funding to those

frontline services, with additional

0:36:340:36:37

requirement applied to the funding

after the bidding process closed.

0:36:370:36:41

Having discussed the issue with the

Secretary of State who was a jolly

0:36:410:36:46

chap, would the Prime Minister meet

with me to discuss this matter

0:36:460:36:50

further.

Well, I say to my

honourable friend of course this is

0:36:500:36:58

an important issue and we have as he

said seen great progress being made

0:36:580:37:02

in relation to this issue of

providing higher standards of cancer

0:37:020:37:05

care for all patients. Survival

records are now at a record high.

0:37:050:37:09

Around 7,000 more people are

surviving cancer after successful

0:37:090:37:14

NHS treatment compared to three

years ago. Of course we want to do

0:37:140:37:18

more in relation to this issue. He

has raised a very specific point and

0:37:180:37:23

I understand that the Department of

Health are adopting a phased

0:37:230:37:27

approach to investment as the

national cancer programme does run

0:37:270:37:29

for a further three years but I

would be happy to meet to discuss

0:37:290:37:34

this.

Contrary to her previous

answer on the subject, only the

0:37:340:37:41

Prime Minister's Government can

remove barriers to universe credit

0:37:410:37:44

for ter minutally ill people in

Scotland, England, Wales and

0:37:440:37:48

Northern Ireland. Will she answer

this question again this time, will

0:37:480:37:53

she end the cruel requirement for

people across the UK who don't want

0:37:530:37:58

to know they're dying to

self-certify on universal credit?

0:37:580:38:04

Can I say to the honourable

gentleman that I suggest that this

0:38:040:38:08

is an issue I will ask the Secretary

of State for work and pensions to

0:38:080:38:11

look at. We do want to ensure that

as knows we are working on how

0:38:110:38:16

universal credit is rolled out and

how that is dealt with in relation

0:38:160:38:20

to individuals. I am sure he will

understand that if there are

0:38:200:38:26

particular things that apply to

people and particular circumstances

0:38:260:38:29

then they can only apply if - if the

universe credit and Jobcentres are

0:38:290:38:33

aware of those circumstances but I

will ask the Department for Work and

0:38:330:38:38

Pensions to look at this.

Before my

right honourable friend next goes to

0:38:380:38:45

Brussels, will she apply a new code

of paint to her red lines because I

0:38:450:38:50

fear on Monday they were beginning

to look a little bit pink?

No, I can

0:38:500:38:57

say, happy say to my honourable

friend that the principles on which

0:38:570:39:01

this Government is negotiating were

set out in the Lancaster House

0:39:010:39:06

speech and the Florence speech and

those principles remain.

This

0:39:060:39:12

morning London MPs were briefed by

the Metropolitan Police service on

0:39:120:39:17

the grave challenge of serious youth

violence and violent crime,

0:39:170:39:20

including the scourge of scooter

assisted crime. With robbers up 30%

0:39:200:39:25

in London, the Police Service in

London faces a £400 million squeeze

0:39:250:39:29

which will drive police numbers down

to the lowest in 20 years and my own

0:39:290:39:33

Borough has already lost is 98

police officers. Does the Prime

0:39:330:39:37

Minister still think we have the

police resources we need -- 198.

I

0:39:370:39:44

would say we are not reducing the

police budget, we are protecting

0:39:440:39:48

police budgets. They were protected

in the 2015 spending review. I

0:39:480:39:52

repeat as I said in this House

before, there is more money and

0:39:520:39:56

officers or each Londoner than

anywhere else in the country. Of

0:39:560:39:58

course it is up to the Mayor of

London to decide how that budget is

0:39:580:40:03

spent. But she also raised the

important issue of scooter or moped

0:40:030:40:07

crime and I am pleased to say the

Home Secretary has held a round

0:40:070:40:11

table with police and others in the

Home Office to look at how this can

0:40:110:40:16

be better addressed.

The industrial

strategy identifies that the world

0:40:160:40:22

will need 60% more food by 2050. As

we leave the EU will the Prime

0:40:220:40:27

Minister commit to supporting our

farmers?

I am very happy to commit

0:40:270:40:32

to supporting our farmers. And in

fact markets for British food are

0:40:320:40:36

growing around the world and we want

to see those Margetts grow even

0:40:360:40:40

further. Leaving the EU means we

will have an opportunity to design a

0:40:400:40:45

new approach to agricultural policy,

one that supports our farmers to

0:40:450:40:48

grow more, to sell more and to

export more of their world-class

0:40:480:40:53

proproducts. What we will be doing

is ensuring we have an agriculture

0:40:530:40:57

policy that meets the needs of the

United Kingdom.

This week motor

0:40:570:41:06

manufacturers announced a year on

year drop in car sales of over 11%.

0:41:060:41:14

They blame confusion caused by the

Government's incoherent policy on

0:41:140:41:19

clean air and diesels, budget

measures and uncertainty caused by

0:41:190:41:24

Brexit. This industry is vital for

both the national economy and jobs

0:41:240:41:29

in the West Midlands. What is the

Government going to do to turn this

0:41:290:41:33

around?

I have to say to the

honourable gentleman that if he had

0:41:330:41:37

listened to the answer I gave and

the questions from my honourable

0:41:370:41:42

friend earlier he would have heard

how we are supporting the automotive

0:41:420:41:46

industry, supporting the future of

the industry. We recognise its

0:41:460:41:51

importance for the West Midlands and

importance for the United Kingdom

0:41:510:41:53

and that's why it's one of those

sectors that we are clear in our

0:41:530:41:56

industrial strategy that we will be

supporting so we can support those

0:41:560:42:01

jobs and prosperity for the future.

Would my right honourable friend

0:42:010:42:06

confirm she is aware of the strong

enthusiasm for free trade deals with

0:42:060:42:10

the UK from countries like Canada,

Japan, United States, Australia, and

0:42:100:42:18

even for participation in - UK

participation in the

0:42:180:42:23

transpartnership. None of these

opportunities will come our way if

0:42:230:42:27

we are shackled to regulation after

we have left the EU.

Well, I am

0:42:270:42:32

happy to say to my honourable friend

that I do recognise the enthusiasm

0:42:320:42:37

there is out there around the rest

of the world for to us do trade

0:42:370:42:40

deals with other countries. I am

happy to say that my right

0:42:400:42:44

honourable friend the trade

Secretary was in Australia recently

0:42:440:42:47

discussing these opportunities. When

I go around the world I also hear

0:42:470:42:51

the same message from a whole

variety of countries, they want to

0:42:510:42:54

do trade deals for us in the future.

What we want to do is to ensure we

0:42:540:42:58

get a good trade deal with the

European Union and the freedom to

0:42:580:43:01

negotiate these trade deals around

the rest of the world.

0:43:010:43:08

On Monday evening during the opening

speeches of the EU withdrawal bill

0:43:080:43:13

the Government bench showed its true

colours. Revealed were the imperial

0:43:130:43:19

British Government's intentions

spelled out in red, white and blue.

0:43:190:43:23

Would the Prime Minister care to

echo the chair of the Welsh affairs

0:43:230:43:27

Select Committee and I quote, it is

a power grab, and what a wonderful

0:43:270:43:33

power grab it is too or would she

admit that the scrabble to

0:43:330:43:38

repatriate powers from Brussels

provides a grubby excuse to deny our

0:43:380:43:44

democratic rights in Wales.

The

honourable lady knows full well what

0:43:440:43:50

my honourable friend was saying was

that what we will be doing when we

0:43:500:43:54

leave the European Union is grabbing

powers back from Brussels to the

0:43:540:44:00

United Kingdom. That's exactly

right. Following that we will expect

0:44:000:44:04

to see a significant increase in the

decision-making power of devolved

0:44:040:44:08

administrations. As a result of

that. That is absolutely right. If

0:44:080:44:13

Plaid Cymru are saying they want to

see powers rest in Brussels, we take

0:44:130:44:16

a different view. We want those

powers to be here in the United

0:44:160:44:19

Kingdom.

0:44:190:44:29

Will the Prime Minister join me in

wishing them every success in their

0:44:320:44:38

bid to see Stoke become the next

capital of culture for Britain?

I

0:44:380:44:44

have been very happy to visit Stoke

on Trent on a number of occasions

0:44:440:44:48

and my honourable friend is a

valiant champion for Stoke. I wish

0:44:480:44:52

them all the best. I have to say as

I have been asked about a number of

0:44:520:44:57

other bids from cities around the

United Kingdom I am sure all of

0:44:570:45:01

those cities bidding have

0:45:010:45:02