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Hello and Welcome to
the Week In Parliament, our look
back at the big events of the last
few days here at Westminster.
On this programme: Theresa May
is urged to set out more details
of her Brexit strategy.
We will bring back control of our
laws, our borders and our money.
But Labour says the
government's in chaos.
Wayne Ishii going to put the
the oversized egos...
Also on this programme: We talk
to Welsh Mps as Scotland and Wales
turn up the pressure on ministers
to make sure they get control
of some of the powers coming back
to the UK after Brexit.
There's a call for a ban
on live animal exports
And: is facial recognition
technology a security boost
or a big brother threat?
The Chinese site has introduced a
system with RU. You can smile to
The acceptance that the UK cannot
have its cake and eat it,
was just one of the messages
from Theresa May as she set out
details of what the UK
wants from Brexit.
In a speech on Friday she laid down
five tests for a future agreement
with the European Union,
including whether any deal respects
the result of the 2016 referendum,
protects jobs and security,
and strengthen the ties
between the four nations of the UK.
The Prime Minister will update
the Commons on her ideas
in a statement on Monday afternoon.
It will be another chance for Mps
to question her over just
where she sees Brexit going.
At Prime Minister's Questions
on Wednesday, the Labour leader
Jeremy Corbyn had taunted
Theresa May over a recent
ministerial get together
at her country retreat,
which aimed to thrash out
the government's strategy and come
up with a united way forward.
Mr Speaker the Prime Minister a
merged to promise a Brexit of
What on earth ambitious divergence
will mean and practise? We will
bring back control
our borders and
our money. That is in direct
contrast with the Labour Party is
positioned, want to be in a, and do
whatever it takes that would mean
giving away control of our laws, our
borders, and our money. And that
would be a betrayal of the British
The government to so divided
that the Prime Minister is incapable
of delivering a coherent and
decisive plan for Brexit! So when is
she going to put the countries
interests before the outsized egos
of her own Cabinet?
Jeremy Corbyn, Well one problem
that's proving particularly tricky
in the Brexit talks is how to take
the UK out of the EU's customs union
while still avoiding checks
on the Irish border.
In the week the EU put forward
a plan for a common regulatory area
for the whole island of Ireland,
which would avoid what's known
as a hard border with checkpoints
between the north and south.
But at Prime Minister's Questions,
Theresa May made it clear that
proposal wasn't acceptable to her.
What if implemented undermined, the
integrity of UK, down the, and no UK
Prime Minister could ever...
The SNP's Westminster leader picked
up on the Irish border issue,
and a leaked letter
from the Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson to Theresa May.
In it he said the Government should
prevent the border from becoming
a comment that came hot on the heels
of a BBC Interview where he'd
compared the issue to crossing
between London boroughs and the use
of the congestion charge!
The foreign secretaries letter, says
he cannot get to grips with the most
fundamental issues of Brexit. The
Foreign Secretary, compared crossing
the Irish border to going between
Camden and Westminster! Frankly, you
could not make this stuff up! Is a
UK Government, that the Buddha
jeopardy a good five-year agreement!
Does the Prime Minister agree with
the Foreign Secretary who is making
the United Kingdom a laughing stock?
Theresa May didn't mention
Boris Johnson specifically
in her reply but insisted
the Government was committed
to the Good Friday Agreement.
But Mps wanted the Foreign Secretary
to explain himself directly to them.
So, straight after PMQs,
Labour put down what's known
as an urgent question asking him
to come to the despatch box.
But as you might be able to see
Mr Johnson left the chamber,
Provoking much shouting
from the opposition side.
The DUP's Westminster leader used
the opportunity to speak up and back
Theresa May in rejecting
the deal proposed by the EU.
It is ironic is it not, that those
who complain hardest about a hard
border between the Irish Republican
Army Island, have today welcomed
proposals from the EU which would
create a hard border between them.
These the Belfast agreement or most
specifically, to thwart exit in
shape it in the way, it is
outrageous and disgraceful!
not going to rip our nation further
apart. We not only to have a
pragmatic approach, but in honest
approach. And the only solution to a
hard border is, membership of the
custom union, Mr Speaker they will
get there in the end.
Of course the Irish border isn't
the only big unresolved issue.
The governments in Wales
and Scotland have real concerns too.
For example, what might Brexit mean
for regulating Welsh farming
or the Scottish fishing industry?
Control over agriculture and
fisheries is technically devolved.
But these powers are currently
exercised from Brussels.
Once the UK leaves the EU these
powers will be heading to the UK.
But where will they go?
The Welsh and Scottish governments
claim that Westminster
might try to grab them.
The Cabinet Office Minister
David Lidington tried
to reassure the doubters.
The vast majority of power is
returning, will start off in
Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, and
led there be no doubt this will be a
very big change to the EU withdrawal
bill that is before Parliament and a
significant step forward in these
But both the Welsh and Scottish
governments think that's not good
enough and responded
by introducing Continuity Bills,
in effect making sure
go directly to them,
Bad weather cancelled the St David's
Day debate in the Commons.
But we thought we'd stage our own.
First I asked Plaid Cymru's
Liz Saville Roberts,
why she thought Westminster
would hold on to the powers
and not pass them on.
Why would the government does not
allow these powers to go straight to
Cardiff for Edinburgh? If we are
equals, with the nations of the UK,
we should be owed to discuss that
within the Parliament so we can come
into an agreement together.
According to our needs.
Before they than get passed on to
I am joined by Steven Doughty
and joined by a WebCam by David
Davis. Let me start with you. These
powers are going to affect people
for years to come. Shouldn't they
have a say on them from day one?
They will have a say from day one
and they will have. Those powers are
currently in Brussels and they are
going to come back to London where
they will be decided upon by a
British Government made up of MPs
from England but also Wales,
Scotland and Northern Ireland so
those powers are already coming back
to the United Kingdom. It will
already have a much greater say to
how these laws are made. And in the
short term, maybe not immediately
but in the period of the next two
years, many of the powers will be
divulged straight down towards
Cardiff Bay or Scotland and Northern
Ireland. Everyone is going to Mark
Powers as a result.
But that's the
majors ticking point, eventually
those powers will go to Scotland and
Wales, why can't they go
There is not one
single thing that they can do at the
moment that it won't be going to do
after brexit. We are not taking any
powers away from Belfast, Scotland,
nowhere else. No powers have been
taken away and more powers will be
going to them. We need to ensure
that we don't have, if you like,
four different nations all doing
their own thing and that would
undermine the single market in the
UK and it is such an irony that all
of these people, I respect Steven
Doughty and other MPs who say we
need to be a part of this equal
market. If we as a -- if we have a
situation where they have different
agricultural policies we will lose
the single market in the UK.
government had plenty of time during
this process to resolve the issues
with the Welsh and Scottish
governments. And the discussions
have come to a stalemate at this
time. The Welsh Government has had
to set out a continuity bill to try
to keep things going because they
haven't come to this agreement and
that is not the situation we want to
be in. We don't want to end up back
in the Supreme Court arguing about
these powers. The powers that have
been given to Scotland and Wales
have been in place since 1999 and it
is established they have powers in
those areas and that they would get
stuck in Westminster and grab back
by some Ministers is not an
there about these continuity bills,
wouldn't everyone be better off
trying to sort out and negotiate
with the Government at Westminster
rather than going for this nuclear
option of having a continuity bill
and making more confusion and as you
say, more potential to turn up in
We have raised this
problem since day one and I work
closely with my colleagues and
National Assembly and from SNP and
elsewhere. We agree that this is
about respecting devolution and the
different powers that the Government
and United Kingdom have in keeping
the constitutional stability here in
the UK in the UK government has not
responded adequately to that. Using
conservative Scottish MPs agreeing
that this is not an adequate
situation. And they have not come
forward. The chaos seeing or whether
they are grabbing back the powers
and hold them in Westminster,
neither of those are acceptable.
Isn't there a problem for the
Government that it is going to look
like it is walking roughshod over
devolution, if it hangs onto the
powers it is in trouble. At the
continuity bill goes through it is
also in trouble.
Government does, and no matter how
far is it traced to support the
Welsh Assembly and Scottish
Parliament, leaders of those
institutions are not going to
support brexit, we are not taking
any powers away, we are taking
powers from Brussels. But that is a
wonderful thing, we're taking this
powers from Brussels and back to the
UK Parliament were Welsh MPs will
have a say over it in the Welsh MPs
will bring it down to Cardiff. That
is respecting the result of the
brexit referendum in Wales.
seconds, would you make of that?
is incorrect. We voted for the Wales
act and this is an intent to claw
back the powers and Ukip in the
Welsh Assembly are backing the Welsh
government on this and it is this
silly route that we don't need to
have. It is not about walking brexit
and it is expected -- respecting the
powers of the governments in the UK
government should do that.
David TC Davies and
Stephen Doughty there.
Now, I hear you ask,
what's been happening in the wider
world of politics this week?
Here's Duncan Smith
with our countdown.
# Five, four, three, two, one.
A wintry week at Westminster
and the heating failed at a
late-night sitting in the House
of Lords, prompting peers to wrap up
Welsh Nationalist MPs are backing
Manchester city boss
Pep Guardiola for wearing
a pro-Catalan ribbon at the
He was charged by the FA
for promoting a political message.
MPs tabled an early motion
praising his stance.
Back in the Lords,
a the quick thinking
the day on Wednesday.
Business can't end if
the mace is in place.
Most fashionable subject
for a speech this
week, Brexit as seen on Monday,
Thursday, and Friday.
We return to the weather
for our top story.
And the snow at Westminster inspired
these images on social media.
# Five, four, three, two, one.
Duncan Smith with our countdown.
Now let's take a look at some
Westminster news in brief:
The International Development
Secretary, is considering stopping
UK aid for a number of charities
after they failed to
provide assurances over
safeguarding to her department.
Penny Mordaunt had set a deadline
for the information,
following the scandal surrounding
sexual misconduct by
aid agency workers.
A number of organisations
unbelievably Mr Speaker have not
replied. We are following up. But
without compelling justification
they would have lost our confidence
and we will consider whether it is
right to continue their funding.
The government's announced
its abandoning the next stage
of the Leveson inquiry into press
intrusion, set up in the wake
of the phone hacking scandal.
The Culture Secretary,
argued the industry had changed
and he reminded MPs that phase one
had cost £48 million.
I have an wormed Sir Brian that we
are formally closing the inquiry.
But we will take action to safeguard
the lifeblood of our democratic
discourse and tackle the challenges
of our media face today, not a
conveniently timed to be buried
under a flurry of snow is a
disappointment. A breach of trust
and a bitter blow to the victims of
press intrusion. But it is not in
any way a surprise.
UK millennials are on track to be
the most overweight generation
since records began,
health experts say.
Based on population trends,
more than seven in every ten people
born between the early 1980s
and the mid-90s will be too fat
by the time they reach middle age.
Five-year-olds are now eating their
own body weight in sugar every year,
obesity is the second largest cause
of cancer and it reduces life
expectancy up to ten years. What is
needed are mandatory reformulation
targets for reduction in added
sugar, fat, and calories across all
products as well as common-sense
policies directed at early years.
have seen action in what we will see
in the spring is evidence of whether
or not it has had the desired affect
and if it hasn't we have left all
options open to take more if
The electricals retailer Maplin
collapsed in the week,
putting two and half thousand jobs
And on the same day a further three
thousand jobs were under threat
when the UK's biggest toys retailer
Toys-R-us went into administration.
In the Lords, there was a dire
warning that trading in Britain's
shops could decline by nearly
a quarter in the next year.
There is a crisis on the high
street. Can the Minister tell us
what the Government is doing to
recognise the pressure the Internet
is putting on physical shops?
found 2.3 billion and cutting
business rates and found a degree of
fairness to the system. There are
limits to how far one can go and one
has to accept that a lot of what is
happening is a result of what the
MPs debated a call to ban
live farm animal exports
after more than 90,000 people
signed an online petition.
Ministers are said to be
considering the change.
Currently, live animal
exports from Britain
are controlled by EU regulation.
In 2012, 40 she'd had to be
euthanized after being crammed into
a shrub. Other sheep spent four days
without having access to food or
water are being transported to
Let this be one of the great
steps as Britain takes back control
from the European Union because as
Gandhi once said, the greatness of
the nation and its moral progress
can be judged by the way its animals
We should not be
banning live exports because if we
do that, we will lose control
through the Irish border and
potentially the animals that we are
seeking to improve the welfare of
Will end up travelling from Southern
Ireland to Spain or France, journeys
that are considerably longer than
they need to be.
MPs have been increasingly
concerned about the plight
of the Rohingya people
fleeing Myanmar formerly
known as Burma.
Now the chairman of the
International Development Committee
says its been blocked from making
a fact-finding trip
to the country after publishing
a report on the crisis.
Yesterday our passports were
returned to us without visas and
clearly the failure of the Burmese
government to grant these visas
simply prevents us from doing our
job as a select committee which is
to oversee how overseas development
assistance is spent in country. I
understand Mr Speaker, it was the
leader herself who blocked the
approval of our visas.
indicated three reasons for that
refusal, first that there is an
extended public holiday in Burma and
secondly that access to the state
remains restricted for security
reasons and finally and I think this
was something that was brought up in
the rest release yesterday evening.
They were unhappy that individual
members had signed a letter calling
for the senior general of the
Burmese army to be held to account
for the military behaviour.
In the Lords, there was a call
for better regulation of facial
by the security services and police.
Biometric software can identify
someone by comparing a photo
or video to a stored face-print.
It's used for security but also
increasingly by private companies.
One peer, who said she'd been
arrested but not charged
while attending peaceful
protests, raised concerns.
This technology is being used for a
database full of illegal images of
innocent people and I include myself
in that number. It seems that facial
recognition technology is using
police national database which
contains tens of thousands of people
who are never charged, nor convicted
of an offence. It is six years since
the High Court ruled that the policy
of retaining the mugshots of
innocent people was unlawful. But
the police still do it and they
still upload them onto the police
national database. The Government's
solution in 2017 was to allow
individuals to write to the police
asking to be deleted. That just
isn't good enough.
Although it is
still at a very early stage of
development as far as its use in the
criminal justice system is
concerned, I have no doubt that it
will eventually be accepted by the
police and the courts as a quick and
reliable method of eliminating the
innocent from suspicion as much as
for identifying and convicting the
But he added there were no national
or international standards for how
implement its use.
These techniques are extremely
powerful but they are out of the
bag. The train has left the station
or whichever metaphor you want to
use on this concern. The Chinese Ali
Baba site has introduced a system
whereby you can smile to pay. As far
as I know, it is China and it is
different of course, but any others
similar system being adopted in the
UK or in other Western countries,
but the point is that the technique
is there and it is actually only a
matter of time before non-state
actors start to use these techniques
far more widely than is currently
One peer and former MI5 chief
stressed the benefits in counter
terrorism and was impressed
with a system he'd experienced.
I was going into the building the
other day and they had a facial
recognition system at the door and
it immediately and accurately
identified me as myself and was able
to do it on the basis of a
12-year-old photograph taken from
the Internet. So this is not just
about police custody records, you
can do it without any of that stuff
and a lot of people are doing so in
the private sector.
So for example
the German police force is using
image camera to make a troublemaker
database which is against the
principles of data protection and
against the spirit of not using this
type of technology for and
intelligence gathering tools. There
are is no illegal status -- legal
status and no oversight, they are
getting away with it.
The Home Office Minister said
biometric data was critically
important in law enforcement.
Maintaining public trust and public
confidence is key, achieving this
needs a more open approach to
deployment and development of new
technologies. Re-remained committed
to our use of biometrics including
provided to block enforcement is
legal, transparent and robust.
She also said the Government
was committed to creating
a framework so that organisations
could innovate with biometric data
in an ethical and transparent way.
Finally, March the first is
the meteorological start of spring,
which might have been a little hard
to believe over the last few days,
but it's also St David's Day,
and a chance for a few non-Welsh
speakers to have a go
at the traditional greeting.
Can I wish all members... I am told
happy Saint David's Day for all the
nonwovens speakers among us.
here is the Scottish accent.
And here is how it should be
But there was some bad
news for those wanting more
talk of St David's day.
when the bees from the East takes
into his dorm Emma, one of the
victims of the victims of the House
will be the Welsh members the debate
on Saint David's Day has been
cancelled so they can travel home
-- can travel home
The weather intruding on Commons
business once more something
Pete Wishart was keen
explore, sort of.
There are two items of business, the
beast from the East, and the home
Secretary, what is a white out that
causes damage wherever it goes in
the other is the beast from the
And that's it from me for now.
But do join Lucy Grey on BBC
Parliament, on Monday night at 11pm
for a full round up
of the day at Westminster.
But for now from me,
Alicia McCarthy, good bye.