22/12/2017 Westminster in Review


22/12/2017

Alicia McCarthy presents a review of the parliamentary highlights at Westminster since September.


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Good evening. Theresa May...

That is

good news for those who voted leave,

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good news for those who voted

remaining.

Facing claims that they

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are pushing people into poverty and

destitution ministers made changes

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to the welfare benefits, Universal

Credit.

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Nor benefits system is perfect, nor

motion is perfect, but we have

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worked together to make this better.

And in his budget the Government

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announced a boost for house-building

and first-time buyers. Opposition

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MPs reckon it is cold comfort.

Before the wins of Brexit hit as the

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starting position for millions of

people is that by then we will have

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been struggling with nine years of

austerity.

With every passing day

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the UK inches closer to Brexit. With

the deadline approaching MPs have

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spent the term trying to pin down

some pretty big questions such as,

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what role will Parliament have, what

will the final deal with like, what

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will that UK's relationship be with

you that after we have left.

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Meanwhile the Prime Minister has

faced the task of trying to push

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Brexit through the Commons, hold

opposing factions in her own party

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together, and keep sweet Northern

Ireland's DUP. Talks over the summer

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to move Brexit/ Shaun Russell

success so Theresa May travels to

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Florence in September two make a

speech. -- to move Brexit ahead had

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shown little success.

At the conference the Prime Minister

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had a cough, and was in front of a

disintegrating back down. There was

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plenty to talk about when Parliament

returned in the autumn.

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A new deep and special partnership

between a solvent United Kingdom and

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a strong and successful European

Union is our ambition and our offer

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to our European friends. Achieving

that partnership will require

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leadership and flexibility, not just

from us, but from our friends, the

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27 nations of the EU.

The Florence speech demonstrated the

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scale of the mess began with a

sneaking of these negotiations. 15

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months on from the referendum we are

still no clearer what the future of

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this country will look like. Just at

the moments when Britain needs a

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strong negotiating team have a

cabinet at each other's throats.

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Half of the Conservative Party wants

the Foreign Secretary sacked, the

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other half want the Chancellor

sacked.

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But Theresa May ridiculed what she

reckoned was Labour's shifting

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approach to Brexit.

They said they

wanted to leave the single market,

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now they say they might stay in the

single market, they said that

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staying in the customs union was not

attractive, now they want to stay in

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it forever, they used to be against

a second referendum, now they have

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refused to rule it out, with such a

confused edition on Brexit no wonder

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people say there will be a run on

the pound if they get into power.

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When Theresa May returned to the

comments if you days later the

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conflicting demands on the Prime

Minister were on show. A leading

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remainder urged her to keep up the

conversation with the European Union

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to stop the UK dropping out of the

EU with no Deal, Sokol hard Brexit,

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and relying on world trade

organisation rules.

Can she says she

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will not listen to those who want

talks to stop and as to go on to WTO

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rules?

Well she sticks to her guns.

The only people undermining her from

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this site are those threatening to

go into the lobby with the Labour

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Party.

When will the Prime Minister

face down the ideologues and her

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party who from the safety of the

stately homes, their trust funds,

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their inherited wealth, clamour for

a zero deal that they know will do

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huge damage to the just about

managing, leave the UK weaker, and

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leave our position in the world much

smaller?

Businesses need certainty,

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we need to know the details of our

future trading relationship and any

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transition deal before the end of

the year. It is critical that we

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stay in the single market and the

customs union.

Did she hear the

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Foreign Secretary's attempts to be

helpful by quoting Shakespeare,

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including, there is a tide in the

affairs of men which taken at the

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Flood leads on to fortune, from

Julius Caesar, I Brutus, who went on

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to stab his leader, and came to a

sticky end himself. Is that a

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perfect metaphor for her

predicament?

I always welcome the

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literally and classical references

that my right honourable friend

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brings to bear on his statements. He

and I are both working to get the

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right deal for the United Kingdom

when we leave.

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Theresa May was not the only member

of the Government facing conflicting

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pressures. Brexit secretary David

Davis was pushed to give more

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information to Parliament. At the

start of November MPs back the

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Labour move. The report related to

50 different sectors including

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tourism and the NHS. Ministers had

resisted publishing the study saying

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that would damage the UK's

negotiating position but Labour use

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an obscure parliamentary procedure

to make the Government released the

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papers.

Looking at the list which I

have here, two things are obvious.

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The first is that in many ways but

is not remarkable and could and

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should have been published months

ago. The second is, that the wide

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range of sectors analysed Dennis at

why it is so important for members

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of this House to see the impact

assessment.

After a great deal of

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debate the information was released

but in an incomplete form so David

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Davis was asked to appear before the

committee, revealing that the impact

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assessments were not in fact impact

assessments before.

The answer is

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no. The Government has not

undertaken any impact assessments

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for different sectors of the British

economy. There is not one on the

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automotive sector. Is there one on

area space? No. No to all of them.

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Doesn't it strike you as rather

strange, given experience that you

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have, but Government undertakes

impact assessments on things all of

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the time but on the most fundamental

change that we are facing as a

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country you have just told us that

the gamut has not and that they can

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any impact assessment at all.

The

first thing to say, when these

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analyses were issued, the work done

to understand the effect of various

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options, what the outcome would be.

You do not need to do a formal

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impact assessment to understand that

if there is a regulatory hurdle

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between our producer and a market

that that will have an impact, and

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effect. The assessment of that

effect, I have said to you before,

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is not as straightforward as people

imagine. I am not a fan of economic

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models because they have all proven

flawed.

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Away from Westminster the Brexit

talks continued. In mid-October at

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the EU chief legal shooter said not

enough progress had been made to

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move on to the second phase of the

Brexit talks which would affect our

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future trading relationship amongst

other things.

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-- chief negotiator. But how to

avoid the return of a hard border

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between the Irish Republic and

Northern Ireland? It was thought the

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deal had been done at the start of

December but those hopes were

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torpedoed by the DUP Leader Arlene

Foster who made it clear to Theresa

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May at the last and that she would

not accept a deal which appeared to

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a life in Northern Ireland's trading

rules with the Irish Republic

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instead of this EU -- instead of the

UK. A compromise was reached in the

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early hours of the morning, Theresa

May appeared alongside the European

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Commission President to announce

that an interim deal had been struck

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a loving progression to these two.

Returning home Theresa May need a

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long-awaited statement saying that

Britain's negotiators had argued

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robust before the outcomes

achievement.

A fair and reciprocal

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deal for the 3 million EU citizens

living in the UK and 1 million UK

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nationals living in the EU, they can

carry on living their lives as

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before. A fair settlement of the

accounts, meeting our rights and

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obligations as a departing state in

this that of a future partnership,

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and a commitment to maintain the

Common Travel Area with Northern

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Ireland, uphold the Belfast

Agreement and pull, and avoid a hard

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border with Northern Ireland and

Ireland whilst maintaining economic

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integrity of the entire UK.

She

warned that nothing would be agreed

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until everything was agreed that

this was good news all round.

This

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is good news for the people that

voted leave, but were worried that

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we were so bogged down in the

negotiations it would not happen,

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good news for those who voted to

remain, worried he would clash out

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without a deal. We are going to

leave but we are going to do so in a

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smooth and orderly way, securing a

new, deep and special partnership

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with our friends, while taking back

control of our borders, money and

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was once again. That is my mission,

this is the Government's mission,

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and on Friday we took a big step

towards achieving it and I commend

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this to the House.

18 months on from

the referendum result the Prime

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Minister has scraped through phase

one of the negotiations. Scraped

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through after 18 months. Two months

later than planned with many of the

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key aspects of fees one still not

clear. This weekend 's Cabinet

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members have managed to contradict

each other. Indeed some have managed

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to go even further and contradict

themselves.

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Last week we had that humiliating

scene of the Prime Minister being

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forced out of the original deal by

the DUP, rushing back to London, the

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Government had to rewrite the

Agreement, so as to reach that DUP's

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approval. We really had to wonder

who is running the UK? Is it Arlene

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Foster or the right honourable

member for Maidenhead?

Which she

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confirmed that the text of this

Agreement is now makes clear that in

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the event of a deal Northern Ireland

will not be separated politically,

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economically, or by any regulation

from the rest of the UK, along with

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no hard border, but in the event of

no deal, nothing is agreed?

Can I

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suggest to the Prime Minister that

in order to strengthen her cleavage

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in the next stage of negotiations

she might want to suspend tribal

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politics -- strengthen her leverage

in the next stage. They agree on the

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fundamentals despite tactical

differences.

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Has captivated the house with the

lows also be regular tour the

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issues. The Brexit secretary

contradicted him at the weekend

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saying the conditions on the trade

deal. Her deal with the Taoiseach,

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promising fool alignment, he has

dismissed as a statement of intent.

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If she can't even get her Brexit

secretary to agree with her, how one

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anything she going to get a good

deal that protects jobs and

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investment in our country? Phase one

of the dogs concluded, but can

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Theresa May talk them up as the

triumph?

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# Talks. Chris Mason will be joining

me to the programme. I pleased will

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she be with what she has got out of

this? . But if you tilt at your year

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in the direction of Downing Street

from wherever you were watching, you

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would be able to hear the sighs of

relief, because there was a huge

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sense they were getting to the point

about moving into phase two was the

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key thing they have always wanted to

do by Christmas.

There was a huge

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amount of noise around that aborted

trip to Brussels and the phone call

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from Arlene Foster. And then there

is a week of telephone diplomacy

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from getting out there and getting

the deal. Then there was the

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embarrassment in the defeat in the

Commons vote. As she said in the

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newspaper at article before

Christmas, she got to where she

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wanted to at the outset. She will be

relieved.

But, and it is a big but,

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it did take ages to get there. What

did that tell us?

It took longer

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than originally thought. October is

the first date in the diary. Not

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everything in those discussions is

resolved. The barrier is sufficient

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progress. It doesn't mean it is all

done. There are still huge

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questions. There is an agreement

that the border should be soft, but

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there isn't much of an agreement

about exactly how you go about

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achieving that. What does all of

this tell you? It is very competent

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leader trying to not a that has gone

back generations. -- complicated

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relationship trying to untie. That

is before starting negotiations to

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see they can get what they want to

achieve.

Are we any closer to

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knowing what Theresa May really want

out of all of this?

I am not sure

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that we are. The argument you hear

from the Prime Minister's supporters

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is that she's being the ultimate

pragmatist. She is absorbing the

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views in the party and the country

to come up with a solution that the

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country can accept. The tricky

thing, and this is the essence of

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the whole thing, is that referenda

divide, people are forced onto one

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side or the other. The politics

after a referendum is the return of

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degree. The task is to try and find

some sort of solution around Brexit

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that is acceptable to those who

voted for it that isn't seen as a

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watering down of what they would

want and is acceptable to those on

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the losing side. That is hard,

because compromise guarantees some

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people will be disappointed.

Thank

you very much indeed. Let's look at

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some other stories from around

Westminster in brief. It's been

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described as the tragedy

unprecedented in modern times, the

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fire that swept through Grenfell

Tower in west London in June left 71

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people dead. It is thought that the

blaze began accidentally in the

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kitchen of a flat on the fourth

floor. At its height, 250

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firefighters across London were on

the scene. In the immediate

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aftermath, the community rallied

round to provide shelter and relief

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centres were set up to provide for

those who flooded in. A memorial

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service was held at St Paul's

Cathedral in London, attended by the

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Prime Minister and members of the

Royal family.

The council has been

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tasked with finding places for

people to live for 200 and doing 750

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people. I have always been very

clear that we should move at pace of

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the families involved, and that's

nobody should be rushed pushed into

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making a decision about where to

live. But to have some a families,

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including some children still living

in Nortel 's and other accommodation

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six months after the tragedy is

simply not good enough. -- in Nortel

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's. The use of tax havens hit the

headlines with the Government

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accused of failing to crack down on

the biggest tax scandal of the

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generation.

It followed revelations

by the BBC's panorama programme of

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leaked documents could be paradise

papers showing many being sheltered

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and taxes avoided overseas.

Does the

Government not recognise that the

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ordinary tax payer listening today

is utterly outraged that if your

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Rectory business then you can avoid

tax, there are schemes on an

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industrial scale and we are

protected by lack of transparency.

A

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Government commissioned review

concluded it was conceivable that

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the bombing of a pop concert at

Manchester Arena inmate could have

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been avoided. The Home Secretary

Amber Rudd told MPs that the man

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responsible for the attack had been

a former subject of interest. Nine

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other attacks have been adverted

since March. The Government have

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rejected calls to ban surgical mesh

implants. They are offered to men

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and women to treat a number of

conditions such as internal origin

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prolapse and other conditions. Many

women have come forward saying the

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procedures have twisted or degraded

and left them in debilitating pain.

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One person came forward to explain

the problems. Once stopped, the

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message is never fully removed and

the mesh will Hughes, road and stick

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to organs, nerves and blood vessels

creating lifelong injuries.

It is

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still the best product for treating

stress incontinence... But the

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evidence regarding prolapse is

rather mixed. I can give that advice

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to members today.

And the health

minister is back in the Commons

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weeks later to tell MPs a cap on

social care costs in England you to

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come into effect in four years' time

is to be scrapped. The cap of

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£72,500 on an individual's care

costs was brought in following

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recommendations in 2011 and had

already been put into an Act of

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Parliament, but there will now be a

fresh consultation on the future

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system of social care.

We will not

be taking forward the previous

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Government's plans to implement a

cap on care costs in 2020.

It's no

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good to see that the Government are

consulting on this cap. They

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consulted on this in a general

election and their proposals were

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rejected by the electorate.

I am 53.

Will my Georgia be suffering the

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same level of misery about my care

costs in the next 30 years? Water

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back in the absence provisions I

might make and I might be encouraged

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to make, is it reasonable for me to

expect from a social care costs be

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paid for by the state and yet my

areas to inherit my substantial

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housing assets?

I think my

honourable friend in a Nacho

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actually summarises neatly one of

the debates that we have to have in

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this space, which is how about we

ensure that people can achieve care

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when you need it and that it will be

paid for a well the same time

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achieving intergenerational

fairness?

No to an issue that

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rumbles on all hot as MPs demanded

the Government make changes to

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Universal Credit. It replaces six

existing working age benefits with

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the aim of simple binary system and

making it easier for people to get

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into work. But whilst many MPs

supported the idea, there was a

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growing chorus of concern about the

six-week wait before claimants

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received their first claim. It was

pushing people into debt and rent

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arrears. Jeremy Corbyn took up the

tide at Prime Minister's Questions.

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The roll-out of Universal Credit is

already causing debt, poverty and

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homelessness. Does the Prime

Minister accept it would be

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irresponsible to press on

regardless? Book-mac to a explained

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why it had been introduced.

We want

the welfare system that provides a

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safety net for those who need it,

healthy but Aaron Maurer, and to

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provide for themselves and their

families.

With discontent growing,

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later called a debate demanding a

pause in the benefits roll-out, but

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the Conservatives the suggesting

that his party did not understand

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the problems that people face.

We

had bailiffs on the doors, my father

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died at an early age, there wasn't

any support. We do understand the

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importance of providing opportunity.

That's what drove me into politics

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and that's why I support Universal

Credit, I know to see it being

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paused, because it does offer an

opportunity for people.

I want to

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genuinely say the benches of the

set, none of us are lying about our

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experiences here, we're not making

things up, we are coming to you with

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genuine problems here that the

Government is failing to address.

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MPs were also worried about change.

One young mum was with her disabled

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son. She was moved on to Universal

Credit and waited seven weeks. She

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told one by clergy she took paper

napkins from Donald because she was

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unable to afford toilet paper. Her

son Paul is like a condition means

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that he wears nappies that she was

unable to afford. Can any of us here

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imagine the stress and indignity of

such a situation?

The MPs will

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deliver the Government to cut the

waiting time for payments, although

0:24:550:24:59

MPs from the Government's side

didn't take part in that vote. The

0:24:590:25:04

Work and Pensions Secretary said

that in future money could be paid

0:25:040:25:09

to landlords and to be paid more

slowly.

We now offer a balanced

0:25:090:25:16

package of approval which puts money

into claimants earlier and shows

0:25:160:25:20

extra support to those who need it

most.

Whilst those changes were

0:25:200:25:24

welcome, the MPs said that... A

leading campaigner reminded MPs why

0:25:240:25:32

he had fought for the policy to be

changed.

On Friday, Birkenhead,

0:25:320:25:38

which is the most brilliant but

ought to be unnecessary organisation

0:25:380:25:43

reported a family coming in of

husband, wife and young child. The

0:25:430:25:48

child was crying with hunger. The

family was fed. The father said it

0:25:480:25:54

had been a lucky we cry him because

neighbours had taken pity and

0:25:540:26:01

invited him to a funeral is that

they could finish off the field

0:26:010:26:04

after the other funeral guests had

been fed.

I don't know where to

0:26:040:26:11

start after that. I am humbled by

the words from my honourable friend

0:26:110:26:16

from Birkenhead. No Government is

perfect. No benefit system is

0:26:160:26:21

perfect. No debate or motion is

perfect, but by God we were together

0:26:210:26:25

and make this better.

With Brexit

dominating the agenda at

0:26:250:26:32

Westminster, are issues like

Universal Credit slipping under the

0:26:320:26:37

major politicians and pundits? I am

pleased to see Chris Mason is back

0:26:370:26:41

with me. Either a long list of

policies aren't getting through?

I

0:26:410:26:46

think there are. There is a

fascinating game at play. What would

0:26:460:26:50

really talking out if Brexit wasn't

happening? There would still have

0:26:500:26:56

been a row about our place in the

European Union because the

0:26:560:26:59

referendum results would have been

equal but opposite. There would have

0:26:590:27:03

been a chunk of the population

arguing our relationship had to

0:27:030:27:07

change. But it wouldn't have been a

big moment as it was. What is

0:27:070:27:14

striking is to the extent that

within this postcode, politicians,

0:27:140:27:23

advisers and journalists,

collectively, the vast majority of

0:27:230:27:25

our headspace is taken up by Brexit,

day in and out. That means allsorts

0:27:250:27:30

of other issues, the rich power play

of discussion we are used to barely

0:27:300:27:39

get any coverage. Universal Credit,

a huge and radical and controversial

0:27:390:27:44

reform of the welfare system is

exactly one of those issues. We saw

0:27:440:27:49

it briefly at the retail end of the

year making some headlines, but

0:27:490:27:52

nowhere near I would have thought

the Mount of headlines it would have

0:27:520:27:55

made simply because Brexit is the

default topic that Westminster talks

0:27:550:28:01

about at the woman. There is a

bigger challenge journalist at the

0:28:010:28:05

frost covering it. On the one hand,

this is under library if asked the

0:28:050:28:12

important your defying moment. On a

day-to-day sense, it can often be a

0:28:120:28:17

little bit dull. Often from the

perspective of the viewer or

0:28:170:28:22

listener, it doesn't seem to move

very far in the course of the day.

0:28:220:28:25

That is a big challenge and when I

speak to MPs there is a real

0:28:250:28:29

frustration from some. Is sure that

there are plenty of other topics

0:28:290:28:34

that matter to people every day,

whether it be schools or schools or

0:28:340:28:39

hospitals or whatever it might be

that aren't getting the amount of

0:28:390:28:43

attention either journalistically or

in terms of legislation.

Thank you,

0:28:430:28:47

Chris.

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You are watching Westminster in

review. You can find a daily

0:28:530:28:57

round-up of all the goings on in the

comments, Lawrence, committees,

0:28:570:29:02

every week night, or you can catch

up with BBC iPlayer.

0:29:020:29:11

Now to one of Parliament's set piece

events, the budget. The Autumn

0:29:110:29:16

Statement came against the backdrop

of Brexit and murmurings about

0:29:160:29:20

divisions in the cabinet with

suggestions that the position of the

0:29:200:29:24

Chancellor was under threat. Budget

day began with Philip Hammond taking

0:29:240:29:29

the traditional foresaw call outside

number 11. He was flanked by his

0:29:290:29:33

junior ministers as he stepped into

Downing Street holding aloft the

0:29:330:29:37

budget box containing that

all-important speech. After smiles

0:29:370:29:41

and photos it was into the official

car for the short journey to the

0:29:410:29:45

Commons to unveil his plans. The

Chancellor spoke for nearly one hour

0:29:450:29:49

with announcements on health

spending, Universal Credit, and

0:29:490:29:52

stamp duty, but he began with the

preparations for Brexit.

We have

0:29:520:29:59

already invested almost £700 million

in the Brexit preparations as today

0:29:590:30:03

I am setting aside over the next two

years another £3 billion, and I

0:30:030:30:09

stand ready to allocate further sums

if and when needed.

0:30:090:30:14

But the Chancellor finds time for a

well set up joke as he drank a glass

0:30:140:30:20

of water, and made reference to

Theresa May troubled conference

0:30:200:30:23

speech when he had handed her a

lozenge to help with a persistent

0:30:230:30:28

cough.

I took the precaution of

asking my right honourable friend to

0:30:280:30:32

bring a packet of cough sweets, just

in case.

0:30:320:30:41

Conservative MPs roared, but the

next section of the speech was less

0:30:410:30:45

light-hearted, as the Chancellor

revealed figures from the Office for

0:30:450:30:48

Budget Responsibility addicting

slower growth in the coming years.

0:30:480:30:53

Regrettably our productivity

performance continues to disappoint.

0:30:530:31:00

The old BR has assumed at each of

the last 16 fiscal events, that

0:31:000:31:05

productivity growth would return to

his precrisis trend of about 2% per

0:31:050:31:11

year, but it has remained stubbornly

flat. Today the revised downwards

0:31:110:31:15

the outlook for productivity growth,

business investment, and GDP growth

0:31:150:31:23

across the forecast period.

That one

surprise announcement came and

0:31:230:31:26

Philip Hammond said there would be

44 billion to meet a target of

0:31:260:31:31

building 300,000 new homes per year

by the middle of the next decade.

0:31:310:31:35

With effect from today for all

first-time buyer purchases up to

0:31:350:31:40

£300,000 I am abolishing stamp duty

altogether.

And when the din had

0:31:400:31:47

died down he said that would be a

cut for 95% of all first-time buyers

0:31:470:31:53

to pay stamp duty but the measure

does not apply in Scotland.

0:31:530:31:58

That is down to the Leader of the

Opposition, not the Shadow

0:31:580:32:02

Chancellor, to reply to the budget.

What little time to absorb the noted

0:32:020:32:05

that is seen as one of the toughest

parliamentary occasions. Jeremy

0:32:050:32:10

Corbyn said the test of any budget

was how it affected people's lives.

0:32:100:32:16

P is now lower than it was in 2010

and Regis are now falling again. --

0:32:160:32:30

Pay is now lower. Economic growth is

the slowest of the major economies

0:32:300:32:35

in the G7.

Jeremy Corbyn said over a

1 million older people were not

0:32:350:32:39

getting what they needed and he

reacted and lead to a heckle from a

0:32:390:32:45

Conservative MP.

Over 6 billion will

have been cut from social care

0:32:450:32:48

budgets from next March, I hope the

honourable member begins to

0:32:480:32:52

understand what it is like two weeks

for social care, stuck in a hospital

0:32:520:32:57

bed, while other people are happy to

give up their work to care for them.

0:32:570:33:02

And on housing Jeremy Corbyn

reckoned he had heard it all before.

0:33:020:33:07

Big Government promised 200,000

starter homes to be usable, not a

0:33:070:33:10

single one has yet been built in

those three years. We need a large

0:33:100:33:16

scale publicly funded house-building

programme, not this Government's

0:33:160:33:19

accounting tricks and empty

promises.

The SNP Westminster leader

0:33:190:33:24

reckons people in Scotland would be

worse off.

Before the winters Brexit

0:33:240:33:30

hurt as the starting position for

millions of people is that by then

0:33:300:33:33

we will already have been struggling

with nine years of austerity. The

0:33:330:33:38

cats being imposed on public

services meaning that service

0:33:380:33:41

delivery is being impacted and

public service workers in particular

0:33:410:33:45

are feeling the squeeze. This is a

budget that shows the Chancellor is

0:33:450:33:49

either blind to what is going on, or

that he is behaving like a

0:33:490:33:54

frightened rabbits caught in the

headlights.

Many a decent budget has

0:33:540:33:59

unravelled in the days after the

Chancellor's speech, and whilst this

0:33:590:34:03

one contained huge attic headlines,

it did for the most part stick

0:34:030:34:08

together, no doubt to the relief of

Theresa May and her party managers.

0:34:080:34:12

Where does that leave Philip Hammond

who many thought was in danger of

0:34:120:34:15

being reshuffled?

How safe is the

Chancellor? It has been an

0:34:150:34:22

extraordinary year for a Philip

Hammond because he is probably one

0:34:220:34:26

of the few Conservatives who can

point to how the general election

0:34:260:34:28

was good news for him because the

widespread feeling before the

0:34:280:34:32

election was that Philip Hammond

would be quietly shuffled out and

0:34:320:34:38

we'd disappear, would be fired

basically. He'd barely featured at

0:34:380:34:42

all on the campaign trail, much of

his public frustration as he

0:34:420:34:47

acknowledged afterwards, he felt the

Conservatives should have pushed a

0:34:470:34:49

strong hand on the economy during

the campaign. That did not happen

0:34:490:34:53

and he was parcelled up and be saw

the light of day. But he survived as

0:34:530:34:58

Chancellor. What was striking in the

build-up to the budget as it was

0:34:580:35:02

pretty easy to find Conservative

MPs, not just those who disagree

0:35:020:35:09

with him on Brexit where he is

instinctively keen for a close

0:35:090:35:12

alignment with the EU, but there

were quite a few Conservative MPs

0:35:120:35:14

who just felt that he was, to borrow

a phrase used by David Cameron used

0:35:140:35:23

about Gordon Brown, an analog

Chancellor and a digital age. But

0:35:230:35:26

along came that budget, unlike a

tedious George Osborne budget, or a

0:35:260:35:36

previous Philip Hammond budget, this

one seems to hold water politically,

0:35:360:35:42

even although the overall message

around the numbers, as far as the

0:35:420:35:47

economy is concerned, were pretty

grim.

I was going to come to that.

0:35:470:35:53

It is one of the great offices of

state but in the current pilot who

0:35:530:35:57

would want the job?

Exactly. Here

you are having a discussion around

0:35:570:36:03

the economy that is still shipped by

something that happened in political

0:36:030:36:07

terms a long time ago, 2008, the

financial crisis. The sense that

0:36:070:36:14

that is still a huge driver and the

way that people perceive politics,

0:36:140:36:17

standard of living, the gamut is

still living the on its means,

0:36:170:36:22

spending more every year than it is

bringing and in taxes. That issue

0:36:220:36:27

around the deficit is still there

and all of the targets that first

0:36:270:36:31

the Coalition and then the

conservatives set out to eradicate

0:36:310:36:34

keep getting pushed further and

further back. And yet, therefore,

0:36:340:36:40

the Chancellor still has an issue

where he cannot splash the cash.

0:36:400:36:46

Somewhat grudgingly we assume,

having to put aside a shed load of

0:36:460:36:49

money for Brexit.

Yes and said in

the budget that millions of pounds

0:36:490:36:53

would be set aside for a Brexit. It

will potentially be quite an

0:36:530:36:57

expensive business. The item and

from the Government is that that is

0:36:570:37:01

a pragmatic thing to do and it will

not this Ali had to be spent but

0:37:010:37:05

that has to be parcelled up for

Brexit expenditure. -- it will not

0:37:050:37:17

necessarily have to be spent. But

Brexit, yet again, even though it is

0:37:170:37:22

a conversation about the budget, or

about Universal Credit, Brexit is

0:37:220:37:28

the topic that keeps into every

discussion about politics.

We will

0:37:280:37:31

be back with you one last time in

the programme, for now, thank you.

0:37:310:37:37

Philip Hammond is not the only one

making a budget statement of this

0:37:370:37:40

autumn, the Scottish Parliament has

increasing power over how money is

0:37:400:37:43

spent and for the last year has had

the ability to view the levels of

0:37:430:37:48

income tax. The finance sectors of

the outlined his own plans to help

0:37:480:37:52

first-time buyers. But the most

eye-catching announcement was

0:37:520:37:56

proposal to increase taxes for

higher earners, raising over £160

0:37:560:38:00

million to help fund public sector

Pay rises and health expenditure.

0:38:000:38:08

This enables me to reverse the real

terms cut that Westminster has

0:38:080:38:12

imposed on a resource budget next

year whilst ensuring that Scotland

0:38:120:38:17

is not just the fearless taxed part

of the UK but for the majority of

0:38:170:38:23

taxpayers, the lowest taxed part of

the UK.

0:38:230:38:30

The message of this budget is simply

this. Do not be ambitious, do not be

0:38:300:38:35

hard-working, do not be six this

will in the SNP's Scotland because

0:38:350:38:40

we will penalise you for our failure

to grow the Scottish economy.

The

0:38:400:38:45

truth is Scotland needs real and

radical change, not tinkering around

0:38:450:38:49

the edges. And it should be based on

the principle of from each according

0:38:490:38:58

to the means, to each according to

their needs, a penny on the top

0:38:580:39:02

rates just does not do that.

By

adding new bands we sure that we can

0:39:020:39:10

raise additional revenue for public

services while reducing tax at the

0:39:100:39:14

bottom end of the income scale, not

at the top end as the conservative

0:39:140:39:19

UK Government seem to continue to

want.

This budget does not do enough

0:39:190:39:23

to meet the long-term needs of the

economy, it does not include the

0:39:230:39:29

transformational investment in

education that we are good for.

Now

0:39:290:39:34

News in brief. The International

Development Secretary resigned over

0:39:340:39:39

unauthorised meetings with Israeli

officials. She was ordered back from

0:39:390:39:44

an official trip to Africa by the

Prime Minister and driven straight

0:39:440:39:47

to Downing Street to explain

herself. She had already apologised

0:39:470:39:52

for holding an authorised meetings

in August with Israeli politicians

0:39:520:39:55

including the Prime Minister of

Israel but it later emerged she had

0:39:550:40:02

two further meetings without

Government officials present. She

0:40:020:40:05

resigned saying it had been a

privilege to work as International

0:40:050:40:08

Development Secretary.

Britain has flowed of its special

0:40:080:40:14

relation ship with the United States

but the election of President Trump

0:40:140:40:18

has caused a few bumps around the

roads. The President recognised

0:40:180:40:24

Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

reversing decades of US policy and

0:40:240:40:29

outraged many MPs who said it could

set the Peace Process back by

0:40:290:40:34

decades. And as the tooting of an

anti-Islamic video by a UK far right

0:40:340:40:39

group led many to demand that a

future visits the Koltsov.

He was

0:40:390:40:49

wrong to retweet videos. When we

look at the wider picture, the

0:40:490:40:55

relationship between the UK and

America, I know how valuable the

0:40:550:40:59

friendship is between our two

nations.

One of the key dangers of a

0:40:590:41:03

state visit is that we have no idea

of what the President will see or

0:41:030:41:11

Tweet next. What does he need to see

or Tweet before the idea of a state

0:41:110:41:16

visit is ditched once and for all?

An invitation for the visit has been

0:41:160:41:22

extended and accepted but the dates

and precise arrangements had yet to

0:41:220:41:25

be agreed.

President Trumppos-macro in the

0:41:250:41:30

world came up again when North Korea

announced it had fired a missile

0:41:300:41:36

over Japan and successfully tested a

weapon that could be loaded on to a

0:41:360:41:44

long-range missile.

I disagree with

the Government cosying up to Donald

0:41:440:41:48

Trump but if there is to devalue in

those actions the Foreign Secretary

0:41:480:41:52

should uses influence to get Donald

Trump to use his phone for talking

0:41:520:41:59

instead of sending inflammatory

Tweets into an inflammatory

0:41:590:42:01

situation.

I really must disagree

powerfully with the honourable lady

0:42:010:42:11

's assertion that this crisis has

somehow been whipped up by the

0:42:110:42:15

Americans or by the White House,

when you look at the history, not

0:42:150:42:20

just in the last year, the last ten

years, 30 years, this has been a

0:42:200:42:26

movement towards the acquisition of

thermonuclear weapons by a rogue

0:42:260:42:30

state.

There is still no Northern Ireland

0:42:300:42:33

De Ceglie after the power-sharing

executive collapsed in January.

0:42:330:42:37

Talks to end the deadlock failed

again in November causing the

0:42:370:42:41

Northern Ireland Secretary James

Brokenshire to intervene and set a

0:42:410:42:44

budget, although he stopped short of

reimposing direct rule.

0:42:440:42:49

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale

took people by surprise when she

0:42:490:42:56

announced she was stepping down

after two use in the job. She later

0:42:560:43:00

got into hot water with her party

after swapping Edinburgh for

0:43:000:43:04

Australia to take part in the TV

show, I'm a celebrity get me out of

0:43:040:43:10

here. She was replaced by

left-winger Richard Leonard. Labour

0:43:100:43:16

is now the third largest party at

Holyrood behind the SNP and the

0:43:160:43:20

Conservatives.

Westminster once again found itself

0:43:200:43:25

at the centre of scandal in the

autumn as allegations of sexual

0:43:250:43:30

harassment and inappropriate

behaviour emerged. Several MPs find

0:43:300:43:34

themselves under investigation by

the parties, and in some cases the

0:43:340:43:38

police. An early casualty was the

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. He

0:43:380:43:42

quit in November seeing his

behaviour may have fallen short of

0:43:420:43:48

the standards expected by the UK

ability. He said what had been

0:43:480:43:52

acceptable ten years ago is clearly

not acceptable now.

0:43:520:44:00

The Prime Minister and later

announced there will be a grievance

0:44:000:44:04

procedure to deal with harassment.

The working group has agreed that a

0:44:040:44:10

new system should provide support,

advice and action on a wide spectrum

0:44:100:44:16

of complaints around bullying and

harassment. We will do everything in

0:44:160:44:18

our power to insure the solution is

transparent, fair and effective.

0:44:180:44:26

Just before Christmas, Theresa May

suffered another blow when she lost

0:44:260:44:30

her third Cabinet minister in three

months. She sacked her closest

0:44:300:44:35

political ally after a Government

enquiry found the twice made

0:44:350:44:43

inaccurate and misleading statements

about the discovery of pornography

0:44:430:44:47

on his parliamentary computer. He

denied downloading pornography but

0:44:470:44:50

admitted he should have been clear

that the police had spoken to him

0:44:500:44:54

and his lawyers about the material.

Let's go back to Brexit. We saw

0:44:540:45:00

earlier in the programme the

delicate balancing Act the Prime

0:45:000:45:03

Minister was trying to strike to

keep her party together and make

0:45:030:45:07

progress in talks with the rest of

the EU, but there was an equally

0:45:070:45:11

tricky high wire Act to navigate in

Westminster itself as ministers

0:45:110:45:15

tried to push through the Great

Repeal Bill, which is now called the

0:45:150:45:20

EU withdrawal Pearl. It repeal the

Act which triggers into the EU in

0:45:200:45:28

1972 and sets up the process to

transfer current EU laws into UK law

0:45:280:45:32

so that the legal system doesn't

collapse after Brexit. When the Bill

0:45:320:45:38

had its first full debate in the

Commons, the Minister explained why

0:45:380:45:42

it was needed.

Put simply, this Bill

is essential. Was it does not take

0:45:420:45:48

us out of the European Union, that

is matter for Article 50, it doesn't

0:45:480:45:53

show that on the day we leave,

businesses know where they stand.

0:45:530:45:58

Workers' rights are upheld and

consumers remain protected. This

0:45:580:46:03

Bill is vital for ensuring that as

we read we do so in an orderly

0:46:030:46:07

manner.

Are you keen to portray this

Bill as a technical exercise without

0:46:070:46:16

raising any serious constitutional

issues about the role of Parliament.

0:46:160:46:19

Nothing could be further from the

truth.

This Bill is utterly

0:46:190:46:27

incompatible with the idea of

parliamentary sovereignty. It is not

0:46:270:46:30

taking back control for those

nations of the UK, this role will

0:46:300:46:38

hold a straight once and for all.

The truth is, this Bill was always

0:46:380:46:43

ring to be a sows ear because the

Government side of the negotiations

0:46:430:46:48

without clear objectives or outcomes

and therefore the Bill to cater for

0:46:480:46:52

any eventuality, any scenario, the

all or outcomes and therefore the

0:46:520:46:54

Bill had to cater for any

eventuality, any scenario, the law

0:46:540:46:56

no deal.

Cutting and pasting laws

from the EU bit into the UK one

0:46:560:47:00

simply isn't enough, because laws

are only as effective as the

0:47:000:47:05

mechanisms to implement them in

practice. In the absence of

0:47:050:47:09

mechanisms to replace the laws, we

are effectively going to be left

0:47:090:47:15

with zombie legislation. It is not

enforceable.

The arguments that have

0:47:150:47:20

been made against this Bill say that

this is... It is quite clear from

0:47:200:47:26

what the ministers have said, from

what the legislation has said, from

0:47:260:47:31

the restrictions placed on minister

is that that is not the case...

0:47:310:47:35

First of all it enables the EU law

to be brought into the sphere of

0:47:350:47:43

this Parliament were eventually if

it is not appropriate it can be

0:47:430:47:46

amended.

As the Bill moved into

scrutiny, there were two or three

0:47:460:47:52

issues that bubbled to the surface.

As we thought earlier in the

0:47:520:47:56

programme, one of the key sticking

points was how to deal with the

0:47:560:48:00

border between Northern Ireland and

the Irish Republic. As MPs got down

0:48:000:48:04

to the detail of the EU withdrawal

Bill, one Northern Ireland MP made a

0:48:040:48:10

plea for the principles of the Good

Friday Agreement to be preserved.

0:48:100:48:15

Any powerful speech, she recalled

how the Troubles had affected her

0:48:150:48:19

family and community, and put

forward an amendment that she said

0:48:190:48:22

was designed to protect the

principle of mutual respect for all.

0:48:220:48:25

I grew up not in some stately home,

I grew up on a 50 acre farm in

0:48:250:48:36

County Tyrone. Very close to what

unfortunately became known as the

0:48:360:48:39

murder triangle for a number of

people who were murdered with

0:48:390:48:45

Catholic and Protestant by the fiery

and subsequently... -- by the IRA.

0:48:450:48:53

Are opposed and was murdered at the

end of our lane. Many of our family

0:48:530:48:57

members were attacked on their

tractors or went out to be shared

0:48:570:49:00

and opened it and there was a

booby-trapped and had their heads or

0:49:000:49:04

faces blown off. In the event of no

deal, we certainly face a hard

0:49:040:49:09

border and dissident republicans

will regard each variety offices, UK

0:49:090:49:18

border officials, as legitimate

targets. I don't want that on my

0:49:180:49:21

conscience and I don't believe one

moment that the Prime Minister wants

0:49:210:49:24

that either.

Well ministers were

able to offer assurances on that

0:49:240:49:29

point, they weren't able to persuade

MPs, including some of their own, on

0:49:290:49:34

another. In October, David Davis

told the committee that scrutinises

0:49:340:49:39

his apartment but a parliamentary

vote on the exit deal might not come

0:49:390:49:42

until after March 2019, the UK's

intended exit date. The ensuing

0:49:420:49:50

outrage prodded a compromise with

David Davis telling the Commons he

0:49:500:49:53

would bring forward a separate Bill

implementing for a final Brexit deal

0:49:530:49:56

and giving MPs a chance to go

through it in detail. That still

0:49:560:50:03

wasn't enough some of his own side.

During detailed scrutiny of the EU

0:50:030:50:08

withdrawal Bill, a Conservative

former minister put down an

0:50:080:50:11

amendment demanding and meaningful

vote be put into law. Parliament

0:50:110:50:16

should have a say on how we left the

EU.

The most worrying aspect of the

0:50:160:50:22

debate as far as I can see is how we

have become polarised that we have

0:50:220:50:28

failed to look at means, we look at

the top of the mountain and not

0:50:280:50:32

where we are going to put our foot

next.

The board has got to take

0:50:320:50:35

place before it the British

Government has committed itself to

0:50:350:50:41

the terms of the treaty agreement

that is painted into the other

0:50:410:50:48

members.

The reality of this Bill is

that it would allow ministers to

0:50:480:50:52

start implementing a withdrawal

agreement entirely through secondary

0:50:520:50:57

legislation and would indeed allow

ministers to do so even before

0:50:570:51:03

Parliament has its Intourist

agreement.

We are recovering from a

0:51:030:51:08

situation where as memories of the

European Union we have handed all

0:51:080:51:10

these decisions over to European

Union. This is a massive improvement

0:51:100:51:16

and to address this attempt to rid

their specs it...

0:51:160:51:19

THEY SPEAK OVER EACH OTHER

In favour parliamentary sovereignty

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is nothing but cant.

Oh my what

Stalin as is this that somehow any

0:51:260:51:35

attempt to disagree with the way in

which this Bill is drawn up is

0:51:350:51:40

somehow a betrayal of Brexit. What

rubbish!

And other Conservative

0:51:400:51:47

fears parliamentary votes on the

detail would drag the process out.

0:51:470:51:50

If the treaty isn't right in the

Ayes of this Parliament, a couple of

0:51:500:51:54

months could turn into a couple of

years, indeed some people would like

0:51:540:51:58

it to be a couple of decades. When

she talks about a meaningful vote,

0:51:580:52:03

what about the meaningful vote of

the people in this country who last

0:52:030:52:07

June voted to leave the European

Union? Surely we need to get that

0:52:070:52:11

done as quickly as possible to

deliver what the British people

0:52:110:52:14

voted for?

CHEERING

0:52:140:52:19

The Government did offer a

last-minute concession to come back

0:52:190:52:22

from the issue of the next stage of

the Bill's consideration, but it was

0:52:220:52:26

too little and too late for the

rebels and so the Government

0:52:260:52:29

suffered its first defeat on the

Bill by just 4-mac votes.

0:52:290:52:36

CHEERING

0:52:360:52:45

And so the Government headed into

the Christmas recess with a

0:52:500:52:54

legislative hangover which they will

try to cure in the New Year. So what

0:52:540:52:57

does all this tell us about the

state of Westminster's biggest

0:52:570:53:01

parties? Much of the focus has been

on the internal divisions of the

0:53:010:53:06

Conservative Party, meaning Labour's

policies haven't come in to any

0:53:060:53:11

detailed scrutiny. Chris Mason is

here one last time. Labour has come

0:53:110:53:14

to a position on Brexit, hasn't it?

-- Labour has struggled.

It has. It

0:53:140:53:23

is going to divide political parties

which are inevitably broad churches.

0:53:230:53:28

We have seen that with Labour as

well spending much of the year,

0:53:280:53:31

senior figures contradicting one

another and sometimes contradicting

0:53:310:53:36

themselves about their outlook on

Brexit. What was striking was that

0:53:360:53:39

during the general election

campaign, broadly speaking, they

0:53:390:53:43

seem to be able to profit from

sounding a little warmer towards the

0:53:430:53:46

European Union than the

Conservatives work, even though

0:53:460:53:50

there are internal contradictions

you can point to in Labour as you

0:53:500:53:53

can with the Conservatives. That was

possibly a factor in helping them

0:53:530:53:59

along to gain some seats in the

election, but after that and indeed

0:53:590:54:03

before it, they managed to benefit

from one of the few joys of

0:54:030:54:07

opposition which is that you don't

get as much scrutiny as the

0:54:070:54:11

Government, particularly if the

Government is trying to execute

0:54:110:54:15

something you are defining and when

the Government is full of its own

0:54:150:54:20

divisions.

Doesn't matter if

Labour's position is constantly

0:54:200:54:24

shifting given that they are not in

power had the Government is

0:54:240:54:27

struggling to come to a point that

it is happy with?

It doesn't matter

0:54:270:54:30

as much. But as Labour spokesmen

will point out, given the power of

0:54:300:54:43

state on the Government in terms of

numbers, given that Theresa May is

0:54:430:54:47

reliant on the DUP to get softer in

Commons, that means occasionally you

0:54:470:54:53

lose votes, it's not impossible to

imagine a scenario where in 2018

0:54:530:54:57

there is a general election. It's

also not impossible looking at

0:54:570:55:01

opinion polls, Labour are not bills

ahead, most polls are pretty close,

0:55:010:55:09

but it's entirely possible that

Jeremy Corbyn could be Prime

0:55:090:55:12

Minister and in that instance it

would matter.

Let's talk about

0:55:120:55:16

Jeremy Corbyn and his position and

the amazing transformation over the

0:55:160:55:20

last 12 months. You say is possible

he could be Prime Minister, is it

0:55:200:55:24

just taking that his position as

Labour leader is unassailable now?

0:55:240:55:29

Quarterback yes. The fact I have

been able to answer that with one

0:55:290:55:33

word. Comparing the Conservative

Party conferences between last year

0:55:330:55:44

and this year. Jeremy Corbyn with

the butt of the joke last year. 2017

0:55:440:55:49

he was a genuine threat and fear

that he was going to be the next

0:55:490:55:53

Prime Minister, which is the

ultimate compliment friends from

0:55:530:55:55

them. -- for him from them. He has

been transformed. He appears more

0:55:550:56:03

confident. He and his team got they

would do better than many people

0:56:030:56:07

thought they would, but this still

outperformed what they thought they

0:56:070:56:11

would achieve at the general

election. He is going nowhere as

0:56:110:56:15

Labour leader until he decides he

doesn't want to do the job. Theresa

0:56:150:56:19

May looks anything apart from strong

and stable.

It has been a horrible

0:56:190:56:25

year politically for her. The

biggest political gamble she has

0:56:250:56:29

ever taken backfired. The results

went backwards instead of a big leap

0:56:290:56:34

forwards. What is useful is that she

has got to the point in Brexit

0:56:340:56:39

negotiations that she promised she

would and there is no obvious

0:56:390:56:43

successor. That put the

Conservatives off having a

0:56:430:56:47

readership vote coupled with the

fact that if they did at the moment

0:56:470:56:49

they would be doing so in a middle

of Brexit negotiations. Both of

0:56:490:56:59

those factors could be remarkably

important in keeping Theresa May as

0:56:590:57:05

Prime Minister for quite a while

yet.

Thank you very much indeed for

0:57:050:57:09

joining us throughout the programme.

Finally for now, there was one piece

0:57:090:57:14

of news on which politicians on all

sides were able to unite and offer

0:57:140:57:17

the very best wishes, the news that

Prince Harry had becoming gauged to

0:57:170:57:25

American actor Meghan Markle. The

couple made their announcement at

0:57:250:57:29

the end of November. -- had become

engaged. And that happy news brings

0:57:290:57:37

us to the end of this addition of

the programme. Do join us on the 8th

0:57:370:57:43

of January when Parliament returns.

We will be back with our daily

0:57:430:57:48

round-up of life here at

Westminster. For now, with best

0:57:480:57:51

wishes for all of us for the New

Year and from me, goodbye.

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