BBC Two shows highlights of this week's coverage from the BBC Parliament channel. G20 Statement: Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons, from 7 September.
Browse content similar to G20 Statement. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Statement, The Prime Minister.
With permission I would like to read a statement on the G20 summit
in China but before I turn to the G20, I would like to say
something about the process of Brexit.
On 23rd of June, the British people were asked to vote
on whether we should stay in the EU or leave.
The majority decided to leave.
Our task is to deliver the will of the British people
and negotiate the best possible deal for our country.
I know many people are keen to see what rapid progress,
to see rapid progress and to understand what post
Brexit Britain will look like.
We are getting on with the vital work but we must also think
through the issues in a sober and considered weight and this
is about getting the kind of deal that is ambitious
and bold for Britain.
It is not about the Norway model, the Swiss model or any other
country, it is about developing our own British model.
We will not take decisions until we are ready, we will not
reveal our hand prematurely, and we will not provide a running
commentary on every twist and turn of negotiations.
And I say that because that is not the best way to conduct a strong
and mature negotiation that would deliver the best deal
for the people of this country.
As the Secretary of State for exiting the European Union told
the House on Monday, we will maximise and seize
the opportunities that Brexit presents.
That is the approach I took to the G20 summit.
This was the first time...
This was the first time that the world's leading economies
have come together since the UK's decision to leave the EU and it
demonstrated the leading role we continue to play in the world
as a bold, ambitious and outward looking nation.
Building on our strength as a great trading nation,
we were clear that we had to resist a retreat to protectionism
and we had conversations about how we can explore new bilateral trading
negotiations with key partners around the world.
We initiated important discussions on responding to rising
globalisation sentiment and ensuring the world's economy
works for everyone.
And we continue to play our part in working with our allies
to confront the growing challenges of
terrorism and migration.
Trading with partners around the globe has been the foundation
of our prosperity in the past and it will underpin our prosperity
in the future.
Under my leadership, as we leave the EU, Britain
will seek to become the global leader in free trade.
At this summit we secured widespread agreement across the G20 to resist
a retreat to protectionism, including a specific agreement
to extend the rollback of protectionist measures
until the end of 2018.
The G20 also committed to ratify by the end of this year the WTO
agreement to reduce the costs and burdens of moving goods
across borders and it agreed to do more to encourage firms
of all sizes, in particular female lead firms, to take full advantage
of global supply chains.
Britain also continued to press for an ambitious EU trade agenda,
including in lamenting the EU- Canada deal and forging agreements
with Japan and America and we will continue to make these
items as long as we are members of the EU.
But as we leave the EU, we will also forge our own new trade
deals and I am pleased to say that just as the UK is pleased
deals and I am pleased to say that just as the UK is pleased to seize
the opportunities that
leaving the EU represents,
so our international partners.
They said they would welcome talks on removing barriers to trade
between the countries.
The Australian trade minister is to visited yesterday to take part
in exploratory talks on the UK and Australia trade deal.
In our bilateral at the end of the summit, the president
of China made clear that China would welcome discussions on a trade
agreement with the UK.
As we do more to advance free trade around the world,
so we must also do more to ensure working people really benefit
from the opportunities it creates.
Across the world today, many feel these opportunities do not
seem to come to them.
They feel a lack of control over their lives.
They have a job but no job security, our home but worrying
about paying the mortgage.
They are just about managing but life is hard.
It is not enough for governments to take a hands-off approach.
At this summit I argued that we need to deliver an economy that
works that everyone.
Bold action at home and cooperation abroad.
That is why in Britain we are developing a proper
industrial strategy to improve productivity in every part
of the country so more people can share in our prosperity
through higher real wages and greater opportunities
for young people.
And to restore greater fairness we will be consulting
on new measures to tackle corporate irresponsibility.
Cracking down on excessive corporate pay, poor corporate governance
and tax avoidance.
And giving customers representations on company boards.
At the G20, this mission of ensuring the comedy works for everyone
was echoed by other leaders.
This is an agenda that Britain will continue to lead in the months
and years ahead.
Together we agreed to continue efforts to fight corruption.
Building on the London Summit and doing more to prevent aggressive
tax avoidance, stopping companies avoiding tax by shifting profits
to one jurisdiction from another.
We agree to work together to address the causes of global industries
and is such as the steel industry.
And also deal with market distortions.
All of the steps are important if we are to retain support
for free trade and the open economies that are the bedrock
of global growth.
Turning to global security, Britain remains at the heart
of DAESH and we discussed the need for plans to prevent
foreign fighters dispersing from Irani, Syria and Libya.
We want to limit the financing of all terrorist organisations
and more action to improve safety and security
in the aviation industry.
We hope some things will be adopted by the end of this month.
We also need to confront the ideology that underpins this
That means addressing both violent and non-violent extremism
and working across borders to tackle radicalisation online.
Turning to the migration crisis, Britain will continue
to meet its obligations to the poorest in the world
and support refugees.
We will make further commitments at President Obama's summit
in New York later this month.
At the G20 I also argued that we cannot shy away from dealing
with illegal migration.
I will be returning to this at the UN General Assembly.
We need to improve how we distinguish between refugees
and economic migrants.
This will allow economies to benefit from controlled migration
and we will be able to get more help to refugees who need it
and retain popular support for doing so.
This doesn't just protect our own people.
By reducing the scope for the mass population movements we are seeing
today and investing the underlying drivers of mass migration at source,
we can achieve better outcomes for the migrants themselves.
As part of this new approach we need a more concerted effort
to address modern slavery.
This sickening trade, often using the same criminal
networks that facilitate illegal migration is an affront
to our humanity and I want Britain leading a global effort
to stamp it out.
Mr Speaker, when the British people voted to leave the European Union,
they did not vote to leave Europe.
To turn inwards or to walk away from the G20 or our international
partners around the world.
That has never been the British way.
We have always understood that our success as a sovereign
nation is bound in trade
and cooperation with others.
By building on existing relationships and shaping
an ambitious global role, we will make a successful exit
for us and our European partners and continue to strengthen
the prosperity of generations to come and I commend this statement
to the house.
I would like to thank the Prime Minister for her statement
on the G20's Summit and giving me an advanced copy of it.
I first went to China in 1998 to attend a United Nations
conference on human rights.
The same year, the European Convention on human rights
was incorporated into UK law in our Human Rights Act.
That legislation has protected the liberties of our people and held
successive British governments to account.
Which is why on this side of the house we share the concerns
of so many at the government's plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.
The Prime Minister said she would not reveal her hand
on this subject, nobody would blame her because she has
not revealed her hand or the government's many hands
on this particular thing.
They are unclear what they are trying to do.
The G20 met in wake of the vote to leave the European Union.
We accept the decision taken by the majority of our people
however, we cannot ignore this fact that the outcome has left
this country divided.
With increased levels of hate crimes, huge uncertainty
about what comes next for our country and an extraordinary
lack of planning and preparation on how to navigate
the post-referendum situation in relation to Europe.
That uncertainty and division has been made worse by the government's
ministers' political posturing and often contradictory messages
which do not seem to add up to a considered position.
Yesterday, the Brexit secretary said staying in the single market
was improbable, the Prime Minister's spokesman said it was not the case,
it is one or the other, it can't be both.
Can the Prime Minister tell the house what the government's
policy actually is?
The negotiation for Britain's withdrawal from the EU must focus
on expanding trade, jobs and investment.
Defending social employment and environmental protections
and as many colleagues have raised during prime ministers questions,
the uncertainty facing the universities for example,
the member for Bristol West raised the issue, they need certainty
of their relationship with European universities immediately.
It cannot wait.
Parliament and the public cannot be sidelined in this from the greatest
constitutional change this country has embarked on in 20 years.
Corporate globalisation is an issue and has to be addressed.
I am pleased the G20 did address it.
The G20 was formed in response to the global financial
crisis of 2008.
A devastating event triggered by reckless deregulation
of the financial sector.
It is a model of running the global economy that the Prime Minister
acknowledges has produced huge increases in inequality and failed
in its own terms.
I raised this issue with President Obama
during his visit earlier this year.
It is clear that rising levels of inequality in all of our economy
fuel insecurities and put people and communities against each other.
It has been 40 years since Britain has had to engage in high
-- bilateral trade negotiations.
The free-trade government the Prime Minister spoke of has
been pursued at the expense of the world's most fragile economies.
It has been realised with destructive consequences
for our environment.
We need a UK trade agenda that protects people and the environment
and I urge the Prime Minister to stand with me against the use
of Britain's aid and trade policies to further the agenda
of deregulation and privatisation in developing countries.
We need a trade policy which values human rights and human dignity.
In particular, in particular, could the Prime Minister informed
the house about her talks with the Chinese president
in two crucial areas?
The first I raised in my meeting with him last autumn.
The UK steel industry continues to face deeply challenging times.
A key reason for this is the sale of cheap subsidised Chinese steel
that is flooding the European markets.
What assurances did the Chinese president give that this practice
will stop and stop now because of the damage it is doing
to the steel industry in this country and others?
On the question of Hinckley, during the summer,
the Prime Minister
announced she was postponing the decision on the new nuclear
reactor at Hinkley Point.
Could the Prime Minister take this opportunity to explain why
she decided to postpone the decision and could she also point
out which aspect of the contract she is re-examining?
Finally, the Prime Minister was involved in discussions
at the G20 around global challenges to security.
As the complex brutal conflicts continue across the Middle East,
we need a concerted global response to these challenges.
The human cost of the refugee crisis and the thousands downing in the sea
each year must be our number one concern and our number one
That is why I remain concerned that at the heart of this government's
security strategy is increased arms exports to the very part
of the world that most immediately threatens the security.
The British government continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia
which are being used to commit crimes against humanity in Yemen.
Which has been clearly detailed by the UN and other agencies.
Will the Prime Minister commit today to halting arms sales
to Saudi Arabia that have been used to prosecute this war in Yemen
with the humanitarian devastation that has resulted from that?
Thank you, Mr Speaker.
The Right Honourable gentleman raised a number of issues.
May I comment, he raised and referred to the question of hate
crimes that have taken place in the United Kingdom.
We have a proud history in the UK welcoming people to this country
and there is no place in this society for hate crimes.
The government has published a new action plan against hate crime
and we are concerned about the level of hate crime we have seen.
The Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary met Polish
ministers this week to discuss the particular concern about attacks
that have taken place on Polish people here in the UK.
We were very clear and the police are clear that they will,
anyone who has been a victim of hate crime allegations taking place
should take those allegations to the police.
He talked about the issue of what we will be doing
in negotiations with the European Union.
I covered this in my statement of what we will be doing
as we negotiate our leaving from the EU is to negotiate
a new relationship with the European Union.
That will include control on the movement of people
from the EU to the UK.
I don't think he referred to that.
It will also be about getting the right deal for trade in goods
and services that we want to see.
It will be a new relationship.
As I indicated in my statement and in prime ministers questions
earlier, I will not be giving a running commentary
and the government will not.
And there is a good reason for that, we want to get the best deal.
We want to get the right deal for the United Kingdom.
If we were to give a constant running commentary and give
away our negotiating hand, that would not be what we achieve.
He referred to the issue of steel, I raised the issue
of overproduction, this was important because it was not
just being raised with the Chinese government but with all
of the leaders around that table.
Crucially the G20 have recognised the significance of this
and recognised the issue of the steps that some governments
are taking which are leading to some of the problems that we see,
that is why the new forum has been introduced which will look at these
issues and the Chinese will be sitting on that forum.
I don't just take a decision without looking at the analysis,
I am looking at the details, looking at the analysis,
and a decision will be taken later this month.
On Saudi Arabia, I met the deputy Prince at the G20.
I did raise with him the concerns about reports of what might have
happened in the Yemen.
I insisted that these should be properly investigated.
But the leader of the Opposition said that in relation
to our relations with Saudi Arabia, he referred to what happens
in Saudi Arabia as being, I think he implied that it was a threat
to the safety of people in the UK.
What matters is the strength of our relationship with Saudi Arabia
on issues like dealing with terrorism, counterterrorism issues.
It is that relationship that has helped keep people on the streets
of Britain safe.
And can I just say to the Right Honourable gentleman,
I have a very clear view, as does the Conservative Party
on this side of the House, that if we are going to see
prosperity and growth in the economies around the world,
the way to get there is through free trade.
Free trade has underpinned the prosperity of this country.
I will take no lessons from the Right Honourable gentleman
on action to help developing countries and those
who are in poverty elsewhere in the world because this
government has a fine record in terms of what we have them
in humanitarian support, in educating girls and others around
the world and in helping people to have access to medical care,
water and the resources they need.
But it is a free trade that underpins our growth.
We will be the global leader in free trade and it is also the best
anti-poverty policy for those countries.
I will be an unashamed, unashamedly will go out
there and give the message that we want a free-trade country
and I am only sorry that the Labour Party
is turning its back on something that has led to the prosperity
of the United Kingdom.
May I congratulate my right honourable friend on her emphatic
support for free trade?
In the European Union, we currently run a deficit
with the other 27 member states, according to the Office
of National Statistics, of ?62 billion a year.
However, we run a surplus with the same goods and services
with the rest of the world which went up by around ?10 billion
last year alone.
Will my right honourable friend continue her crusade for free trade
to develop our world opportunities through Brexit and Jim assured
that the European Commission and the European Union no longer
continues to run our trade policy, we will do it ourselves and do
it really well.
My honourable friend is right, we have an opportunity
and I want to make sure that we are ambitious in seizing
those opportunities to develop those trade deals around the world.
We will be developing that new relationship
with the European Union which will be, part of which,
will be how we trade with the EU in relation to goods and services,
but we have the opportunity to develop those trading
relationships around the rest of the world.
We can't formally have those deals in place and operating
until we leave the European Union but we can do
preparation to make sure they are there when we need them.
Can I thank the Prime Minister for an advanced copy
of this statement.
The G20 summit was very much cast with the Brexit vote
and her own Brexit brainstorming from the previous week.
I read one report about it that said what Brexit appeared to mean
at the G20 was the Prime Minister getting shunted to the back
of the role of the leaders group photo, being briefed
against by the Americans and the Japanese, and being left
to pick up the fact that Mexico, Australia and Singapore have
expressed a vague interest in doing trade deals.
The Conservatives on the other side don't like it but this is how other
countries are viewing the UK internationally.
G20 leaders are as keen as us all to actually learn what on earth
the UK Government's plans are for leaving the European Union.
I asked the Prime Minister twice during Prime Minister's Questions
a really simple question and since then she has said,
and I quote, she is not giving a running commentary,
which seems more like no commentary whatsoever,
and she is not going to comment on every twist and turn.
Being a full member of the European single market is not a twist,
it is not a turn, it is absolutely fundamental to business
across the United Kingdom.
Does she seriously expect to be able to hold out for years in not
confirming whether she wants the UK to remain a full member
of the single market?
Can she tell us now, does she want the UK to remain fully
within the single market?
Yes or no?
On trade, we know that the United States and pretty much
every other country wants a trade deal with the European Union ahead
of the United Kingdom and a trade deal with the UK only after it
leaves the European Union.
Can the Prime Minister tell us how many trade negotiators the UK
government has actually hired since the referendum?
On immigration, we learned that the promise of a points-based
immigration system is ditched.
At the same time, the UK government have plans to trailblaze a policy
first mooted by Donald Trump and build a wall.
Is the Prime Minister not totally ashamed?
Surely she can come up with something better than this.
And on specific funding questions, voters were promised if they voted
leave that the National Health Service would receive an extra ?350
million a week, a week!
Will be Prime Minister confirmed that this promise,
like the immigration promise made by the league campaign,
is being broken?
Mr Speaker, a very important question that matters to a lot
of people in coastal communities in Scotland
is about the funding that they were due to receive
of more than 100 million euros from the European Maritime
and Fisheries Fund between now and 2023.
There has been no commitment whatsoever from the UK Government
to honour that funding round.
Will she give it now?
Mr Speaker, it has been very problematic in recent weeks to have
to deal with a situation where the Prime Minister's party has
suggested that EU citizens shouldn't participate fully
in Scottish public life.
We on these benches totally repudiate that narrow-minded,
racist and xenophobic position.
The Prime Minister is shaking her head.
She should be aware of this.
Will she take the opportunity to this associate her party
from this, apologise for it and confirm that we value
the contribution of European Union citizens living in this country
and we are grateful for it?
Finally, Mr Speaker,...
As the right honourable gentleman has taken twice as much time
as he was allocated, I trust his last sentence will be
a pithy one.
And the Prime Minister has not had time yet to make an oral statement
to the House on the important matter of the Estates review of the MoD
so will she confirmed the commitment the government has given
to communities that there will be consultation with them before final
decision and announcements are made?
It's an extremely important matter but it is not obvious to me how it
appertains to the G20.
I will try and limit my response to the key issues
that I referred to in my statement.
Can I just say on this issue of immigration,
the right honourable gentleman says a points-based system
has been rejected.
What the people of the United Kingdom will before
on the 23rd of June as part of the vote to leave
the European Union was to have control over people who are moving
from the European Union into the United Kingdom.
A points-based system does not give you that control.
What it does is it means that anybody who meets a certain set
of criteria is automatically allowed to enter the country.
It does not give the country the opportunity of the control
and making the decisions as to who can enter the country.
And it is that degree of control, that issue of control,
that we will be looking for as we decide the relationship
we are going to have with the European Union in future.
He said a lot about trade deals with other countries,
about opportunities, and so forth.
What I saw at the G20 and my discussions with a number
of other world leaders was a great willingness to seize
the opportunities that come from the UK leaving
the European Union, to do exactly the sort of trade deals
that my Honourable Friend has just been referring to.
I think we should, as a United Kingdom,
be willing to seize those opportunities.
We should be ambitious in the deals we wish to do around the world.
We should be the global leader in free trade,
we should be taking those opportunities and ensuring that
as we leave the European Union, we are able to have the relationships
that will ensure growth and prosperity for the whole
of the United Kingdom, including growth and prosperity for Scotland.
Mr Crispin Blunt.
At the G20 with the Saudi deputy crown Prince,
you will have met
the Saudi Foreign Minister who is now in London.
Is she as delighted as I am that you make clear to parliamentarians
this morning that we can now add the GCC to the list of those parts
of the world seeking an early trade deal with the United Kingdom?
I echo the comments of my honourable friend.
I am pleased that has been reiterated.
It was an issue I discussed with the deputy crown Prince
and I am pleased the GCC
are in a position to.
Mr Tim Farron.
I thank the Prime Minister for her statement.
Now Australia today has joined America at the G20 last week
in slapping down her government, telling us we are at the back
of the queue for a trade deal, the plain fact is that this
government is not concealing its hand, it hasn't got a hand or,
it would appear, a clue.
Will the Prime Minister take this opportunity to reassure business
and confirm that we will remain a member of the European single
market and will she agree with me that we trusted the British people
with the question of our departure so we should trust them
with the question of our destination and put whatever deal she negotiates
to the British people in a referendum?
Can I say to the honourable gentleman, he refers to the remarks
that have been made by the Australian Trade Minister,
what he has done is simply to set out what the legal position is.
I mentioned it in response to an earlier point and the legal
position is this, that we are not able to finally sign or put
into place, or put into practice trade deals with other countries
while we remain a member of the European Union.
That is the situation.
It doesn't mean we can't prepare for that, it doesn't mean we can't
be negotiating about that, but what I am also very clear
about is that as long as we are full members of the European Union,
until we leave, we will be advocates for free trade,
we will be advocates for those trade deals that the European Union
is negotiating with other countries.
I gave that commitment to the Canada trade deal,
I have given that commitment to President Obama in relation
to teeter and the negotiation on that.
We will play our full part but we will be looking to...
Can I congratulate the Prime Minister on the way she quite
rightly puts forward the huge benefits of free trade.
But I know that she will be aware and share the concerns,
notably the financial and automotive sector,
about any consequences if we were to abandon our membership
of the single market, which ensures that we can trade free
of customs duties and with all the benefits that it confers.
And while she is right to say that we don't want a running
commentary on what now faces us, could I urge you to consider
we do need some principles.
And what assurances can she give us about customs duties and tariffs
and our membership of that single market?
I absolutely recognise the important role in our automotive industry
plays in the United Kingdom.
I was very pleased a few days ago to visit Jaguar Land Rover
and to see the huge success that has been made of that company
and the extra employment they have brought.
The growth that continues in that company.
As regards this issue of the language that is used
about membership of the single market, access to the single market
and so forth, what I would say to my honourable friend is this,
what I said earlier is, we want the right deal for trade
in goods and services for the United Kingdom.
This is about saying when we are outside
the European Union, what is the right relationship
for us to have with the European Union on trade.
That is why I think it is important for us not to simply think of this
as trying to replicate something here or something there but actually
say, what is the deal we want for the future?
That is the work that the Department for Exiting the European Union
is doing at the moment, looking and particularly talking
to different sectors, and the automotive industry will be
one of those sectors, to ask what it is they will be
looking for, what they want to see, so we can forge that deal and then
go out there, be ambitious and get it.
Three months ago the international Syria support group agreed to back
as a last-resort airdrops to deliver much needed humanitarian supplies
to the siege areas of that country, including Aleppo.
Since then, the only thing that has arrived from the sky is Russian
missiles and Syrian barrel bombs, including
it is alleged yesterday, chlorine, a banned chemical weapons.
Can the Prime Minister tell us about the situation in Syria,
whether that commitment still holds and when she expects humanitarian
relief to finally get through by whatever means to people
who have suffered for so long?
I think I can give reassurance that that commitment is still there.
It has been made difficult for the delivery of that commitment.
The issue of humanitarian aid getting into Aleppo is one I raised
with President Putin in my discussions with him.
He refers to concern about the kind of weaponry used
by the Syrian regime.
We have been clear in our opposition, as he will know,
to what has happened.
Can very concerned about the reports coming forward.
It is important those reports are properly looked at.
Longer term we remain committed to a political transition in Syria.
That political transition will be one to Syria without President
I am pleased to hear the Prime Minister's
full support for free-trade being the underpinning
of our prosperity in Britain and across the world.
I had thought until I listened to the Leader of the Opposition
that was widely shared
on both sides of the house.
Given that it isn't and the worrying
noises we are hearing from both candidates in the US election,
which don't seem terribly enthusiastic about free trade.
Can she make it upon a sea of her government to campaign both
in the United Kingdom on the merits of free trade but also
on the global stage?
Can I say to my right honourable friend, he expressed his surprise,
there was surprise on this side of the house when the Leader
of the Opposition showed his hand that he was not in favour
of free trade.
I suspect there are many members on the Labour Party benches
who were surprised to hear this is the policy of the Labour Party.
We will be strong advocates for free-trade, as my right
honourable friend has suggested.
We will be ensuring we take that message through.
As he says, it is free trade that underspend is our prosperity.
Like the previous member, we understand these are early stages
for negotiations but it would be helpful to know what she values
in those negotiations and her aims.
She talked a lot about free trade but is resisting what she aptly
thinks about free trade in Europe
which is the single market.
Please could you tell us and clear up the confusion from yesterday,
what she values membership of the single market and should
be an aim or objective
of the negotiations
and that we should be trying to stay in it if we can?
I have to say to the right honourable lady I have answered this
question on a number of occasions already today.
She will find that people ask a question and I give an answer,
and if they keep asking the same question, they will get
the same answer.
That is perfectly reasonable and perfectly normal.
The aim is to get the right deal in trade and goods and services
with the EU but this will be a new relationship.
We will be looking to develop a new model of the relationship
between the UK and the European Union.
We will not, as I said earlier, be setting out every bit
of our negotiating hand in advance of entering those negotiations
because that would be the best way to come out with the worst deal.
Can I welcome my right honourable friend's statement,
not least what she said about the international concern
about some of the edges of the market economy that must be
made to work for everyone.
On global security, could I ask her to firmly back
and support the attempt being made in London by the Syrian coalition
to bring forward their own proposals to settle the matter?
Could she urge the respective powers an interest, competing interests
in Syria that the longer they go fighting over the bodies
of the people of Syria, the more the risk to global security
will continue and this opportunity be presented in London is one that
should be taken?
I absolutely agree with the comments my right honourable friend has made.
This is an important point with the Syrian coalition coming
together and the meeting taking place here.
I also agree that as we look at global security, that
what we want to see, the best thing for global security
is an end to the conflict taking place in Syria.
I continue to believe that as the conflict continues in Syria
and the actions of the Syrian regime under President Assad,
it is that what we saw encouraging people to join terrorist
organisations and fight and potentially come and return
to other countries and conduct terrorist attacks.
We must see and ensure that we are playing our part,
as I believe the UK is today, in hosting the Syrian opposition
in these talks and bring an end to the conflict.
Can I thank the Prime Minister for her statement and commend her
for her common sense realism in terms of her approach
to negotiating our exit from the European Union.
It is not clear that a lot of the criticisms and commentary
coming from those who were on the remain side demonstrates
a lack of respect for the decision made by the UK as a whole,
it is now about getting on and making the best of that
in the way she is proposing.
I offer her our support on these benches and in our party
and the First Minister of Northern Ireland to achieve
the best possible deal for all of the United Kingdom
and Northern Ireland in particular.
On terrorism, can I ask, can she ensure that more action
is done to bring about greater deterrence for those who preach
hatred and radicalisation of young people in the United Kingdom.
More needs to be done to send strong sentences out that will act
as a deterrent in future?
I thank him for his support for the government in the approach
we are taking.
As he says, I think it is the sensible way to go forward
in these negotiations.
I want to ensure the interests of Northern Ireland are fully taken
into account in what we do and that is the message I gave
when I visited Northern Ireland shortly after I became
Prime Minister and that I have given to all devolved administrations.
We want that engagement to make sure the interests of the whole
of the United Kingdom are taken into account.
On the issue of terrorism, it is important we deal with those
who preach hatred.
We saw the sentence yesterday for Jim Choudary, the whole question
of radicalisation of young people particularly and the radicalisation
of people generally.
Online or in other ways, it is an important one
that we need to address.
I want to see, as he says, sentences that give a clear message
that this is not acceptable activity for people
to be involved in.
We need to do the work we are doing through the counterterrorism
Internet referral unit and the work in Europe on this and the work
we are doing to promote mainstream voices against preachers of hate.
From her discussions with other world leaders at the G20,
will my right honourable friend ensure that small and medium-sized
businesses are at the heart of future trade negotiations?
Including the many successful local businesses that will be
attending my jobs fair on Friday.
Can I commend right honourable friend for holding her jobs
fair on Friday.
I am sure there will be many opportunities given by local
businesses there and many people able to take those opportunities up
and benefit from that.
Small and medium-sized businesses will play an important role.
Earlier in the summer I had a meeting with a number of small
and medium-sized businesses and what struck me was their optimism
about the opportunities now available to the United Kingdom
and their willingness to play their part in taking up
those opportunities and encouraging prosperity that we want for everyone
in our country.
Does she accept that like all economies with an ageing
population, they need labour to thrive.
Would it not be an a self harm act of self harm for us to give up full
and unfettered access to the single market out of a dogmatic
and arbitrary desire to reduce immigration?
I will say that it is not arbitrary and dogmatic desire
to reduce immigration.
We recognise the impact that uncontrolled immigration can
have on people.
Particularly those at the lower end of the income scale
Particularly those at the lower end of the income scale.
He needs to consider carefully the message but if people gave
in the vote on the 23rd of June.
They told us they wanted to see the government take control
of people moving from the European Union into
the United Kingdom, that is what we will do.
If you come to my constituency along the A45, you will see
If you come to my constituency along the A45, you will see a retail
development going up
and the huge steel constructions
and the Leader of the Opposition will be pleased to know
that it is 100% British steel being used.
Does not coming out of the EU give us an opportunity if necessary
to deal with Chinese dumping of steel?
Could I ask the Prime Minister in particular whether she will find
time next year to come and see Rushton Lakes and in particular,
they have some very good shoe shops?
I think my honourable friend may just have sealed the deal,
Can I commend and welcome the fact that Rushton Lakes develop
--developement is using 100% UK steel.
That is very good.
We need to look at this issue of overcapacity and overproduction,
not just as an individual country but globally.
That is why it was so important it was on the agenda at the G20
and the new report has been sent up with Chinese representation.
I believe in fair taxes as well as free trade
and enterprise, it has been said that if the amount of tax
that was owed to developing countries was paid, it would far
dwarf that amount of support they get through international aid.
Can I ask the Prime Minister, given her statements on tax
avoidance and that we have a country by country reporting enshrined
in law, how will she make that a priority for the G20?
I was able to point out in my interventions at the G20 this
issue about tax avoidance.
The G20 has been playing a leading role in addressing this issue
and in galvanising action on this issue.
A number of initiatives have taken place both in relation
to the question of those people able to try and use different
jurisdictions to resist the payment of tax that is due.
That action is being taken.
We will push forward on that initiative.
There are other things, like providing support to developing
countries so they can collect tax within those countries
that is needed and should be collected.
And the other tax initiatives are important.
We have played a leading role on this and the G20 is now playing
an important global role.
Could I congratulate my right honourable friend on the opportunity
for the G20's summit to raise the issue of modern slavery.
Can the Prime Minister outline what further steps can be taken
to engage with countries around the world to eradicate
this evil practice?
I am grateful to her for raising this question.
It is hugely important, it is a heinous crime and we need
to do more about it.
I have been encouraging people in other countries to look
at the initiative we have taken and the legislation we have taken.
Our modern slavery act is the first of its kind but there is more we can
do with law enforcement agencies working together and other
government agencies working together to ensure we stamp out the terrible
organised crime groups that are behind this terrible crime
of modern slavery.
In doing that, we must never forget that it takes place here in the UK
with UK individuals being taken into slavery as well.
It is not just a global issue.
We need to act globally and locally.
Why did the Prime Minister authorise a republic pressing down
of the Brexit Secretary for merely telling the house that membership
of the single market and free movement of people tend
to go together?
Is it not possible that the Brexit Secretary who has believed
for years has thought about it more deeply over the years
than the Prime Minister who has thought about Brexit
for a few weeks?
Misleading the house as opposed to the odd occasion of someone
telling the truth.
I don't recognise the picture that the right honourable gentleman
has laid out.
The Secretary of State was saying it was not a zero-sum game.
As I have said in response to other questions, the government is clear
that we are going to go out and get the right deal
for the United Kingdom.
We are negotiating a new relationship with the EU.
Isn't it vital in this Brexit period that we maintain confidence,
is it not the case that with the opportunity to forge
new global trade deals with record low interest rates
and the opportunity to free ourselves from burdensome
regulation, now is a golden time to invest in the United Kingdom.
We should use forums like the G20 to make this case?
I thank him, I am happy to do so and I was doing that
at the G20's summit.
It is also the case that I think we must welcome the vote
of confidence that has been given in the United Kingdom since the vote
to leave the EU took place.
The single biggest vote of confidence came from Japanese
company Softbank with a big investment.
We have seen investment from other companies like SmithKline.
This is the time to be confident about the British economy.
The fundamentals are very strong and we want to encourage that
investment to take place in the UK and that is exactly what this
government will be doing.
The Secretary of State for leaving the European Union wrote in July,
"I would expect the new Prime Minister on September the 9th
"to immediately trigger a large round of global trade deals
"with all our most favoured trade partners."
Can I ask the Prime Minister, can she confirm that she will be
able to trigger these deals in two days' time,
on Friday, as predicted by her Secretary of State
and which countries will be involved.
I say to the right honourable gentleman, I have been involved
in discussions with countries on free trade deals
that we can develop.
I was doing that at the weekend at the G20 summit with
a number of countries.
I listed some of them in my statement earlier.
There were others too.
I am pleased at the opportunities we now have and the willingness that
other countries have to sit down around the table and talk to us
about trade deals.
For trade to be free and work for everyone,
it needs to be free of corruption.
Can she update the House on tackling corruption at the summit.
Perhaps explain how some of the countries at the summit
who are less keen to take action responded to that.
My honourable friend is absolutely right,
it is important that we deal with corruption if we are going
to be able to see these free trade deals around the world,
but for some countries it is corruption that gets
in the way of being able to develop their economies
and of people in those countries being able to take the benefits
that economic development can bring.
The G20 was collectively clear that they wanted to continue
the anti-corruption work that is being done.
I myself made specific reference to the international anti-corruption
coordination centre, which we're setting up in London,
and a number of countries are joining us in that.
That is going to be one part of the action that we need to take
but the G20 was very clear that we need to continue to press
on the outcomes of the anti-corruption Summit
that we had in London.
Many people are not getting a share of globalisation,
especially in this country.
Could I ask the Prime Minister what specific measures
she and her other leaders agreed at the G20 to deal with that
problem, making sure that the benefits of globalisation
are given out more equally?
The honourable gentleman is right and as I referred
to in my statement, there was a collective agreement,
echoing comments that I made for the United Kingdom,
that we need to make sure that the benefits of globalisation
are truly shared among people.
There are number of steps that we need to do to ensure that.
In some countries it is about with corruption.
There is a number of other areas.
I referred earlier to the work we are going to take
on corporate irresponsibility.
That was picked up and echoed by a number of leaders around
the G20 table so our commitment remains absolutely strong.
I very much welcome the government's announcement this week that it plans
to ban plastic micro-beads in many cosmetic products,
including face scrubs and toothpastes.
I would request that as well as the moral stance
that this government takes at forums like the G20 on anti-slavery
and on ensuring free markets, that we continue to be world leaders
in environmental policies and forwarding those so that we can
protect our marine wildlife and the rest of the planet.
I thank my honourable friend for the comments he has made
for the decision we have taken on micro-beads.
They clearly have an impact on marine life and it is right
that we are banning those in certain products.
But this is another area where the UK can be leading.
We seem to be leading on issues like climate change and I think this
wider area of environmental concerns is one in which we can lead to.
Public services are exempt from all current EU negotiated trade
deals which the UK is party to.
Will she committed aid to a public services exemption cause
from all future post Brexit trade deals as the appointed trade
Secretary failed to do so in us to a question from myself.
I refer to the honourable gentleman to the references I made earlier
to the sort of approach we are taking where we are not
setting out at this stage the details of any particular
negotiation that we are going to take part in relation to looking
at trade deals.
We will go out there and get the right deals
for the United Kingdom.
I welcome the Prime Minister's very positive statement today.
The UK, the Northwest, Cheshire, Manchester and Liverpool can be
proud of our strengths in science with world leading projects.
Can my right honourable friend confirm that these sectors
will continue to be absolutely central to what the government does
with the Northern Powerhouse, taking forward its new industrial
strategy, but also that they will be central to the new trade deals
which are vital to the future of our economy?
I thank my honourable friend for that question and it enables me
to recall that I don't think I responded to one of the points
made by the honourable member earlier when he talked
about the Northern Powerhouse.
This government remains absolutely committed to the Northern Powerhouse
and the development we have seen in new industries,
in looking at new scientific development, such that my right
honourable friend has referred to, remains an important part of that.
As we look to these new trade deals, we will also be looking to the sort
of developments that can take place, the sort of innovative decisions
that we can take, which ensures that we are not just looking
at trade and traditional goods and services but saying,
what more can we do, what can we develop for the future
and include those?
I would like to thank the Prime Minister for clarifying
that her Brexit secretary was wrong to rule out membership
of the European single market, that her Foreign Secretary was wrong
to campaign for a points-based immigration system and her
international trade secretary was wrong to say we are leaving
the customs union.
But isn't it the case, Mr Speaker, that if we want to strike trade
deals with non-EU countries, and I am somebody who appreciate
the value of free trade deals, we will have to leave the customs
union and that will bring disadvantages to UK businesses
and direct foreign investment.
I am not going to repeat what I said earlier in terms of the stars
-- stance we are taking, I would just encourage
the honourable lady
to take her leader to one side and point out to him the benefits
of free trade, given what he has said in this chamber today.
I am delighted to hear the Prime Minister's obvious
commitment to free trade but in many respects free trade
is on the retreat in the world today.
Global levels of trade and investment are on the decline,
we have seen the United States, a lack of support in Congress,
and even here, misinformation and scaremongering from some
quarters in recent years leading to an erosion of faith
in the benefits of free trade amongst even our own constituents.
Will the Prime Minister agree that given the centrality of free trade
and agreements to the future of our economy, now is the time
to put aside that scaremongering, particularly in some parts
of the left of British politics, and believe in free trade
and its ability to work for everyone.
My honourable friend has made an important point.
It was significant that the G20 was very clear that it wanted
to take action on protectionism.
But the point my honourable friend has made is a very valid one
and was also discussed at the G20, which is the need for us
all who support free trade to go out there and make the case for it
and to show the benefits that free trade can bring.
As I have said earlier and I think has been universally echoed
on the Conservative benches, on the government benches,
it is free-trade that underpins our economic growth
and our prosperity.
Given as we understand it comments made by the Secretary of State
for exiting the European Union on Monday at this dispatch box
are to be regarded as personal opinion as opposed to government
and further considering that the remarks made
by the Secretary of State for International trade in relation
to the customs union required to be changed,
if it is the case that the Prime Minister is to continually amend
statements and comments made by the newly appointed ministers,
can I ask the Prime Minister why she made those appointments
in the first place?
The honourable lady has referred to matters which have been referred
to in previous questions.
I have answered in previous questions and I suggest she takes
the answer I have given before.
The Prime Minister has referred to the substantial recent investment
by the Japanese firm so I wonder if she could just give the House
a little bit more about the reassurances she is able to give
overseas companies to continue to invest in the UK as a centre
of excellence in manufacturing.
I am very pleased to say that we encourage companies
to invest in the UK.
There are some real opportunities in the UK.
We are a centre of excellence in certain areas in terms
of manufacturing and I think, as I referred earlier to the visit
I made to Jaguar Land Rover, to see that investment coming
into the United Kingdom, to reinvigorate that company
and create jobs and growth, it's a very good example
of what can be done.
And I want to see that happening across a wide range of industries,
but also across the whole country.
Can I follow the question of my right honourable friend
for Exeter on imported labour and people who come to work here.
10% of doctors in the NHS are EU nationals and their position
is now very uncertain.
We know that since June the 23rd doctors who were EU nationals
been put off applying to work
here and since then we have had
the vicious attacks and increase in hate crime
that the Prime Minister referred to.
We actually need more doctors in the NHS.
We have many unfilled training places.
What is she going to is say to reassure those EU nationals
working in the NHS that we value them?
I am pleased to say that under this government we have more doctors
working in the NHS.
The number of doctors in the NHS has increased
since we came into government.
But what I will also say on the position of EU citizens
is that I fully expect to be able to guarantee the status
of EU citizens.
While we are members of the EU, their status does not change.
I want to be able to guarantee the status of those EU citizens.
The circumstances in which that would not be possible
is if the status of British citizens in other EU member states
was not guaranteed.
G20 Statement: prime minister Theresa May making a statement to members of the House of Commons on the latest meeting of the G20 in China, from 7 September.