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prime minister theresa may discussed details of a november memo regarding a lack of a plan of an exit from the european union. the results of the u.s. election and relations with the new trunk government -- trump government. this is over 40 minutes. \>> questions for the prime minister. wendy morton. >> thank you mr. speaker. house willhe whole join me in expressing our condolences to the families and friends of the seven people who lost their lives and those injured in the tragic tram incident wednesday. we want to thank all involved. i have meetings. in addition to my duties i will
have additional meetings later today. >> would be prime minister join the news thatg the unemployment rate has fallen. join me in thanking all those businesses to create jobs. including the business i was asked to open last weekend. may:sa in the last year, employment has gone up right 88,000. it is good to hear they are opening new jobs. theemployment figures shows strength of the fundamentals of our economy. employment rate has never been higher. is the lowest it has been in more than a decade. members on all side of this house will also want to welcome
news from google that they will be creating another 3000 jobs. >> thank you mr. speaker. could i concur with the remarks of the prime minister about the disaster last week. our sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones. solidarity with the workers freeing people from the wreckage. said people were expelled from their homes 40 years ago/ today, a denial of their right to return. yesterday the foreign secretary told foreign european media that brexit would probably mean leaving the customs union. candy prime minister confirm whether that is the case?
theresa may: a statement will be in the house later today so everyone will be able to see the position the government is taking on that issue. the customs union, the trading relationship that we have with the european union and other parts of the world. we are preparing carefully for the negotiation. we are preparing carefully. we hope to ensure we have the best prospal trading deal with the european union. >> the foreign secretaries remark about leaving the customs union. he is a clue places down from her. come forward and tell us what he has to say.
i am sure we would all be better informed if we did. theaked memo said shortment is considerably nohaving a plan for brexit strategy has emerged. if this memo is as the press department says, written by ill-informed consultants, could she put the government plan and common strategy for brexit before parliament? may: yes we do have a plan. our plan is to deliver the best
possible deal. our plan is to deliver control of movement for people from the european union into the united kingdom. our plan is to go out there across the world and negotiate free-trade agreements. this government is absolutely united in its determination to on the will of the british people. decideinet cannot even whether to forge rights it or not. >> the word it does not seem to have traveled very far. i had to say i sympathize with the italian government minister this week, who said about her government, somebody needs to tell us something. it needs to be something that makes sense.
the government is making a total shamble of brexit and nobody understands what the strategy is . theresa may: they want us to set up every detail. if we were to do that. be the best possible way to ensure we have the worst results for this country. jeremy corbyn: host: talking of worst results, the foreign secretary has not been very helpful. it.xit means brex we do not know this before. beyond that we are going to make a titanic success of it. [laughter] control, if that is what brexit is to me, taking
back control, she is getting advice from the foreign secretary leader. can we all hear it? taking back control clearly requires some extra administration. department estimates it needs a 40% increase in staff to cope with its brexit projections. overall expectations of an increase head cap are between 10-30,000. wrong, canimate is be prime minister tell the house exactly how many extra civil servants will be required to conduct these negotiations? for ministers need to know. they are desperate for an answer. i repeat, we are doing preparations necessary for the point of which we will start the complex negotiations with the european union. department that the
in the european union. a friend is doing a job there. i have to say to the right honorable gentleman, from the confusion he has in relations to brexit, it is yet another example where labor talks, we act. we are getting on with the job, he is not for the job. [booing] caller: that was exciting, wasn't it? i say to the: honorable gentlemen,, yourself man.- calm yourself
sits an example to all members of the house. i don't wish to promote anymore division on that bench. these are the most complex set of negotiations ever undertaken by this country. the civil service has been cut down to its lowest level since before the world war. the prime minister ought to be coming up with a serious plan. when the supreme court's meet, if it decides to uphold the decision of the high court, will the lord chancellor this time defend our independent judiciary against any public attacks? as the right honorable gentleman knows, there are two cases related to the
power. court found against the government. we are appealing to the supreme court. we had a good argument and we will put that case to the supreme court. believe, this government believes in the independence of our judiciary. our judiciary will consider that position and come to judgment on the basis of that argument forth. democracy is also underpinned by the freedom of our press. >> we all should be doing that. jeremy corbyn: we have an international development secretary who is opposed to overseas aid. where the secretary who is running down our national health service. with the chancellor with no fiscal strategy. we have a lord chancellor who has difficulty defending the
judiciary.\ we have a brexit team with no plan for brexit. as it is just been shown, we have a prime minister who is not repaired to answer questions on what the actual brexit strategy is. we need a better answer than she has given us. i would tell him what we have. we have an international development secretary delivering on this commitment to spend .7% health self -- a secretary delivering on [chee rs] making sure we have a stable economy for our public services. what we certainly have got is a leader in the opposition incapable of leading.
>> the prime minister understands that we are a one nation party or we are nothing. something our fiscal opponent consistently underestimates. statement next week, will she continue to pursue this agenda? with all the resulting figure she can muster. that includes increasing the personal allowances. >> always interesting to hear the thoughts of the honorable lady. they will have to wait for another occasion. be grateful. may i wish his wife all the very best in the treatment she is going through.
he is right. we have a manifesto commitment to increasing the personal allowance. what we have done already, by increasing the personal allowance, 11 and a half thousand exterior -- next year. we have taken 4 million people out of paying income tax altogether. that is helped other people at the lower end of the income sa e cale. >> we joined them in extending our condolences following the tragedy and emergency services. mr. speaker, the institute for government has published a report in the u.k. government approach to brexit is, chaotic, dysfunctional. an existential threat to
operations. the prime minister has a secretive approach toward brexit. the present situation is unsustainable. does the prime minister continue to carry on like this regardless? theresa may: the right honorable gentleman will not be surprised when i tell them what the government is doing. the most important government for this thing to do is calmly and carefully get on with the job preparing for complex negotiations. one of the most important things we can do is make sure we're not getting a running commentary on those negotiations because that could be the best way to get the worst deal for this country. post the day we hear that truth has been the word of the year, a running commentary from the formal secretary.
the czech republic, the united kingdom is likely to leave the eu customs but wants to trade freely afterward. his colleague from the netherlands has said that does not exist and is impossible. both of these things cannot be correct. will the prime minister confirmed today to the parliament, to the country, whether the u.k. is likely to leave the eu customs union post brexit, yes or no? right honorable gentleman does not seem to understand the custom union is not a binary division. let's set that to one side. let's look at what we need to do which is to get the best possible deal for access within the european market. the right honorable gentleman stands up time and again in says to me that he wants access to the single market. i might remind him it was only a
couple of years ago that he --ts sex scotland out. wants scotland out. speaker: order! order! order! very emotional condition. i normally regard you as a cerebral denizen of the house. try to recover your composure man. as burglary and vehicle theft are down but nice crime is on the increase particularly by drug dealers and users. can this be a priority for her majesty's government?
inthing my friends can to dealing with this very big challenge. theresa may: i think my horrible front for raising an issue that is very important for everybody. certainly the government will do all it can. seen overall nice crime figures falling since 2009 but i recognize concerns. that is why the home office has conductingn and weeks of actions against knives. dangerous knives including zombie knives. we should send a very clear message, we will not tolerate knife crime in this country. many people in this country visit the united states every
business or in joint one of the greatest countries on earth. what action would she take if the new president-elect carries through his campaign promise to discriminate against arab citizens on the basis of their position and will she get a commitment for a special relationship she believes her , will bet has conducted on the basis of respect and dignity for all of our citizens irrespective of their race or religion? theresa may: i'm happy to say to the honorable gentleman that the special relationship we have is very important. we will be continuing to build on that special relationship. that is very clear from the conversation i had with the president-elect after his election. we want to ensure the dignity of our citizens. it is up to the united states
what rules they place on the borders. we will make sure that continues in the interest of the u.k. and the u.s.. attended a summit. the summit highlighted organizations to genetically decrease in rsa infection rates. will my right honorable friends join me commending events such as these and outlined the government strategy combating? theresa may: i would absolutely join my honorable friend in t hat. work to doing vital decrease infection rate. we have seen very good results sinceduction and him rsa 2010.
objections.ng bold last week announced a new national infection need to oversee this effort. i'm grateful to my friend for raising it. >> free trade is vital to our prosperity. brexit does not mean rejecting globalization. the prime minister incher any new trade deals after brexit are based on the mutual recognition regulativerly top-down regime? theresa may: i welcome his support for free trade. as we come out of the european union we will be looking for technology to develop trade along the world. to develop flexible trade arrangements around the world. with the strength of our economy, i believe we can go out there and be a global leader in
free trade. >> seven people tragically died and 50 were injured in croydon. i joined the prime minister extending our heartfelt condolences for these families. there are three investigations on the way. can be prime minister assured the house and the families of any recommendations to improve safety on trams across the country made by those investigations will be rapidly implemented by the government? theresa may: i join my honorable friend in expressing condolences to the families and friends of those who died in these incidents.
our sympathies with those injured and affected by. it is important we allow these to continue. we will of course look very seriously at those recommendations. we can never be complacent about safety and security. we do need to make sure that they are learned. >> theresa may: the government is committed to protecting the most vulnerable including those with health conditions. we are sure to support is available and giving concentration to those most in need.
support is available not just to those who benefit, but they want a package who could help those to reach that point where they are able to get. minster said there is a change in the air. he will demand change. it is the job of politicians to respond. how do you respond to the 17 disability positions --organizations? surely she must respond accordingly. theresa may: what we are doing is focusing support on those most in need for support has gone up. we are giving extra support to those who could get into the workplace. this as artant to see whole package available.
. it's provide living costs for disability. if he is concerned about the levels of payment in scotland, he might resort to discuss shipment about the new powers and whether they intended to use those new powers . of llowing the election mr. trump, and the society of women and minorities, what reassurance does the prime minister have four fat middle-aged white men that may feel we have been left behind? theresa may: that is a very
interesting point. perhaps my honorable friend would like to come up and see me sometime. >> a damning verdict on progress. things are getting worse. they concluded that the key drive is quality in early education, narrowing the educational attainment gap and access to housing. all going backwards under her watch. when will she come forward with a real strategy for opportunities for all. instead of fixating on creating an even more elite education for those who are already elite? theresa may: i note that the sociability commission has said
it more working-class youngsters are benefiting from higher education than any point. over the years and the attainment gap has actually narrowed. she refers to the education system and the restructure of government. i refer her to the government commissioned by the labor council in mostly to look at how they could improve education achievements. aammar school is transformative idea for working-class parents. >> the biggest expansion since 1940, including 11 new services in different by witches around the world. example hadxcellent a lifeline to many people around the world. theresa may: i absolutely agree. bbc provides,e
the independent journalism that it brings to many people is very including bringing us to people where free speech is limited. we are investing 289 million into the next four years. newsovide that independent to some of the most remote hearts of the world. >> my constituency gets 25% research funding from the e.u.. some of the finest researchers. after 2020 twot research? theresa may: we have already given guarantees in relation to the research funding that is available from the e.u.. able toknow we are
ensure the brightest and best can come to the united kingdom. it wasn't that long ago that he was campaigning to come out of the european union. >> in committee yesterday, i learned that the historical allegations is actually a place serving members under surveillance despite everything we have said. we have paid for tax chasing lawyers to collect. which he agreed that we need to work harder to close the gap from what we say and how it actually feels for servicemen and women? theresa may: i recognize the concern expressed from a number of honorable friends.
i think it is important that we ensure it conducts inquiries within a reasonable timescale. cases, i'm sure he would accept with me, where there are allegations of criminal activity, those should be properly investigated. i'm very conscious there is need our servicemen and women around the world have the support they need. i recently met the first minister at the joint committee. the next meeting is planned for early in the next year. the u.k. government engages regularly with the scottish government on a whole range of
issues. >> i'm sure could the question of june, they22nd said they won't tell us what they want to replace the single prime with you either the minister is dragging scotland out of the european union against its sovereign will -- [indiscernible] the 23rd of and on june the people of the united kingdom voted to leave the european union and that is what this government will deliver. seek tors should not shut down the prime minister. the question was asked and the answer has been provided. >> it is right the prime minister has latitude to enter negotiations with the eu. the campaign was very clear that
the rights of citizens would not be affected if this country wanted to leave. my parents are italian. they have never marginalized in 50 years. can the prime minister for sure me she will never instruct me to vote to take away the rights of my parents and millions of citizens? theresa may: i recognize the personal passion with which my friend raises this issue. rightnd to guarantee the those citizens. i also want to see the right of u.k. citizens living in the european union to be guaranteed as well. i would hope that this is an issue with which we can come to discuss at an early stage.
>> dementia is the single worst health crisis. dementia and alzheimer's are the leading cause of death. that can take from four months to referral to diagnosis. help bring end-of-life care to people with dementia and those diagnosed with alzheimer's? theresa may: i know it is a personal concern for her. it is an issue that affects people across constituencies, across this house. of 400 set a target dementia friends. invest in the dementia institute. we are determined to transform end-of-life care. that is why we have created the
national enterprise care program board. i can assure her this is an issue which the government is focused. >> the government is rightly restoring hundreds of millions of towns with funding, there are no current plans to restore the 20 million pounds per year it costs to run abc monitoring. monitoring. we are displayed -- this made thebbc is wanting to break code location with its american counterparts. will the prime minister agree to meet us and have a discussion before this disaster is visited on an incomparable source of
open source information on which so many government departments and agencies depend? theresa may: an important issue. is ataffing, division matter for the bbc. we are very aware of the importance of this service. high-quality reporting to the and the bbcce itself. i can tell my friend that the part of the process, we are talking with bbc with relations to the monitoring role. we believe we will result in improved service for government reducedreduced one -- a one. a she should be able to get grip on the child abuse inquiry she set up. lawyers toht senior
hear the concerns about competency and leadership. she will be surely as aware as i am that there are further serious allegations made to the panel that have gone on investigated. can she tell us whether she shares the full confidence in the inquiry that her host secretary expressed moments ago and why? theresa may: i recognize the importance of this issue. it is one on which she has campaigned and championed. she championed the call of the victims. and survivorsims we must keep at the forefront of our minds. it is important this inquiries able to continue. we owe it to the survivors for the inquiry to continue. i haveseen the work
absolute confidence in her ability to undertake this inquiry. >> during the election in the trump said bridge and should not be at the front -- the back of any trade cubit at the front. what action will government be goodg to ensure that trading conditions between the usa and united kingdom further improve. absolutely right. earlier, i think we have opportunity to have a trading relationships the united states of america. that is something i will be discussing with president-elect trump. >> too often social media is the weapon of choice by those who cheat -- seek to bully and
intimidate others. the weapon of choice used against my young constituent and his bullies tried to do to the run him out of his own home, making his life a misery. tol she agree to meet discuss how companies like facebook and twitter can be held to account for these holes being too easily used? theresa may: an important issue. used for goods intent and is even used for political parties for their campaigning. , an important point, it can also be abused. there are members of this house who have suffered significantly as a result of bullying and
trolling on social media. home office is well aware and has been. i've been talking to the companies about the responsibilities they have in relation to this. is best addressed by the terms and conditions of the company themselves. home secretary has listened to the points he has raised. opposition from the conservative party, the last labor government changed the law to make sure prisoners were released halfway through their sentences. irrespective of whether they misbehaved or pose a threat to the public. ofe of said it is up search crime in our prison. --irrespective of how badly they have behaved or what threat they hold the public, or does she agree that it is an outrage
flying in the face of public opinion and must be reversed? theresa may: the important point as my honorable friend indicated madeether decisions were about the release of the prisoners. that is why it is an issue that has been looked at. i can assure you this was an issue that was of concern. not just the conditions under which prisoners were released but how we ensure we have measures in place to rehabilitate. the work that has been done by previous justice secretary and is being continued his so important to ensure that the reduce by those that are released. >> has there been any conversations at any level regarding giving nigel per