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hello and welcome to the week in parliament. it's third time unlucky for the prime minister's brexit plans, despite this appeal to mp5. i have said that i am prepared to leave this job earlier than i intended to secure the right outcome for our country. theresa may loses by 58 votes. labour call for change. and if the prime minister can't accept that, then she must go, not at an indeterminate date in the future, but now. and away from brexit, remembering the first black member of the house of lords. and he paved the way for the windrush generation and for people like me, and i feel proud to be a trinidadian and also to be following in his footsteps. on the very day that the uk was supposed to be leaving the european union, mps again
rejected the prime minister's deal, throwing her brexit plans into yet more confusion. the ayes to the right, 286. the noes to the left, 344. the vote means the uk has missed an eu deadline to ensure an extension of the brexit process and leave with a deal on the 22nd of may. within seconds of the result, the prime minister offered this response. mr speaker, i think it should be a matter of profound regret to every member of this house that, once again, we have been unable to support the leave at the european union in an orderly fashion. the implications of the house's decision are grave, the legal default now is that the united kingdom is due to leave the european union on the 12th of april, in just 14 days's time. she said that was not enough time to ratify a deal, and the eu was clear any further delay to brexit would almost
certainly require the uk to take part in may's european parliamentary elections. mr speaker, i fear that we are reaching the limits of this process in this house. order! this house has rejected no deal, it has rejected no brexit. on wednesday, it rejected all the variations of the deal on the table. and today, it has rejected approving the withdrawal agreement alone, and continuing a process on the future. this government will continue to press the case for the orderly brexit that the result of the referendum demands. to boost her chances of winning, the prime minister had asked mps only to vote on the withdrawal agreement, which covers the divorce bill, citizens's rights, and the irish backstop, rather than the political declaration outlining our future relationship with the eu. the margin of defeat, 58 votes, was smaller than before, but emphatic enough.
mr speaker, the house has been clear, this deal now has to change. there has to be an alternative found. and if the prime minister can't accept that, then she must go. not at an indeterminate date in the future, but now, so that we can decide the future of this country through a general election. the vote came after six hours of debate, opened by the attorney general. he reminded mps that eu had agreed a brexit extension until may the 22nd, provided the so—called divorce deal was passed. if this withdrawal agreement is not approved, then that extension will expire on the 11th of april. now that means, mr speaker, that any other extension that this house might desire to be agreed by the union would be at its discretion. subject to the veto of 27 leaders. therefore by this evening, if the 11 o'clock deadline expires
and the agreement has not been approved, that legal right will expire with it. we invite the house to secure the certainty of the extension, to continue with the process of the political declaration reconsiderations. but his labour opposition number accused him and the government of wrongly detaching the political declaration from their withdrawal agreement. without the clarity and protections we need in the political declaration, we should not approve this withdrawal agreement. today's vote is a shoddy gimmick from a desperate government, that is trying to hide away from the reality that this house would still need to bring the meaningful vote, in the form of the political declaration and the withdrawal agreement, back to this house. the fact is that the withdrawal agreement would be accepted
by the european union, that's the first point. the second point is it sorts out the implimentation period, the money, and crucially guarantees citizens's rights for my constituents, eu nationals, and brits abroad. which part of those factors does he actually disagree with? the answer is none. rather than it just being a blindfold brexit, the party opposite are asking us not only to be blindfolded, but to be led into a different room, by a different tory prime minister. the snp referred to the conservatives's long—running splits over europe. what this is about today is an attempt to solve their political problems and usher in a right—wing, unelected tory prime minister to negotiate a canada style free agreement and a workers's right free singapore style economy. we cannot, mr speaker,
separate the withdrawal agreement from the political declaration because both parts are essential to the process. it is like saying right, i am selling the house i'm living in at the moment, without having any idea whatsoever where we're going to live afterwards. isn't it the case that this withdrawal agreement places irreversible damage forever, and will be lasting, on northern ireland and on our precious union? i hearthe prime minister repeatedly stating when she — the question of our precious union. this northern ireland backstop drives a coach and horses through the question of the precious union. that is the problem. the reality is today, i am going to support the government in this. if we don't send this forward to look at the legislation, we will rue that day, because we will end up having to accept what i think is a damaging and disruptive extension,
meaning we will never leave the european union. a former brexit secretary noted the plans being made for a no—deal brexit. of course, if the eu itself rejects all of these offers and overtures, it must take its responsibility for the consequences of its political intransigence in what follows. on that basis, mr speaker, i will vote for the motion. the other honourable members opposite have said that they will vote for the prime minister's deal on the basis that the prime minister will stand down, that isn't acting with honour, that isn't acting with principle. and i hope very much that moving on into next week's indicative votes, we can all agree to combine some of our options, as a compromise. this government's brexit negotiations have been a litany of failure, culminating in today with a prime minister who's been forced to announce her own departure on the table, having to reject a deal she has negotiated.
this really is a half—baked brexit. today should have been the day that the united kingdom left the european union. that we are not leaving today is a matter of deep personal regret to me, but i remain committed to the united kingdom leaving the european union, and that is why i bought this motion to the house today. she said she knew it was a difficult day for all mp5. at this historic moment for our country, it is right to put aside self and party... right to accept... interjections. it is right to accept the responsibility given to us by the british people, and that is what i have done, mr speaker. i have said that i am prepared to leave this job earlier than i intended to secure the right outcome for our country. and when the division bell rings
in a few moment's time, every one of us will have to look into our hearts and decide what is best for our constituents and for our country. but as we've seen, mps emphatically rejected that plea. that vote was the climax to a week that began with speculation about a cabinet coup, but the prime minister was still trying to save her deal. she invited some of her fiercest internal critics over to her country residence, chequers, a home that's already played a part in the brexit saga. little appeared to have changed by monday, when she reported back to mps on that eu summit. mr speaker, i continue to believe that the right path forward is for the united kingdom to leave the eu as soon as possible with a deal, now on the 22nd of may. but it is with great regret that i have to conclude that as things stand, there is not sufficient support in the house to bring back the dealfor a third meaningful vote.
by taking no deal off the table at the behest of this remainer parliament, she hasjust put the final torpedo into her own deal and any real prospect of brexit, and that her statement will represent the most shameful surrender by a british leader since singapore in 1942. the reality is that this house has shown its intention to do everything it can to take no deal off the table, and we all need to recognise that if we're going to deliver on brexit, then we need to recognise that situation. and then things got worse for the government as a former minister set out to take control of the parliamentary brexit process, so mps could later choose between different options. in the first place, it is not some kind of massive constitutional revolution, though i know that some of my honourable friends and others have suggested it is, the truth is that as you yourself said, mr speaker, earlier in the debate, the house since its inception has
owned its standing orders, the idea that it's an ancient constitutional principle that the government should control the order papers is slightly unhistorical, if that's the right word, because it started in 1906, which as far as i'm aware is not part of our ancient constitution. first, but not the last history lesson of the week, but ministers said that history is on their side. it is the prime minister's deal that is the way to deliver what the people voted for in 2016 and 2017. that is why it is is right that the government contains control of the order paper, in line with constitutional convention, and why the amendment this evening should be defeated. a message that failed to win the day, with three ministers resigning in order to support sir oliver's rebellion. the ayes to the right, 329. the noes to the left, 302.
the result prompted what the young people of today called "scenes" on the government benches. mr speaker, i don't wish to paid tribute to the honourable member for west dorset, but since he now seens to have installed himself as a kind ofjobbing prime minister, could you tell me, mr speaker, how it is that we hold him to account in this house? i think the question was largely rhetorical, but if that gentleman is seeking a response, i think what i would say to him, in all seriousness, is that the effect of today — order, i do not require any help from the member for chelsea and fuller, who hadn't the foggiest idea, he was once a whip, he was not a very good whip. it would be better if you keep quiet. that is the reality of the matter. not outrageous at all! no, not outrageous at all.
later, the speaker did apologise to the mp for chelsea for what he had said. two days later, sir oliver got to set the agenda, but first, theresa may, as usual, had to answer mps's questions and the speculation that she may agree to stand down if they backed her deal. it was a big if. mr speaker, north west leicestershire voted overwhelmingly to leave the european union, and for the past two years, the prime minister has told my constituents on over 100 occasions that we will be leaving on the 29th of march 2019, with or without a withdrawal agreement. at the last minute, she begs our eu masters for an extensional article 50, delaying our departure. does my right honourable friend realise that the good people of northwest leicestershire, they will forgive her for this, mr speaker, they are good people, but they are not stupid people, they will never trust the prime minister again.
can i say that i hope the message that he will take back to his constituents is it is a very simple one, which is we can guarantee delivery on brexit, we can guarantee delivering on brexit, if he and others in this house support the deal. the snp leader, who recently called for her to resign, had heard the rumours. yet again, another tory prime minister is willing to ride off into the sunset and saddle us with the crisis in the uk, and an extreme right—wing brexiteer coming into downing street. does the prime minister feel no sense of responsibility for what she is about to do? it is my sense of responsibility and duty that has meant i have kept working to ensure that we deliver on the result of the british people.
she gave nothing away there, but five hours later, the conservative benches emptied as mps headed for a packed and sweaty committee room to hear her confirm that she was prepared to leave sooner than she had intended, if her deal was passed. back in the chamber, sir oliver letwin was in charge, still denying he was a revolutionary. i'm absolutely clear that this is not an insurgency at all, it is an adjustment of the standing orders today, and if this is agreed for monday, it does not affect tomorrow, nor does it affect friday if the government choose to make friday a sitting day. mps spent time debating the next steps for brexit and executive boats. they were offered a choice for eight different versions, leaving without a deal to end of the article 50, to state and. a few options in between, including the referenda. continued the consequences, the trust and politics, the social, at this house versus an outcome on the people of this country, that
they no longer desire. that belief would be the undemocratic stitch up of all time. and other political heavyweights backing the idea is staying in a customs union and that you. if we fail, with no deal, i think the feeling at this house is so strong against that that we must all vote to revoke that stage. i think a lot of the public but say that we got ourselves a mess, it would make sense to sort out the start of a lead are delink and start all over again. rather than follow through division lobbies, they got the mic that preferences are pieces of paper. they can pick any or all of the eight options.
the votes took two hours to count, and, spoiler alert, every choice was rejected. some were less unsuccessful than others. in response to motion], ayes were 264, the noes were 272. so the noes have it. in respect to motion m, confirmatory public vote, that ayes were 268, the noes were 295, so the noes have it.
some of those numbers were later revised but the results were not changed. it is a disappointment that the house has not chosen to find a proposition, but those who put the proposal together predicted that we would not reach a majority. after many hours of debate and complex procedure, the house of commons has decided. i think the public will look on these proceedings in utter amazement. they will be completely bemused by what has gone on. may i suggest that we now proceed to the agreed procedure that the house adopted? having settled on those matters where they were the biggest votes, we go forward to monday to see if we can find a compromise so that the look to how we are going to give this country the leadership and certainty it needs and deserves. sir oliver will try again on monday in the hope that mps can narrow down their preferences.
with the uk parliament and government still negotiating with itself, it is easy to forget that it is not just westminster that needs to ratify the brexit deal, there is the european parliament too, which has been meeting and strasberg. donald tusk updated mps on that summit at which eu leaders agreed to delay brexit. they have delayed the cliff edge and moved it back to the 12th of april. he wanted to give a voice that were fighting for the uk. you cannot betray the people who signed for article 50, thei million people who marched for a people's vote, or the increasing majority of people who want to remain in the european union. they may feel that they are not
represented really represented by uk parliament, but they must feel that they are represented by you in this chamber, because they are europeans. thank you. this is a surprise to me because i thought he was marching somewhere in britain, and he is here, a 200 miles march, how many miles have you done? too many. i think so. you remind me more and more, i do not know if you know him, field marshal hague, he was also in the first world war in his office in london, and you are sitting here in stratford while your own people are marching in the rain and in the cold. that is the way you are
taking a responsibility. farfrom far from mocking farfrom mocking hague as far from mocking hague as a farfrom mocking hague as a belgian, he should look up to you. —— he should be a great hero to you. never mind, that sums up your anti—britishness. the one thing that is inevitable as we are headed for an article 50 extension. you should ask yourselves, do you really want to do that? do you really want brexit to utterly dominate the next couple of years of your business to the exclusion of your many other conditions? do you really want the united kingdom to contest the european elections, to send back a very large number of leave meps, just at a time where you are fighting populism across the continent. do you really want me back in this place? well, there we are.
time for a breatherfrom brexit. you have earned it. let's take a look at what else at what has been going on in politics this week. here is our countdown with alex. congratulations to jim shannon, who got birthday wishes from the speaker during a vote. colleagues across the house will want to congratulate the honourable gentlemen the member for strangford on his birthday. at number four, is this the end but the uk's meps? there is extra time for them to say goodbye. if this is your last page, i will give you an extra 30 seconds. theresa may is another person possibly saying goodbye, but nicola sturgeon was deeply unimpressed. theresa may must be the only leader
in living memory who has tried to fall on her own sword and has managed to miss! labour's valerie has had high praise for ken clarke, and he appeared to find it a bit much. i am totally in awe. speaker john bercow might seem an unlikely cover star for a john bercow might seem an unlikely cover starfor a german john bercow might seem an unlikely cover star for a german newspaper but here he is complete with his famous catchphrase. order! 50 years ago this week the first black life peer took his seat in the house of lords, the honour going to leer a co nsta nt lords, the honour going to leer a constant time. carol hall has the story.
—— constantine. he makes history as the first black live peer. here he plays for the all west indies, then a barrister in a race relations campaign, his title lord constantine, recalling his heritage. to make that 50th anniversary, this bust of him is on display at the house of lords. his awards in 1969 made him the first life peer from trinidad. the second pays tribute. he was a man of dignity. in 1944, he took on a top hotel who was being racist towards him and his family, and won the case. that is 1944, before the windrush generation, he paved the way for the people, the soldiers who worked in the army, he actually make sure that they were well taken care of, because they had to face a lot of racism, he was active and making
sure that equality was served. he was a man perhaps a little ahead of his time, but what he did do is embrace the people and he paved the way for the windrush generation, and for people like me. i felt proud as a trinidadian and also to be following in his footsteps. that is the final innings for this week in parliament. alicia mccartney will be going into that on monday for bbc parliament on the latest by mps attempts to find a way through the brexit deadlock. bye for now. hello again. we're going to see some big changes
in our weather over the next few days of this week. not much snow on the mountains in scotland at the moment in this weather watch picture, sent to us by "colliestun". but you got a sense that that's going to change in a big way for scotland over the next few days as our weather turns significantly colder. now, on the satellite picture, we've got a streak of cloud to the north—west of the uk. and that's a cold front that's working in towards our shores. but if you're heading outside over the next few hours, the only place you're likely to come across rain really is northern ireland, and even here the rain is going to be quite patchy in nature. clear spells further east allowing some frost, so it will be quite a chilly start for a number of us first thing in the morning. there's our area of high pressure slipping away to the continent. and here comes our cold front, bringing that thickening cloud, and eventually outbreaks of rain. so the rain will turn heavy and steady through the day for western scotland and for northern ireland. but for eastern scotland, for most of england and wales actually, we've got another fine day coming up with some spring sunshine, the best of it across southern counties. it might be april the first, but don't be fooled by those rising temperatures in cardiff, highs up to 16 degrees.
there is only one direction of travel for the weather, and that is for things to get much colder. now through monday evening and night—time, we'll see the band of rain, our cold front sinks southwards, taking the rain across northern ireland and scotland, into parts of england and wales through the night. ahead of the front, seven degrees in london. we're starting to get the colder air tucking in across scotland and northern ireland — the shape of things to come. so really from tuesday onwards, it's then that we'll start to see the really cold air digging in. turning colder, rain or showers, be cold enough for some hill snow and some overnight frost as well. this area of low pressure is going to be slipping southwards during tuesday, dragging in cold winds, coming all the way from within the arctic circle. our cold front by this stage will be pushing eastwards, taking the rain with it on tuesday. the colder air following. sunshine and showers — some of the showers heavy with some hail and thunder and yeah, there will be snow up in the hills as well. now a look at the temperatures. highs of seven degrees in belfast. factor in those strong northerly winds, it really is going to feel quite cold, especially compared with the weather we've seen over recent days.
low pressure then stays with us through the rest of the week, really. this area of low pressure in the north sea bringing rain and potentially some significant mountain snow across scotland and perhaps also the pennines as well for a time on wednesday. elsewhere, another day of sunshine and heavy showers. and the thing with the showers is, when they come along, they could drop the temperatures over a short period of time by four orfive degrees, so it is going to feel pretty chilly out and about.