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from the house of commons and talks about brexit negotiations. eu officials announce an extension for great britain to leave the eu and at 11:00 p.m., another chance to see q&a with an author talking about his book. >> prime minister theresa may announced she is asking european leaders for a short extension of the date on which brexit would take effect. the eu was scheduled -- great britain was scheduled to leave on march 29. this is just over one hour. >> order. questions for the prime minister. number one, mr. speaker. >> the prime minister. speaker, i am sure the house
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will join me in condemning the cowardly attack in christchurch on friday. there can be absolutely no place society society for the ideoloy that drives hatred and spreads fear. i spoke to prime minister are during on sunday -- ardern on sunday and said we would provide whatever assistance was necessary. killed and injured in utrecht on monday. we are standing by to offer whatever assistance is required. i am sure members will join me in expressing shock at the devastation caused by the cyclone in mozambique, malawi and zimbabwe. i think it has been made clear,
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6 million pounds of u.k. available -- aid is available to those who lost everything and we employed a team of experts to coordinate our response. i have meetings with colleagues today. i shall have further meetings today. -- [indiscernible] we do stand in solidarity with the victims of cyclone idai. the cabinet is in's open revolt. she presides over the biggest constitutional crisis this nation has experienced. where leadership is required, she is once again caving into a hard brexiteers and will only contraryort extension to the expressed will of the house. when will she develop a backbone
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who will up to those take the nation to disaster? as said this morning, referencing another feeble prime minister, week -- weak, weak, weak. prime minister may: perhaps it would be helpful if i update the house on the forthcoming european council and issue of article 50 extension. on thursday the house voted in favor of a short extension. the motion made it clear that a longer extension would oblige the u.k. to hold elections to the eu parliament. i don't believe such elections would be in anyone's interest. that three years after voting to leave the eu, the people of this country should be mpsd to elect a new set of is on track to bowl. it will be a failure to deliver
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on the referendum decision this house said it would honor. have -- >> order. we have a long way to go. what the prime minister is saying must be heard. prime minister may: i have therefore this morning written to the president of the eu council informing him the u.k. seeks an extension to the article 50 timeframe until the 15th of june. copies of the r being placed in the libraries of the house. the government intends to bring forward proposals for the meaningful vote. if the vote is passed, the extension will give the house time. if not, the house will have to decide how to proceed. am note minister, i prepared to delay brexit any further than the 30th of june.
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will the prime minister welcome oil and gas u.k. support predicting 200 billion new investments in the sector, supported by this government's fiscal policy in direct contrast to the failure to stimulation of -- to stimulate the scottish economy? thee minister may: chancellor's statement last week shows this is indeed a government delivering to stop them. he mentions the issue of fiscal policy and oil and gas. we also have 215 -- 260 million steel, 79pounds for million for a new national supercomputer at edinburgh the mp is absent with independents. the conservative government is focused on growing scotland's economy. >> jeremy corbyn.
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you, mr. speaker. i want to start by sending my condolences to the families and terror of the m's of the attack in new zealand. the terrible events in christchurch remind us all, there is no place for hate and i pay to review to the way in which prime minister ardern responded with dignity and compassion to the crisis. i agree with the prime minister concerning the events at stan sure theutrecht. i am house will join us in sending sympathies to those who lost loved ones and homes in the mozambique,lones in zimbabwe and malawi. i support the government in sending 6 million pounds of aid. if more aid is required i hope we will respond urgently and generously to demand from help to those who are suffering. >> we are in the midst of a full-scale national crisis. --ompetence, failure and
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from the prime minister and her government brought us to this point. parliament has rejected a deal. it has rejected no deal. the prime minister now has no plan. in an effort to break deadlock i held meetings with members across the house and am having further meetings today to find a compromise that supports jobs and living standards. meeting euam in -- prime minister's in brussels. mr. speaker, this is a national crisis. will the prime minister meet me today to discuss our proposal to get out of this crisis? it is a biter may: -- for daysng me to and days, he refused to meet me. for days and days he refused to meet me and then he refused to allow the brexit sector to
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further meet. i am happy to meet members across the house to discuss the issue of europe that i do know -- but i do know that opposition party leaders, when they came out from the meeting with the leader of the opposition, made it clear that what they didn't want was brexit. we should be delivering brexit to the people in this country. >> jeremy corbyn. >> i am not sure there was an answer to my question, mr. speaker. wanted no deal taken off the table. the house took it no deal left the table. it is time the prime minister takes no deal off the table. mr. speaker, the cbi said the extension vote is a welcome dose place an sense put in new process, drop the redline. every mp must show leadership or compromise. will the prime minister dropped the redline's? is she prepared to compromise to get through this crisis?
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the rightster may: honorable gentleman talks about decisions by this house. of course, the house has voted on and rejected a second referendum. it has voted on and rejected no deal. it has voted on and rejected the deal. it has voted on and rejected [indiscernible] edit voted on and supported living with the deal. it is time parliament faces the consequences. >> jeremy corbyn. >> the last time the prime minister credit to meaningful vote she only managed 242 votes. rejection. our plan received 296 votes, considerably more than that. her government is in chaos. ignoredred the house,
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trade unions and businesses and ignored the concerns of communities around the country. the eud the house that would only allow an extension of article 50 if there was a clear purpose. she is traveling to brussels the euw morning to meet summit leaders. what is her clear purpose? i think ifter may: the right honorable gentleman listens to the first question he would've heard that. >> it wasn't clear at all, mr. speaker, other than she is going to try again with what we will letter -- mv three. after two big rejections she must have noticed there isn't much support for the deal she negotiated. is only going to ask for a short extension which contradicts what the cabinet told the house, saying in the absence of a deal seeking a
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short extension would be downright reckless and at odds with the position this house adopted last night. downright reckless, mr. speaker? the prime minister plowing on with a non-achievable unsupported deal, or others in this house who want to achieve something serious and sensible to prevent the damage to the british economy, jobs, and living standards around this country? prime minister may: the right last week oftleman stained of a vote on the second referendum despite the fact that it is labour party policy, then have the nerve to stand up and support for a second referendum. he has no idea what he wants on the future of the issue. extension.ut a long i am opposed to a long extension. extension, setting aside
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the issue that a long extension vote mean we would have to in european parliamentary elections. the outcome of a long extension would be endless hours and days of this house, of this house --rying on >> [shouting] prime minister may: this house contemplating its navel on europe instead of concentrating on the issues that matter. >> order. order. the prime minister must be heard. everybody else will be heard. the outcomeer may: of a long extension would be this house sending -- spending more and less hours contemplating its navel on concentrating of
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on what matters to constituents. the house indulged itself on europe for too long. >> [shouting] >> order. order. there is a lot of very noisy ., order. the prime minister's reply will be heard and colleagues know the i am happy for exchanged take place as long as is necessary to ensure that they are orderly. prime minister may: it is time for this house to determine that it will deliver on brexit for the british people. that is what the british people deserve. they deserve better than this house has given them so far. >> hear, hear.
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>> described the parliament eerie process as one of indulgence doesn't show respect for the democratic -- the parliamentary process as one of indulgence doesn't show respect for the democratic process. the prime minister is trying to come back for another attempt on monday. she has to come up with something a bit different than she has come up with so far. what significant changes will there be, either to withdraw the agreement or the political declaration that will even allow the prime minister to table it on monday? prime minister may: the right honorable gentleman talks about respect for democracy. respect for democracy means that this house should deliver the brexit the british people voted for. and the right honorable gentleman now wants to disrespect democracy by holding a second referendum.
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government that is being disrespectful to the british people, it is the right honorable gentleman and his labour party. >> jeremy corbyn. mr. corbyn: the job of parliament is to hold government to account and the prime minister doesn't seem to understand that. when she was first defeated she promised to legally find changes. haven't seen those legal changes. she is running down the clock after a second heavy defeat. today, mr. speaker, marks 1000 days since the referendum. this government has led the country into crisis, chaos, and division. we are still legally due to leave the european union in nine days time. clock of running down the and a campaign of blackmail, bullying and bribery have failed to convince the house or the country that her deal is
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anything but a damaging national failure and should be rejected. they have run out of time, they have run out of ideas. people all over this country are anxious and frustrated with this government's utter inability to find a way through the crisis. if the prime minister cannot get changes to a deal, will she give the people a chance to reject the deal and change the government? >> [shouting] prime minister may: the right honorable gentleman just made the point i was making, that he doesn't respect the vote that took place in the referendum. keepse a deal that millions of livelihood safe and secure. it protects the union for the future. murderous send rapists can be brought back quickly to face justice in this country.
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the deal is good for this country. it delivers brexit and it will be supported. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the announcement this week of highlights of a shop the challenges the high street currently faces. to address this, counsel is submitting to the future high street find, which i think will be heavily overprescribed. i had knowledge the and if the -- the initiatives but can the prime minister assure me there is a coordinated, sustained approach working with councils will be pursued to revitalize town centers that are vital to local communities and economies? my honorabler may: friend makes an important point about the significance of town centers for local communities. thank you for highlighting the
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work we are doing to help with the high street fund. high street is changing but we want to help them in the process and help them adapt. as he said, the future high street fund has millions available to support local areas but i would like to reassure my honorable friend that we will be promoting partnerships across the public and private sector, including local businesses, in developing the plans for the future of high street. >> in blackburn. i dissociate: can myself from the remarks of the prime minister and -- can i associate myself with the remarks of the prime minister about christchurch? we must drive hate out of society around the globe. our thoughts are people -- are with the people of mozambique, zimbabwe, and malawi. mr. speaker, our constituents will be watching the crisis.
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we need to reflect that we are a dateaway from the intended of leaving the european union. the responsibilities that we all have, mr. speaker, six days ago that chancellor said in the absence of a deal, seeking such a short and critically one-off extension would be downright reckless. downright reckless, prime minister. does she agree with the de facto deputy that her actions this morning are downright reckless? as i havester may: set out clearly for the house in a number of answers i have given on this, i believe the house has a responsibility to deliver on the brexit the people voted for. the right honorable gentleman and his colleagues have taken the position that they want to revoked -- revoke article 50 and not have brexit.
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he has a firm position, different from the leader of the opposition who moved his position. i also believe nearly three years on from the vote having taken place to deliver on brexit for the british people, it is time for this house to face that fact. face the consequences of the decision. and deliver on brexit. >> order. we don't have people shouting out in the middle of exchanges. i don't need any help from any member in dealing with these matters. we are very well familiar. the prime minister. mr. ian blackwood. >> can i say to the prime minister that we need to reflect that her deal had the biggest defeat in parliamentary history? thebrought it back and had
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fourth biggest defeat in parliamentary history. her deal has failed. this house has voted against no deal. the prime minister is acting in her own self-interest, not in the interest of the u.k. the prime minister has failed. and scotland is watching. [indiscernible] put the decision back to the people. the the prime minister give people a say and such a referendum? the people of scotland deserve a choice over their future. if westminster fails, scotland will act. >> [shouting] can i say tor may: the right honorable gentleman that there is an enormous responsibility. it is an honor and privilege to be elected as a member of
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parliament and represent our constituents and we all have a responsibility. this parliament gave the decision to the british people. it took place in 2016 and a referendum and the result was that we should leave the european union. referendumof that was that we should leave the european union. i believe -- >> [shouting] prime minister may: i believe for people to trust their politicians and have faith in parliament, it is imperative parliament delivers on brexit that people voted for. speaker, in june 2016, the county voted to leave the european union. in february 2017, this house voted by a majority of 384 to trigger article 50. the prime minister in this house has said 108 times we believe the eu on the 29th of march.
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on theill leave the eu 29th of march. two thirds of her mps voted against an extension on article 50. prime minister, if you continue to apply for an extension to article 50, you will be betraying the british people. if you don't, you will be honoring their instructions. minister, it is entirely down to you. history will judge you at this moment. , order, order, i am not having the honorable gentleman denied a chance and the right to be heard. the honorable gentleman must and will be heard. , which will iter be? my honorabler may: friend has been consistent in challenging me on the 29th of
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march date in statements and prime minister's questions and in debate. i wanted us to be able to leave on the 29th of march but i believe, as was said during the referendum campaign by those who wanted to leave, it was better to leave with a negotiated deal with the eu. that is why i am saying i think we should look again at being able to leave with a negotiated deal but in order to do that, we need time for the parliament to figure out a deal. to do that we needed extension until june 30. as i have said, as prime minister, i could not consider a the 30th ofr beyond june. this is the point at which this house has the decision to take as to what it wants the future to be. that is what is facing this house and that is the decision i believe we should take honoring the results of the referendum. >> dr. roberta blackman.
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>> on friday, i visited a school in my constituency where distressing poverty means teachers are not only providing food to the children, and breakfast and lunch, they are ,ourcing close and buying shoes in addition to paying for books" meant. that school is threatened with closure. rather than spending money trying to get people to back your brexit deal, could i ask the prime minister please, to use it to address the acute social need in this country that is bringing communities to their knees? prime minister may: the honorable lady will be well aware we are putting more money into schools. we are ensuring we have a welfare system that does encourage people into the workplace. we have put your money into various other elements -- more money into various other elements across the community. the best solution for people to
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ensure they are able to provide for themselves and their families is to have a strong economy and for people to be helped into work. that is why it is pleasing to see this week that we see yet again employment levels at a record high in this country. mr. speaker, to overcome homelessness, we need more homes. we are building 1000 new homes every year. we need the infrastructure. essex county council is putting in bids from housing infrastructure including the second train station. does my right honorable friend agree that world-class infrastructure is vital for our future? will she support our 25 year campaign? can i say tor may: my honorable friend, i welcome the essex council. i welcome their bid for the housing infrastructure fund.
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it is important we make that money available because we understand the importance of infrastructure for new housing development. we recognize the need for affordable housing in the southeast. we will look very carefully at the bid, which will come in for the second railway station my right honorable friend referred to. we are only able to do this because this is a government putting record levels of money into capital investments. know the prime minister campaigned to keep section 28 people beingbt talked about positively in schools and that led to millions of young people like myself growing up in fear of being lgbt. this morning, the leader of the house set on radio that parents should decide when they are exposed to lgbt education. this is conservative party dog whistle politics. will the prime minister condemned the leader of the
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house? bigots thatdemned don't want lgbt people to be held in schools? will she support good lgbt education in our schools? prime minister may: can i say to the honorable gentleman i am happy to write guidance that has lgbtgiven on schools' education and teaching. it is important that my honorable friend has been [indiscernible] appropriate guidance is given to schools. issue, i recognize the the honorable gentleman has raised and i will write to him the details of the guidance because it is clear, about what is appropriate -- >> [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> we want to be as
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environmentally friendly as possible. we want to be carbon free by 2030. for me this means improving the quality of our homes. it means making use of all forms of renewability and ensuring sustainable food production. well my friend the prime minister welcomed the aspirations of communities like cornwall and ensure robust policies are in place to meet net zero emission commitments more quickly? prime minister may: i thank my honorable friend. i'm delighted to of the aspirations cornwall has in relation to being carbon free and action that is being taken. we are happy to report we have a good record at the government, but we are doing more. annual support for renewables over 10 million pounds by 2021. ambitious green growth plan through 2032. we will be putting in the policies in place that will enable areas like cornwall to be able to achieve their commitment in relation to the climate change. speaker, 4621 words in
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the chancellor's spring statement not a single mention of women. the prime minister was time to tackle burning injustice. these women worked all their lives their pension have it taken from them with other knowledge. does the prime minister not think this is a burning injustice? prime minister may: can i say to the honorable gentlemen that he knows full well the relations i have to the issue. we have been very clear, no one will see their pension paid change by more than 18 months to and those with no significant changes did receive at least seven years notice. but we are looking, we do want to see the empowerment of women in the workplace, the empowerment of women in our economy and that is what my right honorable friend will be bringing forward strategy on that very soon. >> thank you very much. thank you very much, mr. speaker. united kingdom average unemployment is at a remarkable 4%, a very welcome low.
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elsewhere, however it stands at 6.5%. can my right honorable friend continue to support employment nationally with a particular focus in areas where unemployment is significantly higher than the uk average? prime minister may: can i say to my honorable friend that he is raised an important point. if i may just pull him up on one point, actually we have now seen that the unemployment rate across the uk is 3. -- is 3.9%. risenment in scotland has by 239,000 since 2010 election and what we've seen in the spring statement was our economy growing every year, debt falling. but i absolutely recognize the concerns my honorable friend has raised. that is why we will continue to work as a government to deliver more jobs, help your finances and an economy that is fit for the future cross the whole of the united kingdom.
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>> mr. speaker, hate crimes on the rise in our democracy increasingly based under both in -- based on fear both in parliament and the country. figures show that hate crime has doubled from 2011 to over 100,000 last year. the country looks to politicians to set a high standard, but last week her allies were saying i'm going to chloroform you and drag you through the lobbies to vote for the prime minister's deal. does she find this behavior acceptable, or will she be the whip from the ascending member? -- from the offending member? prime minister may: can i say to the honorable lady, she is absolutely right that politicians at all levels should think very carefully about the terms in which we address others in the terms in which we put our argument. there are many members of this house who has significantly suffered from verbal abuse, from abuse online of various sort, is .
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this is a matter we should all be taking seriously, and i will be ensuring that across this house we will work to ensure that people are not subject to the thought of abuse that sadly some members of the south have been subject to from outside this house. >> mr. speaker, back in the world beyond brexit you'll be aware my partnership private members bill was completed. since then, i have received hundreds of letters of thanks, including no fewer than six from prospective civil partners who proposed when my bill went through. and many from anxious mothers wanting to know when to be able to sign their son or daughter's marriage certificates. will she guarantee that every effort will now be made to ensure that these measures come in well before the end of this year, and that there will not be a prolonged period of implementation? prime minister may: can i thank my honorable friend for the
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legislation and working with the government on that legislation, and can i say to my honorable friend that we are working as quickly as possible to ensure that the measures that are in that legislation are available as soon as possible. >> thank you, mr. speaker. since the prime minister has then on her feet, the national crisis appears to have deepened in that the eu commission says that either it's an extension until the 23rd of may or until the end of 2019. will the prime minister listen to the hundreds of thousands of young people who will march peacefully to parliament square to say that they would like to have a chance to have their say in this debate, and put a back -- put it back to the people subject to the amendment which is basically a compromise in this house? prime minister may: can i say to the honorable lady i've answered many questions in recent weeks and months on the question of putting a vote back to the people of this country.
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i continue to believe that it is, for this house, to recognize that having asked people their view, having heard the view from those people, that we should actually deliver on that view. that is our responsibility. it is about delivering brexit. >> mr. speaker, as the prime minister says, this house has voted clearly to reject leaving with no deal and has voted clearly to seek an extension if her withdrawal agreement cannot get a majority. this house has not yet had the opportunity to debate and vote on the range of options for long-term arrangements such as customs unions, regulatory alignment, and so on. so will she arrange next week for indicative of vote finally to be held so we can see where the consensus, where the majority lies? because a short extension of article 50 would be completely
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useless if the government goes into it with no idea of what is going to have the authority to negotiate in the long-term. prime minister may: i say to my right honorable and learned friend, i think he would've noticed the house has had many opportunities actually to put forward motions of this issue and the house has rejected, rejected alternatives to the government's deal. the house has voted against the customs union. the house has voted against having a second referendum. the house has -- from a sedentary position, someone on the opposition said size, we won't let the house. the house has voted on these issues and has rejected them. we have been clear about our intention to absolutely fulfill the requirements that we have --bring forth and amendable
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bring forth an amendable motion under section 34 of the withdrawal act and we will indeed be doing that. have beentituents stuck in a war-torn area. seeing things no child should ever see. they managed to get out and the government has asked them to go to khartoum in sudan but if it -- to wait until mom can pass an english-language test. now, have a safe home in cooper in my constituency with her dad. i briefed the prime minister about this. will she let the family, all of the family, go home to safety in my constituency? prime minister may: can i say to the honorable gentlemen, thank you, and i thank you for writing to me with details of this case and bringing it to my attention. obviously when the home office has received applications, they look at exceptional circumstances. i have asked them to look urgently at the case and respond as soon as possible. >> the prime minister knows if
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she brings her deal against the house, i will again supported. but will she confirm today that the full length of the extension she's seeking from the eu will be available to the house regardless of whether it is supportive of her measure or seeks another way forward? prime minister may: can i say to the honorable gentleman if i think he would've heard me say in my answer to the very first question that was posed in prime minister's questions today, the government extension will give the house time. if not, the house will decide how to proceed. >> over 50 years since the closure of the chemical factory in my constituency. the local area still blighted by carcinogenic contamination. today, it has received 6 million pounds of eu funds to decontaminate and regenerate but more will be required to
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complete the work. will the prime minister give a commitment that post brexit uk government will make similar fund available in a long-term to complete network? prime minister may: the honorable gentlemen has rated very specific is within relation to this. i be happy to answer the relevant minister to respond on the specifics of the case in relation to his constituency. >> will my right honorable friend rule out introducing the withdrawal and implementation bill if her withdrawal agreement is voted down yet again by the house next week? and then, let the united kingdom leave the european union on the 29th of march, as the people voted in in 2016, as parliament has enacted, and as the law requires? prime minister may: i say to my honorable friend, what i've done today in writing to president tusk is asked for the extension on article 50. i have been clear that i don't
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believe that brexit should be delayed beyond that point. that would give us the opportunity to ensure that the house can consider again a deal, and then take forward the withdrawal agreement and implementation bill in the circumstances that the deal was passed, and circumstances the deal were not passed, it would be necessary to consider, as i just said to our right honorable friend, the vote where we should proceed. i would also say to my honorable friend that he will have heard the secretary saying on the debate on no deal last week, there are particular issues, particularly in relations to the government of northern ireland, in relation to leaving the european union without a deal on the 29th of march. i continue to hope and continue to believe that the best way for this country to leave the european union is to do so on the basis of a negotiated deal, and the extension to 13th of june would allow us to do that. >> further to the question from
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the father of the house, does of the prime minister not realize that in her answer she is the roadblock to this house reaching majority, not the facilitator of it? it is blindingly obvious, including i believe to members of the cabinet, that what the house needs to do is have a series of indicative votes, forisely taken what it is and not what it is against. why doesn't the prime minister agree to that? she will be doing a service to the country if she did. prime minister may: can i say to the right honorable gentleman obviously i made clear we will bring forward a motion that is required under legislation under section 134. if i could gently say to the right honorable judgment as it did to my right honorable and learned friend it is not the case that it is not impossible for this house to bring forward votes of the sort the right honorable gentleman is talking about. it has been open to this house. in some cases the house has
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brought forward such votes and those have been rejected. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my right honorable friend and this house gave its solemn word to the british people that we would leave the eu on the 29thof of march on friday week. if this extension happens, my right honorable friend, what guarantee can you give the british people that at the end of june, if we still do not have a deal, we honor that referendum result and we leave? prime minister may: can i say to my right honorable friend that i made clear in the debate we had -- the debate, one of the debates last week or previous week, that if it is the case that there is an extension, it does not actually take no deal off the table. it leads that as a point at the end of that extension. now, whether or not we have that
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extension is not a matter purely for the united kingdom. it is a matter for the european union council. they had up until now been very clear and obviously i wait to see what they say tomorrow but they've been very clear that any extension could only be a pose a -- b if there was a clear purpose for that extension. beyond thed not go date i suggested without holding european parliamentary election. i don't think it is in anybody's interest to hold european parliamentary elections. i believe it is time we delivered on the vote of the british people in 2016 and that's why as i said in response to the first question as prime minister, as far as i'm concerned they would be no delay -- there would be no delay in delivering brexit on the 30th of june. >> as the prime minister has told us, she is today seeking a short, one-off extension to article 50. last thursday, her deputy prime minister told this house at that dispatch box that any such application would be downright
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reckless and completely at odds with the position that this house adopted only last night. the question is, prime minister, what changed? prime minister may: can i say to the right honorable later you -- right honorable lady, i see a similarity between her question and a couple of questions they that came from the opposition on this issue. as i said to them, i think we should all remember the responsibility we have in this house to ensure that we deliver brexit. to ensure that we deliver brexit, and as i said, i believe a short extension of the type that i have indicated, that we talked about today, is a sensible request to put forward. but i have also been clear, as in response to my right honorable friend from the back benches, that i also believe
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that the british people, the british people will not thank if this house, they will not thank this house if we do anything other than deliver brexit and in a reasonable timetable. and that's by the end of june. >> thank you, mr. speaker. and i'd like to thank my right honorable friend for allowing me to continue to represent the people of stanford from these conservative benches. on the 26th of february, my right honorable friend said from the dispatch box, and i quote, if the house votes for an extension, the government will seek to agree that extension approved by the house with the eu, and bring forward the necessary legislation to change the exit date commensurate with that extension. when will she give this house the opportunity to approve her extension request? when will she bring forward the necessary legislation to change the exit date?
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prime minister may: well, the suggestion of extension to the end of june was of course considered by this house last week. it is necessary before it is possible for that to be concerned and the request has gone into the european union council, before the request can be concerned, it is of course necessary for the eu council to agree that extension. because the treaty is clear that an extension can be applied for by the party that the country that is leaving the european union, but it has to be agreed thell 28 members of european union, and that would not be possible to european council takes a look look. >> prime minister has asked you to agree to something. at the moment all should asking anybody to agree to is the same plan that she is put up twice and that has been roundly defeated twice. why will she not just open up, just allow the indicative votes that others have put forward?
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because what she is doing by sticking to this failed plan is deeply dangerous for our country's international interests. i beg this prime minister to think again. prime minister may: what is first and foremost in the national interest is for this country to leave the european union and to do so -- [shouting] and to do so in a way that does protect people's lives and security and protects our union. that is the proposal we have put forward. the right honorable lady has raised again the issue of indicative votes. as i would say to her as i said to others, first of all, we stand by the requirement we have to bring the motion on the 13th of the withdrawal act, which we will do, and we will bring that motion to this house within the timetable set within the legislation. but i also say to the right honorable lady, it is the case
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that they are have been votes in this house on the other proposals that have been put forward, and those have been equally rejected. there is one thing that this house has agreed to, and that is that it would leave with a deal. it was in relation to changes in relation to the backstop, and that is the one positive vote of the house has given. much --peaker, after [inaudible] the national screening committee is for the first time considering adding -- to the newborn blood spot test. the second most common chromosomal disorder after down syndrome. me and myiend joined group to add this to the lead test? prime minister may: first of all, can i commend him for the work they are doing in this area. he has obviously raised a very
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important issue. i will ask the department of health and social care to respond to the appropriate ministers, to respond to them and meet with him and talk to them about this issue. >> mr. speaker, the prime minister has a very selective view of the decisions that this country has made. she mentions the referendum, but she never mentions the general election, which denied her the authority for a hard brexit. she's mentioned the things that this house has voted against, but failed to motorist -- to notice that her deal has been defeated by large amounts now twice. she seems determined to plow on as if nothing has happened to her deal, and cause a huge crisis. surely now, mr. speaker, the time is for the prime minister to recognize that she has to stop banging her head against the brick wall of her defeated deal, and reach out across this
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house in the interest of stability and our democracy, and come to a deal which actually has the support of the majority of this house rather than kowtowing to her own extremist. prime minister may: the point is, so far, apart from say that it would support legal with a -- leaving with a deal with the changes to the deal in relation to the backstop, the house has given no positive vote on what it wants to go forward. i would also remind the honorable lady, she talks about the 2017 general election. i would also remind her that 80% of the votes cast in that general election -- it's no good labour members going like this. 80% of the votes cast in that election were cast from parties that sod


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