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By Esther Webber and Sam Francis

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  1. Bus services in the spotlight

    Bus Services Bill

    House of Lords


    Bus stop

    Peers have moved on to the main business of the day, which is committee stage of the Bus Services Bill.

    The bill seeks to expand the range of tools available to directly elected mayors and local transport authorities (LTAs) in areas in England outside of London to improve local bus services. 

    They begin with a Lib Dem amendment designed to strengthen the bill's commitment to improving the quality of local services that benefits users.

  2. 'Scaremongering' led to referendum result

    Debate on the UK economy

    House of Commons


    Rebecca Long Bailey, shadow Treasury minister, sums up for the Labour front bench. She praises colleagues' words and marks comments made by MPs from around the chamber.

    People wanted someone to blame in the referendum vote, she says, but this was confused in the rhetoric of the referendum campaign; and there was scaremongering about immigration rather than the truth of why the economy wasn't working.

    Manufacturing had its heart ripped out and communities around the country were destroyed during the 1980s, she says.

    Investment is needed in communities which have been neglected for years, she says. "The economic outlook for the UK is uncertain and we are facing turbulent economic times."

    Labour is willing to work across the House to ensure people are protected, she says. And she concludes: "Let's be the envy of the world once again."

  3. FTSE 100 closes above pre-Brexit level

    Trader watching monitor

    The FTSE 100 has surged through the level it closed at last Thursday recovering all of the ground it had lost in the wake of the Brexit vote.

    Global markets jump as Brexit fears ease

    Trader in London

    The FTSE 100 recovers from heavy losses after last week's Brexit vote, while Wall Street's rally continues, as investors' concerns ease.

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  4. Holidaying at home

    Debate on UK economy

    More of us could be spending this summer holidaying at home following the UK's Brexit vote, as the weaker pound makes foreign holidays more expensive, BBC Business Correspondent Tim Bowler writes.

    Amid economic uncertainty over Britain's relations with the EU, the country's tourist industry could be one of the sectors to see a boost to business following the referendum result.

    Tourism is one of the country's biggest earners, worth £121.1bn a year:

    • It accounts for 7.1% of the UK's economy, according to the industry body, the Tourism Alliance
    • Almost four million people work in the sector
    • Nine million holidaymakers came to the UK from the EU last year, says the travel agents group Abta
    • They account for 44% of all overseas visitors spending in the UK - £9.5bn a year.
    Sand Castle with a British Flag
  5. 'Plans must include Scotland'

    Debate on UK economy

    House of Commons


    SNP MP Roger Mullin says "even Baldrick had a plan", but it seems the Leave side had no plan.

    It seems the government were unprepared for the eventuality of a Leave vote too, he says.

    "Whatever the scenarios are that are being planned, they must...include the place of Scotland within the European Union," he adds.

    He says he has not heard a business person claiming that the falling pound will benefit exports. He says the problem is that without access to markets, the exchange rate is "immaterial".

  6. Lord Rosser: I don't know what's happening to our country

    Hate crime statement

    House of Lords


    Lord Rosser

    On behalf of Labour, Lord Rosser asks why Theresa May did not give the hate crime statement in the Commons, seeking assurance it was not down to "internal party politics".

    In a frank statement, he says, "I don't know what is happening to our country today" and says the question is now "how we put the evil genie back in the bottle". 

    He adds that the answers provided earlier on the status of EU nationals in the UK would not have provided much comfort. 

  7. Streeting attacks own front bench over leadership

    Debate on the UK economy

    House of Commons


    Labour backbencher Wes Streeting uses the debate to launch an attack on his own "skeletal front bench".

    "Labour governments are the only way to deliver progressive change in this country," he argues.   

    Pointing to the Conservative benches he says "until we start providing effective opposition this lot will get away with it", he warns Labour MPs. 

    "We consign this country to decades of conservative government just as we did when I was growing up in the 80s."

    He calls on his colleagues to "put the people the Labour party was founded to represent at the forefront of their judgements and do the right thing".

    Quote Message: Labour is a cause, not a personality cult.
    Labour backbencher Wes Streeting
  8. MPs probe UK-EU economic ties

    Andrew Tyrie

    On Tuesday the Treasury committee began its inquiry into the UK's future economic relationship with the EU. 

    Before the House of Commons breaks up for summer the Committee says it will take further evidence including about "the trade-offs between market access and control that are likely to be involved, and the practical consequences for people and businesses". 

    Quote Message: The UK’s negotiating position has yet to be established. Article 50 should not be triggered until it has been. A crucial task is to identify the maximum level of EU market access, consistent with the need for some control on migration. Work must also be done to identify not just the risks of leaving, some of which are becoming apparent, but also the opportunities. The Committee’s first hearing took some evidence on both. from Andrew Tyrie Chairman of the Treasury Committee
    Andrew TyrieChairman of the Treasury Committee
  9. Government 'committed' to fighting hate crime

    Hate crime statement

    House of Lords


    Home Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon is now repeating a statement on hate crime in the wake of the referendum.   

    "Hate crime of any kind directed at any community, race or religion has absolutely no place in our society," he says.

    He says "scenes we have seen in recent days... are utterly despicable". 

    Echoing the words of the prime minister earlier he tells peers the government is "ultimately committed" to extra funding in order to combat hate crime.

  10. How are the markets responding?

    Debate on the UK economy

    UK shares and the pound have continued to regain some of the ground lost in the wake of the Brexit vote.

    The FTSE 100 share index was up 2.3% at 6,280.49, after rising 2.6% on Tuesday.

    The pound rose 0.9% against the dollar to $1.3467, although sterling still remains well below levels reached before the referendum.

    Analysts also warned that the rally of the past couple of days might be short-lived.

    Read more here.

    A trader flanked by many computer screens
  11. Leave campaigner asks for clarity from government

    European Council statement

    House of Lords


    Lord Forsyth

    Lord Forsyth, a Conservative peer who campaigned for leave, asks for assurance the position of EU nationals in the UK remains unchanged.  

    He says "many people concerned about their position and their future" and the government needs to make it "absolutely clear there is no question mark over that [their right to remain in the UK]".

    Lady Stowell replies he is asking her to "go beyond what I can say at this point". 

  12. Lords leader acknowledges 'it's an uncertain time'

    European Council statement

    House of Lords


    Baroness Stowell

    Lib Dem leader in the Lords Lord Wallace of Tankerness puts forward his view "the leave that Mr Farage campaigned for is not the leave Mr Johnson campaigned for" and asks if the new unit set up to look at what the UK will do after leaving will reflect the full range of options.

    Baroness Stowell tells peers "I don't dispute it's a very uncertain time" and stresses "we need to focus our energies on negotiations".

    She says the so-called Brexit unit will be dedicated to "gathering as much information as possible" in order for negotiations to proceed "swiftly". 

  13. What has Brexit done to the economy?

    House of Commons


    There have been many claims and counter claims about what Brexit has done to the UK's economy.

    To help cut through the spin and statistics the BBC have provided a handy guide on the post-Brexit economy and public finances.

    Read more here.

    A pound coin and a Euro on an EU flag
  14. Hosie refuses to comment on opposition to Article 50

    Debate on the UK economy

    House of Commons


    Stewart Hosie refuses to be drawn on whether the SNP would vote against invoking Article 50 - which would officially begin the process of the UK leaving the EU - despite questioning from Conservative James Cartlidge.

    The prime minister had made clear that it would be for his successor to decide how and when to invoke Article 50, so the SNP have "at least three months" to make up their mind on how to proceed, he argues.

    He notes that the Chancellor in his earlier speech made the case for "respecting the will of the people of the UK".

    "I hope the same will apply to the will of the Scottish people 67%."

  15. Labour claims Brexit poses enormous risks

    European Council statement

    House of Lords


    Baroness Smith

    Responding, shadow leader of the Lords Baroness Smith of Basildon says of the prime minister's assurance the UK remains a full member of the EU for now: "I have to say - it doesn't feel like that."

    She asks for an update on appointing a new European Commissioner after the resignation of Lord Hill, and on whether the UK will still take on presidency of the European Council in 2017.

    She says as part of the EU, the UK felt the "influence we could bring to bear for greater good" but now "our long-held cohesion faces enormous risk".