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Summary

  1. MPs on Brexit Committee question think-tank experts
  2. EU Scrutiny Committee quizzes Sir Ivan Rogers, former EU ambassador
  3. Commons day begins at 11.30am, with questions to NI ministers
  4. PMQs is at noon
  5. MPs move onto debate on bill to trigger Brexit with votes at 7pm
  6. Peers looking at Technical and Further Education Bill
  7. Debate on Nato

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By Aiden James, Kate Whannel and Gary Connor

All times stated are UK

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  1. Commons adjourns

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    And that's it from a historic day in the House of Commons, in the words of more than one MP.

    The Brexit bill won't be back until next week but MPs meet tomorrow from 9:30am for questions to the attorney general.

    They will also hold debates on the NHS and on the armed forces.

  2. Peers ajourn

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    Clock

    The debate concludes as does the day in the Lords.

    Peers are back tomorrow at 11am for oral questions followed by the debate on the Digital Economy Bill.

  3. UK has helped reverse Nato spending decline - minister

    Nato debate

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    Earl Howe

    Defence Minister Earl Howe says the UK has helped to halt and reverse the decline in Nato defence spending.

    He defends the government against allegations that it is using creative accounting to reach the Nato target.

    He says that the UK has aligned its defence spending with Nato guidelines.

    He adds that Bulgaria is the only Nato country that doesn't include pensions in its defence spending.

  4. Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: 'Islam is about equality'

    Adjournment debate on World Hijab Day

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    Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh speaks up for women who wear the hijab of their own free will, but Labour MP Naz Shah intervenes to point out that some women are forced to wear it.

    "We stand by those Muslim women," Ms Ahmed-Sheikh says. "Islam is about equality."

    She also argues that Muslims are not required to "apologise for everything that is done wrong in our society by a Muslim".

    Replying to the debate, Communities and Local Government Minister Andrew Percy pays tibute to the many successful women who wear the hijab by choice.

    This includes Fatima Manji, "the first hijab-wearing TV newsreader", he says.

  5. Nato spending 'dismal'

    Nato debate

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    Lord Jopling

    Conservative Lord Jopling says the election of President Trump did not give him much reason to cheer.

    However, he welcomes the President’s statement that he “had 100% support” for Nato.

    He says the defence spending of other Nato members makes “dismal spending”.

    He notes that Belgium – “one of the richest countries in Europe” – spends 0.4% on defence.

  6. Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh defends presenter Fatima Manji

    Adjournment debate on World Hijab Day

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    Fatima Manji
    Image caption: Fatima Manji co-presented the news bulletin from the London studio the day after the Nice attack

    Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh raises the case of Channel 4 News presenter Fatima Manji, who was criticised by former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie for reporting the Nice terrorist attack while wearing a hijab.

    Ms Manji complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso). Mr MacKenzie said his comments were "reasonable".

    The press regulator did not uphold her complaint, a decision she called "frightening". 

    Kelvin MacKenzie questioned whether it was appropriate for a Muslim to report on the Nice attack
    Image caption: Kelvin MacKenzie
  7. Video content

    Video caption: Brexit: When MPs voted to back Article 50 bill

    MPs argued for and against, then voted, by a majority of 384, to allow Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way.

  8. UK uses 'creative accounting' to meet target

    Nato debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Touhig

    Shadow defence spokesman Lord Touhig accuses the government of using "creative accounting" to reach the 2% target.

    He says ministers redefined defence spending to include the cost of war pensions, UN peacekeeping and pensions for retired civil servants.

    How, he asks, can the UK take a moral lead when it is not “genuinely” spending 2% on defence.

  9. Debate on Nato begins

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    Polish army soldiers take part in NATO military exercise

    Peers now begin a debate on progress towards ensuring that Nato countries commit to spending 2% of their GDP on defence.  

    Only five member states met or surpassed the defence spending goal of 2% of GDP last year - the United States, Greece, Poland, Estonia and the UK.

    President Trump said that it was "very unfair to the US" that only five of Nato's 28 members paid their "fair share".

  10. Adjournment debate on World Hijab Day

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    Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

    After all the dramatic votes, SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh opens the adjournment debate, which concerns World Hijab Day.

    "Hijab is an Arabic word meanign barrier or partition," she says, though it has a broader meaning in Islam.

    She insists that a woman wearing a hijab "absolutley should be a matter of choice".

  11. Speaker's endurance praised

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    John Bercow

    There is more loud disagreement on motions relating to the Trade Union Act but those divisions are deferred until a future date.

    Just before further business, Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth thanks Speaker John Bercow "for having sat in the chair for most of yesterday and today" and conducting "historic" proceedings.

    "The honourable gentleman is a gentleman," the Speaker replies.

  12. Bill will raise status of technical education - Minister

    Technical and Further Education Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Meanwhile, in the Lords, Education Minister Lord Nash says the UK “desperately needs” to raise status of technical education.

    There is a long way to go to achieve this, he says but adds that the bill is the start of “a serious reversal of the current situation”.

  13. Tonight everything in politics 'changes for good'

    Analysis from BBC political editor

    Laura Kuenssberg

    BBC political editor

    On a wet Wednesday, the debate didn't feel epoch-making, but think for a moment about what has just happened. 

    MPs, most of whom wanted to stay in the EU, have just agreed that we are off. 

    This time last year few in Westminster really thought that this would happen. The then prime minister's concern was persuading the rest of the EU to give him a better deal for the UK. 

    His close colleagues believed the chances of them losing, let alone the government dissolving over the referendum, were slim, if not quite zero. 

    Then tonight, his former colleagues are rubber stamping the decision of a narrow majority of the public, that changed everything in politics here for good. 

    Read more from Laura here