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Summary

  1. Brexit Secretary David Davis takes questions
  2. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid statement on building safety
  3. Foreign Office update on Myanmar
  4. Commons debates European affairs
  5. Lords sits at 11am for questions

Live Reporting

By Aiden James, Esther Webber and Richard Morris

All times stated are UK

  1. Finished for the day...

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The mace is removed from the Commons table
    Image caption: Commons mace is removed from the table, which means the proceedings have finished..

    The Commons has finished for the day so that's where we'll leave our live coverage of Parliament.

    Summary: Thursday in Parliament

    MPs spent the afternoon debating Brexit with some impassioned speeches from several MPs.

    A minister, Mel Stride offered an upbeat vision of the UK's future economic partnership with the EU.

    Labour accused the government of "filling time" with general debates because it was reluctant to introduce legislation on customs and trade.

    Earlier in the day, the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that the doors in Grenfell Tower "failed after just 15 minutes" in Metropolitan Police tests.

    In a statement to MPs, Mr Javid said an independent expert panel examined the findings to decide if further action was needed and determined that "the risks to public safety remain low".

    But the Secretary of State acknowledged that the findings would be "troubling for many people".

    Labour's Tony Lloyd said the Grenfell tragedy "still lives on" and he noted that the Metropolitan Police thought its test results could have wider consequences for public safety.

  2. Minister: No 'second referendum'

    European affairs debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Steve Baker

    Replying to the debate, the Brexit Minister Steve Baker says the UK's departure date of 29 March 2019 is "fixed" under international law

    And he is sure about one thing: "There will not be a second referendum."

    As for the Brexit deal, he says the UK does not want an "off the shelf solution". It wants "the greatest possible tariff and barrier free trade agreements".

    He goes on to say that the UK is not looking for a Norway or Canadian style deal.

    Turning to some of options that are frequently debate, he said membership of the the European Free Trade Agreement does not "in and of itself deliver access to the EU".

    And he rejects remaining in the European Economic Area because it would mean accepting the four freedoms of the single market, including freedom of movement.

    What the UK wants, he says, is to build a "new comprehensive partnership".

  3. Government is 'filling time' with these general debates - Labour

    European affairs debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Bill Esterson

    Bill Esterson, Labour's shadow International trade minister, says the government is pretending to know what it is doing and is "filling" time with general debates on Europe.

    Mr Esterson goes on to say that the trade body which represents trading companies - the Trade Remedies Authority - has described the government's new trade proposals as "being the weakest in the world".

    He asks why countries currently traded with and willing to do trade with the UK after Brexit, wouldn't want to change the rules which they use at the moment.

    "Everybody is out for the best they can get for themselves," he adds.

    Investors want to know how they can continue to take part in European supply chains, he says.

    "It is absolutely clear that the government has no idea what to do with the border on the island of Ireland," he states.

    Under Labour's approach, he says, the UK would work alongside the EU.

    He accuses the government of failing to do any modelling on the benefits of a customs union and what it could do for the UK.

  4. Calls to 'sort out the mess'

    European affairs debate

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    Parliament

    Jonathan Edwards, a Plaid Cymru MP, backs calls for a second referendum, saying people have changed their minds including constituents who are "pleading with me to sort out the mess".

    When he was out buying bathroom tiles with his wife on Saturday, he reveals, everybody was saying the same thing.

    He warns the government not to push through the controversial devolution measures in the EU Withdrawal Bill, saying the Welsh Assembly will end up as a "puppet Parliament".

  5. UK made 'an error' over Brexit

    European affairs debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    A Conservative Bob Neill says the UK made "an error" in voting to leave the EU.

    "It was a democratic error", he says "but it was still an error".

    He adds that the UK has to "live with the consequences" but he hopes that a future generation will "reverse that error".

  6. Minister underlines commitment to early intervention in psychosis

    Psychosis debate

    Westminster Hall

    Doyle-Price

    Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price responds to extensive concerns raised by Norman Lamb about the treatment of psychosis.

    She agrees that "improving access and waiting times for early intervention must be a top priority" and assures MPs she is "not complacent in any way".

    She observes that achieving parity of esteem for mental health is "a genuinely transformational programme and that will take time".

    She points out that the NHS is currently exceeding the target of 50% for early intervention, and that the government is putting £40m per annum into this area and that will increase.

    She tells MPs the government is also funding clinical networks in all regions and national teams to co-ordinate regional work, but invites them to continue to "hold my feet to the fire" on this.

  7. MP feels guilty about backing a referendum

    European affairs debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Madeleine Moon

    Labour MP Madeleine Moon is not holding back this afternoon, calling Brexit "a disaster".

    In an impassioned speech she says "we're finally getting to the truth of the disaster" about where the UK is going.

    She thinks it is "right to go back to the people" and ask them if the UK is heading in the "right direction".

    Ms Moon, who represents the Welsh constituency of Bridgend, tells MPs: "I can't begin to tell you how disastrous it's going to be in Wales."

    Her constituents tell her, she says, that they got a "great result" from the referendum - getting rid of the then Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Ms Moon think the referendum was not about Europe but about austerity and how people "hated" what was happening to their families.

    She reveals that she feels guilty about voting for a referendum without insisting that MPs debated all the issues they are are debating now.

  8. NHS is discriminating against those with psychosis - ex-minister

    Psychosis debate

    Westminster Hall

    Lamb

    Lib Dem Norman Lamb, a former health minister, has been leading a debate in Westminster Hall on mental health services for those with psychosis.

    He says historically there has been a "complete imbalance in rights of access" between people with mental and physical health problems.

    This has seen investment in mental health and community services go down compared with funding for acute hospitals, he continues, which "amounts in my view to discrimination against those who experience poor mental health".

    He tells the chamber people are "simply not getting access to evidence-based treatment", in some regions "nothing is happening" and there's no NHS England strategy to address it.

    "Would it happen in cancer?" he asks. "No it wouldn't."

    He calls on government to "end this discrimination in a publicly funded service", claiming that at present there is "no resource available to fund it".

  9. Soubry: People 'utterly fed up with Brexit'

    European affairs debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Anna Soubry

    Conservative Anna Soubry says the "biggest issue" that our nation has had to "wrestle with" for forty years is Brexit.

    "The consequences will flow for generations to come," she adds.

    But she at the same time, she declares: "People are getting utterly fed up with Brexit."

    They don't want to be involved in WTO trade tariffs on bananas, she says, they trust MPs to do it.

    She says she has no doubt that if there were to be a free vote on remaining in a customs union and a single market, the majority of MPs would vote for it.

    For all that, she reckons there are some MPs who do not know what the single market and the customs union do

    And she calls it "an outrage" that MPs who are in the Commons to "speak freely" on behalf of their constituents are branded "traitors" and accused of talking Britain down by "certain sections of the media".

  10. Leslie: Parliament's 'polite' message to PM

    European affairs debate

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    Parliament

    Labour MP Chris Leslie argues for the UK to stay in a customs union and a single market.

    Of all the things that a single market would affect, he says, the Good Friday Agreement is the one that he feels most strongly about.

    "I cannot see a solution to that problem", he says, "that doesn't require the UK staying in and participating in a single market and customs union".

    He calls for Parliament to "politely say" to the prime minister that her "red lines" - leaving the single market and the customs union - are "not correct".

    He continues: "If the government have the courage to bring forward a trade bill and customs bill....they will have to confront the fact that there is a majority in Parliament for a customs union and I believe also for a single market."

    "Let's get on with it and sort this problem out."

  11. A 'puppet parliament effect' - Redwood

    European affairs debate

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    John Redwood

    Conservative John Redwood tells MPs that the British people "very clearly" said "take back control" to the government.

    "We still have this puppet Parliament effect," Mr Redwood complains while the UK remains members of the EU.

    He says that when an EU directive comes into effect in the UK, the Opposition does not oppose it and the government has to support it.

    "A no-deal scenario is a lot better than staying in the European Union," he states.

    He advises the government only to bring a dealto the Commons to be voted on if it is better than a no-deal scenario.

  12. 'Everything is being sacrificed at the altar of Brexit' - SNP

    European affairs debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Peter Grant

    The SNP Europe spokesperson Peter Grant says "with sadness" that while the debate is on European affairs, MPs are only talking about ONE European affair.

    He lists issues in Turkey, Catalonia, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia as all worthy of debate.

    "Everything is being sacrificed at the altar of Brexit," says Mr Grant.

    The Conservative Party has tried a referendum and an election to settle the European question, he says, both have failed.

    "This would be funny if the consequences for 60 million people...were not so grave," he states.

  13. UK can flourish with 'sensible Conservative government'

    European affairs debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Up next is the Conservative Bernard Jenkin, who says Labour's position is to adopt a "weasly soft Brexit".

    He is one of a handful of Leavers attending the debate this afternoon. Meanwhile, yesterday's debate on European affairs seemed to attract more Remainers.

    Mr Jenkin says Brexit will give the UK "greater flexibility, accountability and control" over how managing the economy.

    The UK's "future opportunities outside the EU are important" he says, adding that "even the EU Commission" expects 90% of growth to occur in non-EU countries.

    He states that the UK can "flourish" outside the EU "perhaps not with a Corbyn government", he adds but with "a sensible Conservative government".

  14. Labour accuses government of 'legislative paralysis'

    European affairs debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Paul Blomfield

    Labour shadow Brexit minister Paul Blomfield questions why MPs are there, having a debate on European affairs, at all.

    He says no-one is "under any illusion" that MPs are "filling time" because of the government's legislative paralysis.

    With nearly one year to go before the UK leaves the EU, Mr Blomfield says the government is holding back bills on customs and trade because it was "afraid of defeat".

    He adds that there are no bills on agriculture or fisheries either.

    He speculates that ministers are "worried about the hard truths".

  15. Outbreak of agreement between Leaver and Remainer

    European affairs debate

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    A Conservative John Redwood - a high-profile Leaver - picks the minister up on his remarks about reaching an agreement on an implementation period with a rather blunt question: "How can you agree an implementation period when you don't have anything to implement?"

    A few minutes later, Conservative Remainer, Anna Soubry stands up to make a similar point.

    She says she does not want to "alarm" anyone but she "completely agreed" with John Redwood.

    She explains that many MPs feel that what the UK will have achieved by October is "nothing more than a woolly set of terms for an agreement".

    The minister replies that the purpose of the implementation period is to make sure there is a "period of certainty" for business.

  16. Brexit will not be a 'loveless divorce'

    European affairs debate

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    Mel Stride

    MPs now settle down for day two of their European affairs debate.

    The debate is opened by the Treasury Minister Mel Stride, who offers an upbeat view of the UK's future economic partnership with the EU.

    He says it does not mean "some loveless divorce or division" because the "economies of the UK and EU are inextricably connected".

    He declares: "We stand at the threshold of a new beginning confident of concluding a deal on the entire European withdrawal agreement in October."

    The next milestone, he adds, is an agreement on the implementation period.

  17. Dundee MP: Withdraw freedom of the city from Aung San Suu Kyi

    Myanmar statement

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Aung San Suu Kyi
    Image caption: Aung San Suu Kyi was granted the Freedom of the City of Dundee in 2008 and Glasgow in 2009

    Chris Law, the SNP's international development spokesman, says his home city of Dundee is considering withdrawing its award of the freedom the city from Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

    The city gave the award to Ms Suu Kyi in 2008, when she was a pro-democracy leader held under house arrest by a military dictatorship.

    In November, Glasgow City Council voted unanimously to withdraw its offer to award Myanmar's de facto leader leader freedom of the city.