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  1. End of the day recap

    Thanks for joining us today - we're closing our live blog here. A quick recap on the main news of the day:

  2. US-UK deal 'difficult' with a continued customs union

    US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson

    The US Ambassador to the UK says staying tied to the EU after Brexit will hinder trade beyond it.

  3. Analysis: Sturgeon's indyref2 strategy

    Sarah Smith

    Scotland Editor

    Nicola Sturgeon knows that the Westminster government will almost certainly refuse to allow another referendum within the next two years - so she needs to find a way to keep the constitutional argument alive while there is little prospect of an imminent vote.

    The SNP know that by proposing another referendum they will be accused by those who do not support independence of introducing a divisive political issue at the worst possible time.

    So the first minister is challenging other parties who do not support Scottish independence to come forward with their own ideas for constitutional change, promising that the SNP will engage fully and in good faith.

    Ms Sturgeon is very deliberately talking of trying to find compromise and consensus amongst politicians - saying Scotland can do things differently from Westminster.

    It is an appeal that is clearly meant to reach beyond other party leaders and straight to voters who may not welcome independence, but might well appreciate the approach the first minister is proposing.

  4. Social media firms told off by MPs over harmful content

    YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter apps

    Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are accused of not doing their jobs as they face questions from MPs.

  5. Sturgeon: I want indyref2 by 2021

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence by 2021 if the country is taken out of the EU.

    The first minister told Holyrood that she would introduce legislation soon to set the rules for another vote.

    But she will not yet ask the UK government for a Section 30 order, which underpinned the last independence referendum in 2014.

    And she urged her party to grow support and demand for independence.

    Read more on this breaking story.

  6. Commons moves to opposition day debates

    Opposition Day Debates

    House of Commons


    With the completion of the Ten Minute Rule Bill, the Commons now moves to their opposition day debates.

    The first has been tabled by Labour and is on social care and local government.

    Councils have lost 60p out of every £1 which the last Labour government gave to councils for social care, says shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne as he opens the debate.

  7. PMQs: The verdict

    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary Correspondent

    Overshadowed by tragedy and lacking its normal lead players, there was little to glean from this episode of PMQs.

    The PM’s locum, David Lidington, and Jeremy Corbyn’s, Emily Thornberry, are both better performers than their bosses, funnier and more eloquent. But as Emily Thornberry rightly remarked, this was not a day for levity, with the two main party leaders attending the funeral of Lyra McKee, and with the horrors in Sri Lanka to remember.

    Nor were backbenchers on the attack; in other circumstances, Tory Brexiteers, fresh from a savaging at the hands of their local activists over the delay to Brexit, might have turned on their leader. There might have been more local and even European electioneering.

    Instead, there was a curiously low key interlude, with a bit of competitive greenery, a dash of Brexit grumbling and an inconclusive joust over the Commons failure to agree on any Brexit solution.

    About half way through, the penny seemed to drop, that this was a non-event, and MPs began to sidle out of the Chamber. By the end it was barely half full. No winners, no losers, no result.

  8. Bercow announces recall petition in Brecon and Radnorshire

    Speaker's statement

    House of Commons


    John Bercow announces to the Commons that in line with the Recall of MPs Act, as Chris Davies, the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, pleaded guilty to filing false expenses claims, there will now be a recall petition in the constituency.

    Conservative MP for Gloucester, Richard Graham, is now introducing his Ten Minute Rule Bill which would introduce a levy on the gross income of gambling firms. Under his bill, the levy would be used to help treat those with gambling addictions.

    Ten Minute Rule Bills are not a type of government bill and are unlikely to progress without government support.

  9. Green Party unveils European candidate list

    Sian Berry

    Co-leader Sian Berry says her party is the "strongest choice" for pro-EU voters. The Greens will formally launch their European Parliamentary elections campaign in a couple of weeks. The vote - assuming the UK takes part in it - will be on 23 May.

  10. Government 'concerned' by Saudi executions

    House of Commons


    Sir Alan Duncan

    Back to the Commons and that urgent question on Saudi Arabia. Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan says the government is "very concerned" by the executions and the Foreign Office is working to establish the facts.

    He says Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be raising the issue with the Saudi authorities "as soon as possible".

    He says the UK government opposes the use of the death penalty "in every country".

  11. PM arrives at Lyra McKee's funeral

    Irish PM Leo Varadkar with UK PM Theresa May
    Image caption: Prime Minister Theresa May is sitting in the front row with Irish PM Leo Varadkar
  12. Truss criticises Thornberry's PMQs questions

    BBC Politics Live

    BBC2's lunchtime political programme

    On Politics Live, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss says she believes the issues of security on the island of Ireland and the border after Brexit are separate.

    She says the prime minister "has always been absolutely clear" that the protection of the Union is her top priority "and it’s the reason that we’ve been so careful".

    "I don’t think it's right for Emily Thornberry to link those two issues in Prime Minister’s Questions," Ms Truss says.

    Lib Dem MP Layla Moran says it may be uncomfortable, but adds: “We need to be discussing this.

    "I think it was brave of her to link them together, but I think it was right."

  13. Party leaders arrive for Lyra McKee's funeral

    Jeremy Corbyn with Ireland's prime minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar
    Image caption: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was pictured arriving at the funeral with Ireland's prime minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar
    President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins
    Image caption: President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins has also arrived for the funeral at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast
    Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley
    Image caption: Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley arrived ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May
    DUP leader Arlene Foster, Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O'Neill
    Image caption: DUP leader Arlene Foster is in the congregation, sitting next to Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O'Neill
  14. MPs begin urgent question on Saudi executions

    PMQs comes to an end, and MPs have now moved on to an urgent question from Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable on the executions yesterday in Saudi Arabia.

    A statement by the country's state media said the 37 people executed had been charged with "adopting terrorist extremist ideology, forming terrorist cells".

  15. 'Violence is not acceptable' - DUP Westminster leader


    House of Commons


    Nigel Dodds

    The DUP Westminster Leader Nigel Dodds says "the message across Northern Ireland is that violence is not acceptable" after the death of Lyra McKee. He says an attack on anyone in Northern Ireland is "an attack on us all".

    Mr Lidington says the joint statement by all party leaders in Northern Ireland has "rejected terrorism" and the reaction of all communities has been a "visible, but also compelling, moving riposte" to the violence.

  16. Tory MP questions Huawei's links to China

    House of Commons


    Julian Lewis

    Tory MP Julian Lewis asks David Lidington to acknowledge that Huawai is "intimately linked" with China's Communist government and its intelligence services.

    Ministers have reportedly approved the supply of equipment by the Chinese telecoms firm for the UK's new 5G data network.

    David Lidington replies that legally speaking, Huawei is a private company.

    He says the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has commissioned a review of the 5G network, and the results of this will be announced when decisions are taken.

  17. More on Thornberry and the Irish border

    Laura Kuenssberg

    BBC political editor

    I think it was surprising how explicit Emily Thornberry was during PMQs in making the link between border issues surrounding Brexit and the potential threat to security from groups like the New IRA. There are very real fears from all communities about a potential rise in violence in Northern Ireland and the Republic, but you could almost visibly see that David Lidington wasn't willing to make that explicit connection himself. And I suspect not everyone in the House of Commons will be comfortable that she made it.