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  1. Today in the Commons

    Coming up...

    House of Commons



    The day has started with questions to Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Ministers.

    Shortly after 10:00 BST, the attorney general will take questions from MPs.

    Then, there are two urgent questions.

    The first is on the role of Serco in the justice system, this question is being asked by shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon.

    The second UQ comes from former shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams and is on the review of social security claimant deaths since 2010, and whether or not these were supplied to reviewers of Work Capability Assessment.

    Then, MPs will hear the business statement for upcoming business in the Commons.

    After, there'll be a statement from the Transport Committee on local roads funding and maintenance.

    This will be followed by a backbench business debate on ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars.

    After that, a general debate on assisted dying.

    Finally, the day will close with an adjournment debate on NHS procurement.

  2. Lords back creation of no deal committee

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    The House of Lords votes by 245 to 99 to set up a joint parliamentary committee to examine the possible impact of a no-deal Brexit. That means the government has been comprehensively defeated.

    The motion will now go to the Commons for consideration.

  3. 'No prospect' of 'gradual transition' if there's a no deal

    House of Lords


    Lord Kerr

    Crossbencher and writer of Article 50 Lord Kerr of Kinlochard says that if the UK leaves without a deal on October 31st, then there is "no prospect" of a "gradual transition".

    "I think everyone now accepts that the decision to start the Article 50 process was a revocable position," he starts, but adds that "there is no ladder back up the cliff" if the UK leaves without a deal, and the UK will have to rejoin the EU as a new member.

    He warns that EU countries will "insist" on concessions from the UK if it were to leave without a deal, as it changes the UK's negotiating position.

    "Life will be a little harder...if the rules of the game change," he states.

    "Were we to resile" on the £39bn exit bill "we will be defeated," he says, adding a warning that the EU will not agree to any changes to the backstop.

  4. Lib Dems weigh in on no-deal Brexit committee

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    Leader of the Liberal Democrat peers Lord Newby says "Europe's voice is the only powerful one" advocating policies which the UK agrees with at the G20, he states.

    "The economic cost" of the UK leaving "far outweighs" the net contribution to the EU, he adds.

    He describes no deal as a "Tory virility symbol".

    He says that only 28% of the population want a no-deal Brexit, and only 8% of 18-24 year olds want one.

  5. Lords debate no-deal Brexit

    House of Lords


    Labour members of the House of Lords are calling for an independent report into the effects of a no-deal exit from the European Union.

    Labour leader in the Lords, Baroness Smith of Basildon, asks if the government is confident that the UK has the capacity to cope with no deal from day one.

    She warns that the Health and Safety Executive would have to take over the regulation of chemicals, a capacity it has never dealt with before.

    She says business groups are warning the government that the "shock would be felt for generations to come".

    "Politicians should tell the truth," she says, rather than just following what people want.

    "Surely it is right for Parliament to be fully informed and engaged?" she adds,

    It would be "disturbingly undemocratic" for the UK to leave the EU as a result of proroguing Parliament, which she describes as a "coward's way out".

    "We cannot accept marching towards the cliff-edge" without government transparency, she states.

  6. Commons moves on to other debates

    House of Commons


    The Commons has now moved on to their debate on Income Tax regulations.

    This will be followed by debates on dangerous drugs and whistleblowing.

    The Commons will close debate today on schools in Winchester.

  7. A solution would be 'unbelievably difficult' to achieve

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    In response to Rory Stewart, the shadow international development secretary Dan Carden asked if the UK can ensure a safe passage for civilians wishing to leave Idlib, Syria.

    He pointed to estimates which suggest as many as 700,000 refugees could try to leave the province which is one of the last strongholds of rebel and jihadist groups in the country.

    Mr Carden also expressed concern about "the arbitrary way in which Iraqi authorities are conducting trials of alleged jihadi collaborators".

    In his reply, Mr Stewart said the "only real way in which we going to be able to resolve these problems is through a political settlement."

    However he added that achieving such a settlement would be "unbelievably difficult".

  8. Rise of IS carries lessons for UK, says Rory Stewart

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    Rory Stewart

    Mr Stewart tells MPs the "sudden rise and fall of Islamic State" carries lessons for the UK and the nations of the world.

    "In a context so inherently unpredictable, Britain and its allies need to stand in a state of brace preparing for the unexpected," he says.

    He warns the country needs "to keep a close eye on countries that seem to be at peace".

    He emphasises the importance of "retaining our linguistic expertise" and "nurturing our relationships with potential coalition partners".

    Concluding his speech, he tells MPs the key to future responses will not be the amount of money spent or the number of troops deployed but "the breadth of our knowledge".

  9. Rory Stewart begins statement on Islamic State group

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    The prime minister concludes her statement and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart begins his.

    He is giving MPs an update on the campaign against the Islamic State group.

  10. 'Unlike the polar ice cap, I am not melting,' says PM

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    Theresa May and President Putin

    Labour's Chris Bryant congratulates Theresa May on the expression she adopted when she met the Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit.

    "There was more ice in it than the polar ice cap," he says.

    He notes President Putin gave an interview in which he says "western style liberalism is obsolete". "I hope she pointed out that freedom of speech and freedom of elections is pretty good," Mr Bryant says.

    Theresa May replies: "Unlike the polar ice cap, on this issue I am not melting."

  11. WTO 'a weak and damaged organisation' says Vince Cable

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    Theresa May

    Lib Dem Leader Sir Vince Cable says the World Trade Organization's mechanism for resolving disputes "no longer works because the US doesn't recognise it".

    He accuses politicians in favour of leaving the EU on WTO rules of wanting to make Britain "dependent on a very weak and damaged organisation".

    Theresa May says she is "strongly supporting an informal process to reach a solution".

    The BBC's Reality Check has made a video explaining difficulties currently faced by the WTO:

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    Video caption: World Trade: Is Trump undermining a key dispute court?
  12. SNP attacks PM over no-deal Brexit warnings

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    The SNP's Westminster Leader Ian Blackford says the SNP view President Trump as "irresponsible and delusional" over climate change, adding that Scotland has "already reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 45% since 1990".

    He says the Japanese foreign minister at the G20 warned that a no-deal Brexit could cause Japanese car manufacturers to leave the UK, something he says Theresa May left out from her speech.

    Mrs May responds that it is in the best interests of the UK to leave the EU with a good deal, and she believes that she has presented a good deal to Parliament.

    She says that whenever the UK government gives Scotland more powers, they do not use these new powers and instead come back to Westminster and say "please may we have some more".

  13. May: We are showing the lead on climate change

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    On climate change, Theresa May says she has expressed her disappointment that the US pulled out of the climate change deal but adds that the other G20 members "held fast" to the Paris Agreement.

    "We're showing the lead," she says.

    She notes that Mr Corbyn "didn't welcome" the gender balance in the EU nominations and concludes her reply by attacking Labour's position on Brexit.

  14. G20 responsibility to lead efforts to combat climate change - Corbyn

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    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says "there is little progress to commemorate" on changes made in the G20 over the past 20 years.

    He warns that this latest summit did not make the necessary changes on climate change. He warns that "this is a threat to the security of us all, all over the planet".

    "It is the responsibility of the G20 to lead efforts to combat climate change."

    He asks why 97% of UK aid in developing countries goes to projects which are supporting fossil fuels.

    He asks what actions are being taken to ensure that the Paris Climate Accord can survive President Trump's refusal to commit to the agreement.

    Mr Corbyn goes on to ask for Theresa May to release the report she has "repressed" which shows the Saudi government's funding of terrorism.

    And he welcomes those who have been nominated for the roles in the European Union, asking whether Mrs May believes her successor should go back to the British people to get Brexit resolved.

  15. 'From the bottom of my heart, thank you'

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    Carolyn Harris

    After PMQs, the Labour MP Carolyn Harris raised an emotional point of order.

    The Swansea MP has been campaigning for a number of years for the introduction of a fund to support parents with the cost of their child's funeral.

    Ms Harris has been calling for this since she had to take out a loan to pay for her own child's funeral.

    The children's funeral fund will be up and running from 23 July and Ms Harris used the point of order to thank everyone in involved in getting it started.

    She was close to tears as she told MPs that the fund is a legacy for her son - Martin.

    "From the bottom of my heart, thank you," she said.

    Speaker John Bercow said the MP's "sheer passion and integrity" was an example to all.

    The prime minister also added a few words, telling Ms Harris that she had taken "her personal sadness" and "put it to good benefit for families up and down the country".

  16. EU future relationship 'matter for successor' - May

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    Theresa May continues to list the candidates for European Union top jobs who will be voted on by the Parliament in the coming weeks.

    She says that the new faces have a wide range of experience and knowledge and that there is a good gender balance among the candidates.

    "Once we leave the European Union we will need to agree the details of our future relationship," but "that will be a matter for my successor to take forward," she says.

    German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been chosen to replace Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Commission president, while Christine Lagarde, the French current head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has been nominated as the first woman to lead the European Central Bank (ECB).

    Belgian liberal Prime Minister Charles Michel has been chosen to replace European Council President Donald Tusk.

  17. MPs hear statement on G20 from Theresa May

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    Theresa May says that at the G20 there were discussions on the biggest issues facing the world. She said that Britain will "always stand by the global rules" to ensure peace and stability.

    There is a need for working to ensure that the world is carbon neutral by 2050, she says, as G20 countries account for 80% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

    "It remains disappointing that the United States continues to opt out on a critical global issue," she says.

    She adds that the UK continues to work on ensuring that a crisis centre can work with social media companies when terrorist atrocities are being streamed live online.

    She states that the government is pushing for a "reformed and strengthened" World Trade Organization.

    "Escalation is in no-one's interest" in the tensions between Iran and the Gulf countries, she adds.

    She says she wants to see Iran "uphold its obligations" on the nuclear deal.

  18. PM 'shocked' by the stabbing of Kelly Mary Fauvrelle


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    Labour MP Steve Reed raises the stabbing of his constituent Kelly Mary Fauvrelle.

    He says the police believe it may have been a random act and says the government's actions on knife crime "isn't working".

    Theresa May replies "we were all shocked when we saw this terrible act".

    "We need to look at how young people do not feel the need to carry knives and to ensure we deal with the criminal gangs and the drugs that lie behind these terrible acts," she says.