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Two people have died in a road traffic accident near the village of Dromkeen in Co Limerick
Ryanair to open new base at Southend airport
Irish PM says British govt needs to move on from internal debates and make choices about what it wants from Brexit
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European @EU_Commission today published slides on the possibilities of UK-EU space cooperation after Brexit
PM May: We're delivering on the will of the people - there was a time when the Liberal Democrats wanted the pople to have their say
PM May: We have made progress, but more needs doing. We're spending £1.7m over next two years, but more does need to be done and we'll continue to wotk hard
Two arrests in Southwark shooting
PM @theresa_may tells @Jacob_Rees_Mogg that as Bill goes back to the Lords, Government will bring an amendmentGovernment's hands cannot be tied by Parliament"Parliament cannot overturn will of British people"
PM May: The outcome of Brexit will be a significant increase in Scottish powers. It's not a power grab. There are 80 more areas where they will take decisions. His real question should be why Labour ensured there was no debate last night
_may: Government expects outcome of Brexit process will be increase of Holyrood powers and responsibilities
PM May: At the Labour Live festival this weekend, the headline act is John McDonnell and the Magic Numbers
PM May: Labour party in opposition are trying to stop Brexit. This govt will deliver Brexit that's good for jobsthat's good for Britain. The last Labour govt left office with half a million more out of work than when they went in. We've had half a million jobs in last year
PM Theresa May: We set out our position on teh border - but Labour said it wants trade deals, but they'ev stopped that. They wanted to control borders, but they've scrapped that. They won't even rule out a second referendum - We're delivering on the vote
PM May: The backstop arrangement is there to ensure that if the new customs arrangements are not in place we can continue with no hard broder in Northern Ireland. We don't want the backstop to be necessary. We want everything in place by 01.01.2021
PM May: I said it would be published. We'll bring ministers together after the council and we'll publish it then
PM May: The June summit is not about Brexit negotiations I will be pressing to ensure we will maintain sanctions against Russia After. the. June. European. Council. Is. July. Division is members of the Labour Party circulating instruction manuals on how to deselect MPs
PM May: On Brexit, before December Labour cast doubt on us - we did it. Before March they cast doubt and we did it
PM May: Every Grenfell household has received an offer of temporary or permanent homes. 83 have accepted permanent homes. It's not just about bricks-they are rebuilding lives. When they move into new home they are re-starting their lives. I pay tribute to strength and dignity
Mark Rutte speaking at EPlenary: Romania and Bulgaria still need to meet several conditions before entering Schengen area
: Eurozone countries should be clear on how to better use existing resources, rather than bringing more money
PM @theresa_may speaking at @HouseofCommons: Backstop arrangement will be put in place in circumstance when new customs arrangements are not in place, to ensure there is no hard border in Ireland
UK counter-terrorism police have arrested a man on suspicion of sending letters entitled "Punish a Muslim Day" that urged people around the country to commit violent acts against Muslims
Office for National Statistics says consumer price inflation was 2.4% in May which is unchanged from April
UK Government offers last-minute concession to avoid Commons' defeat on a "meaningful vote"
The Times: David Davis delays customs issue in letter to Conservative MPs
UK parliament backs British govt, rejects plan to remove fixed Brexit date of 29 March 2019 from EU exit legislation
Brexit campaigner Arron Banks downplays Russia meetings
Vote on motion to disagree with Lords Amendment 37 (which would remove the exit date from the Bill) - AYES 326, NOS 301 (Government victory)
Vote on motion to disagree with Lords Amendment 110 (on changes to the power of sifting committee for statutory instruments) - AYES 324, NOS 302 (Government victory)
Vote on motion to disagree with Lords Amendment 128 (also relates to sifting) - AYES 325, NOS 304 (Government victory)
George Freeman MP intervenes, saying he is "committed to delivering Brexit" but that Cash is not being fair to the thinking behind Grieve's amendment
Dr Philip Lee MP (who resigned as a minister this morning) explains his decision. Says that the Brexit policy the government is currently pursuing is is "detrimental to the people we are elected to serve" and that "a vote between bad and worse is not a meaningful choice"
Labour's Kate Hoey warns that the public will "see through" the Lords amendment, which she argues is about reversing the referendum result and preventing the people taking back control
Conservative MP Mark Harper says Grieve is "trying to do the right thing" with his amendment, and says he agrees with the first two parts of the amendment, but that the third part - which would give the Commons the right to give the Govt detailed instructions - is "deeply flawed"
Harper praises Solicitor-General Buckland's offer to discuss amendment with Grieve further tomorrow and urges his colleagues to back the Government's amendment today
Independent (former Conservative) MP for Dover, Charlie Elphicke, says that Grieve amendment is "not the right way to do it - you can't micro-manage a negotiation"
Labour MP Seema Malhotra - if the Govt are as confident as they make out of getting a good deal then they should have no problem with accepting Amendment 19
Don't tie our hands in Brexit talks, UK government tells parliament
Solicitor general Robert Buckland hints at government concession at the despatch box - says one part of Grieve amendment has "much merit" but needs "more time to think" about the rest. He adds that his pledge to "engage positively" with rebel proposals is made "in good faith".
Rees-Mogg says that if the government fails to negotiate Brexit then Parliament's remedy has already existed for many years - a vote of no confidence. Grieve responds that nothing would be more chaotic than a vote of no confidence and election 5 weeks before Brexit day
Justine Greening says Rees-Mogg's intervention gives the very reason why Grieve's amendment gives a sensible process to deal with the challenges the House faces
Solicitor-General Robert Buckland says he has read Grieve's amendment very carefully and that there is "much merit" in some of it but that he "needs more time" to consider the rest of it, and that the Government is willing to positively engage with it
Hilary Benn (Labour) tells Conservative MPs who may be re-considering rebellion that whilst there are other opportunities to rebel on customs union or single market, this is "the only" chance Parliament has to exercise it's sovereignty by voting for Amendment 19
Anna Soubry attacks historic rebelliousness of Brexit-backing MPs who demand loyalty. Urges government to accept Grieve's amendment, otherwise they will force people "who for decades have never rebelled before" to do so for the first time
Chris Leslie (Labour): the British people did not vote to take back control from Brussels only to give it to the PM and her ministers. Adds "we have a duty to safeguard our constituents from harm"
Edward Leigh says that Grieve's amendment "is not a compromise, it is a wrecking amendment". Sir Bill Cash MP agrees, saying it is "not that different" to the Lords' amendment (Amendment 19)
British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a knife-edge vote in parliament on a crucial piece of Brexit legislation, despite warning that defeat risks undermining her negotiations with Brussels
Leigh pleads with fellow Conservative MPs to consider consequences of rebelling on Amendment 19 - says it would fatally undermine the government and be an "open invitation" to the European Commission to try and prevent a deal and block Brexit
Leigh attacks idea that Amendment 19 amounts to parliamentary sovereignty - says House voted overwhelmingly a) to transfer decision of EU membership to the people with the referendum, and b) to trigger Article 50
Antoinette Sandbach MP asks Leigh if the Grieve compromise amendment (tabled last night) assuages his concerns; Leigh says it amounts to the same as the Lords amendment "in fewer words"
Edward Leigh MP (Con): Amendment 19 not designed to improve the sifting process by which we transfer EU laws into UK law, it is designed to frustrate the whole process
Clarke adds that idea that Parliament is undermining Government's negotiating stance is ridiculous - says it rests on the proposal that those on the continent not already aware of decisions in the Cabinet
Ken Clarke attacks claim that Amendment 19 is an attempt to overturn the referendum - insists Brexit will happen and criticises idea of second referendum. However, says idea that the referendum decided every single issue of detail "intellectually lazy"
Pennycook: Labour remains of the view that writing the Brexit date into the Bill was an "unnecessary gimmick" and therefore support Lords amendment 37 [which would remove the debate]
Labour MP John Mann asks Pennycook: Labour voters in the North and the Midlands do not want to see Parliament negotiate Brexit how are we to explain to them that an unelected House of Lords can overturn both the Commons and the referendum?
Pennycook: Parliament voting down the withdrawal deal cannot be ruled out given "how badly" the government are handling negotiations and the lack of time remaining. This is not about Parliament taking over the negotiations or stripping ministers of their power
Brexit-backing Labour MP Frank Field intervenes - says several Lords made it clear that the purpose of the amendments was to frustrate Brexit. Pennycook disagrees- says there is no majority in Commons to overturn Brexit and it is disingenuous to say this is the aim of amendments
Shadow Brexit Minister Matthew Pennycook [Lab] - a non-binding, "take it or leave it" vote is not a meaningful vote
Edward Leigh MP says the amendments of Grieve et al actually make No Deal more likely as they give the EU no incentive to come to a deal. Davis responds that it must be considered that anything the Commons votes for will affect the negotiation strategy of the other side
Davis: 3 principles must be kept in mind. First, we must not undermine Govt's negotiation position or delay negotiations. Secondly we must not undermine constitutional structure which makes Govt responsible for international relations. Thirdly we must respect result of referendum
Stephen Hammond asks Davis how Government will respond in the event of No Deal with the EU. Davis says Government would come back to the House and they would have the right to respond. Grieve intervenes- this Bill does not have a satisfactory structure in place to address No Deal
Chuka Umunna - Amendment 19 re-asserts parliamentary sovereignty. Prevents the government taking UK out of the EU without a deal, without Parliament's approval. Davis responds that this right was conferred on Gov't when Parliament voted to trigger Article 50
Davis on Amendment 19, on the "meaningful vote" amendment - notes that this was referred to in the Lords as the "no Brexit amendment". Amounts to an unconstitutional shift which enables Parliament to dictate Government's actions in international negotiations
Interventions from both Dominic Grieve and Ken Clarke express disagreement with Davis' comments on Henry VIII powers
Davis: we cannot accept amendments 10, 43, 45 (on "Henry VIII" powers) because ministers need the flexibility to propose changes at speed
Davis: exit day will be determined by international law (via Article 50), not by this house. The Commons has already reached a sensible conclusion on this matter and we intend to stick to it by overturning the Lords amendment
Brexit Secretary David Davis: this bill has a clear purpose: ensuring whole UK has a functioning statute book on exit day. We've listened to Lords amendments that seek to improve the Bill, but must reject those that seek to disrupt the Bill or undermine the referendum result
MPs vote 321-304 to accept the government's timetable for the debate of the EU Withdrawal Bill Brexit