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Summary

  1. PM, at G20 summit, rejects points-based immigration system
  2. Mrs May denies "going soft", saying there are better ways of controlling numbers
  3. MPs debating petition's call for new EU referendum
  4. Brexit Secretary David Davis making first Commons statement

Live Reporting

By Pippa Simm and Alex Hunt

All times stated are UK

Labour MP urges Vaz to quit committee chair

Sky News

Labour MP Kate Hoey has called on Keith Vaz to resign from the home affairs select committee, which he currently chairs.

Ms Hoey told Sky News it would be "in the interests of both Keith himself but obviously for Parliament as a whole for him to stand down from those two positions".

She said there should then be an election of a new committee chair involving all MPs. 

It comes amid reports that members of the committee will call a vote of no confidence in Mr Vaz unless he resigns at a meeting tomorrow. This follows a Sunday newspaper story linking him with male escorts. 

Green Party co-leaders to appear on Daily Politics

Poverty reduction plan set to be published

Actor and campaigner tweets...

Tax disclosure plan agreed by government

House of Commons

Parliament

The government has agreed to a cross-party call for big multinational companies to publish details of where they do their business and the tax they pay.

The move for greater transparency was proposed by Labour's Caroline Flint, a member of the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

Financial Secretary Jane Ellison said the government would accept her proposal, in the form of an amendment to the Finance Bill currently before Parliament. 

"The government has been a firm supporter of greater tax transparency and greater public disclosure of the tax affairs of large businesses and for these reasons the government fully supports the intentions of the amendment and is supporting its inclusion in the bill."

Davis: Brexit could be 'most complicated' negotiation in history

David Davis
ITV

David Davis has described Brexit as "one of the most complicated negotiations in history, if not the most complicated".      

Speaking after he delivered his first Commons statement since being appointed Secretary of State for Leaving the EU, the Conservative MP said it would take time to get the "right priorities, the right aims and the right outcomes".

We're studying 50 different sectors of industry to see what the effects of Brexit might be on them, where the opportunities might be. It's going to take some time. We make no bones about it. That's why the prime minister said we're not going to trigger Article 50 until next year, not before the end of this year, so we can do the work. And as the work comes in, we will publish it.

The UK's ultimate objective, he added, should be to negotiate a free trade agreement with the EU which did not require it to unconditionally accept EU migrants and pay into the EU's budget. 

About forty countries have free trade agreements with Europe without any deals on migration, without any deals on money. If we do a free trade agreement with Europe it will be beneficial for both sides, as it were, on its own two feet, without having to pay anything to do it.

UK needs 'more bureaucrats for Brexit'

The UK government will have to hire extra civil servants to cope with the "phenomenally large task" of negotiating Brexit, a former top Foreign Office diplomat has said.

Sir Simon Fraser was a trade negotiator in Europe and permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office until July 2015.

"I don't think we can avoid an increase in bureaucracy," he said, stressing a need for expertise in trade talks.

"Serious thinking has barely begun on the substantive issues," he said.

Mr Fraser told reporters in London that he expected Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor Philip Hammond and the new Brexit Minister, David Davis, to be the key players in negotiating the UK's exit from the EU. Read more

Monday afternoon round-up

It's been a busy start to the week, with Parliament back in action after the summer recess. Here's a round up of the day's main stories:

Watch: MPs debate petition urging second EU referendum

SNP MP told to sit down after "deviating" from subject matter
Tory MP: 'Red-blooded democrats' must accept EU vote

Watch: Farmer - I fear for future post-Brexit

BBC Radio 5 Live

Remain-voting farmer Andrew: “Brexit is old people sending young people into oblivion”

Remain-voting farmer Andrew Brown says he fears for the future of the UK in a post-Brexit society. Andrew says he will struggle in his industry once Britain leaves the EU and is worried for his kids. He added that throughout history old people have sent young people "into oblivion". 

Watch: Leave voters faced 'abuse' after Brexit

BBC Radio 5 Live

Leave-voter Rickie says he's suffered online abuse for his decision post-Brexit.

Leave-voter Rickie says he has suffered online abuse for his decision post the Brexit referendum.

He told the BBC's Christian Fraser an increase of abuse since the June 23 vote to leave the EU had "shown all the divisions in society".

MPs debate second referendum Brexit petition

MPs debate case for second EU referendum in Westminster Hall
House of Commons

MPs are debating the outcome of EU referendum in the House of Commons and a petition calling for a re-run of the vote which has attracted four million signatures.

It has been quite a lively affair with SNP MP Ian Blackford being asked to resume his seat by debate chair James Gray, who accused him of straying completely off the subject of the petition. Mr Blackford protested at claims he was "totally out of order".

Conservative MP John Penrose said all "red-blooded democrats" should accept the outcome of the vote, or else it would lead to public outrage, while his colleague William Wragg said those backing the petition were still grieving about the outcome and were taking the public for fools.

But Labour's David Lammy and the Greens' Caroline Lucas said there was a case for letting the public have their say on the eventual Brexit deal negotiated by the government, Mr Lammy saying the country was divided like never before and a further referendum may be the only way out of the "constitutional crisis" facing the country now. 

Impact on Scottish economy

Brexit statement

House of Commons

Parliament

The SNP’s Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
BBC

The SNP’s Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh asks if there has been an assessment of the impact of Brexit on the Scottish economy.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell has previously said access to single market reduces costs to Scottish business to the tune of around £11.6bn, she says.

David Davis says he has not done that assessment yet, but that his department will do that.

He adds he wants to ensure this outcome serves all parts of the UK.

Government looking at 'every option' for UK-EU trade relationship

House of Commons

Parliament

Remain campaigner and former Tory minister Anna Soubry urges "clarity" on the government's position on EU single market membership, saying continued membership could allay Japan's fears over Brexit.

Brexit secretary David Davis says the government is looking "at every option" but he says that if a requirement of single market membership is to give up control of UK borders "that makes it very improbable".

Quoting PM Theresa May, he says the UK is looking for a "unique solution" that matches the fact that the UK is one of largest trading countries in the world and a large market for many parts of the EU.

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Gove takes swipe at 'experts' who warned against Brexit

House of Commons

Parliament

Leading Leave campaigner Michael Gove, who was sacked by Theresa May in the PM's reshuffle, says there's been "a record increase" in the service and manufacturing industries, as well as growth in car sales since the Brexit vote. A number of countries have also signalled interest in striking up trade deals with the UK, he adds.

He says it shows that all those who voted to leave the EU "know a darn sight more about economics than the soi-disant experts" - who warned about the economic impact of a vote to leave - who he says now have "oeuf on their face".

David Davis agrees that "much of the gloom and doom and fear mongering that went on before the referendum has been proven to be wrong", but he cautions that he "would not be quite so unalloyed optimistic" as the former justice secretary.

Eagle calls for a second referendum on Brexit deal

Brexit statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Former Labour leadership candidate Angela Eagle asks if Parliament, and the British people, will "get a say on the deal that is done".

David Davis says his views on the importance of "parliamentary accountability have not changed since he left the backbenches".

Paterson: Accept all EU laws to speed up Brexit

Brexit statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Former Conservative cabinet minister Owen Paterson
BBC

Former Conservative Cabinet minister Owen Paterson says when countries such as India became independent, they accepted all UK laws onto the Indian statue book before methodically going through them to abolish ones they did not want. 

He asks if the UK can do the same with large amounts of EU law to speed up the process for leaving the EU.

David Davis says originally he thought that, but it is not quite that straightforward, because of the way EU laws interacts with UK law.

'Nothing illegal' about new trade negotiations

Brexit statement

House of Commons

Parliament

David Davis says the EU cannot stop the UK talking to other countries about trade deals.

Talks are already taking place, as "there is nothing illegal" about new International Trade Secretary Liam Fox putting in the groundwork, Mr Davis says.

The only thing the UK cannot do is agree those deals.

He says he has studied Article 50, and it is clear it does not prevent parallel trade talks taking place as withdrawal is being negotiated.

Lords hear Brexit statement

Exiting the EU statement

House of Lords

Parliament

Lord Bridges
BBC

Minister for Exiting the EU Lord Bridges of Headley is repeating a statement given earlier in the Commons by David Davis. 

He told MPs that "Britain is leaving the European Union," and the mandate for Brexit was "overwhelming".

He insisted there would be no attempt to "delay, frustrate or thwart" the will of the people, to engineer a second referendum or to avoid Brexit.

He also said Brexit does not mean ending the UK's relationship with Europe, but starting a new one.

Brexit process to be triggered 'as soon as reasonably possible'

House of Commons

Parliament

Questioned over the timing of triggering Article 50 - the formal mechanism for leaving the EU - David Davis says it will be done "as soon as is reasonably possible", adding that the government "will do so as expeditiously as possible".

Earlier, while speaking at the G20 summit, PM Theresa May repeated that it would not be triggered before the end of the year but declined to give any other timing clues.

Farron slams Davis for 'lack of Brexit strategy'

The Lib Dems are quick out of the blocks to criticise David Davis's Brexit Commons statement. Leader Tim Farron - via a written press release rather than speaking in the Commons - said the secretary of state offered only "warm words and hot air".

David Davis told us nothing. He read out a few dates in his diary, but anyone looking for Britain’s post-Brexit strategy would have looked in vain. No trade deals, no allies, no plan: David Davis can boast as much as he likes about how many expensive civil servants he has hired, but that won’t make up for the 140,000 UK jobs provided by Japanese firms that might now quit the UK."

Yvette Cooper challenges Davis on EU home affairs co-operation

House of Commons

Parliament

Labour's Yvette Cooper, a former shadow home secretary, says David Davis has offered "nothing" by way of detail for a Brexit roadmap. Seeking further detail, she asks whether the UK government will remain part of EU home affairs co-operation,including whether it will stay in Europol, a decision she says that has to be taken this year.

Brexit Secretary David Davis says the government's aim is to "preserve the relationship with the EU on security matters as best we can".

Ken Clarke condemns 'anti-foreigner rhetoric'

House of Commons

Parliament

Former Conservative cabinet minister and pro-EU MP Ken Clarke urges David Davis, somewhat "to take as long as he possibly can" to work out the government's position on Brexit and what it means - no doubt to stall Brexit from taking place.

Mr Clarke goes on to raise concerns about "anti-foreigner rhetoric" in the campaign and says the government shouldn't "needlessly sacrifice access to the single market just to demonstrate that we're turning away foreigners from this country that we wish to employ".

David Davis agrees with Mr Clarke that such rhetoric was to be "wholly condemned" but he says he does not think that wider concerns about immigration are xenophobic, nor that immigration control should preclude a good trade relationship with the EU. 

Thornberry calls for vote on Article 50

Brexit statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Ms Thornberry concludes by calling for a parliamentary vote on triggering Article 50.

The idea that a government could take a decision of such magnitude without parliamentary approval is "just plain wrong", she says.

And if Mr Davis was still on the backbenches, he would agree, Ms Thornberry argues.

IDS seeks assurances on immigration control post-Brexit

House of Commons

Parliament

Former cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith, who campaigned to leave the EU, welcomes David Davis's "optimistic tone" on Brexit. With Theresa May ruling out a points-based immigration system - often advocated by Leave campaigners - he seeks confirmation that the UK will take control of its borders and immigration policy post-Brexit, and that this will not be up for negotiation in the Brexit process.

The Brexit secretary, in reply, says immigration was a key question in the referendum and the government has made clear that "the current status of immigration cannot go on and we will bring it to an end as a part of this process".

Watch: Brexit 'doesn't mean ending relationship with Europe', says Davis

Labour attacks government over 'Brexit planning failure'

House of Commons

Parliament

Responding to David Davis's statement, shadow Brexit secretary Emily Thornberry says the government has no strategy or thought out plan for Brexit and says all that is on offer is "more empty platitudes from a government that continues to make it up as it goes along".

"Two months on (from the referendum result) and we are no further forward. When it comes to planning for Brexit they have gone from gross negligence to rank incompetence," she adds, and says it is British workers who will "pay the price".

Britain 'will embrace opportunities and freedoms presented by Brexit' - Davis

House of Commons

Parliament

The vote to leave the EU on 23 June was "a clear sign" the majority of people wanted to see parliamentary sovereignty "strengthened", says David Davis, who pledges to keep Parliament regularly engaged in and updated on the Brexit process.

On the status of EU nationals, he reiterates the government's aim of guaranteeing their rights to stay in the UK post Brexit, but he says the government must also secure a reciprocal deal for UK citizens living in EU countries.

He concludes:

We are confident of negotiating a new position that will mean this country flourishing outside the European Union while keeping its members as friends, allies and our trading partners. We will leave the European Union, but we will not turn our back on Europe. We will embrace the opportunities and freedoms that will open up for Britain, we will deliver on the national mandate for Brexit, and we will deliver it in the national interest."

Labour MP criticises lack of women on government front bench

Davis: Government will build national consensus on Brexit deal

House of Commons

Parliament

David Davis
BBC

David Davis, who is flanked by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson - the other two of the so-called Three Brexiteers, says the government is "not complacent" and will negotiate a Brexit deal that is in the national interest.

"We want a steadfast and a successful European Union after we depart and so as we proceed we will be guided by some clear principles," the Brexit secretary says, including:

  • to build a national consensus around the UK's position
  • to put the national interest first and act in good faith to EU partners
  • where possible, to minimise any uncertainty
  • to leave the EU and put the sovereignty of this Parliament beyond doubt.

Davis begins setting out plans for Brexit

Breixt statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Brexit Secretary David Davis is making a statement on the groundwork the government has done over the summer and its plans on leaving the EU.

Theresa May has announced the government would work for a "unique" deal for the UK which included controls on EU migration as well as a "positive outcome" on trade, last week.

Mr Davis actually wrote a long article for the website Conservative Home on what he thought the government should do only days before his appointment as Brexit secretary. 

You can read it in full here,   

Brexit means UK can 'control its borders, laws and money' - Davis

House of Commons

Parliament

Brexit Secretary David Davis is making his first statement to the Commons, to sketch out the government's plans for leaving the EU.

"Britain is leaving the European Union," he declares, saying the mandate for Brexit was "overwhelming".

To a somewhat heckle-happy chamber, he says there'll be no attempt to "delay, frustrate or thwart" the will of the people, to engineer a second referendum or to avoid Brexit by the back door, he adds.

Brexit means the UK "will decide on our borders, our laws and taxpayers' money", he says.

And he tells MPs it means getting the "best deal" for Britain - including controls on migration from the EU and a "positive" trade outcome.

Brexit does not mean ending the UK's relationship with Europe, but starting a new one, he adds.