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Summary

  1. Bill to trigger Article 50 clears Parliament
  2. Budget debate continues in Commons
  3. Commons day began with Defence questions
  4. Higher Education and Research Bill also discussed

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By Kate Whannel, Esther Webber and Ben Butcher

All times stated are UK

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Commons adjourns

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That's all folks - the Commons adjourns and will return tomorrow at 11:30am for questions to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Government pledges to support poultry industry

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Environment Minister George Eustice hails the poultry industry as a "dynamic and valuable sector" which has been "more efficient" as it has not been in receipt of Common Agricultural Policy subsidies. 

He says the government will seek to champion poultry farmers and related businesses as the process of leaving the EU begins.  

MP voices concern on Brexit impact for poultry industry

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The DUP's Ian Paisley discusses the importance of the poultry industry to Northern Ireland, and warns that changes to immigration rules after Brexit could deprive the sector of workers. 

He urges the government to back a Brexit which will protect UK food security. 

Boris Johnson backs royal yacht

Budget debate

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"It would add greatly to the soft power of this country," says the foreign secretary in response to party colleague Jake Berry on calls for a new royal yacht.

Effect of the UK leaving the EU on poultry producers

Adjournment debate

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Today's adjournment debate is from the DUP's Ian Paisley, concerning the effect of the UK leaving the EU on poultry producers.

Labour and Lib Dem Peers clash over Brexit Bill

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Labour and Lib Dem peers argue on overturning MPs' vote on bill triggering Article 50

Treasury minister: Conservatives the party of the workers

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Economic Secretary to the Treasury Simon Kirby winds up the debate on the Budget, telling MPs: "Living standards grew at their fastest in 2015 and should improve in 2016."

There are jeers as he describes the Conservatives as "the party of the workers".

Labour: 'Spreadsheet Phil' did not 'excel'

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Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury Jonathan Reynolds on the Budget: "The chancellor may be known as Spreadsheet Phil but on this occasion he did not Excel."

Groans all round.  

Lords adjourn

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Shortly after the bill is approved the House of Lords adjourns. 

Peers return tomorrow at 2.30pm for 30 minutes of questions to government minsters followed by debate on the Broadcasting Bill.

Join us then.

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Bill to trigger Article 50 clears Parliament

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Article 50 Bill
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And that’s that.

After 70 hours of debate the bill triggering Article 50 has been approved, unamended by both Houses of Parliament.

The final stage is for the bill to receive "Royal Assent" - a legislative formality.

Once that is done the prime minister is free to begin exit negotiations with the EU.

View from Lib Dem benches

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Forging ahead

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Stages finished

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Peers reject Lib Dem amendment

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Peers have voted to reject the Lib Dem amendment by 274 votes to 118.

That's a majority of 156.

You thought the Brexit bill was tough....?

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What are peers voting on?

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Peers are voting on the Lib Dems' amendment B1.

This would reintroduce the veto for Parliament on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

The result is expected at 10:10pm.

Peers vote again

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Lord Bridges of Headley tells peers that MPs have now rejected an amendment establishing an exit deal vote twice.

"The other place is clearly satisfied with this approach," he says. 

Lib Dem Baroness Ludford tells peers that there is "a huge onus on us" to maintain the principle of parliamentary sovereignty.

She urges the House not to abandon that principle "in the face of considerable bluster" and pushes the Lib Dem amendment to a vote. 

Hayter: MPs will not change their mind

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Labour's Brexit spokeswoman Baroness Hayter begins by expressing "deep regret" that the Commons "did not hear our plea".

MPs will not change their mind, she says, and adds that she will not make a pointless gesture by insisting on the Lords' original amendment. 

However, she assures the government that her party will seek another route to establishing a parliamentary vote.

Labour peer who worked on 1983 manifesto

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Bill is 'the shortest suicide note in history'

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Labour's Lord Lea of Crondall describes the bill as “the shortest suicide note in history”.

Lib Dem Lord Taverne attacks the "a dangerous step" towards the doctrine that "the people’s will must always prevail".

That, he says, is the doctrine favoured by Hilter, Mussolini and Stalin.

Ukip's Lord Pearson argues that ultimate "sovereignty lies with the people".

Pannick: Now is the time to give way

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Now is the time for the Lords to give way to the House of Commons, says Crossbencher Lord Pannick.

Lord Pannick was the lawyer who fought the Supreme Court case seeking to give Parliament a vote on triggering Article 50. 

He argues that there is no reason to think that MPs will change their mind and accuses the Lib Dems of making "a completely pointless gesture".

Lib Dems seek to overturn MPs decision

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The Lib Dems' Baroness Ludford tells the House that her party has tabled an amendment insisting that Parliament should be able to approve any final exit deal.

She says she does not trust government assurances on this matter adding that the government has "a record of broken promises".

Suggestions that their amendment could weaken the negotiations are "mere blackmail", she says.

Peers begin debate of exit vote amendment

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Lord Bridges of Headley
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Peers now turn to the second amendment which concerns Parliament being given a vote on any exit deal.

The government's position has not changed, begins Lord Bridges of Headley.

This amendment, he argues, is "unnecessary, would create untold uncertainty and would undermine our negotiating position".

Lord Ashdown intervenes: "I am genuinely puzzled," he says. 

He notes that former Prime Minister John Major sought approval for the Maastricht Treaty twice "without weakening his position".

How is it this government cannot seek Parliamentary approval once? he asks.

Lord Bridges replies that he is "genuinely puzzled" by Lord Ashdown's position recalling that he said he would "respect the referendum".

Labour MP attacks absence of Brexit from Budget

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Labour's Kate Green expresses surprise the chancellor did not mention Brexit in the Budget. 

"This is not a Budget in which the concerns of those in low-paid unstable employment are addressed," she warns. 

She claims it doesn't fulfil the government's promise to pursue policies which "work for everyone".  

Cash conundrum

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Peers reject Lib Dem amendment

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Peers have voted to reject the Lib Dems' amendment by 274 votes to 135.

This means that the Lords will not insist on their original amendment to seek protection for EU citizens. 

Peers begin voting

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After that testy exchange, peers begin voting on Lib Dem amendment A1.

This amendment reintroduces the requirement for the government to produce proposals for EU citizens in the UK to retain their rights after Brexit.

The result is expected at 9:20pm.

Labour and Lib Dem peers clash

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Lord Oates expresses disappointment in the Labour peers and suggests that their leader, Baroness Smith of Basildon, had already said she would "concede everything" if MPs didn't support the amendments first time.

Baroness Smith of Basildon leaps to her feet accusing the Lib Dem peer of being "absolutely wrong".

She says that she respected the will of the elected House and that she did not want to see "extended ping pong".

"If he believes that by voting for this amendment he can change their [MPs] minds go ahead but do not give false hope."

She then turns to Conservative peers: "And it's no good noble lords opposite cheering me, you got us into this mess."

'Nothing can change without the approval of Parliament'

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Brexit Minister Lord Bridges of Headley now responds to the debate.

He seeks to reassure EU nationals that "nothing changes until we have left the EU, nothing can change without the approval of Parliament".

He urges peers to let the bill pass. 

More on the Lib Dem-Labour relationship

Political correspondent, The Telegraph, tweets

Labour, the Lib Dems and how the Lords get on...

Political editor, The Guardian, tweets

Labour and Lib Dems really not getting on in the Lords these days. In fact Labour probably working more closely with Conservative peers.

Hayter: Labour will not insist on amendment

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Labour’s Brexit spokeswoman Baroness Hayter tells the House that her party will not be supporting Lib Dems' attempt to insist on their amendment.

She says that the amendment was rejected by the elected house and adds that it is clear "the government is not for turning".

"To the people affected, we are not giving up on you," she says.

She then accuses the Lib Dems of not taking the House "seriously"  as a legislative body and "falsely raising people's hopes".

She concludes that the government's position is not "ethical, moral or clever" and warns that she will return to this issue. 

Archbishop of York urges peers not to delay Brexit process

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The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, tells peers that he voted against the amendment not because he lacked compassion but because he did not want to delay the process.

T-levels funding hailed

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Conservative Robert Courts praises the chancellor's announcement of money for T-levels, calling it "the greatest reform" in 16-plus education since A-levels. 

He hopes it will help achieve "parity between academic education and vocational education" which is required if businesses are to get the high-skilled technical workers they need. 

Government approach 'could end in tears'

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Crossbencher Lord Hannay of Chiswick recalls negotiating on budget issues with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

He tells the peers that on occasions when he got her to agree with his approach she would say "OK, but you better be right".

"That's what I say to the government."

He warns that their choice of a transactional approach "could end in tears". 

Bowness: Delaying the process not in UK interests

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Conservative Lord Bowness tells peers that he cannot support continued insistence of the Lords amendments.

To do so is to delay the process, he says, and argues that such a delay wouldn't be in the interests of the EU or the UK.

Making a more general point he adds that he doesn't need lessons of loyalty from those "whose history on Europe make them experts in disloyalty".

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