Former head of the civil service attacks post-Brexit proposals for EU migrants. Responding to reports that the UK government may curb freedom of movement for new EU arrivals after the triggering of Article 50, Sir Bob Kerslake said: "Whether you're a Remainer or a Leaver, I think the government's position is both inhumane and self-defeating".
Labour Leader in the Lords: government commitments must be on the face of the Bill. This week, peers will continue the debate on the triggering of Article 50 - the formal process by which the UK will start to leave the EU. Baroness Smith says any government promises must be written into the bill, and not simply verbal guarantees. The Labour Leader in the Lords said: "We all remember when Alf Dubs spoke to then Theresa May when she was Home Secretary on the child refugees, took a number out of his amendment to get it through because the government gave him guarantees. Look what has happened there."
David Lidington on the "challenging process" of handling legislation in both Houses. The Leader of the House of Commons discusses the challenges of getting government business through with a working Commons majority of 16 and with no government majority in the Lords. Speaking to the Westminster Hour's Carolyn Quinn, the cabinet minister also spoke of his experience of filling in for Theresa May at Prime Minister's Questions. "It was the single most terrifying thing I've done in politics in 25 years," he said. "The night after I'd done it, the adrenaline was pumping so hard, I barely slept at all".
Writing a "meaningful vote" into Brexit Bill introduces inflexibility, says Commons Leader. Speaking to the Westminster Hour's Carolyn Quinn, David Lidington MP said: "The relationship between Parliament and Government is there are certain things that Governments do on behalf of the country, and they are accountable to Parliament then for those decisions and the approach they have taken in negotiations." The Leader of the Commons - who is responsible for organising government business in the lower house - added: "We need to leave the Prime Minister and her team with the freedom to negotiate [Brexit], get the best deal possible and then, yes, to report back to Parliament on that.”
Prime Minister Theresa May has been on a flying visit to Cumbria to welcome her newest MP.