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Summary

  1. MPs questioning environment ministers
  2. Business statement outlines debates in coming weeks
  3. Debates on International Women's Day and Welsh Affairs
  4. Peers meet at 11am for oral questions
  5. Debate on Economic Affairs Committee's report Building More Homes
  6. Debate on post-trade Brexit

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By Claire Gould, Kate Whannel and Ben Butcher

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  1. Lords adjourns!

    House of Lords clock

    Responding to the debate Lord Whitty suggests that there was "not much new" in the government's reply.

    He warns that by repeating the same phrases the government sounds like it is "whistling in the dark".

    We need a little more than that, he says.

    There the debate concludes as does the day in the House of Lords.

    Join us on Monday at 2:30pm when peers return for oral questions followed by debate of the Higher Education and Research Bill.

    You can find coverage of tonight's Northern Ireland election results here .

  2. Mobarik: There will be give and take in negotiations

    Brexit and trade debate

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    Baroness Mobarik

    The government does not expect failure, says spokeswoman Baroness Mobarik, but she accepts that there will be "give and take".

    She warns that a punitive approach by the EU would constitute an "act of self-harm".

    Britain could not accept such an approach, she says adding that "no deal is better than a bad deal".

    She assures peers that the government does not underestimate the complexity of the task and insists that they will not do it alone.

    She says the government will draw on the expertise from the House of Lords, Commons, businesses and civil society. 

  3. Uncertainty is 'main destroyer' of GDP

    Brexit and trade debate

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    Lord Mendelsohn

    Labour's spokesman Lord Mendelsohn says the debate has demonstrated the "complexities of the negotiations".

    He acknowledges that the current path "is not the one I wanted to be on" but says the task now is to make the best of the situation.

    He says the government needs to take a "realistic approach" and remember that uncertainty is "the main destroyer of GDP".

    He concludes that the report demonstrates that there are others who "can make a valuable contribution".

  4. Randerson: Whole process is infinitely depressing

    Brexit and trade debate

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    Baroness Randerson

    The whole process of preparing for Brexit is infinitely depressing says Lib Dem Baroness Randerson.

    Particularly depressing, she says, are Thursday mornings when the European Union Committee holds its sessions. 

    "One witness after another parades before us the complexities of the situation."

    She compares the government to a duck; appearing calm but "paddling furiously underneath the waterline". 

  5. Lansley: Custom declarations could increase four-fold

    Brexit and trade debate

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    Lord Lansley

    Conservative Lord Lansley suggests that a legal framework to deal with customs should be put in place before the two years of Brexit negotiations concludes.

    He tells peers that the customs declaration system currently deals with 90m transactions per year.

    That, he says, could increase four-fold after Brexit.

    He says the government should make use of technology that can track vehicles and goods in a way which means people won't have to be stopped at the border.

  6. What if no deal is possible asks peer

    Brexit and trade debate

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    Lord Aberdare

    Crossbench peer Lord Aberdare poses a number of hypothetical questions.

    What if a deal is in prospect but needs time to be brought into effect he asks.

    He suggests that transitional arrangements will "almost certainly be necessary".

    Another question he asks is what happens if no deal is possible.

    He says that falling back on WTO rules is seen as "highly undesirable". 

  7. Slap on the wrist or slap in the face?

    Brexit and trade debate

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    Lord Gahia

    Can we get away with a slap on the wrist or will it be a slap in the face asks non-affiliated peer Lord Gadhia.

    He says the EU will want the UK to pay the price for "leaving the club".

    Not out of vindictiveness, he says, but a desire to ensure that other countries are not tempted to also leave.

    He warns of the "bear trap" of accepting a seemingly attractive deal on goods (where the EU enjoys a surplus) but a poor deal on services (where the UK has the advantage). 

    Despite it being "unfashionable," Lord Gadhia says he wants to "stand up for financial services" and its £66bn tax base.

    He argues that protecting financial services could require a beneficial immigration deal with the EU.

    He urges the government to approach negotiations with a cheque book ready and a willingness to win friends "as never before". 

  8. Armstrong: The government is being incredibly optimistic

    Brexit and trade debate

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    Baroness Armstrong of Hilltop

    None of the options are cost free says Labour's Baroness Armstrong of Hilltop.

    None are going to "take back control" she adds.

    The real problem, she says, is that "nothing is for nothing".

    She accuses the government of being "incredibly optimistic" but not realistic.

    She tells peers that being a woman in the Labour Party and a Sunderland supporter she has to be an optimist.

    However she says there is "a long, tough road ahead".

  9. Commons adjourns

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    That's it for this week in the House of Commons as there'll be no consideration of private members' bills tomorrow.

    MPs will be back on Monday with Home Office questions at 2.30pm.

  10. Five models for post-Brexit UK trade

    27 June 2016

    BBC News UK

    A ship

    After the UK voted to leave the EU, the country faces the prospect of having to establish new trade relationships - both with the remaining 27 EU members and other countries around the world.

    As a member of the EU, the UK has been included in trade deals the EU has negotiated. There are 22 trade agreements between the EU and individual countries, and five multi-lateral agreements covering multiple countries.

    This means that if the UK wants to retain preferential access to the markets of the 52 countries covered by these agreements, it would have to renegotiate trade deals with all of them.

    Britain is a large market, so there is a clear incentive for other countries to negotiate a deal. Advocates of Brexit argued that it would be in nobody's interest to interrupt the current trading partnerships.

    But which of the other models discussed as potential post-Brexit options for the UK are realistic?

    Read more here.

  11. Debate on trade and Brexit begins

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    House of Lords

    For those peers who have not had enough of Brexit this week, the last item of business for the day is a debate on the report by the European Union Committee – Brexit: the options for trade .

    The report set out a number of possibilities for trade post-Brexit, including being a member of the European Economic Area and joining the customs union.

    Committee Chair and Labour's Lord Whitty acknowledges that since the report was published (in December) the prime minister has ruled out being an EEA member in favour of "a bold ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement".

  12. Adjournment debate on A6-M60 relief road

    Adjournment Debate

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    Conservative William Wragg now starts the adjournment debate on the A6-M60 relief road.

    The road is hoped to reduce congestion between Hazel Grove and Manchester Airport.

  13. Carins: we will listen to Wales on Brexit

    Welsh affairs debate

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    Alun Cairns

    "We want Wales to emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer and more outward looking than ever before," says Wales Secretary Alun Cairns.

    He says that the UK has "benefited from the flow of ideas and innovation" that come from Wales and that he didn't see that changing in the future. 

    He says that the government will work with Welsh institutions in order to have a "UK-wide approach" to exiting the European Union. 

    On steel, he says there is a "sustainable future" to be found, despite a rocky year for the industry.

  14. How to influence government...

    Housing debate

    House of Lords

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    Lord Young

    Government spokesman Lord Young of Cookham describes the committee report as "a textbook example of how to influence government policy".

    He notes that the report was published in July 2016  - two days after the arrival of a new prime minister and a largely new ministerial team at the Communities Department.

    This, he says, provided the "political space to revisit policy" and the committee's report was in their "in tray" .

    He notes that recommendations in the government's white paper fit with "over half" of the committee's recommendations. 

  15. Labour: looking forward to working with the minister

    Welsh affairs debate

    Christina Rees

    Shadow Wales secretary Christina Rees praises the nature of the debate, which covered a variety of issues from roads to agriculture. 

    She says she looks forward to working with the Wales secretary in order to make it "a superb place to live and to work".

  16. New council tax bands 'not unreasonable'

    Housing debate

    House of Lords

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    Lord Beecham

    Lord Beecham responds on behalf of Labour.

    On the issue of council tax, he argues that adding additional bands "would not be unreasonable".

    He welcomes the report's call for councils to be allowed to borrow more to build social housing.

    He says that this will allow councils to invest in assets that will then increase in value.

  17. Breaking the 'cycle of ever rising prices'

    Housing Debate

    House of Lords

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    Lord Shipley

    Lib Dem's Lord Shipley has two suggestions.

    Firstly, he calls for a tax on undeveloped land to encourage new building. 

    Secondly, he says government bodies should be prepare to sell their land at below market prices.

    This, he argues would break the "cycle of ever rising prices".

  18. Best: We cannot rely on large companies to build homes

    Housing debate

    House of Lords

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    "We've got build a lot more homes," says Crossbencher Lord Best, but warns that "we cannot rely on large companies to do it".

    Therefore, he argues, government has to boost building by other providers - "councils, housing associations, SME builders, retirement housing and self build".

  19. Plaid Cymru: Brexit is an opportunity for Welsh government

    Welsh affairs debate

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    Liz Saville Roberts

    Brexit offers opportunities to return some powers to Wales, says Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts. 

    She says "determinations need to be made about which powers are to go to devolved powers."

    She asks that the vote to leave the EU not be seen as an opportunity for populist forces, but rather a positive one which allows for a restructuring of the way the UK works.