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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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  1. Commons adjourns

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    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.

  2. Government pledges to support poultry industry

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    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.  

  3. MP voices concern on Brexit impact for poultry industry

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    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. 

  4. Boris Johnson backs royal yacht

    Budget debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

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    Video caption: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on calls for a new royal yacht

    "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.

  5. Effect of the UK leaving the EU on poultry producers

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

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

  6. Labour and Lib Dem Peers clash over Brexit Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

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    Video caption: Labour and Lib Dem peers argue on overturning MPs' vote on bill triggering Article 50
  7. Treasury minister: Conservatives the party of the workers

    Budget debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    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".

  8. Labour: 'Spreadsheet Phil' did not 'excel'

    Budget debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    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.  

  9. Lords adjourn

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    House of Lords adjourns

    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.

  10. Bill to trigger Article 50 clears Parliament

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Article 50 Bill

    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.

  11. Peers reject Lib Dem amendment

    European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

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

    That's a majority of 156.

  12. What are peers voting on?

    European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    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.

  13. Peers vote again

    European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers vote

    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. 

  14. Hayter: MPs will not change their mind

    European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    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.