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  1. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab answers questions from peers
  2. Unusually, the Lords EU committee meets mid-recess
  3. Parliament returns next Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

  1. That's a wrap

    And with that, the Lords EU committee session with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab comes to an end.

    That's it from Parliament until next Tuesday - when MPs and peers will return from their summer recess.

  2. 'More detail coming' on no-deal Brexit preparations

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    Lib Dem peer Lord Teverson says the government's guidance to businesses for the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal was "a bit general".

    The guidance issued last week included instructions for firms that could face extra paperwork at borders and contingency plans to avoid medicine shortages.

    In reply Dominic Raab says only "around a third" of the documents have been released so far, adding: "there's more detail coming".

  3. 'Intransigent' positions might 'fall away' - Raab

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    Labour peer Lord Soley asks the Brexit secretary whether he is "hopeful" that the European Commission will drop its objection to the UK continuing in the EU's Galileo satellite project.

    UK ministers are setting aside £92m to study the feasibility of building a UK-only satellite-navigation system.

    Dominic Raab says he hopes that mutually beneficial co-operation will be able to continue in some areas.

    He adds that some of the more "intransigent" positions in the negotiations might "fall away" when the benefits of the "package as a whole" take shape.

  4. Barnier: EU to offer UK 'unprecedentedly close relationship'


    The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said the bloc was prepared to offer Britain an unprecedentedly close relationship after it quits the EU, but it would not permit anything that weakened the body's single market.

    "We are prepared to offer Britain a partnership such as there never has been with any other third country," Mr Barnier told reporters in Berlin today, after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

    He said the relationship could include economic as well as foreign and security policy ties.

    "We respect Britain's red lines scrupulously. In return, they must respect what we are," he said.

    "Single market means single market ... There is no single market a la carte."

  5. Labour peer questions goods/services distinction

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    Lord Whitty

    Labour's Lord Whitty says ministers appear to think the UK can gain an economic advantage by differentiating between goods and services in the Brexit deal.

    A number of companies "do not see it in that way", he says.

    In response, Mr Raab says the cross-border trade in services do not encounter the same "frictions at the border" as goods.

    Lord Whitty intervenes to say there may be frictions because businesses will have to sell services under different regulations.

    Mr Raab replies that the UK plan would see mutual recognition of professional qualifications and is hoping to "build on" the EU's existing mutual recognition system for financial services.

  6. 'Reasonably positive landing' for White Paper

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    The Earl of Kinnoull, a crossbench peer, asks what the response has been from EU institutions and national capitals to the government's Brexit White Paper.

    Dominic Raab replies that the document has had a "reasonably positive landing" on the EU side.

    It has generated a number of questions of a practical nature, but the government's model is not being ruled out "as a question of principle", he tells peers.

  7. Raab: 'Very difficult' to accept EU court role in NI

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    Lib Dem Baroness Suttie asks whether the UK government would ever accept "some element of ongoing jurisdiction" from the EU's Court of Justice in Northern Ireland.

    Dominic Raab says this would be "very difficult" but he wants to avoid setting "any fresh red lines" beyond what ministers have already set out.

    "We're going to need to come up with something rather innovative I suspect," he says.

    Although the EU has appeared "bound by legalism", in the past is has also "proved rather innovative", he tells the committee.

    But he adds: "I don't think it's likely to be bringing in the jurisdiction of the ECJ in perhaps the way you framed it."

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  9. Peer asks for details on NI border plans

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    Lord Jay

    Crossbench peer Lord Jay asks Mr Raab about the government's plans to resolve the Irish border issue through "the overall future relationship".

    In particular, he asks whether this would have to involve checks on the border.

    Dominic Raab says the government is committed to avoiding hard infrastructure on the border. He tells peers though that he doesn't have a "solution" finalised yet.

    However he says that he is confident that ministers' plans for the future EU-UK partnership are a "good basis" for such an agreement.

    He adds that Michel Barnier has indicated that the European Commission's own proposals in this area can be "amended and improved".

  10. 'Some measure of leeway' on deal timing - Raab

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    Following up, Lord Boswell asks Dominic Raab to be "a little bit clearer" about the latest timeframe for reaching a withdrawal deal with the EU.

    He notes that the "original idea" was to have a deal finalised by October.

    Mr Raab says both sides are "aiming" for October but there is "some measure of leeway".

  11. Raab: 'Broadly 80%' of withdrawal deal concluded

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    Dominic Rabb

    Non-affiliated peer Lord Boswell, who chairs the committee, asks Dominic Rabb to update the committee about any "changes of pace" in the negotiations.

    He mentions a report in the Guardian today which claims Mr Rabb is frustrated about not being able to get face-to-face talks with EU negotiator Michel Barnier.

    Mr Rabb says he has a "good professional and personal rapport" with Mr Barnier and will be meeting him this Friday.

    "Broadly 80%" of the withdrawal agreement is completed," he says - adding that he is "confident that a deal is within our sights".

  12. Raab questioned by peers' committee

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    Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is now being questioned by peers on the progress of the government's Brexit negotiations.

    Members of the Lords EU Committee will seek further details from Mr Raab over the UK's exit from the European Union.

    Peers are expected to seek greater detail on a range of topics including the Northern Ireland border issue, the proposed new facilitated customs arrangement, the current state of talks, plus preparations for a no deal scenario.

  13. Good afternoon

    Welcome back to coverage of Westminster, as the summer recess continues.

    Unusually, before Parliament itself returns, we have a Lords select committee session with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

    He'll be answering questions from peers on the House of Lords EU Committee at 2pm and we'll be covering it here.