PMQs summary (Wed 13th Mar, 2019)
Spinraza, school cuts, no deal Brexit, knife crime, Fair Island's Bird Observatory fire – just some of the topics raised today in PMQs. The PMQs verdict today: Theresa May faces more pressure than ever.
As MPs prepare to vote today on no-deal, much was said in PMQs about the prime minister giving her MPs a free vote rather than using the whip mechanism.
Early in the session, Jeremy Corbyn set the tone by saying: “[Theresa May’s] deal has been twice rejected and is now dead.”
The only way out now, he added, was to categorically rule out no-deal and to “renegotiate a customs deal.”
Essentially, May’s response was that Corbyn’s actions, though nominally opposing a no-deal Brexit, in fact make it more likely.
To this, she added that Corbyn’s indecision has been evident not just on the matter of a second referendum but also on the customs union itself. She said that, unlike she, Corbyn is not holding himself accountable to anyone.
Corbyn’s attack also said that the government – which he described as “rudderless” – has through its poor performance placed UK manufacturing in a recession, dented the prospects of food producers and continues to continues to put jobs at risk.
May ended by saying that the House still has control over the outcome of Brexit, over which MPs have a personal responsibility. For her part, she concluded, the government will persist in trying to secure a “a good deal” which respects the outcome of the 2016 referendum.
Aside from May and Corbyn, the following MPs also featured in Prime Minister’s Questions (and their questions can be found on our live Twitter thread):
· John Baron (Basildon and Billericay)
· Andrew Rosindell (Romford)
· Ian Blackford (Ross, Skye & Lochaber)
· Mike Wood (Dudley South)
· Rosie Duffield (Canterbury)
· Peter Bone (Wellingborough and Rushden)
· Jo Platt (Leigh)
· Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire)
· Bridget Phillipson (Houghton & Sunderland South)
· Rachel Maclean (Redditch)
· Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East)
· Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle)
· Lyn Brown (West Ham)
· Andrew Griffiths (Burton)
· Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow)
· David Tredinnick (Bosworth)
· Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland)
· Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford)
· Paul Williams (Stockton South)
· Mark Pawsey (Rugby and Bulkington)
· Alberto Costa (South Leicestershire)