The Speaker
Monday, 24 June 2024 – 08:33

The last Prime Minister’s Questions before Parliament’s summer recess

The PMQs which took place on Wednesday evening was the last one before Parliament’s recess which is due to resume in September.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn had a heated discussion where Corbyn had attacked her about the latest Brexit plan proceedings. 

Corbyn stated that “People are losing trust in this government. The transport secretary, the international trade secretary and now the Brexit secretary were all members of the Vote Leave campaign. the envirnoment secretary was the co-chair. They’ve been referred to the police by the electoral commission, having full refused to cooperate with the electoral commission. Will the prime minister guarantee that her cabinet ministers will cooperate with the police investigation?” in reference of the latest issues with Brexit and the Vote Leave campaign.

According to May, Corbyn has made accusations against “individual members of this House” which were unjustified. She asked him to withdraw the remarks that he had made against other members of the House and that she expects “all those required to do so” would help the police with the investigation. 

Mr Corbyn then refused to withdraw his remarks and switched to attacking the PM on the topic of Brexit negotiations and stated that the government had “sunk into a mire of chaos and division” and claimed that the latest version of the White Paper was made “obsolete” in light of the new agreements. He then asked when the new White Paper would be published? 

Mrs May replied back by stating the three amendments to the customs plan which were voted for on Monday and claimed that Mr Corbyn had ruined her Chequers agreement. She had also mentioned that the latest Brexit plan was already beiiing discussed with the EU.

She urged Corbyn to withdraw his comments once more and continued to talk about the Vote Leave issue which was when she said that those who were accused were “innocent until proven guilty”.

When SNP leader Ian Blackford spoke about the latest Brexit negotiations, he stated that the prime minister had put her own views ahead of the country’s  and that a no-deal Brexit is much more likely to happen. He also called on Mrs May to extend Article 50 to which she said “No”.

Anna Soubry asked Mrs May to support her “Cliff’s Law” bill which would not allow the media from naming crime suspects if they have not been charged in light of Sir Cliff Richard’s court victory against the BBC. 

Harriet Harman asked for “proxy voting” in the House of Commons in an attempt to put an end to pairing in Parliament. She stated, “We are elected as MPs to vote in this House, and MPs having babies should not lose that right.”


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