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and  will clash in the House of Commons at midday, with PMQs sure to focus on Brexit, Windrush and the bloodshed in Palestine. 

With Mr Corbyn a strong supporter of Palestine, the massacre of more than 60 Palestinians by Israeli forces will undoubtedly be on the agenda. 

The Windrush scandal also continues to rumble on while Brexit, as ever, will divide the house. 

This is a live blog. Refresh the page for the latest updates from PMQs, which starts at 12pm. 

12.53pm: Free at last

…and it’s over. That was a bumper PMQs. Thanks for following along. 

12.48pm: Erasmus

Mrs May denies claims British students will not be entitled to the Erasmus student exchange after Brexit.

She said: “We have not forgotten about Erasmus which gives opportunities for students.

“We may wish to remain part of Erasmus but we will be dealing with these matters in negotiations.”

12.40pm: The will of the people

MP Owen Paterson suggests any MPs opposing Brexit are going against the will of the people. 

He said: “63 percent of members of this house represent constituencies that voted leave.

“Does the PM agree that should those members not support her by voting for her programme of taking back control, by leaving the single market the customs union and the ECJ, they will be denying the democratic vote of constituents and do lasting damage to our democracy?”

Mrs May gratefully takes a swing at the softball question.

She said: “He’s absolutely right. We’re delivering on vote of British people to leave the EU.

“It’s a matter of the integrity of politicians to have once given the choice to the British population to deliver on that choice.”

12.30pm:  Grenfell survivors

Mrs May is asked why so few Grenfell survivors have a new permanent home.

She said: “There are 210 households in need of a new home, 201 households have accepted an offer of either temporary or permanent accommodation.

“The fire and rescue services have visited over 1,250 high rise buildings and action is being taken to ensure the safety of residents.”

The Government will fully fund the removing and replacement of dangerous cladding by council and HA estimate at £400m.

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Theresa May leaving Downing Street ahead of Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs)

12.24pm: May ‘out of touch’ with Scotland

The SNP’s Ian Blackford accuses the Tories are being “out of touch” with Scotland.

He said: “Last night Scottish parliament voted to refuse consent to withdrawal bill. The Conservatives are isolated and out of touch with people of Scotland. Will the PM work with Scottish Government to amend withdrawal bill?

“If PM wants to respect parliament then respect the vote. The Tories want to veto the democratic wishes of Scottish Parliament. This is absolutely unprecedented.

“If the Government forces through legislation without consent of Scotland the PM will be breaking a 20-year-old devolution document.”

May responds by saying she regrets the Scottish Parliament vote but said a lot of work was being done to gain the support of devolved parliaments.

She added: “What the bill does is set out a mechanism that respects devolution and lets us maintain integrity of our common market. This is a reasonable and sensible way forward.”

12.20pm: Onto economics

Theresa May boasts: “We now have record number of people in employment in this country.

“What did we see under Labour? Half a million unemployed because they always leave more people unemployed when they went in.”

Corbyn responds by sarcastically congratulating the PM on record levels of 0-hour contracts. 

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Jeremy Corbyn hit out at Theresa May in PMQs this lunchtime

12.15pm: Second referendum?

May puts Corbyn on the spot and urges him to rule out a second Brexit referendum.

She said: “He knows full well this government has a policy of leaving the customs union and ensuring as we do so we have as frictionless trade as possible with the EU, a solution of no hard border with Ireland and also that we have an independent trade policy. 

“But if he’s talking about friction, this month the shadow health minister in the lords voted for a second referendum, at the weekend his shadow Brexit secretary refused to rule out a second referendum and on Monday the shaadow international development secretary tweeted in favour of a second referendum.

“So perhaps he could put the minds of British people at rest and rule out a second referendum.”

12:14pm: ‘Labour would sell Britain out!’

Theresa May gets her own back by dismissing Labour’s claim they are better equipped to negotiate with the EU. 

She said: “His position is we should have triggered Art 50 straight after referendum, with no work having been done on the preparations.

“He wouldn’t have a white page let along a white paper.

“What Labour would have done is what they do every time in government, they would have sold Britain out.”

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Theresa May leaving Downing Street for PMQs this morning

12:14pm ‘Let Labour try’

Corbyn says May should step aside and let Labout negotiate with EU negotiators.

He said: “If the PM cannot even convince her own cabinet of the strategy what chance does she have of convincing 27 other European countries?

“The government is so busy negotiating with itself it cannot negotiation with anyone else.

“If PM can’t negotiate a deal for Britain why doesn’t she step aside and let Labour negotiate a comprehensive customs union deal, living standards backed by trade unions and business in this country.

“Stand aside and make way for those who will.”

12.10pm: First point to Corbyn

Corbyn takes the first swipe at Mrs May and the division in her cabinet. 

He said: “When the PM wrote at the weekend she wanted as little friction as possible was she talking about EU trade or the next cabinet meeting?”

In response, everyone shouts for a bit.

12.05pm: And we’re off

Theresa May also pays tribute to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ahead of the royal wedding on Saturday. 

She said: “I’m sure the whole house would join me in offering our best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding this Saturday and the very best for their future lives together.”

Mrs May also acknowledges Mental Health Awareness Week. 

12.04pm: Round of applause for Jo Cox

PMQs begins with a rare round of applause for the two police officers who apprehended Jo Cox’s killer. 

Mrs May said: “When Jo Cox was killed this House lost one of its best.”

11.50pm: 10 minutes to go

PMQs will begin in 10 minutes. It will be followed by a statement from Chris Grayling on transport. 

More to follow… 



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