Standing in for Theresa May at PMQs, first secretary of state tells Emily Thornberry that Britain will reject ‘punishment deal’

The government could still walk away from negotiations with the EU with no agreement to avoid a “punishment deal”, Theresa May’s deputy, Damian Green, has told a prime minister’s questions dominated by plans for Brexit.

Green, the first secretary of state, stood in for May as she was taking part in the state visit by the king and queen of Spain, with Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, taking the place of Jeremy Corbyn.

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