Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the Commons debate on Brexit next steps, and Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs
The Tory MP Alberto Costa has been sacked from his post as a parliamentary private secretary in the Scotland Office over his bid to get EU citizens’ rights ringfenced in the event of no deal. (See 11.19am and 11.53am.)
He was asked to resign after tabling an amendment calling on Theresa May to seek an urgent meeting with the EU to do a side deal securing the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British nationals settled in the EU.
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Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, devoted his two questions at PMQs to Brexit. He started by urging May to rule out a no-deal Brexit and he accused her of “blackmailing” the country with the prospect of what might happen if her deal is not agreed.
Theresa May said that there were only two ways to remove the threat of no deal. She would not revoke article 50, she said. So the only way to remove the threat of no deal was to vote for her deal, she said.
Parliament will not be bullied into a very bad choice of accepting her very bad deal or no deal at all.