PMQs LIVE: Theresa May to face a GRILLING over Brexit days before crunch vote

The Prime Minister is set to be quizzed about the last-minute Brexit negotiations in her weekly grilling session. It comes as she is continuing to press the EU for changes to the controversial Northern Ireland backstop. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox headed to Brussels yesterday for a fresh round of talks in a bid to win concessions.

Mrs May is hoping that Mr Cox will be able to change his his legal advice about the indefinite nature of the backstop to persuade Tory MPs to back her deal.

But the clock is ticking with just days to go until she is due to bring her deal back to Parliament following January’s historic defeat.

If the deal is rejected for a second time, MPs will get the chance to either back a no-deal Brexit or call for the UK’s departure from the bloc to be delayed.

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12:15pm update: Jeremy Corbyn blames austerity for increasing violent crime

Mr Corbyn blamed austerity for increasing levels of violent crime.

He said: “The public services that were that to support young people have been systematically stopped away and every can see the consequences of that.

“You have to invest in all out communities in every part of this country – something this Government is incapable of doing.”

Mrs May hit back: “If he was worried about austerity he would make sure it would never the happen again.

“Remember why we took those measures, because of the state of the economy his party left us in. And he would take us right back to austerity square one.”

12.10pm update: Mr Corbyn slams police cuts

The Labour leader challenged the Prime Minister insisting there must be more police funding.

The Prime Minister replied that violent crime must be tackled “across a number of fronts”.

She said: “This year more money is being put into the police and next year. The real question is why did Labour oppose that money going into police?”

12:05pm update: PM to hold urgent meeting over knife crime crisis

The Prime Minister revealed she is holding a summit at 10 Downing Street in the coming days in a bid to tackle the UK’s spiralling knife crime crisis.

Mrs May said: “A growing number of young people have lost their lives in a cycle of mindless violence that has shocked us all.”

The Prime Minister added that the root causes of the problem must be addressed.


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