Theresa May, who is soon to be replaced as leader of the Conservative Party and UK prime minister by either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will answer questions from leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn and other MPs in the Commons this afternoon. It will be the first time Mrs May has made a Common’s appearance since US President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack against her handling of Brexit, describing it as a “mess”. The President criticised the acting prime minister for not listening to him about the best way to proceed with the UK’s exit from the EU.
But Mrs May’s Brexit “mess” isn’t the only policy under scrutiny at the moment, as Mr Corbyn’s party has recently backed a colossal Brexit U-turn by pledging to back Remain in a second EU vote.
The Labour leader finally announced the Labour party’s Brexit policy this month and explained the party’s new position on Twitter.
He said: “ “Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister should put their deal, or No Deal, back to the people in a public vote.
“In those circumstances, Labour would campaign for Remain against either No Deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs.”
The announcement was welcomed by Tom Watson, the Labour Party’s deputy leader, who claimed “Remain is who we are”.
But not everyone approves the new policy, with Martin Daubney, a former Labour Party supporter and Brexit Party MEP, describing the move as “the final betrayal”.
Mr Daubney also accused the Labour leader of abandoning the working classes.
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12.12pm update: May brutally puts down Corbyn’s criticism by stating Labour needs to ‘deal with antisemitism injustice!’
Mrs May says if Labour is really interested in tackling injustices they should “deal with anti-semitism’ within the party.
The Labour leader responded by saying Labour is “totally” committed to wiping out anti-semitism.
12.10pm update: Corbyn says legal aid is an ‘essential pillar’ of the welfare state but cuts have led to legal aid ‘deserts’
Mr Corbyn has criticised the Tory’s approach to legal aid, saying that cuts have led to shrinking of law centres and the creation of legal aid ‘deserts’.
Mrs May responded by saying that a quarter of the Ministry of Justice’s budget is spent on legal aid, but that it is only “one part of the picture”.
12.08pm update: Jeremy Corbyn said Sir Kim’s resignation is ‘deeply unfair and wrong’
The Labour leader joined Mrs May’s praise of the British ambassador and said it was “deeply unfair and wrong” that he felt he had to resign.
12.06pm update: Alex Sobel kicks off the session by asking about her climate change commitment
The prime minister responded by saying the Government is on track to deliver climate change performance and said the UK is “leading the world on climate change”.
12.03pm update: Theresa May starts PMQ’s by giving her regret that Sir Kim has resigned
Mrs May said she and her Government owes him “a debt of gratitude” and said of the importance of defending the country’s principles.
She said: “Mr Speaker, this morning I have spoken to Sir Kim Darroch. I have told him that it is a matter of great regret that he has felt it necessary to leave his position as Ambassador in Washington.
“The whole Cabinet rightly gave its full support to Sir Kim on Tuesday.
“Sir Kim has given a lifetime of service to the UK and we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. Good government depends on public servants being able to give full and frank advice.
11.58am update: US ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch has resigned
Sir Kim Darroch has resigned from his position as US ambassador to the US following the revelation he made damning comments of President Trump.
Mr Trump was enraged by a memo where Sir Kim described his administration as “inept” in leaked advice.
Relations between the two countries worsened as President Trump wrote a damning Tweet of the British ambassador, and uninvited him to a state dinner.
11.48am update: MPs are currently putting questions to David Lidington and Kevin Foster
Kevin Foster, the Cabinet Office Minister, and David Lidington, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, are currently answering questions from MPs in the Commons.