Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – 15 May 2019

15th May 2019

Driving the Day

BREXIT VOTE: Following talks with Jeremy Corbyn last night, Downing Street has confirmed that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the legislation needed to confirm the UK’s departure from the EU – will be introduced to the Commons at the start of June, with No 10 previously insisting the bill would only be introduced if the Government believed there was a majority for it in the Commons. Without Labour support – and with eurosceptic Tories and the DUP still vehemently opposed to the Withdrawal Agreement she negotiated with Brussels – the suggestion is that it would be defeated. However, Theresa May will hope it will be enough to satisfy Tory MPs demanding she sets out a timetable for her departure from Number 10.

Order Paper Highlights

House of Commons

  • 11.30am Wales questions
  • Midday Prime Minister’s Questions
  • Ten-minute rule bill on trade union access to workplaces
  • Regulation relating to the Higher Education and Research Act 2017
  • Debate on serious violence
  • Adjournment debate on services at the Alexandra Hospital

House of Lords

  • 3pm Questions on no-fault evictions; creative industries’ future access to European markets; Wilton Park, and Heathrow airport’s expansion
  • Debate on a report from the EU committee on Brexit and the movement of people in the cultural sector
  • Debate on a report from the EU committee on Brexit and common security and defence policy missions and operations
  • Debate on a report from the EU committee on Brexit and plant and animal biosecurity

On Manoeuvres

  • Prime Minister Theresa May attends a summit on online extremism
  • Engage, build and strengthen relationships with MPs and senior executives at NHS England and NHS Improvement at the NHS Parliamentary Awards in London
  • Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt delivers the keynote address at the First Sea Lord’s Sea Power Conference (10:15am)
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary Greg Clark speaks at the second day of the Financial Times live event on the future of the automotive industry (9:05am)
  • Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Jeremy Wright meets with EU Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip
  • International Trade Secretary Liam Fox takes part in an ‘in conversation’ event with the Institute for Government (9:30am)
  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss (8:50am) and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell (10:40am) speak at a Financial Times event on Brexit
  • Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks at the All Energy exhibition and conference
  • Rhun ap Iorwerth AM speaks at the launch of the Plaid Cymru report on electric vehicles (12:00pm)

Reports & Statistics

  • The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes a report on local authority governance
  • The Local Government Association publishes a report on retailers selling knives to underage children
  • The Institute of Economic Affairs publishes a report on market forces and health and social care
  • The Institute for Public Policy Research publishes a report on introducing a living wage for the north
  • The British Chamber of Commerce publishes its quarterly recruitment outlook