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recess until 5:45 p.m. today and that when the senate reconvenes, all postcloture time be considered expired and the senate vote on the motion to waive and following the vote on the motion to waive the bill be read a third time and the senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, under the previous order, the senate stands in recess until care and take them back into slavery. >> order. statement. the prime minister. >> hear, hear.
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>> with permission, mr. speaker, i would like to make a statement on the response of the russian government to the incident in salisbury. first, on behalf of the whole house, let me pay tribute once again to the bravery and professionalism of all the emergency services, doctors, nurses and investigation teams who led the response to this appalling incident. and also to the fortitude of the people, lenny reassure them that as public health england has make clear, the ongoing risk to public health is low and the government will continue to do everything possible to support this historic city to recover fully. mr. speaker, on monday i set out for sergei skripal and his daughter were poison with a military grade nerve agent develop by russia. race on this capability combined with a record of conducting state-sponsored assassination, including against former intelligence officers who may
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regard a legitimate target, the uk government concluded that it was highly likely that russia was responsible for this reckless and despicable act. and there were only two explanations. either this was a direct attack by the russian state against our country, or conceivably the russian government would've lost control of the military grade nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others. mr. speaker, it was right to offer russia the opportunity to provide an explanation, but the response has demonstrated complete disdain for the gravity of these events. >> hear, hear. >> they are provided no credible explanation that could suggest they lost control of their nerve agent. no explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the united kingdom, no explanation as to why russia has an undeclared chemical weapons program in contravention of international law. >> hear, hear.
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>> instead, they have treated the use of military grade nerve agent in europe with sarcasm, content, and defiance. so, mr. speaker, there is no alternative conclusion other than that the russian state was culpable for the attempted murder of mr. skripal and his daughter, and for taking the lives of other british citizens in salisbury, including detective sergeant nick bailey. this represents an unlawful use of force by the russian state against the united kingdom. and as i set out on monday, it has taken place against the backdrop of a well-established pattern of russian state aggression across europe and beyond. it must therefore be met with a full and robust response beyond the actions we've already taken since the murder of mr. litman nay and russian aggression elsewhere. it is essential that we now come together with our allies to defend our security, to stand up
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for our values and to send a clear message to those who would seek to undermine them. this morning i chaired a for meeting of the national security council where we agreed immediate actions to dismantle the russian espionage network in the uk, urgent work to develop new powers to tackle all forms of hostile state activity and to ensure that those seeking to carry out such activity cannot enter the uk and additional steps to spend all plant high-level contacts between united kingdom and the russian federation -- the spin. let me start with the immediate action. mr. speaker, the house will recall that following the murder, the uk expelled for diplomats. under the vienna convention the united kingdom will now expel 23 russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers. they are just one week to leave.
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this will be the single biggest expulsion for over 30 years and that reflects the fact that this is not the first time that the russian state has acted against our country. through these expulsions we will fundamentally degrade russian intelligence capability in the uk for years to come. and if they seek to rebuild it we will prevent them from doing so. second, we will urgently develop proposals for new legislative powers to harden our defenses against all forms of hostile state activity. this will include the addition of a targeted power to detain the suspected of hostile state activity at the uk border. this power is currently only permitted in relation to the suspected of terrorism. and i ask of home secretary to consider whether there is a need for newtown espionage powers to click down on the activities of foreign agents and a country. mr. speaker, as i set out on monday we will also table a
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government amendment to the sanctions bill to strengthen our power to impose sanctions in response to the violation of human rights. in doing so we will play our part in an international effort to punish those responsible for the sort of abuses suffered by sergei magnitsky. and i hope as with all the measures i'm setting out today that this will command cross party support. mr. speaker, we will also make full use of existing powers to enhance our efforts to monitor and to track the intentions of those traveling to the uk who could be engaged in activity that threatens the security of the uk and allies. so we will increase checks on private flights, customs and freight. we will freeze russian state assets wherever we have the evidence that they may be used to threaten the life or property of uk nationals or residents. an led by the national crime agency we will continue to bring all the capabilities of uk law enforcement to bear against serious criminals and corrupt.
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there is no place for these people or their money in our country. mr. speaker, let me be clear. while our response must be robust it must also remain true to our values as a liberal democracy that believes in the rule of law. many russians have made this country their home, abide by our laws and make an important contribution to our country which we must continue to welcome. but to those who seek to do us harm, , my message is simple. you are not welcome here. mr. speaker, let me turn to our bilateral relationship. as i set a monday we had a very simple approach to russia, engage but beware. and i continue to believe it is not in our national interest to break off all dialogue between the united kingdom and the russian federation. but in the aftermath of this appalling act against our country is relationship cannot be the same. so we will suspend all bilateral contact between united kingdom
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and the russian federation. this includes revoking the invitation to foreign minister lavrov to pay a reciprocal visits of uk, confirming be no attempt by ministers or indeed members of the web family at this summers world cup in russia. finally, mr. speaker, we will deploy a range of tools from across the full breadth of our national security apparatus in order to counter the threat of a hostile state activity. while i i set out some of these measures today, members on all sides will understand that there are some that can be shared publicly for reasons of national security. and, of course, there are other measures we stand ready to deploy at any time to face further russian provocation. mr. speaker, none of the actions we take are intended to damage the activity or prevent context between our population. we have no disagreement with the people of russia who have been responsible for so many great achievements throughout their history pick many of us look to
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the post-soviet russia with hope. we wanted a better relationship, and it is tragic that president putin has chosen to act in this way. [shouting] but we will not tolerate the threat to life the british people and others on british soil from the russian government nor will we tolerate such a flagrant breach of russia's international obligations. mr. speaker, as they set out on monday the united kingdom it does not scandal in confronting russian aggression. in the last 24 hours i've spoken to president trump, chancellor merkel and president macron. we've agreed to cooperate closely and responding to this barbaric act and coordinate our efforts to stand up to the rules-based international order which russia seeks to undermine. i would also speak to other allies and departments in the coming days. and i welcome the strong expressions of support from nato and the partners across the european union and beyond. later today in new york the u.n.
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security council will hold open consultation where we will be pushing for a robust international response. we have also notified the organizations of the prohibition of we have also notified the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons about russia's use of this nerve agent and we are working with the police to enable the opcw to independently verify ourur analysis. mr. speaker, this is not just cannot of attempted murder and salisbury nor just an act against the uk. it is an affront to the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons and it is an affront to the rules-based system on which we and our international partners depend. we will work with our allies and partners to confront such actions wherever they threaten our security, at home and abroad. i commend this statement to the house. >> hear, hear. >> jeremy corbyn. >> thank you, mr. y speaker. i would like to thank the prime minister for advanced sight of her statement and echo absolutelyr her words about the
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service of our emergency and public services. the attack in salisbury was an appalling act of a violence. nerve agents are abominable it used in any war. it is utterly reckless to use them in a civilian environment. this attack in britain has concerned our allies in the european union, nato and the u.n., and their words of solidarity have strengthened our position diplomatically. our response is a country must be guided by the rule of law, support for international agreements and respect for human rights. when it comes to the use of chemical weapons on british soil, it is essential that the government work with the united nations to strengthen its chemical weapons monitoring system and involve the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons. weapons. the prime minister said on monday this was a direct act by the russian state or the russian
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government must -- lost control of the potential catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allotted to get into the hands of others. our response must be both decisive and proportionate, and based on clear evidence. if the government believes that it is still a possibility that russia negligently lost control of the military grade nerve agent, what action has been taken to the opcw with our allies? i welcome the fact the police are working with the opcw and has the prime minister taken the necessary steps under the chemical weapons convention to make a formal request for evidence from the russian government under article 9.2? how has she responded to the russian governments request for a sample of the agent used in the salisbury attack to run its own test? [shouting] has high resolution trace
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analysis been run on a sample of the nerve agent, and has that revealed in evidence as to the location of its production or the identity of its perpetrator perpetrators? and can the prime minister update the house on what conversations, if any, she said with the russian government? and while -- and while suspending planned high-level contacts, does the prime minister agreed that it is essential to maintain a robust dialogue with russia? in the interest of our own and wider in the interest of her own and wider international security with many countries, mr. speaker, speaking out -- speaking out alongside us, the circumstances demand that we build an international consensus to address the use of chemical weapons. we should urge our international
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allies to join us and call on russia to reveal without delay full details of its chemical weapons program to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons. it is as we on these benches have expressed before a matter of huge regret that our country's diplomatic capacity has been stripped back with cuts of 25% in the last five years. [shouting] it is, mr. speaker -- [shouting] >> it is, mr. speaker -- [shouting]g] >> order. theig right honorable gentleman must be heard. there would be adequate opportunity for colleagues on both sides of the house to put questions. members must be heard. jeremy corbyn. >> i couldn't understand a word of what the foreign secretary just said, mr. speaker, but his behavior demeans his office.
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[shouting] >> it is in moments -- [shouting] it is in momentsts such as of these that governments realize howho vital strong diplomacy and political pressure are for our security and national interest. the measures we take have to be effective, not just for the long-term security of our citizens but to secure a world free of chemical weapons. can the prime minister outline what discussions she has had with our partners in the european union, nato and the u.n., and whatnd willingness the was to take multilateral action? while the poisonings, mr. speaker, of surrogate and yulia are confronting us to do, what efforts are being made by the governmentrn to reassess the deh of his daughter who died in 2012, and the deaths of his elder brother and son who have
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both died in the past two years? we have a duty to speak out against the abuse of human rights by the putin government and its supporters, both at home and abroad, and i joined many others in his house in paying tribute to the c many campaignes in russia for human rights and justice and democracy in that country. i mr. speaker, we must do more to address the dangers posed by the states relationship with unofficial mafia like groups and corrupt oligarchs. we must also, we must also expose the flows of ill-gotten cash between the russian state and billionaires who become stupendously rich by looting their country and subsequently use london to protect their wealth. we welcome the prime minister today statement today clearly
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committing to support the magnitsky amendments and amending them as soon as possible, as we on this side have long pushed for. mr. speaker, yesterday nikolai kalashnikov, russian exxon was close friends with a late oligarch boris berezovsky was found dead in his london home. what reassurance can she get to citizens of russian origin living in britain that they are safe here? mr. speaker, the events in salisbury earlier this month are abominable and have been rightly condemned right across the house. britain has to build, britain has to build a consensus with our allies, and we support the prime minister in taking multilateral -- [shouting] mr. speaker, we support the prime minister in taking multilateral action and from action to ensure we strengthen the chemical weapons convention to ensure that this dreadful, appalling act, which we totally condemn, never happens again in
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our country. >> the right honorable gentleman raised a number of questions around the nerve agent that had been used. he asked if we are putting together and international coalition to call on russia to reveal the details of the its chemical weapons program to the opcw. that is indeed what we did. we gave the russian government the opportunity through the day marsh that my right honorable friend the foreign secretary delivered to the russian ambassador in london earlier this week, to do just that. they have not done so. and he's raised a number of questions turkeys asked about the corrupt elite and money going to monday. as i say to my statement led by the national crime agency will continue to bring all the capabilities of uk law-enforcement to bear against serious criminals and corrupt
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elite. there's no place for these people or their money in our country, and that work is ongoing. he talked about getting an international consensus together, as i said i have spoken to chancellor merkel, to president trump, to president macron, others have also expressed their support, the nato secretary-general said we stand in solidarity with our allies in the united kingdom, and those responsible for both those who committed the crime and those who ordered it must face appropriate series consequences. the nato council has expressed deep concern of the first defensive use of a nerve agent on a light territory since nato sedation and i was a great attack was a a clear breach of international norms and agreements. the president of the eu council said i expressedf my phone solidarity with theresa may in the face of the brutal attack inspired most likely by moscow. i'm ready to put the issue on next weeks european council
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agenda. we will be doing that. but i say to the right honorable gentleman this is not a question of our diplomacy of what diplomatic support we have around the world. this this is a question of the culpability of the russian state for an act on our soil. [shouting] and he said that we should be trying to build a consensus. it was clear from the conversations i've had with allies that we have the consensus with our allies. itll was clear from the remarks that were made by backbenchers across the whole of this house on monday that there is a consensus across the back benches of this house. i am only sorry that the consensus does not go as far as the right honorable gentleman, who -- [shouting]
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who -- [shouting] who could, who could have taken the opportunity as the uk government has done to condemn the culpability of the russian state. [shouting] >> mr. kenneth clark. >> mr. speaker, it seems to me without access to closed information that the choice of this particularly bizarre and dreadful way of killing an individual is a deliberate choice by the russian government to put their signature on a particular killing so that other defectors are left in no doubt that it is the russian government that will act if they are disappointed in any way by those actions. in thef light of that the only sensible question that the leader of the opposition asked was what consultation we propose to have with nato, the other
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european countries, with the american government about positive action that could be taken to prevent this continuing defiance of international law, with the defiance of all rules on testing and possession of chemical weapons. it's not just a question of expressing our anger about salisbury. this is actually a series threat to the safety of the western world unless and until we all do something together to actually start getting the russians to do something, as opposed toig simpy ignoring us. >> my right honorable friend and learned friend is actually right and that is why we are not only talking to allied bilaterally, but there will, as i understand, be and beating of the nato council tomorrow at which this issue would be considered. the president of the eu council has said he will be putting this
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on thehe agenda of the european union council meeting at the end of next week. and my right honorable and learned friend is absolutely right. while we rightly initially focused on the use of this nerve agent in the uk and its impact on us in the uk, this is about the illegal use of chemical weapons by the o russian state d it is about an illegal program of developing those chemical weapons by the russian state. we will leave no stone unturned in order to work with our allies to ensure that we respond appropriately to that. >> ian blackford. >> thank you, mr. speaker. let me thank the prime minister for advanced sight of her statement. as the prime minister has dated, the attack on mr. skripal and his daughter was an unlawful use of force by the russian state against the united kingdom. mr. speaker, there has to be a robust response to the use of terror on our streets.
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>> hear, hear. >> we must act in a measured way to show that we will simply not tolerate this behavior, and in this regard i welcome and associate with those of us on these benches with the measures contained in the statement. on this matter i commit my party to working constructively with the government. i am sure the house will join me with extending thanks to the police and security services who are working around the clock on the recent case in salisbury. mr. speaker, it is been warming to see our closest friends and allies across europe expressing solidarity and support. ourur friends globally must join witht. us by standing up to this abuse of state power by russia. and i look for did it in the united nations, which must be critically and unambiguous voice.
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mr. speaker, the fact that we are expelling the largest number of undeclared intelligence officers in over 30 yearsst is welcome, and is the desire to examine what can be done from a legislative perspective to defend against hostile state activity.ho as someone who's previously supported the so-called magnitsky measures, i please of the government are signaling action in this area. let me commendis the actions of bill browder who i've had the opportunity to meet him, who is personally been massive risk and dusted up to the effects of russian state power. mr. speaker, financial sanctions are welcome and we must redouble our efforts against any money laundering by those responsible. it must be clear to the russian authorities that we will not tolerate activities that infringe international law. whilst we support the pms actions will continue to scrutinize them carefully and we must ensure proper scrutiny as
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any new proposed legislation. our thoughts are with those in russia with separate from abuse of state power. there isf no doubt that that is what we are seeing. and inan doing so we look forwad where we can engage probably for decent cooperation but the only be a ae to date much robust one towards the kremlin and to russia. >> hear, hear. >> can i -- can i -- [shouting] mr. speaker, can't i i once agn thank the right honorable gentleman are not just the tone of his responsible for the comments he has made? can i reassure him that a course in images of proposals we bring forward will have do scrutiny in this house. can i think imports constructed offer to work with the government on this issue, you guessed it is a matter that should concern us across the whole house? can i reassure him although i
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made reference to a number of allies who are spoken in support of united kingdom on this, others have, to? canada and australia have been very clear that a robust response is appropriate to this and once again i welcome the comments made by the right honorable gentleman. >> mr. iain duncan smith. >> may i i commit my right honorable friend for strong rising to the in challenge as others have shown, they also are in positions of leadership have risen to the challenge, i'm only sorry that others in such positions have fallen well short. >> hear, hear. >> can ask her in the i conversations she is due to have with her allies come she's quite right to do, she may raise with the german government the issue of the nord stream two two pipe of which theyh engage with with the russians which will cut revenues from ukraine and eastern europe and give russia and unparalleled ability to bully those countries in the future. if russia is as we now believe a rogue state, could you please
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try and persuade our allies in europe and elsewhere not to treat with them and make them better off? >> i thank my right honorable friend but can i say to them i think one of the things we will be discussing with our allies is how we can ensure that the robust message about the act that is taking place on uk soil is consistently given and continues to beue given by all r allies. as regard to nord stream two it is rightly discussed at the european union council asked my right honorable friend would i suspect imagine. >> i welcome this statement come her conclusion about the culpability of the russian state is immensely serious one, and that in addition to their breaches of international law, of the use of chemical weapons but also their continued disregard for the ruled of law and for human rights must be met with unequivocal condemnation.
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>> hear, hear.r. >> can i welcome the measures she is taken to downgrade the intelligence capability of the russian state had, but also in particular the work that i now understand i started with the united nations? it is important to expose russia and what they're doing within united nations and to build a broad as possible support against them. can she said that more about what she is doing on that front? >> can i also think the right honorable lady for the strength of the statement she is just made which i know is representative of many of her right honorable and honorable friends on the back benches opposite. we are taking this matter to the united nations. my right honorable friend the foreign secretary has spoken to the u.n. secretary-general about this issue. it will be part of an open discussion that is taking place tomorrow. that is the start of the process
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of looking at this issue. as indicated in response to my right honorable and learned friend the member from rush cliff this is not just about the incident that is take taking pn the united kingdom. it is about the use of chemical weapons. this illegal use of chemical weapons that is u taking place d the role of the russian state in the development of chemical weapons contrary to international law. >> mr. speaker, no reasonable person can possibly doubt that the russian government has behaved with arrogance, with inhumanity and with contempt, not least inn failing to respond to the prime ministers deadline, which it surely would have done if they thatf know it was innocent of this charge. in welcoming the prime ministers expulsion of 23 diplomats are really intelligence agencies, will i asked her to make it
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clear that any retaliation in kind by the russian government will be met by further expulsion, possibly including ev the ambassador spends so much time, to talk to us ino this place bemoaning the poor state of anglo russian relations? and will she accept that russia traditionally respects strength and despises weakness and that the time has come to recognize that 2% of gdp is not enough to spend on defense when we are reverting to the sort of adversarial relationship when we used to spend a much higher proportion of gdp in ensuring that this country was well defended? >> can i thank my honorable friend for his remarks. i said in my statement, there are other measures we stand ready to deploy at any time,
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should with a further russian provocation. and on the other pointing made, as we have been looking for national security capability review and are modernizing defense program review, what we are doing is ensuring both the variety and diversity of threats this country faces. we have the and the capabilities available to deal with those threats. of course as those threats diversify, not all of them will be responded to by what is conventionally normally considered to be defense. >> sir vincent cable. >> i and my party fully support the prime minister statement. cannot ask what is a response to the brave leader of the opposition in russia who is not allowed to stand in the presidential election, who is most effective action the british government can take is to use its legal powers, such as the unexplained
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orders, against named individuals who are critical to the putin operation? she names in particular mr. -- [inaudible] a substantial property and sporting interests, and the first deputy prime minister, who amongst other things owns a 14,000,000 million pound flat overlooking the ministry of defence. will she act?ll >> can i say, can i think the right honorable judgment for the support is given to the actions being taken by the government? can i also say to him as i did in mice date but that we do of course look at issues around corrupt elites, criminal finances. we look at using the tools and capabilities that are at our disposal, a national crime agencies continuing that work. >> thank you, mr. speaker. may i think the prime minister
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for her impressive leadership in this matter. i associate myself actually and usually with a leader of the liberal democrats in coliform or use of unexplained wealth orders. butde could also ask her if she will use the tools at her disposal to expose the wealth of the putin family, $300 billion or more has been stolen from the russian people by that man? we should expose and for what he is and not be a useful idiot hiding behind the legalism of his crimes. >> can't i think my honorable friend for his contribution and suggestion. can also say on the unexplained wealth orders, of course those are tools that we do use but we have to use them properly in accordance with the rule of law following the two processes that should take place. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i welcome the prime minister's statement come agree with her analysis and fully support the government actions. >> hear, hear. >> i understand that the foreign office has called for an urgent
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meeting of the u.n. security council. what does the prime minister think the likely result given that one permanent member is engaging in unlawful attack on another? does she share my concern that russia's actions in this country, in ukraine, and then backing the assad regime in syria means that thehe current security council mechanism is a broken? >> can i say, thank the honorable lady for comments and also say the foreign secretary did speak to view and security general yesterday. later today in new york the u.n. security council will hold initial consultations. russia is a member of the security council, but it's important we continue to use the international organizations that are available to us. the united nations is a protector of the international rules-based order. that's what it should be, and we will continue to press for a
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robust international response. >> it's clear that almost unanimous across the house there is support for my right honorable friends proportionate and right response to this crisis. inus particular, she is right to use thebs mechanisms of the unid nations to make clear to everyone what has happened in this case. which also bear in mind that russia's either directly or directly authorized and use chemical weapons in syria? may i also thank her for what you said about the magnitsky amendment, which many others cross the house have been working for some time now? i hope she will give consideration for implementing the full magnitsky amendment as it is been committed in america and in canada. >> first of all, this picks up a point that was made by the previousus question, that this isn't something one act we see from russia. this is a pattern of
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action by russia where they are undertaking in a variety of ways different actions across we see them doing in surrey, bc receig doing by the illegal annexation of crimea and their activities in done bass. we see the use of propaganda, came to enter in elections across the continent of europe. these are all the actions that the russian state is getting involved in, and in response to the second point we will bring forth a government amendment to reflect the magnitsky considerations, and, to ensure that we have got the strongest possible means to deal with these issues. >> sammyst wilson. >> we welcome the decisive w action which is been taken by the prime minister today, which sits in contrast with the policy of appeasement that we've heard from the front bench of the labour party. [shouting] i am sure the people of p united kingdom are pleased that it is the prime minister who was standing behind that dispatch box today, defending the rule of
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law and the citizens of this country. however, she has told us just spoken to her allies over the last couple of days. perhaps she could t tell us, apt from words of support, what actions have they committed to ensure that first of all messages sent out about this action and actions in the future? >> can i think the honorable judgment for his remarks and for support the action figure miss taking on this action. in relation toct the actions toe taken by international allies, they were waiting for us to announce the various actions that we were taking by the national security council this morning but we will be holding further discussions with our allies about the way in which they can support what we are doing by takingat actions themselves. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i entire agree with the approach adopted by my right honorable friend the prime minister and she has responded to this outrageous attack. does she agree that the
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difficulty we face is not so much in getting the concurrence of our allies in agreeing on the nature of the outrage, but how we're going to craft a sustained strategy so that those of us who believe in thehe rules-based international system can apply the necessary leverage and persuasion on russia to conform to it? the very serious risk that we run is that if we don't succeed in doing this, the level of violence that russia is going to exercise with impunity against other states and as will simply increase. this is something whichg are allies in particular must have regard to if are going to make any progress. >> my right honorable and learned friend is absolutely correct that this is an issue which we need to address in that wider sense because it is about the way in which the russian state is acting it believes with impunity andri a whole variety f
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ways, the way in which it is flouting the international rules-basedd order. we must come together as allies to ensure we are supporting the international rules-based order and we have not just the collective agreement but a collective approach which insures that we can challenge what russia is doing. but he's also right. one of the point i think we should making to our allies is that this maye have happened in the united kingdom, but actually it is something that could be happening in any of these estateske. >> ico join others in welcoming the measures that the prime minister has announced today. as russia has chosen to act against us in such an outrageous way we have to demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves. given that russia's usual response is to deny all responsibility for such actions as well as seeking the assistance of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons and identifying the sample, does she intend to ask
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for that organization to carry out an investigation, including an inspection of any facilities or locations in russia where this nerve agent in all probability was produced? >> can i say to the right honorable judgment we will be talking to the opcw about a number of ways in which not just the sample of the nerve agent used here in the united kingdom can be independently verified, but other actions the opcw might be able to take. >> i welcome the decision of the government to refer to the patiently and carefully acquired evidence of this grotesque attackan to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons. is it her intention that it's finding should be referred to t the russians, to the united nations and to ourselves? will she considered in light of that fighting go further on and explained wealth orders and of
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other financial sanctions against russia, if i necessary? >> can i i say toy? my right honorable friend that of course we are asking the opcw to individually verify this so that it can be clear to everyone the nature of this nerve agent. can also say to him that as i said earlier in response to the unexplained wealth orders, these are things whichch we do operat, we do use and we've introduced, but we will always ensure that they are done on evidence and obviously we operate according to the rule of law. .. can i, the prime minister's statement and condemnation of russians and the actions i've taken and welcome the fact that she's adopting the magnisski amendment from the government. can i say too much money is being laundered out of russia and finding its way into the
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british system. and there are two things she could do pretty quickly which would help to tackle that. in the first place, she could bring forward the public register of ownership of call home. : . >> here. in relation to the issue that she faced about property ownership that would be something to discuss. we haven't been delaying that. we do need to ensure we get that right and we have been discussing the timing for introducing that.
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they can help us in the endeavor we were engaged in. >> oui support the actions she is taking there is no place for serious criminal to have their money in our country. also bear in mind the committee could have a real role in teasing out information to what is going in on to tackle dirty money in this country weather in london or elsewhere. >> can i say indeed, i recognize the role select committees can play.
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i suspect she just set up a committee of her own to undertake. >> can i assure the prime minister that most of us on these ventures fully support the measures. m >> here, here. >> indeed, some of us think they could have come a bit sooner. wider issue of hybrid warfare against our country, which he ask intelligence services to investigate vladimir putin influencing our think tanks and art universities and medical parties. >> here, here. >> he raises an important issue about the propaganda activity that are being undertaken by the russian state and i will look at the suggestions you have made. >> we should all be thanking god today. [inaudible]
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i am noten expecting my friend to cover all the details but this morning residence all the metropolitan police and the army invade the street in lockdown, removing vehicles and items linked to the incident. t i must expect my friends to give commentary on current operations but could she confirm two things, first that the security services are doing all that they can keep my constituents safe. >> i'm very happy to do that. investigation does continue and we cannot say where that investigation is going to take the police in terms of their further inquiries but i will ensure he is provided a briefing as a member of parliament.
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>> i support everything the professor has said today. the truth is under governor putin, the russian federation has managed to combine all the worst facets of communism and rampant capitalism all wrapped up inside a national security state which keeps his people poor and killed his political opponents. can i ask about the russian ambassador. since he arrived here sevene years ago, he has repeatedly lied to parliamentarians. he has tried tol get debate on russia stops in this house andwi interfere in the internal election of the house and it is time we now told him we will order our affairs in this country, not him and he can go home. >> here's your.
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>> he is absolutely right. we will order our affairs in this country and not be told what to do by a russian ambassador, and i fully expect the authorities to ensure it is not possible for external parties to interfere in elections in this house. and i also say it's a brave man who tries to tell the speaker of the house of commons to tell them what to do. >> you got nowhere with me, you can be sure aboutut that. they have completely supported not just the wise words of the prime minister but also her firm action with the t notable exception. [inaudible] further to the questions, democracy is a fundamental value there has been long held
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concerns that they are seeking to undermine and interfere in it. if those concerns turned to evidence, will she take equally robust action against russia to ensure that our great democracy continues to be protected. >> i'm very happy to give the assurance to my right and honorable friends of the action that we take part we recognize the first duty of government is to safeguard the nation and we treat security and integrity of our processes very seriously. in terms of theor same fro information used by the kremlin, we know they use it to destabilize enemies and will continue to work with the uk and the international partners to counter this. >> cspan "washington journal" live everyday with news and
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policy issues that impact you. for the republican congressman will join us to discuss them violence. history professor on his new book examining the presidency of barack obama. we are live in sacrament of california for the next up on the cspan bus 50 capitals to he her. they will talk about top issues facing the state legislature as well as challenges with diane feinstein. we should watch cspan "washington journal" live at 77 thursday morning. join the discussion. >> this weekend, cities tour takes you to winston salem north carolina. we will explore the literary
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scene. author and wake forest university michelle gillespie with her book catherine and r.j. reynolds. >> was a rather external a couple in the early 20th century. r.j. reynolds was the founder of the tobacco company and he turned the factory into one of the top 100 corporations in america by the earlier 20th century. his wife catherine, 30 years younger, had a lot of vision and was committed to a progressive way of shaping society for the early of 20th century south. >> see an extensive collection from the collector of alice and wonder wonderland.
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>> i looked at his diary and letters and he had spotted typewriter in 1888. i learned about what kind of typewriter it was pretty detailed books on this but letters and documents and entertained his young friends. he would let them type things on it. this was quite a novelty to be able to produce something that looked like a printed document right there on your desk. >> a visit to old salem. here about the hidden town project. watch cspan city tours at winston-salem north carolina saturday at noon eastern on cspan to book tv. working with our cable affiliate as they explore america.
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monday on landmark cases we will explore the case of an african-american man arrested for taking a seat on the train reserved for widespread the 7 - 1 decision established the separate but equal doctrine. this narrow interpretation wasn't overturned until brown versus board of education. examine this case from high courts ruling with ted shaw. they. [inaudible] watch landmark cases live monda monday.
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