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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 4.32pm BST There is some sign of movement in the Brexit legislative logjam, with the news that the EU withdrawal bill, amended by the Lords 15 times, will now return to the Commons for MPs to consider the amendments before the summer recess.Earlier on Thursday the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, announced next week’s business, which had no space for the bill – or any news of other Brexit bills.We are taking time to consider the amendments, and that is what you would expect us to do on an issue so important. 4.24pm BST Q: Will the UK have proposals on customs by the end of June?May says she has a very useful meeting with the Irish PM today. In the joint report in December the UK and the EU set out options for Ireland. Those measures are supposed to be addressed through the UK/EU relationship. There was a fallback option. When the EU turned that into a text, there was a version of the fallback option. May says that was unacceptable to the UK. But the UK will bring forward its own fallback option, she says. 4.17pm BST Q: Can you assure people there will be no extension to the customs arrangement with the EU after Brexit?May says the UK will be leaving the customs union. 4.15pm BST Asked about Hungary, corruption and security in the region, May singles out Russia for criticism. She says Russia has been intervening in a number of ways. We saw that in the chemical attack in Salisbury, she says.She says it is important for countries to come together. That is why the support Macedonia showed after the Salisbury attack was so important, she says. 4.13pm BST May speaks about the UK’s links with Macedonia and says Macedonia is an integral part of Europe. She says relations between the two countries are closer than they have been for more than 20 years. 4.10pm BST Theresa May is now holding a press conference in Macedonia. 3.23pm BST These are from RTE’s Tony Connolly on the May/Varadkar bilateral in Sofia earlier. (See 10.36am and 11.10am.)The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British PM Theresa May have had a 30 minute meeting in Sofia on the margins of the EU Western Balkans summit in Sofia. I’m told it was “useful but frank”.Both sides set out their perspectives, no breakthrough on the backstop (but none was really expected). Taoiseach warned that time is running out. Hint that UK may bring forward proposals soon, but no info on what they will contain. 3.13pm BST Theresa May is now in Macedonia. She is due to give a short press conference at some point after 4pm UK time. 2.44pm BST This is from HuffPost’s Paul Waugh.Big news in Lab circles: Emilie Oldknow just appointed Assistant General Secretary & Chief Operating Officer of Unison 2.21pm BST Dominic Cummings published a blog this week in which he explained his decision not to give evidence to the Commons culture committee. (See 1.36pm.) He said lawyers had told him to “keep my trap shut” until the Electoral Commission completes its investigation into Vote Leave this summer.He said he had been willing to give evidence to the committee after this date, but the MPs’ decision to issue a formal summons via the media showed their priority was “grandstanding PR, not truth-seeking”. 2.14pm BST Readers sometimes complain that Politics Live, and especially all the news it contains about Brexit, makes them feel depressed. The excellent Bridget Christie even once included a joke to that effect, mentioning the blog (and auto-eroticism - don’t ask) in her Radio 4 comedy show.But it turns out that, for the population as a whole, the last 12 months haven’t been so awful after all. The Office for National Statistics has today published its annual survey of wellbeing and it says that “average ratings of happiness and feeling that the things done in life are worthwhile have slightly increased in the UK”.Between the years ending December 2016 and 2017, improvements in worthwhile and happiness ratings in the UK were driven by Scotland, where average (mean) ratings also improved. Interestingly, average life satisfaction ratings also improved for Scotland; however, there were no significant changes for ratings of anxiety. No overall changes were reported for any measure of personal well-being in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. 1.53pm BST Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out giving all prison inmates in Scotland the right to vote, rejecting a recommendation from Holyrood’s equalities committee earlier this week.Sturgeon was pressed to respond to its report at first minister’s questions on Thursday and hinted that she could back limited voting rights, which would not extend to those jailed for the “most serious and heinous crimes.”I’m not of the view that this should lead to the enfranchising of all prisoners and I am, to say the least, sceptical that complying with the ECHR requires all prisoners to have the right to vote. 1.36pm BST Dominic Cummings, campaign director for Vote Leave during the EU referendum campaign, is on course to be found guilty of a contempt of parliament. The Commons culture committee has been asking him to give evidence to its fake news inquiry, he has been saying no (or at least, not now), and today the committee has announced that it will report him to the Commons for contempt of parliament.But Alexander Nix, the former Cambridge Analytica boss who was also refusing invitations to appear, has now, having been issued with a summons, agreed that he will appear before the committee, on Wednesday 6 June.We are disappointed that Dominic Cummings has not responded positively to our requests for him to appear. His reasoning that he must delay giving evidence due to ongoing investigations simply does not hold up, considering that Alexander Nix, Jeff Silvester and others involved have agreed to cooperate with the committee’s investigations despite currently being subject to various investigations.Reporting the matter to the House is a first step which could result in a decision that a contempt of parliament has been committed, a very serious outcome for the individual.The Houses’ power to punish non-members for contempt is untested in recent times. In theory, both Houses can summon a person to the bar of the House to reprimand them or order a person’s imprisonment. In addition, the House of Lords is regarded as possessing the power to fine non-members. The House of Commons last used its power to fine in 1666 and this power may since have lapsed.In 1978 the House of Commons resolved to exercise its penal jurisdiction as sparingly as possible and only when satisfied that it was essential to do so in order to provide reasonable protection for the House, its members or its officers from improper obstruction or interference with the performance of their functions. Since that resolution, the Commons has not punished a nonmember. There is no equivalent resolution in the House of Lords, but the House has not punished a non-member since the nineteenth century. 12.40pm BST My colleague Jennifer Rankin says EU sources have their concerns about the UK government’s reported plan to effectively extend customs union membership.EU sources cautious on pos Brexit customs union climbdown and unsurprisingly want to see proposals. One concern is that gov just playing for time and still pinning homes on customs p/ship ( aka "magical thinking") or max-fac ("less useful than a deodorant"). https://t.co/r2iV8cQDMZ 12.36pm BST Here is my colleague Robert Booth’s story on the Judith Hackitt review of building regulations published this morning in response to the Grenfell Tower fire. Related: Grenfell review condemns 'race to the bottom' in building safety practices Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announces consultation on banning dangerous cladding - not proposed by Dame Judith in her report on #GrenfellTowerFire https://t.co/L7qXelEusK 12.28pm BST Here are two more Conservative MPs backing the idea of effectively extending customs union membership beyond the transition.From Nick Boles, the former minister who voted remainNot sure if this is what was agreed but it sounds like a sensible and pragmatic way forward. #brexitthatworks https://t.co/CRjzZQeb2oThis makes sense if accurate and we can live with it. Pragmatic compromise will be necessary to achieve the end we fought for. https://t.co/CXIFOr8jcc via @Telegraph 12.09pm BST More from Sky’s Faisal Islam on government customs policy.Government policy stated at the Lancaster House speech last year by the PM was: “I do not want us to be bound by the Common External Tariff”... Asked if this is still policy, they’re getting back to me. pic.twitter.com/Trl946ZbU1Perhaps one might argue there is a difference between *the* Common External tariff and *a* external tariff that is common (& temporary) and choosing out o free will to apply it and being “bound” by it... 12.05pm BST Theresa May also had a meeting in Sofia this morning with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Emmanuel Macron, the French president. Over a rather nice breakfast, by the look of it.Here is the readout Number 10 released afterwards. A spokesperson said:In a trilateral meeting in the margins of the Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, Prime Minister Theresa May met with Chancellor Merkel and President Macron to discuss the decision by the US to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).The leaders reiterated their firm commitment to ensuring the deal is upheld, stressing it is important for our shared security. They pledged to work with the remaining parties to the deal to this end. 11.58am BST Stephen Hammond, the pro-European Conservative MP, and one of the 12 Tories who rebelled on the EU withdrawal bill in December, has said he would be in favour of effectively keeping the UK in the customs union beyond December 2020.Always sceptical of newspaper stories BUT if headline in D Tel right, this would be a sensible move. UK plc needs to have certainty and protect jobs so being ‘ tied ‘ to Customs Union is a pragmatic solutionIt also provides part of the solution to a hard border between #NIreland #Ireland #Brexit https://t.co/uS6WWtOBsE 11.50am BST As Sky’s Faisal Islam points out, at the Downing Street lobby briefing the prime minister’s spokesperson did not entirely knock down the Telegraph/Politico Europe Brexit customs story. (See 9.24am.)Number 10 repeatedly asked if the UK will be subject to the EU’s Common External Tarrif after end of transition period - answers repeatedly that we are leaving the Customs UnionNumber 10 repeats the PM’s words that we will be free to implement trade deals after end 2020 - I pointed out that Turkey is free to implement trade deals at the moment, but those are constrained by the common tariff 11.37am BST And here’s a blog on the possibility of customs union membership being extended from the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg. And here’s an extract.No 10 is strikingly adamant that their goal is making one of their plans work so that the backstop is not required and, importantly, the PM can avoid a huge hit to her political credibility.She has said more times than I can remember that the UK is leaving the customs union and won’t be in “a” customs union. 11.10am BST Theresa May has held a meeting with Donald Tusk, president of the European council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European commission, at the EU meeting in Sofia this morning. 11.02am BST In business questions the SNP’s Pete Wishart asked for an assurance that, when the EU withdrawal bill does come back to the Commons, the government would allow proper time for debate. He said he was worried that the government might try to minimise the number of votes by lumping various amendments together.Leadsom said the government would allow “ample time” for debate when MPs considered the Lords amendments. 11.00am BST In business questions in the Commons Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, announced the business for next week. There is time for consideration of Lords amendments on Tuesday and Wednesday, but she did not say whether the EU withdrawal bill will be debated in these slots.The business for the week commencing 21 May will include: pic.twitter.com/EvXdsGoASxWe will come forward with the return of the EU withdrawal bill once we’ve had the opportunity to fully consider and take into account the views expressed by the other place [the Lords], and to look at what that means in this place. We will bring those forward in due course. 10.36am BST Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, has said that without “real and substantial progress” in the Brexit talks by the time of the EU summit in June, there could be no withdrawal agreement. He told the Irish Times:If we are not making real and substantial progress by June then we need to seriously question whether we’re going to have a withdrawal agreement at all. We stand by the text of the withdrawal agreement and the text of the protocol published in March as does the taskforce and the 27 member states that are behind us. 10.02am BST ITV’s political editor Robert Peston has written an interesting post on the Telegraph/Politico Europe customs union story (see 9.24am) on his Facebook page. Here’s an excerpt.Now for the avoidance of doubt, although this is a significant victory for May over the arch Brexiters in her government, it solves very little of substance in respect of the passionate arguments over what Brexit should be in practice.Remember this backstop is supposed to be a bridge from 2020 to whatever our permanent new customs arrangement with the EU will be. It is not a choice between NCP (being the EU’s tariff collector forever) or Max Fac (tech solutions to prevent border checks). That decision is yet to be made - though all my money is on Max Fac being the eventual choice. 9.33am BST Damian Green, the former first secretary of state until his resignation in December, has used Twitter to say he would support staying in the customs union beyond December 2020 if extra time is needed to get new arrangements in place. Surely the point about a new customs arrangement is that it needs to work smoothly from day one, or we will have chaos on the roads, especially in Kent. If that means a small delay, so be it. 9.24am BST Theresa May is in Sofia in Bulgaria this morning for an EU-Western Balkans summit and this morning she has dismissed (sort of) reports that the government is planning a post-Brexit customs compromise that would effectively keep the UK in the customs union after December 2020, when the transition period is due to end.The Daily Telegraph has splashed on the story (paywall) and Politico Europe has got its own, very similar tale. TELEGRAPH: May ‘outguns’ Brexiteers with Plan for customs ties after 2021 #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/v1sZ7j2YC1Britain will tell Brussels it is prepared to stay tied to the customs union beyond 2021 as ministers remain deadlocked over a future deal with the EU, the Telegraph has learned ...Ministers signed off the plans on Tuesday despite objections from Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary. A pro-European cabinet source said that Mr Johnson and Mr Gove were “outgunned” during the meeting and reluctantly accepted the plans.When is a customs union not a customs union? When it’s a “time-limited goods arrangement.”With the Cabinet at odds over the U.K. government’s preferred option for a post-Brexit customs arrangement, officials are exploring a new option that could provide “a bridge” to a deal.No we are not [climbing down]. The United Kingdom will be leaving the customs union, we are leaving the European Union. Of course we will be negotiating future customs arrangements with the European Union and I have set three objectives, the government has three objectives in those. The risk of the government using all its mental energy on the fallback position is that they create a position that is more attractive than a permanent deal.We have gone from a clear end point, to an extension, to a proposed further extension with no end point. The horizon seems to be unreachable. The bottom of the rainbow seems to be unattainable. People voted to leave, they did not vote for a perpetual purgatory. Continue reading...

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