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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenBoris Johnson urged to publish report on Russian meddlingLabour leadership: Jess Phillips vows to stop acting ‘statesmanlike’ 3.51pm GMT The Northern Ireland assembly has passed a motion refusing to give legislative assent to the UK government’s EU (withdrawal agreement) bill. In effect, it has rejected Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. After a debate lasting almost three hours the power-sharing assembly, which was only revived just over a week ago, the motion was passed without opposition.Opening the debate Arlene Foster, the DUP first minister, said said the Brexit deal posed “significant challenges for Northern Ireland”. She urged MLAs to “take a stand” to show that the assembly was “back in business” and would not be overruled by the government.There is no good to come from Brexit – it brings nothing, only jeopardy to our economy and to jobs, to future prospects, and I think that will be reflected in the debate we will have in Assembly chamber today.We have always said people here did not give consent for Brexit and it’s important that this Assembly withholds consent for Brexit. We know this British Government will ignore us but when they are ignoring us they are ignoring the people of Northern Ireland, people of Scotland and the representatives of the people of Wales.That shows you what kind of government is sitting now in London. They do not care about people here, they don’t care about people in Scotland, and they are determined to go on with the madness that is this Brexit. 3.33pm GMT In the House of Lords peers have just started the report stage of the debate on the EU (withdrawal agreement) bill. There is likely to be at least one vote today, and more voting tomorrow, when peers will debate an amendment to effectively re-insert the Dubs provision on unaccompanied child migrants into the bill.The Lib Dem peer Lord Oates is opening the debate. He is moving an amendment backed by the Lib Dems, Labour and crossbenchers that would ensure that EU nationals remaining in the UK after Brexit get a document providing physical proof that they have the right to be in the country. Continue reading…

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