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If the Americans were once again to be forced by the actions of the Assad regime ... and they ask us to help it would be very difficult to say no.feedback
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Which means that we should instead focus relentlessly on the reality of what Assad has done: killed innocents with a banned and abominable weapon.feedback

America has struck and could of course strike again. That alone creates an ambiguity that should prey on the guilty minds of Damascus.feedback

The Russians saved him. The Russians can help remove him, through a carefully supervised transition process that preserves key institutions of state – and usher in a stable and pluralist future for the country. We all know that we are a very long day's march from any large-scale deployment, any major western engagement in Syria. The lessons of the 2003 invasion of Iraq are painful, and they understandably affect politicians and public on both sides of the Atlantic.feedback

The UK, the US and all our key allies are of one mind: we believe that this was highly likely to be an attack by Assad, on his own people, using poison gas weapons that were banned almost 100 years ago, under the 1925 Geneva protocol. In exchange they should commit to produce a real ceasefire, to end the use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs, and to bring about a political settlement that relieves the Syrians of the tyranny of Assad.feedback

I am dismayed that Russia has once again blocked the UN Security Council and in so doing refused to condemn the use of chemical weapons or support a full UN investigation into the attack. This puts Russia on the wrong side of the argument. But it doesn't have to be this way. Russia faces a choice: it can continue acting as a lifeline for Assad's murderous regime, or it could live up to its responsibilities as a global power, and use its influence over the regime to bring six long years of failed ceasefires and false dawns to an end.feedback

Today, Rex Tillerson has been in Moscow with a clear and unanimous message from the G7 that we stand ready to work with Russia to bring an end to violence and to find a political solution. As part of this political solution, the G7 is unanimous that Assad has no long-term future in Syria. I agree with Rex Tillerson when he says that the Assad family's reign in Syria is coming to an end. We stand ready to work together and I will be talking to my G7 partners in the coming days about how we can continue to strive for a political solution that brings an end to the suffering of the Syrian people.feedback

This afternoon in New York, the international community sought to make clear that any use of chemical weapons by anyone anywhere is unacceptable and that those responsible will face consequences. So I am dismayed that Russia has once again blocked the UN security council and in so doing refused to condemn the use of chemical weapons or support a full UN investigation into the attack. This puts Russia on the wrong side of the argument. But it doesn't have to be this way.feedback

Many French people think the time has come to do a deal with their new friends the Russians – and I think that they are broadly right. Does that mean it is morally impossible to work with him? I am not so sure. We need to focus on what we are trying to achieve. Our aims – at least, our stated aims – are to degrade and ultimately to destroy Isil [another name for Isis] as a force in Syria and Iraq. That is what it is all about.feedback

Who else is there? The answer is obvious. There is Assad, and his army; and the recent signs are that they are making some progress. Thanks at least partly to Russian airstrikes, it looks as if the regime is taking back large parts of Homs. Al-Qaida-affiliated militants are withdrawing from some districts of the city. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so. It is just not true that whatever is good for Putin must automatically be bad for the west. We both have a clear and concrete objective – to remove the threat from Isil. Everything else is secondary.feedback

No option is in principle off the table, but be in no doubt that these so-called military options are extremely difficult and there is, to put it mildly, a lack of political appetite in most European capitals and certainly in the west for that kind of solution at present. So we've got to work with the tools we have – the tools we have are diplomatic. I think the most powerful weapon we have at the moment is our ability to make President Putin and the Russians feel the consequences of what they are doing.feedback

But we are open-minded about how that happens and the timescale on which that happens. I have to be realistic about how the landscape has changed, and it may be that we will have to think afresh about how we handle this. The old policy, I am afraid to say, does not command much confidence.feedback

After that, if of course we can find people, whether they are Syrians or whether they are Russians associated with the Syrian military operation, it is in my view wholly appropriate that they should face economic sanctions or sanctions of some other kind.feedback

This was something that was sprung on a whim with no preparatory work. It was not particularly surprising that Germany voted it down because of the sensitivities over their energy supply from Russia. They would have cut off their own power. The lack of preparation has come back and bitten us.feedback

The message we are sending to the Russians is very, very clear: Do they want to stick with a toxic regime, do they want to be eternally associated with a guy who gases his own people or do they want to work with the Americans and the rest of the G-7 and indeed many other countries for a new future for Syria.feedback

I think it's very important that in these circumstances for the world to present a united front and for that there to be absolutely no ambiguity about the message and the message we are sending to the Russians is very, very clear: Do they want to stick with a toxic regime, do they want to be eternally associated with a guy who gases his own people or do they want to work with the Americans and the rest of the G-7 and indeed many other countries for a new future for Syria.feedback

It is the Americans who have changed the game by using those cruise missiles.feedback

There is overwhelming support in what the U.S. did, signaling that we will not tolerate the barbaric use of chemical weapons.feedback

I think the Russians need a way out and a way forward. If you think about the position of Vladimir Putin now, he's toxifying the reputation of Russia by his continuing association with a government which has flagrantly poisoned its own people.feedback

We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.feedback

Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally. My priority is now to continue contact with the US and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated international support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process.feedback

It is very important to try first to get out a U.N. resolution.feedback

Work is now going on in New York on the exact language (of the resolution) and I think we should have no hesitation in forcing it to a vote.feedback

We are living today with the consequences, and I'm afraid the people of Syria are living today with the consequences, of that decision. Assad "is responsible for the vast majority of that butcher's bill, and you have to go back a long way in history to find a tyrant who has stayed in office in such circumstances.feedback

This is a barbaric regime that has made it impossible for us to imagine them continuing to be an authority over the people of Syria after this conflict is over.feedback

Bombing your own civilians with chemical weapons is unquestionably a war crime, and they must be held to account.feedback

I hope absolutely everyone feels able to support it, because all we are saying is that there should be condemnation of that chemical weapons attack, and secondly that there should be a thorough and urgent international investigation. And I don't think anybody could possibly, reasonably oppose such a resolution in all conscience.feedback

Objectively I simply don't see how Bashar al-Assad can remain in charge after what he has already done. Of the 400,000 who are estimated to have been killed in Syria, he is responsible for the vast majority of that butcher's bill. And you have to go a long way back in history to find a tyrant who has stayed in office given such circumstances.feedback

It is possible to do a deal that is win-win. I don't want to be unduly pessimistic. I think we can get a deal. But if you ask me 'If we don't get a deal would the UK survive?' I think we would more than survive.feedback

It is vital that the international community continues to support the Syrian people.feedback

Obviously we don't yet know exactly what is behind this or who is responsible for this outrage, but clearly our thoughts are very much today with the families of the victims and with the people of St Petersburg just as a few days ago they were with the people of London.feedback

The sovereignty of Gibraltar is unchanged and is not going to change, and cannot conceivably change, without the express support and consent of the people of Gibraltar and the United Kingdom.feedback

As the Prime Minister herself said earlier this week, we are clear that Gibraltar is covered by our exit negotiations, and we have committed to involving Gibraltar fully in the work that we are doing.feedback

I think we have illustrious precedent in this matter: I think you can recall the 1984 Fontainebleau summit in which Mrs Thatcher said she wanted her money back and I think that is exactly what we will get.feedback

The UK Government can be counted on to stick up for those interests - for instance in insurance and maritime services - which create jobs not just in Gibraltar but in the wider region of southern Spain.feedback

So let us go into these discussions with goodwill and optimism and get a deal that is good for the UK, good for Spain, and good for the people of Gibraltar.feedback

Gibraltar is not for sale. Gibraltar cannot be traded. Gibraltar will not be bargained away. The policy of the Government remains fixed and firm. The sovereignty of Gibraltar cannot be changed without the express consent of the UK and the people of Gibraltar. The status of Gibraltar has been unchanged since 1713. It made no difference when the UK joined the Common Market in 1973 and when Spain was not yet a member. It should make no difference today.feedback

As ever, the U.K. remains implacable and rock-like in our support for Gibraltar.feedback

We really are moving forward now. There's a lot of good will, willingness to achieve what the prime minister has said she wants to achieve.feedback

For the long term good of the Syrian people there must be a transition away from the Assad regime, which has dealt so much death and destruction to the people of Syria.feedback

Let us leave and then the Conservative Party at the next election needs to say, we can reduce the cost on business and on individuals by reducing regulations which will improve our competitiveness, our productivity and therefore ultimately our economy.feedback

I do think the responsibility for this most lies with the internet providers, with those that are responsible for great social media companies. They have got to look at the stuff that is going up on their sites. They have got to take steps to invigilate it and to take it down where they can.feedback

We cannot forget that the last time Somalia was blighted by starvation, in 2011, no fewer than 260,000 people died. The crisis also risks undermining the hard-won political and security progress that has been made.feedback

I urge the British people to rise up and turn off the TV the next time Blair comes on.feedback

This is a crucial opportunity to accelerate progress and agree priorities that will help secure a brighter future for Somalia and its people.feedback

There is no case for relaxation of the sanctions (and) every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.feedback

The U.K. will be insisting that there is no case for the relaxation of the sanctions, every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.feedback

This is of course a highly controversial policy which has caused unease and I repeat this is not an approach that this government would take. But let me conclude by reminding the house of the vital importance of this country's alliance with the United States.feedback

Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality.feedback

Burma's transition to democracy is not yet complete but it is worth reflecting on just how far Burma has come since Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party took office just nine months ago.feedback

The UK, as a longstanding and long term friend to Burma, will continue to offer its fullest support. I look forward to seeing Burma continue to develop into a country where there is peace and prosperity for all its people.feedback

If Monsieur Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some sort of World War Two movie, then, you know, I don't think that, that is the way forward. I think, actually, it's not in the interests of our friends and partners.feedback

The time is fast upon us when we need to turbocharge the relationship in the form of a new trade deal. We can't do it now but we can sketch it out on the back of an envelope.feedback

They fear that they may be the first generation not to be overtaken in prosperity by their children. I don't think these people should be patronized or dismissed.feedback

We want to be outside the cathedral but support it like a flying buttress.feedback

Clearly it will have to be a deal that is very much in the interests of both sides but I've no doubt that it will be.feedback

The Bahraini authorities are fully aware of our position and I have raised the issue with the Bahraini government.feedback

The fact that we have got this far is a real tribute to the courage and the determination of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot community and Turkish Cypriot community. ...The most important thing clearly is that both communities should feel secure about their futures and that is what the British government is here to help with.feedback

There was a huge fund of goodwill for the United Kingdom on Capitol Hill and a very large measure of understanding that now is the time to do a free trade deal. They want to do it and they want to do it fast and that understanding was most vivid and most urgent on the part of the incoming administration.feedback

We hear that we are first in line to do a great free trade deal with the United States. So, it's going to be a very exciting year for both our countries.feedback

It's now or never. If we fail to make the change now, then we will continue to be like passengers locked in the back of a minicab with a wonky satnav driven by a driver who doesn't have perfect command of english and going in a direction we frankly don't want to go.feedback

I have information from Aleppo today, as I'm sure many the right honourable members do themselves, it is today the Russians, who are blocking the evacuation, not just of the injured but of the medical staff from leaving the zones which they themselves, the very zones which they themselves are attacking.feedback

I am in favor of the free press, I am in favor of freedom of speech, I am in favor of free universal suffrage, I am in favor of free drinks which you are all having tonight but I am not necessarily in favor of freedom of movement.feedback

We are so cosmopolitan that we drink more champagne, more prosecco, buy more German cars than anyone else and our wonderful prime minister actually wears lederhosen.feedback

We are gluttons in this country for imports. We buy huge quantities of stuff, particularly of course from our friends in the European Union, as of course we shall continue to do so when we do that great free trade deal.feedback

I am here to emphasise the friendship that exists between the UK and Saudi Arabia. It is something that is developing and expanding.feedback

I'm here to emphasise the friendship that exists between the UK and Saudi Arabia, and that is something that is developing and expanding.feedback

But I must share my profound concern about the present suffering of the people of Yemen.feedback

We will be there to work for European peace and stability. We'll still be there to stick up for our friends and partners in the Gulf… (where) for the first time since the 1970s we will additionally be able to do free trade deals.feedback

With a fair wind and everybody acting in a positive and compromising mood, and I am sure they will, we can get a great deal for the UK and for the rest of Europe within that time frame.feedback

I've always thought that there were aspects of EU cooperation ... the Erasmus program for instance, or Horizon funding for research, where actually ... to be part of that in the future might be a good idea, certainly would be a good idea if it involved paying in.feedback

That is obviously something that David Davis is considering. It doesn't mean that a decision has been taken.feedback

We are not some bit-part or spear-carrier on the world stage. We are a protagonist - a global Britain running a truly global foreign policy.feedback

If we fail then we risk reverting to an older and more brutal system where the strong are free to bully or devour the weak.feedback

We have the cult of the strong man, we have democracy in retreat, we have an arc of instability across the Middle East ... Is it our answer to cower and put our heads under the pillow? Emphatically not.feedback

It is a good thing if other European countries do shoulder more of their responsibilities and spend a bit more on defense.feedback

It's very important not to pre judge the president elect or his administration.feedback

Trump "is a deal maker and I think that could be a good thing for Britain, but it can also a good thing for Europe. I think that's what we need to focus on today.feedback

And that is what we are going to get on and do, and … no, I don't think it will interfere with the timetable for that process.feedback

Brexit means Brexit, and we're going to make a titanic, er titanic success of it.feedback

Of course it is right that the UK and the Russian Federation should continue to cooperate and to engage in all the areas where we have common interests.feedback

The future salvation of Aleppo lies really on the Assad regime and above all with the Russians. It is up to them to pull the plug on this thing, to see sense and I appeal to the greatness of the Russian people to to choose a different path.feedback

The real answer I'm afraid lies with those who are perpetrating it; and that is overwhelmingly the Assad regime and its puppeteers in the form of the Russians and the Iranians. And it is up to them to seize this moment to recognise the opportunity and in my view, show greatness and show leadership.feedback

Any attempt, as it were, to punish UK financial services, as the former governor of the Bank of England said ... it doesn't make economic sense for Europe.feedback

I would certainly like to see demonstrations outside the Russian embassy. Where is the Stop the War coalition?feedback

Much to my amazement it has not come up at all. Nobody raised such trivia until you did.feedback

We can begin the preparatory work for what I hope will be a new jumbo free trade deal between the UK and Turkey. We may be disentangling ourselves from the treaties of the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe.feedback

Russia is "guilty of protracting this war, of making it far more hideous. And yes ... we should be looking at whether or not that targeting is done in the knowledge that those are wholly innocent civilian targets. That is a war crime.feedback

I think the crucial thing is that obviously we are not going to do it before Christmas and I think we've got to do a lot of work to get our ducks in order and that is going on. But then after that, as the prime minister has rightly said, this process probably shouldn't drag on.feedback

You have two years to pull it off. I don't actually think we will necessarily need to spend a full two years but let's see how we go.feedback

Not only do we buy more German cars that anybody else, we drink more Italian wine than any other country in Europe - 300 million litres of Prosecco every year.feedback

I think personally (the boats) should be turned back as close to the shore as possible so they don't reach the Italian mainland and that there is more of a deterrent. I think I am right in saying we have turned back about 200,000 migrants.feedback

Sorry, saved, saved. Thank you. We have saved 200,000 migrants and turned back 240 boats.feedback

Even though the UK has voted to leave the European Union it does not mean that we will be leaving Europe and we wish to be as close as possible to our allies, most particularly France, over the coming years.feedback

The only change – and it will not come in any great rush – is that the UK will extricate itself from the EU's extraordinary and opaque system of legislation.feedback

There are two reasons for optimism about London.feedback

The whole country is facing another terrible humanitarian catastrophe, and therefore a potential leap in the number of refugees seeking to escape Syria. Russia in particular has a unique ability to persuade the Assad regime to end the carnage and return to the negotiation table.feedback

There is a massive difference between leaving the EU and our relations with Europe, which if anything I think are going to be intensified and built up at an intergovernmental level.feedback

The United States of America will be at the front of the queue.feedback

There is, among a section of the population, a kind of hysteria, a contagious mourning of the kind that I remember in 1997 after the death of the Princess of Wales.feedback

But I must tell you, my friends, you who have waited faithfully for the punchline of this speech, that having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me.feedback

I think that over time the U.K. economy would get a lot of dynamism from the removal of so much of the regulation and the inappropriate law that holds us back.feedback

And it is the essence of our case that young people in this country can look forward to a more secure and more prosperous future if we take back the democratic control that is the foundation of our economic prosperity.feedback

Our children and our grandchildren will continue to have a wonderful future as Europeans travelling to the continent, understanding the languages and cultures that make up our common European civilisation, continuing to interact with the people of other countries in a way that is open and friendly and outward looking.feedback

Because I think the very opposite is true. We cannot turn our backs on Europe, we are part of Europe.feedback

In voting to leave the EU it's vital to stress that there's no need for haste.feedback

A federal Europe was a noble idea which can no longer be justified.feedback

I believe we now have a glorious opportunity: we can pass our laws and set our taxes entirely according to the needs of the UK economy.feedback

We now have a glorious opportunity…we can find our voice in the world again.feedback

It's time to have a totally new relationship with our friends and partners across the Channel. It's time to speak up for democracy, and hundreds of millions of people around Europe agree with us. It's time to break away from the failing and dysfunctional EU system.feedback

It's a lot of dough we are seeing here, but it is nothing like the dough we are sending to Brussels every day – 50 million quids worth.feedback

Why are we sending 10 billion pounds a year net to Brussels? Some of which is spent on Spanish bullfighting. Do you think that the British tax payers should be supporting Spanish bullfighting? Absolutely not.feedback

I am a child of Europe. I am as I say a liberal cosmopolitan. My family is the genetic equivalent of a UN peacekeeping force. I can read novels in French, I think I can even read novels in Spanish. I can sing the Ode to joy in German, and I will. If they keep accusing me of being a Little Englander, I will [begins singing]. You know it, you know it.feedback

If we vote to leave the EU we will not be voting to leave Europe. Of all the arguments they make, this is the one that infuriates me the most… in a hotly-contested field.feedback

Some said removing the bust "was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president's ancestral dislike of the British Empire, of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.feedback

We want also to show defiance of the know-nothing nihilist maniacs who tore it down. This thing stood for 2,000 years. Everybody came and invaded or conquered that part of the world, the Greeks, Alexander the Great, the Romans, you name it, the Christians, the Muslims. No one until Daesh, the so-called Islamic State thought it was worth demolishing.feedback

She was an inspiration and her legacy lives on in wonderful buildings.feedback

There will be people who try to spread alarm, anxiety.feedback

The big battalions of the argument are unquestionably ranged against people like me: we are portrayed as crazy cranks and all the rest of it. I don't mind, I happen to think that I'm right.feedback

My role will be to give every possible support to the next Conservative administration, to make sure were properly fulfill the mandate of the people that was delivered at the referendum, and to champion the agenda I believe in.feedback

We will end our support for the EU's disastrous policies that have encouraged the people smugglers. We will welcome new citizens who wish to contribute to our society, as so many immigrants have done. And we will be able to remove those who abuse our hospitality.feedback

The only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.feedback

I would invite him to come and see the whole of London and take him around the city, except I wouldn't want to expose Londoners to any unnecessary risk of meeting Donald Trump.feedback

This is further welcome argument in favour of the feasibility of having a new hub airport in the Thames estuary. With so many options available for a multi-runway hub airport in a new location, it would be folly for the Airports Commission to give countenance to the prospect of expanding Heathrow, the most noise-polluting airport in Europe.feedback

They aren't tickets so to speak, it's just space that's allocated to accredited sports officials of one kind or another and what's going to be done now is we will reduce the space.feedback

Yes we are! The venues are ready, the stadium is ready, the Aquatic centre is ready, the Velodrome is ready, the security is ready, the police are ready, the transport system is ready!feedback

Stupendous! Stupendous! Amazing, I love it! Twelve thousand, five hundred jobs just to begin with.feedback

By all means rebalance the British economy, but don't kill the financial goose that lays the golden egg for loads of people who are on very modest incomes but who depend on financial services.feedback

It is becoming something that attracts people to London. It is right it should go ahead. The city has not been beaten by what happened two weeks ago. We are going to show that we can get on and hold a fantastic party. Of course it is going to be robustly policed and that is the crucial thing.feedback

People who go out to steal, who go out to riot, people who go out to disturb the peace of others in the city will continue to be met with the full force of the law.feedback

Certainly there was a great deal of upset, a strong negative reaction of their perception of what the English media was reporting.feedback

I think when you look at the tough financial circumstances we are in, people will understand that it makes absolute sense to make some sensible reforms of the ticket offices and thereby to make some valuable savings.feedback

We don't have snow ploughs in sufficient quantities in this city to deal with the roads that are currently impassable. And nor do I think it would be a good investment of taxpayers' money to have snow ploughs for an incident of a kind that only occurs once every 20 years.feedback

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