PMQs LIVE: Rayner to taunt Raab over US deal snub as MPs braced for heated Brexit showdown

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The recently appointed Deputy Prime Minister will step in for Boris Johnson as he is currently in the US. In the absence of the Prime Minister, Sir Keir Starmer will follow convention and step aside from the dispatch box to allow Ms Rayner to quiz her Tory counterpart. The Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne is expected to grill Mr Raab on the unfolding energy crisis and the recent Brexit snub by US President Joe Biden.

President Biden played down the prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and US during a meeting with Mr Johnson in the White House on Tuesday.

He said: “We’re going to talk a little bit about trade today and we’re going to have to work that through.”

President Biden, who has Irish heritage, also raised concerns about the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol, created to prevent a hard border.

He added: “And I would not at all like to see, nor I might add would many of my Republican colleagues like to see, a change in the Irish accords, the end result having a closed border in Ireland.”

The Prime Minister insisted the 78-year-old was “absolutely right” and reiterated the UK’s commitment to the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson said: “On that point, Joe, we’re completely at one, nobody wants to see anything that interrupts or unbalances the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.”

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Kwasi Kwarteng warns of higher energy prices

Kwasi Kwarteng is being questioned by MPs over energy supply. 

He told the committee: “Price has spiked considerably.

“You would expect normally that the price would revert to the mean. It’s not something that we think is going to be sustainable but of course … we have to prepare for longer-term high prices.”

Business Secretary quizzed on energy issues

The Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is now giving evidence to the business committee about energy supply crisis in the UK.

It comes as the UK reached a deal with US-owned fertiliser manufacturer to ensure the supply of CO2 for the food sector continues.

The Government will provide “limited financial support” towards CF Fertilisers’ running costs to prevent a food supply shortage at Britain’s supermarkets.

The agreement will be in place for three weeks while the “CO2 market adapts” to the surge in global gas prices, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Raab and Rayner to take part in PMQs

Dominic Raab and Angela Rayner will go head-to-head at PMQs

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