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and coming up in the sport on bbc news... after a raft of medals, including two olympic golds, joanna rowsell shand announces her retirement from international cycling. good afternoon, and welcome to the bbc news at one. the prime minister has welcomed parliament's decision to give her the authority to begin the uk's divorce from the european union. parliament cleared the way last night for theresa may to trigger article 50 — the formal process. a short time ago, she told mps the process would start before the end of this month. she said that brexit would be a "defining moment" for the uk to reach an agreement that would work for the "whole
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of the united kingdom", including scotland. this report from our political correspondent alex forsyth. when will you trigger article 50? arriving in downing street, the government that has won the power to push the brexit button. but now ministers face another political battle. is brexit breaking britain, mr davies? they don't want a second referendum on scottish independence — certainly not soon. will you agree to nicola sturgeon‘s timetable? but the snp insists scotland should have another say over its place in the uk because the brexit. they want the uk because the brexit. they want the uk because the brexit. they want the uk government to grant the legal right for a second ballot — a section 30 order. if the scottish parliament vote next week to request a section 30 order, then the prime minister of the whole of the united kingdom should absolutely grab that. in previous discussions with the first minister
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and as the secretary of state has said, there would be no sense or reason of blocking the will of the scottish parliament stop by and ——. politically be very difficult to refuse outright, but the timing will be crucial, whether it happens before the uk believes the eu, as the snp wants, or much further down the snp wants, or much further down the line. some in westminster simply don't want to distract from brexit. now the government has parliament's backing to start the official process. yesterday was a historic day. we have now formally agreed notice that we are leaving. we can all concentrate on working with the government to come up with a regime post brexit, which will be a massive benefit to so many millions of people across the uk. but for others, the snp's demand shows the government should change tack. this is absolutely the responsibility of theresa may. she has chosen the hardest brexits. it's
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not necessary, it will damage the economy and it now threatens to break up the united kingdom. what an absolute disaster. though the prime minister is facing tough choices. why the delay in trickling article 50? and have questioned. statement, the prime minister? but today she renewed her statement to brexit before mps. i will return to the house before the end of the month to notify when i have formally triggered article 50 and begun the process through which the uk will leave the european union. this is only a defining moment for our whole country as we begin to forge a new relationship with europe and for ourselves and the world. 0nce the world. once again the political landscape has changed. talking are notjust of the uk's future relationship with the uk's future relationship with the eu, but the future of the united kingdom. in a moment we'll be talking to norman smith at westminster. nicola sturgeon has been talking
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about plans for a second referendum. what has she been saying? nicola sturgeon has insisted that the referendum, the decision to trigger the referendum must be made in scotla nd the referendum must be made in scotland because legally it is a decision for the westminster government which gives theresa may a defining and crucial advantage in the negotiations. all the signs are that mrs may wants to delay any final decision. we are seeing what i would call the automated phone call strategy. nicola sturgeon may have called for a referendum, but mrs may is intent on placing her on hold and may leave her on hold for some considerable time. she is unlikely to give any further quality about when there's going to be a referendum until the scottish parliament have formally voted to trigger the process next week. —— she is unlikely to give any further clarity. however, there is no denying the almost animosity, it seems to me, between these two macro figures. wejust heard seems to me, between these two macro figures. we just heard theresa may in the commons delivering sharp
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rebukes to nicola sturgeon, again arguing her not to play politics. saying now was the time to unite the country, not drive it further apart. insisting that she had listened to nicola sturgeon‘s concerns, stressing the common areas of agreement like security —— over areas like security and terrorism. i think that theresa may is determined to play this long, while at the same time pushing back hard personally against nicola sturgeon. norman smith, thank you. let's go to glen campbell in edinburgh. what is the appetite about like for a second referendum? there's not been an overwhelming clamourfor a second there's not been an overwhelming clamour for a second vote on independence. but obviously those who are on the yes i do look forward to that prospect. those on the no side by and large are reluctant to go down that route again. but nicola
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sturgeon has said that unless theresa may makes her some kind of last—minute offer to try and accommodate the scottish government's desire to keep scotland in the european single market, even if the rest of the uk is coming out, she wants to push for this second independence referendum. what she needs first is the backing of msps here at holyrood. we're told that she will ask for that at the end of a two day debate on her independence plans next week. so msps are expected to debate over the course of tuesday and wednesday of next week before voting. we know that the scottish greens are likely to vote with the snp in government, giving nicola sturgeon the majority to pick up nicola sturgeon the majority to pick up the phone or send an e—mail or letter to theresa may, to formally request that power to hold what's known as indie ref two.
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you can follow all the latest developments from westminster and edinburgh throughout the afternoon on the bbc news channel, and on the bbc website at bbc.co.uk/news. aid agencies are warning that time is running out to save more than 20 million people who are facing famine across africa and the middle east. the un says the crisis in nigeria, south sudan, yemen and somalia threatens to be the worst in 60 years. in northern nigeria famine is made worse by fighting with the islamic group, boko haram. 0ur correspondent clive myrie is at an emergency feeding centre in nigeria where hundreds of children are getting urgent help. and just a warning, you may find some of the pictures in his report distressing. they have been queueing here since dawn. scores and scores of women with their children. mothers concerned that their little ones haven't been getting the kind of food and nutrients they need, and so they may be malnourished. this place could be vital in improving the health of their youngsters. many of these people
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have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their husbands and fathers, who have been forced off their land by all the fighting involving boko haram. —— their husbands are farmers who have been forced off their land. this is where perhaps their children can get some help. this is the triage area, where the mothers bring their children and they are assessed as to their need by some of the staff and some of the nurses here. a little bracelet is put around their bicep to measure how wide that is. that is a good indication as to whether or not the children may be malnourished. the details are taken on a little white piece of paper there. the children are then weighed. they are weighed in scales like this and often many of them are underweight. then they will go through here and see a nutritionist actually inside this tent. if their complications are very severe, so they are malnourished and they are suffering with say malaria or cholera, they will need urgent treatment. that is when they are moved over to those tents over there. this is the icu, the intensive care unit. you've got three
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incredibly malnourished children over there, two more behind me. this ward has been full pretty much for the last few weeks as more and more worried mothers have come here, unable to feed their children properly, and concerned about their welfare. the un reckons that something like 75,000 children are in danger of dying in north eastern nigeria because they cannot get the kind of help they need. medicins san frontieres, the aid agency here, and others, are appealing for the international community to come forward and offer funds to try to help children like these. clive myrie there on the famine in northern nigeria. and you can see clive's full report from there on tonight's bbc news at six. the bank of england's newly appointed deputy governor, charlotte hogg, has resigned. she'd been criticised for breaking the bank's own code of conduct which she'd helped to write. her resignation follows strong criticism from mps over her failure to disclose that her brother works
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at barclays, creating a possible conflict of interest. 0ur economics editor, kamal ahmed, is here. how much of a blow is this to the bank of england? it's certainly significant. you have to go back a long way, to 2000, the last time that the treasury select committee actually said that somebody shouldn't be on the monetary policy committee. charlotte hogg and the events today are certainly unusual. they are a blow to the bank. this is the organisation that oversees the whole of the financial services sector in the uk. they have to be above punctilious. they have two be whiter than white. charlotte hogg admits that she breached her own rules. i think the question is for the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, he backed charlotte hogg. she offered her resignation last week. mark connolly turned it down. it wasn't until the mps came
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out this morning and said that she hadn't reached the correct standards of behaviour that mark carney accepted her behaviour. so there we re accepted her behaviour. so there were questions from the government has one. there's also a broader point. there is a real problem with diversity at the bank of england. charlotte hogg was talked about the possible first female and next governor of the bank of england when mark connolly leaves in 2019. the monetary policy committee, the organisation which sets interest rates, will now be bald male was charlotte hogg's reggie bush —— will 110w charlotte hogg's reggie bush —— will now be all mail with the issue of charlotte hogg's resignation. three policemen have been found not guilty of killing a man who had mental health problems. thomas 0rchard, who was 32, died in hospital seven days after being arrested in exeter in 2012. mr 0rchard, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, was held down, handcuffed and restrained. custody sergeant jan kingshott and civilian detention officers simon tansley and michael marsden
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had insisted their actions were proportionate and lawful. the european union's highest court has ruled that companies can have a policy prohibiting employees from wearing visible political or religious symbols. courts in france and belgium had asked the european court ofjustice to rule on discrimination cases brought by women who'd been banned from wearing islamic headscarves at work. the irish coastguard says hopes are fading for three of their helicopter crew members after their aircraft went missing about six miles to the west of county mayo. the aircraft lost contact in the early hours of this morning while involved in an operation to rescue a man from a fishing boat. another person who was on board has been found — he's in a critical condition. it's one of the world's oldest golf clubs, established in the 18th century. today muirfield finally decided to allow women to become members. the vote, the second in less than a year, came after the east lothian course was removed from the list of open golf venues last may when not enough
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members voted to allow women in. natalie pirks reports. steeped in tradition muirfield may be. but its views on women were perceived as less than honourable. in a feat of scottish perseverance, though, the board got the result it wanted at the second attempt. the rules of the club will be changed accordingly with immediate effect. and we look forward to welcoming women as members, who will enjoy and benefit from the traditions and the friendship of this remarkable club. back in may last year, the first ballot fell 1a votes short of the two thirds majority needed to allow women to become members of the honourable company of edinburgh golfers. it shocked even the game's biggest stars. we're in a day and age where it's not right to host
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to host the world's biggest golf tournament at a place that doesn't allow women to be members. muirfield was promptly stripped of the right to host the prestigious 0pen — one of golf‘s four major tournaments. it took the thought of losing the claretjug permanently to swing 80% of the voting members into decisive action. within minutes of today's announcement, the course was put back on the open rota. muirfield has hosted the open 16 times. but as a private club, their stance on women was perfectly legal. with fans now set to return, no longer will tradition embarrass a sport so desperate to appear forward—thinking. our top story this lunchtime: the prime minister says she will return to parliament before the end of this month to announce that she has triggered official divorce talks with the european union. and coming up: i am here at
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cheltenham for the start ofjump racing's most famous festival. coming up in sport at half—past: jose mourinho's message to the chelsea fans. why the manchester united boss believes he's still the club's number one manager despite being sacked twice in his time at stamforrd bridge. more now on our main story, and theresa may is poised to trigger the process that will see the uk leave the european union. so how will brexit work? 0ur europe correspondent, chris morris, explains the process. yes, what is article 50? well, it's part of the lisbon treaty, which came into force in 2009. article 50 itself isn't all that long, just five brief paragraphs. the crucial bit is this. a member state which decides to withdraw shall notify the european council and the union shall then negotiate and conclude an agreement with that state, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal. in other words, this is the legal route out of the eu. it will be triggered officially by theresa may later this month when she informs this man,
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the president of the european council, donald tusk. by text, by e—mail, it doesn't specify. but i suspect a letter will be involved. when that happens, the uk will remain part of the eu, with all the rights and responsibilities that implies for two years while the brexit talks take place. can you change your mind once you have triggered article 50? can you change course? legally, that is in dispute. but, politically, ithink, everyone agrees it will be extremely difficult. the government anyway has made it very clear it has no intention of changing its mind. so, who's going to be leading the negotiations? well, the uk has to negotiate with all 27 other eu countries and it will take a couple of months to get those negotiations going. but leading them around the table will be david davis, the brexit secretary for the uk, and michel barnier from the european commission for the eu. inevitably, though, other people will be closely involved. the prime minister, the chancellor of germany.
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whoever becomes the next president of france, and so on. all the big political leaders will have their say as the political debate hots up. what exactly are we going to be negotiating about? well, article 50 is more about how you leave the eu, rather than what happens in the future. first of all, there's the divorce bill. the eu wants tens of billions of euros from the uk. so, there will be a big fight about money. then, we have heard a lot about this issue. uk citizens in the eu and eu citizens here in the uk. how will their rights be guaranteed? everyone says they want to sort that out quickly, but technically it will be complicated. then there is this issue which the uk wants to talk about at the same time — the future trading relationship. even though the eu says we have to sort out the divorce first. and that has raised fears about time. will there be time to get everything done? what happens, a lot of people ask, if there is no deal? that is the subject of real concern. but, in a couple of weeks —
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nine months after the referendum — finally, the negotiations will begin for real. and they won't be easy. well, the european parliament is meeting today and meps have been giving their first reaction to the passing of the brexit bill and the news of a possible second independence referendum in scotland. our correspondent dan johnson reports from strasbourg. another parliament meeting in another place. this morning meps we re another place. this morning meps were checking their strasbourg mailboxes and digesting the decision of their british counterparts to clear the way for the british exit. there were some strong feelings directed towards theresa may from the italians. she has chosen the wrong path, he says, the path of confrontation that would take her to a dead end. i cannot understand how she thinks this will help her people. the disaster has onlyjust
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started. and the disaster he means is the possible break—up of the uk after another vote on independence for scotland. do you welcome the prospect of a second scottish referendum? you see a deepening of the splits inside british society and that is not good for great britain. again london is obviously not reflecting all these emotions, all these political aspects enough so that people feel included in the process. that is what i can access from an outside point of view. whatever the scots discuss on their own, it is important to keep the door is open for scotland in the european union and to make it clear they would be welcomed with open arms. no one here wants to be seen to be interfering in the affairs of the uk, but there is an overwhelming mood that scotland would be welcome. but for some countries this has now moved on from about being what is best for the strength of the european union and become about
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concerns for their own states. spain is one, fearful of fuelling its own cata la n is one, fearful of fuelling its own catalan breakaway movement. is one, fearful of fuelling its own catalan breakaway movementm is one, fearful of fuelling its own catalan breakaway movement. if this referendum is going on and scotland wa nts to referendum is going on and scotland wants to exit the united kingdom, of course there is a path that has to follow like everybody else to enter the european union. it is far from clear whether scottish names could stay up here and the british ones come down. dan johnson, stay up here and the british ones come down. danjohnson, bbc news, strasbourg. danjohnson, bbc news, strasbourg. the people of the netherlands go to the polls tomorrow in a potentially divisive general election. the campaign has focused on immigration, islam and the eu. conservative prime minister mark rutte's main rival is the populist geert wilders, but even if he gets the most seats, most other parties say they won'tjoin him in a coalition. 0ur correspondent anna holligan is in the hague. how has the campaign played out? less tha n how has the campaign played out? less than 2a hours to go before what is being seen as a decisive moment
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in european politics. last night we saw a huge debate between the two

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