this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy, live from westminster. these are the top stories at 2pm. the bbc understands the queen's speech, in which the government sets out its plans, has been delayed. theresa may is meeting her reshuffled cabinet for the first time since the general election, ahead of a difficult meeting with backbenchers later. downing street say they are still confident of getting a good brexit deal and are sticking to the two year timetable — brexit secretary david davis says the uk will walk away if not. what happens if we don't get a deal, you know? our argument what happens if we don't get a deal, you know? ourargument is, under those circumstances, you have got to be ready to walk away, right? you have got to plan for that, even if you don't get it. i'm reeta chakrabarti — the other top stories this afternoon... the leading russian opposition figure, alexei navalny, is reportedly arrested, as he urges his supporters to attend anti—government protests across the country. an investigation has begun into how a chinese plane ended up with a hole in one of its engines.
the duchess of cambridge visits kings college hospital to meet staff and patients affected by the attacks in london bridge and borough market. good afternoon, and welcome to bbc news. the queen's speech next monday is now expected to be delayed by a few days — amid the turmoil caused by the election result last week. theresa may is insisting that it's back to business in westminster, despite losing her majority at last week's election. this afternoon, the prime minister is expected to face tough questions from her backbenchers about her leadership style, and there is also some unease about the possible pack with northern ireland's democratic unionists.
our political correspondent chris mason reports from westminster. one after another this morning, the question for cabinet ministers was this... is theresa may's time up? one after another, her senior ministers rallied to her side. theresa may will continue as an excellent prime minister. first the home secretary then the brexit secretary said leadership talk was... the height of self—indulgence. the british people have given us an instruction, a result we wouldn't have chosen ourselves but they have given us an instruction and it is ourjob to get on with the work of government, to organise arrangements so we can do business with the house of commons and run the country. she is very good at that. and the foreign secretary borisjohnson said it was time to get a grip. this afternoon, mrs may will meet conservative mps to explain herself. i think it is a very good sign of theresa may recognising the importance of cohesion in the party, the importance of us all working together, if we are going to make government work in these rather difficult circumstances. i don't think there's any appetite in the country for a new general election and i don't think
there is any demand amongst my colleagues for a leadership election either. theresa may wanted to return here with a majority that proved she could be the dominating political figure of her age. instead, she is diminished, bruised and weakened. she called the election with the explicit intention of turbo—charging her authority. instead, it is acting as a wheel clamp on her future. and so, after a turbulent few years, labour are upbeat. we are just going to make sure we hold their feet to the fire. so where we can, for example, on the queen's speech, we will be trying to ensure we hold them to account, where there are things we profoundly disagree with them on, where we think we will be able to defeat them, we will put out amendments and do our best to keep harrying them. the queen's speech, where the government sets out its programme,
was due to happen next monday but we understand will now be delayed by a few days. like never before, theresa may will be reliant on others to prop her up. the votes of northern ireland's democratic unionists in the commons and the support of ambitious colleagues, like boris johnson. politics, with its twists and turns, has yet again proven its capacity to leave us all out of breath. vicki young is in downing street, the first meeting after an election, normally that is when cabinet collea g u es normally that is when cabinet colleagues are banging the table in appreciation. we are not going to see that, are we? certainly not. this is a political cabinet today, we have seen them all go in there, of course the cabinet reshuffle, such as it was, wasn't particularly exciting, there were not many big changes, a sign i think that theresa may's authority has been badly damaged. she has been very much
forced to reach out to former enemies, michael gove, coming back as environment secretary, he came back after being sacked by her around about a year ago. the discussion around the table will be about what went wrong, i'm sure, but theresa may thinks she can do to change things to make things better, and i'm sure as well discussions about brexit. there are people asking about her future, questioning how long she can last. for now she is said, because there are lots of conservative mps who are very worried about brexit being derailed. they want to get on with that, the idea of a long three month tory leadership contestjust as brexit talks are about to sat, they certainly don't want that. even more than that, they do not want a general election. they feel that the electorate is pretty volatile, they couldn't guarantee of course that they would win that election, so that certainly is not on the agenda at the moment, but theresa may is not in charge of her own political destiny, i think that will be seen when she goes later over to the house of commons to speak to
backbench mps, who will really want to know what on earth went wrong. they are all still in a state of shock. you would expect the prime minister's messaged to be keep calm and carry on, and then this possibility of the queen's speech being delayed, and still possible that the brexit talks might have to be delayed as well. yes, the queen's speech will be delayed, we understand, for a feud days. that of course is because at the moment she doesn't have a majority in the house of commons. she would put forward her queen's speech and it wouldn't get through necessarily, so she has to have a deal with another party. the party they are trying to work with is the democratic unionist party. we know that talks happened in belfast on saturday with senior representatives from the government here in the uk. they were said to have gone well, both sides of that, progress has been made, but those details have to be hammered out, what kind of arrangement will it be, if it is not a full coalition, then
it is some other kind of arrangement. but there will be demands from the dup and that could change what is in the queen's speech. that is why it can't be signed. also there is the small point it is written for the archives on goatskin parchment, and that ta kes on goatskin parchment, and that takes some time to dry, so there could also be the delay, and on top of that you have to reschedule the queen comanche has quite a busy diary. she has royalascot, which is tuesday to friday, so it may not just be a feud is, it could be longer. it could be, and as for the brexit talks, they are insisting it will go ahead. there was some speculation it might not be next monday because of the queen's speech, now that is probably not happening. from david david's perspective, they want the push ahead with this, and there are others in the tory party of course that are concerned about the kind of brexit theresa may has been talking about the last year. they, not only the opposition parties, but those in the opposition parties, but those in the tory party too now they can wield quite a lot of influence now with the situation, as precarious as it is. although of course they
wouldn't want to bring down mrs may and her government. so it is an incredibly unstable situation. of course completely the opposite to what theresa may campaigned on with her talk and her slogan of strong and stable. and of course she is without her two previously the advance —— key advisers, nick timothy and fiona hill,. the criticism has been for the past year that she had these two very close advisers, and then when they moved here to downing street, some people thought they would have to operate differently. being prime minister and in downing street is a different kind of operation. you have to bring people with you, work across the whole of whitehall, notjust one government department. many felt that things didn't change enough and still decisions were being taken in this very tight group. it was clear listening to sir michael fallon yesterday, the defence secretary. he said he went into theresa may and he said he went into theresa may and he said he went into theresa may and he said he and others have said to her
that things will have to change. so a different kind of decision—making and the fact that of course her authority has been damaged. she did not deliver that huge victory that many of these conservatives were hoping for. that means she is going to speak to them, she will have to make decisions alongside them as well. so i can imagine there will be a bigger team, cabinet well. so i can imagine there will be a biggerteam, cabinet having much more stay on things. people like nicola sturgeon, the first minister of scotland, saying when it comes to brexit, there needs to be a deal by all four nations of the uk. now is time they behind the government and the brexit talks, but they have some kind of agreement. that is just so unlikely because there are many who think they should stay in the single market, that is what nicola sturgeon wa nts. market, that is what nicola sturgeon wants. of course there are many others in the tory party who com pletely others in the tory party who completely disagree with that. thank you very much. the brexit secretary, david davis, has insisted that talks on leaving the european union will begin next week — despite the uncertainty surrounding theresa may's government. it comes as meps and european commissioners head for meetings at the eu parliament in strasbourg to discuss the way forward. a warning that this report from our political correspondent eleanor garnier contains some flash photography.
brexit! the vote to leave the eu almost a year ago, but the debate on exactly how we accept, the terms and the priorities, has been reopened, just days before brexit negotiations begin. some tory mps are demanding theresa may has a rethink. and in scotland, where the conservatives had their best election result for more than 30 years, are promising to pile on the pressure. we will be looking to make sure that our influence is felt. we played a significant part in ensuring there is a conservative minority government after this general election, with the fantastic result in scotland, winning all those seats, getting the second in the popular vote and putting our vote up so significantly. a manifesto to see us through brexit and beyond. theresa may had wanted a much bigger mandate from voters
for her vision of brexit, to take britain out of the single market, have control over eu migration to the uk and to get new free—trade deals with the eu and other countries. but, left without a majority, she is facing calls for compromise. this isn't new. just before christmas, the scottish government put together a pan—uk compromise document, to put independence to one side, to look at the document, remaining members of the single market. that is what we need to get behind. it is perfectly possible to stay within the single market, to keep all the benefits of that and it is possible to have a degree of management of migration, if that's a central issue, countries like switzerland do it, so that is the kind of compromise you should be looking at. buoyed by their relative success, labour stand in a rare moment of unity and are adding to mrs may's problems.
for her to get through any legislation relating to brexit, never mind a vote on the deal, she will need a degree of cross—party support, simply getting the dup support is not enough. but the government maintains its brexit strategy has not changed and is sticking to its tactics, insisting no deal is still better than a bad deal. you have got to plan for that, even if you don't intend it. it is not the central aim, it is simply what we will go for if it doesn't work out. that's it, and that doesn't change. what we will be doing, of course, as i have said through the last ten months, is listening to all the contributors and say if you have better ideas, tell me and we will consider them. for many britons, brexit was about taking back control but now it is mrs may who has been left without the control. nevertheless, those around her are holding their nerve, insisting it will go ahead as planned. theresa may might still be in power, but she is no longer pulling the strings. all the while, brussels is waiting to negotiate, and the two—year clock is ticking.
eleanor garnier, bbc news, westminster. scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon is also in westminster where she is due to meet the prime minister, along with the scottish conservative leader ruth davidson. our correspondent nick eardely is in parliament square for is now — what's ms sturgeon been saying? she was here a short time ago with a far smaller group of mps than she welcomed two yea rs far smaller group of mps than she welcomed two years ago. 35 snp mps returned last thursday. but despite that group being smaller than it was in the last parliament, nicola sturgeon thinks because it is a hung parliament, they can wield real influence. now, she wants some key things: she wants a hard brexit taken off the table. she wants a temporary pause in brexit talks to form a new position, and she wants a cross— party form a new position, and she wants a cross—party group to look at how
that negotiations should proceed, which would include representatives of the devolved governments, including of course the scottish government. a short time ago she was asked as well about whether or not she thought theresa may could remain in power. well, vsm p1 the election in scotland, we won more seats than all of the other parties combined. we are now the third biggest party in the house of commons, so we will have considerable influence and we intend to execute that influence constructively and responsibly, but in the interest of the people we serve in scotland and the uk as a whole. i think there are two immediate priorities, firstly the question, a very real question, of whether this primaries to camp together a functioning government. there are many concerns about the prospect of a tory government propped up by the dup, but today's i'iews propped up by the dup, but today's news about a delayed is queen's speech, it brings more worry about what is being cooked up behind closed doors. secondly, the whole issue of brexit. the approach that
the government was taking to a hard brexit i think is dead in the water and cannot stand. i am calling today for a process that is opened up to include more voices, all parties and all four nations of the uk, and an approach that has continued membership of the single market at its heart. the prime minister has to recognise she asked for a strengthened mandate for a hard brexit, and voters across the uk refuse to give her that, and she cannot simply carry on as if nothing has changed. the problem with that is that across the uk more than 80% did back parties that said they will leave the single market. so the idea that you can get together and agree on that, that is not going to happen, is it? i think on that, that is not going to happen, is it? ithink we on that, that is not going to happen, is it? i think we see now increasing voices that are expressing the view that while the uk will leave the eu, and it is something i regret, nevertheless we should not do it in a way that comprisesjobs the should not do it in a way that comprises jobs the economy. therefore, an approach to brexit that listens to more voices, i have spent the last year trying to get scotland's interest to the prime minister. she has failed to do that.
she can no longer fail to fail to listen to scotland or the other nations or to a much broader spectrum of people. but we must have an approach that prioritises the economy, jobs and investment and living standards, and for me, and i think for many people, that means an approach that keeps us within the single market and the customs union. that makes sense, and i think it is an approach that has to be pursued i'iow. an approach that has to be pursued now. now, brexit is the issue, and nicola sturgeon montsho talk about it, the one she is a bit more relu cta nt to it, the one she is a bit more reluctant to speak about as now what happens with the prospect of a second independence referendum. the first minister said this morning she will reflect on that, that she is not being rushed into any decisions, but the fact that her party lost 21 seats in the election on thursday means some, including ruth davidson, who is meeting with the prime minister at the moment for talks, think that that issue of a second independence referendum is on the table. if you wanted to knowjust how many scots are down here in westminster today talking brexit, you can probably hear the bagpipes
in the background as well, i understand ruth davidson, when she is talking to the prime minister, will be pushing for a more open brexit, for more of a focus on the economy in negotiations, and a red line for the scottish conservative group will be that the uk leaves the common fission is policy. thank you for that. nick eardley in parliament square. all eyes now are on the dup, and that proposed deal whatever it is between them and theresa may. our island correspondence crisp pages in belfast. the timing is difficult because we are supposed to be having the first day of talks to try to re—establish storm on. the first day of talks to try to re-establish storm on. that's right. here at stormont house in the outskirts of belfast, the parties are together after the general election together with the british and irish governments to resume their discussions to try to restore their discussions to try to restore the power—sharing executive, which collapsed back injanuary. the main partners in that power—sharing arrangement were the dup and sinn
fein. so although the politicians are back around the talks table here now, the question very much as how will negotiations in london affect the negotiations in belfast? the dup are ina the negotiations in belfast? the dup are in a position where nobody really expected them to be. they are taking part in two sets of negotiations, one to show up the westminster government and want to restore the devolved government, and the sinn fein leader gerry adams has had his say in the news conference here in the last hour or so. he has made it clear he is not at all happy about the prospect of a deal between the conservatives and the dup. we don't believe that any deal between the dup here and in the stories will be good for the people here. and any deal which undercuts in anyway the process here, or the good friday and the other agreements, is one which has to be opposed by progressives. so what of the main issues for sinn
fein, they would say the fact that the conservatives are on the verge of pitching their westminster wagons to the dup shows that northern ireland's secretary james brokenshire can't act as an impartial broker in the talks process. mr brokenshire has said he doesn't see the need for an independence share at the moment and has also stressed the deadline for june 29 for these talks is absolutely the final in movable deadline and if there is no deal here by then then westminster will have to take over running northern ireland, direct road ministers as they are now on will come in to start making the decisions, rather than ministers based at stormont. the last few minutes, the irish first minister charlie flanagan has broken the reporters, stay guessing he would expect —— stressing he would expect rigorous talks. that is what is ratified in the good friday agreement. he has also said he will ta ke agreement. he has also said he will take a rigorously impartial approach and self on behalf of the irish
government and that is exactly what he will expect too from the british government. but he struck a positive note, he said he does think an agreement can be reached. thank you, chris. until that is reached, there isa chris. until that is reached, there is a question about the queen ‘s speech and when that will happen, it is supposed to be a huge event next monday. the queen centre of it. it has now been postponed, we understand. and it could be days. i know that tomorrow the scaffolder ‘s we re know that tomorrow the scaffolder ‘s were supposed to be arriving tomorrow to put the marquees and all the tv studios up for that event. i just hope it is rust proof, because it could be a while. studio: now, more than 200 people have been arrested in russia, as protesters defy the authorities by holding demonstrations against corruptions. they've been organised by the leading russian opposition figure, alexei navalny, who has called on protestors to gather at rallies across the country.
he too was detained ahead of the moscow protest, latest reports from there say pepper spray is being used against protestors — here's daniela relph in vladivostok, they came to protest against what they believe is government corruption. but soon, there were scuffles and clashes with there were scuffles and clashes with the security services. and protesters fleeing, fearing arrest. the leading anti—corruption campaigner alexi navalny was detained by police at his home in moscow this morning. the authorities say his detention is due to breaking rules around the organisation of rallies, and for disobeying the instructions of a police officer. alexei navalny has become the face of the anti—corru ption alexei navalny has become the face of the anti—corruption campaign in russia. harnessing the anger of young activists on social media, streaming protests online. he served a15 streaming protests online. he served a 15 dayjail term after being detained at a rally in march, but
that has just energised the campaign ofa man that has just energised the campaign of a man who says he will run for president next year. alexi navalny was due to be at a rally in moscow today. it is just one of a number of demonstrations across russia. instead of addressing the crowd with his accusations of corruption in the putin government, he is instead in a moscow police station but hundreds of people supporting his call for change have continued to protest without him. daniela relph, bbc news. a little earlier, al moscow correspondent sarah rainsford who's in the capital brought us the latest. certainly there are still huge and asa certainly there are still huge and as a protest is pouring into social tah central moscow and there has—been lundstram was of riot police coming in the next hours as well. we had a lot of shouts from just behind me, which is the beginning of this section of the main street down from the kremlin. there are hundreds of thousands of
people there who have been trying to walk down the main street to express their protest, to voice their anger, and their frustration at the corruption in russia and the government and the authorities. there has been a lot of people arrested, we have seen several ourselves. the report are dozens of people here in moscow being detained by police. we just saw one truck taking people away one moment ago. you could see more police coming in now. certainly by bringing protesters onto the streets here in the central moscow, alexei navalny did set the scene for this confrontation, because this is not an authorised protest. he was given permission to hold a rally elsewhere, he said the conditions we re elsewhere, he said the conditions were not right and he called people here into the centre of moscow instead. he himself was detained as he tried to leave his house but it was hearsay they don't mind, they wa nted was hearsay they don't mind, they wanted to come out and voice their protest a nd wanted to come out and voice their protest and call as they are saying for a better russia, a different russia, and the fight against or stand up against corruption. police
in much to have arrested a 31—year—old woman on suspicion of murder after a man was hit by a tram and the citizen to. the incident at victoria station happened yesterday evening. the man died at the scene. an investigation has begun into an incident that. chinese plane to make an emergency landing in sydney, with an emergency landing in sydney, with a large hole in one of its engines. passengers on board the china eastern airlines flight bound the shanghai described a burning smell and a loud noise shortly after take—off. the airbus a330 managed to land safely and there were no reports of injuries. the plane, which was due to fly to shanghai, back down on the tarmac at sydney airport after a major emergency. and this was the problem. part of the left engine ripped away, leaving a gaping hole. for the passengers, everything had been normal until suddenly
about an hour into the flight, it became clear there was a major problem. it took off like normal and then all of a sudden some of our friends that were with us smelt burning. we didn't think anything of it really but all of a sudden it got really loud. i heard the noise and i'm not sure what is the noise, but the cabin crew went out and they were very, like, they told us too fasten our seat belts and tried to calm us down. but we were actually very panicked because we had no idea what was happening. it was a little shocking. i couldn't really tell what it was a first but then i realised there was a hole in the engine. so what could have caused such serious damage to the engine? the plane is an airbus a330, like this one. it has rolls—royce engines, and the company says it will help with the investigation, which is likely to look at all potential factors, including maintenance records, and whether some kind of object got inside the engine. and, meanwhile, there are reports
that this kind of engine damage on the china eastern airlines plane has also occurred on other aircraft. richard galpin, bbc news. the duchess of cambridge is making a visit to kings college hospital to meet with staff and patients who were affected by terror attack in london bridge and borough market. she will meet two groups of staff who were working on the evening of the attack, and have continued to provide support to patients. the duchess will then meet patients in private. our royal correspondent, peter hunt, is at king's college hospital. peter, tell us more about who she is visiting. if you think about it, what happens often on these occasions if you think back to manchester after the ariana grande attack at that concert, the queen visited patients bear, and after the london bridge attack the prince of wales and duchess of cornwall went to the royal london cup hospital last week, so now this week as you
say, we have the duchess of cambridge here at a very busy king's couege cambridge here at a very busy king's college hospital in south london. she is meeting a variety of people. she is meeting a variety of people. she will meet about eight of the staff who worked on that saturday evening, notjust staff who worked on that saturday evening, not just the staff who worked on that saturday evening, notjust the doctors, not just the nurses, but the support staff and reporters. —— and the porters. also privately away from the camera she will meet some of the patients who are still here, there are seven still here, one who was critically ill, but she will meet the other six, who are in a more sta ble the other six, who are in a more stable condition, and then at the end of that, before she leaves her, she will also meet a senior doctor to learn about the work that the hospital does to support the staff to process what they have experienced when they treat these patients. is there any significance in the fact it is the duchess of kimmeridge making this visit? no, -- the duchess of cambridge. she is a senior member of the royal family, the duchess of cambridge. she is a senior member of the royalfamily, a future queen consort as things stand within the british monarchy and i think it is a way that the royal family wants to make clear of their
continued support and thanks for the emergency services and also i suppose it is a visit that has a means whereby audiences are reminded that nine days on there are still people recovering in hospital, there are still people who will recover for many weeks and of course that ta kes for many weeks and of course that takes its toll, both on the patient and on those who are supporting them, theirfamilies and on those who are supporting them, their families and friends. the phenomenon of pink lightning is not too common, but the us state of missouri has had a startling display. these are flashing pictures coming up of a storm over the town of springfield, during a spell of severe weather. they are the ground flashers, which are streaming in response to multiple cloud bolts that are too fast to be seen by the naked eye. they are coloured by a combination of hays, dust and cult mbodj is. who knew? let's take a look at the weather here. with ben rich. divided fortunes in our
weather this week. the further north you only will see some out breaks of rain sometimes and it will be breezy. further south, a bit more in the way of dry weather, some sunshine times it will feel fairly humid. not particularly today, actually quite a fresh feel in a westerly wind. some showers across northern areas, largely dry with a bit of sunshine further south. as we had through this evening and the night, cloud will spill in through northern ireland, scotland, northern england and north wales with some outbreaks of rain. there is a chance could be on the heavy side. further south, largely dry with some clear spells, towns and cities ten to 13 degrees, cooler in the countryside, especially in the south. into tomorrow, scotland and northern england, cloudy, outbreaks of rain breaking into showers, some could be heavy. largely dry in the south, tablature is heavy. largely dry in the south, tablatu re is climbing heavy. largely dry in the south, tablature is climbing the 23 degrees in london. through the week ahead, northern and western areas will see rain at times, it will often be breezy. further south, rain at times, it will often be breezy. furthersouth, mainly dry, and often quite humid. hello.
this is bbc news. the headlines. it's been announced the queens speech — which outlines the governments policies — faces a delay of a few days. meanwhile, the prime minister will face tough questions from her backbenchers in a meeting later today. the government are insisting that there has been no change in their position on brexit. david davis says the government is prepared to walk away from talks, if the uk gets a bad deal and that negotiations will start as planned next week. russian opposition leader alexei navalny has been detained at home ahead of a planned but unauthorised protest in moscow, his wife says. there have been over 200 arrests.
the party of the french president, emmanuel macron, is heading for an overwhelming parliamentary majority, after the first round of voting for the national assembly. projections suggest the group will win more than two—thirds of the seats in next sunday's second round. let's get a sports update now. england under 20s manager paul simpson says it's too soon to be talking about his side as the next "golden generation", despite their triumph in the world cup. they beat venezuela 1—nil in the final in south korea, to lift engand's first football world cup trophy since 1966. and senior manager gareth southgate says it's up to the clubs now to nurture young english talent. ultimately the aim is that those players come through to the seniors and a big part of that is for them to get opportunities now with their clu bs. to get opportunities now with their clubs. i think they have shown if at
under 20s were world champions then there is enough players there to fulfil careers in the game without clu bs fulfil careers in the game without clubs looking elsewhere. and southgate has announced that harry kane will keep the captain's armband for tomorrow night's match against france. kane was made skipper for the world cup qualifier against scotland on saturday, scoring a stoppage—time equaliser in their 2—2 draw. leyton orient have survived after a winding—up petition against them was dismissed. owner francesco becchetti had been given until today to settle with his creditors or sell the club and a lawyer told the court that the relevant debts had been paid. orient will be playing in the national league next season, after finishing bottom of divison two in may. the last of the champions trophy group matches is underway — sri lanka and pakistan are playing for a place in the semi—finals. sri lankan maid 236 from just shy of
their 30 overs. whoever wins this match will join england, bangladesh and india in the last four. well after the champions trophy england will start a t20 series against south africa — they've announced the squad for those three matches and it includes a first senior call—up for the lancashire batsman liam livingstone. in 2015 he broke the world record for the highest individual score in a one—day match, he scored 350 off 138 balls for his local club side. rafael nadal is up to second in the world rankings after winning the french open for a record 10th time. he cruised past stan wawrinka in straight sets, to take his 15th major title — he's now won grand slams in his teens, twenties and thirties — and he's really looking forward to playing on grass next, at queen's and then wimbledon. the lions captain sam warburton still believes he may not play despite recovering from an ankle injury. he returns as skipper for the match against the highlanders tomorrow but feels he needs to string together some good performances before getting back to
spurs. lionsault three matches before the opening test against the all blacks. their coach believes that they are improving on a basis. bearing the fruits of the last three weeks fitness wise and contact wise, and with the travel, that will have had an impact on the first couple of games but we are ready to get back for the test match. and we're still ramping it up in training because we need to go a breakneck speed for the first test. alastair brownlee says he's pretty relaxed about what events he'll enter this season, after winning the world triathlon series event in leeds. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. straight to belfast because the sdlp are holding a news conference. they claim the government can no longer bea claim the government can no longer be a neutral facilitator. that
stands needs to be enforced and the irish government needs to make sure the british government do not run away with this with the dup in charge of things. tonight the dup head to london for negotiations. to think there's any chance of making the deadline? those of us worried about the tory government working alongside arlene foster as some kind of deputy prime minister and running the talks process for the foreseeable future need to do everything in our power to make sure this is achievable and we can meet the deadline. we know deadlines have passed before but we have entered every stage of these negotiations with a positive mind trying to solve our problems. everyone else needs to get on with the job now. we had enough elections and messing about,
time now to deliver for the people of northern ireland. i do not want to leave us at the mercy of a tory party a ny to leave us at the mercy of a tory party any the week but especially not one largely controlled by the dup. i think that would be a disaster for politics here especially now when we have a situation where we have no voice in westminster at all. do you think the chances of soft brexit has been enhanced by the dup being in that influential position given that they would be in the cross hairs for any criticism if brexit turns out to be harsh. i hope you're right but of course the dup were on the wrong side of this battle from the very beginning. they are the people who advocated for brexit. we told them all along that we could not have a brexit where we get to keep all the benefits and just not have the problems with it as well. we know what the position has to be, we have had the same positions of the day
after the referendum and others have not —— have nowjoined us. we now have sinn fein supporter mad. what we need a special status for northern ireland. it is good that the good friday agreement is recognised in the official negotiating position of the european union. what we need to do is use that good friday agreement and north—south institutions to allow for single market and customs union status and free movement for people. that is the prize and i personally do not trust the dup to deliver any of that given the fact that they are the people who recklessly tried to drag it out of europe against our will. and the democratic unionist party are ignoring the democratic wishes of the people here in all that. could the entire peace process be put at risk with this deal with the dup? i think we need to be careful using language, i think the peace process is strong and many
people gave a lot over many years to make sure it is strong and stable. but we're not blind to the fact that the good friday agreement is based upon the principle that we have two governments as co—characters to the peace process. we cannot have one of them... just to step away from that now, of course the sdlp have no seats in westminster after the election last week. he said enough messing about. voicing his concern about the dup being involved in talks with theresa may. one question that the prime minister is now going to be asked is how the election result will affect the brexit position. the queen ‘s speech has been delayed but negotiations with the eu will apparently go ahead on monday. with me to discuss this now is thomas kielinger, london correspondent for the german newspaper die welt, and chris morris, our reality check correspondent. i wonder what the german
commentators are thinking? we had hoped there would be a clear result. we respect britain hugely. and now we have strong leadership in france and we will have that in germany as angela merkel is certain to win, but we have the opposite of that and something close to a lame duck prime minister which is not in our interests, we do not like it. we will just wait and see what will happen. from this side of the channel it makes perhaps a few that we are in a very weak position and the eu would prefer that.|j we are in a very weak position and the eu would prefer that. i do not think so, we do not prepare state m e nts think so, we do not prepare statements like david davis seems to have made today that they will walk away if they do not get the deal in their interest. that language i think he had better not use again. not that you have to eat humble pie but a more moderate approach to negotiations is perfectly in order. does that mean a soft brexit? it has
been demanded everywhere in great britain. ruth davidson is demanding it, or suggesting it and even the dup may be more in favour of that. what would your definition be of soft brexit? some kind of continued relationship with the single market. perhaps including paying into it, that number must be negotiated. so much is still up in the air. it is 50 shades of brexit. and people making statements. go at it slowly and investigate what the going is in brussels and watch your own people are saying put ruth davidson has to be taken very seriously, she said the conservative party. if not for the conservative party. if not for the 13 seats in scotland we would not have, we would have a jeremy corbyn government. so the government would be well advised to take her
views on board. let's bring in some reality check, it is the single market and customs union and freedom of movement, this into the issues at the heart of this debate about what ha rd the heart of this debate about what hard and soft brexit is. before theresa may set out her position we we re theresa may set out her position we were talking about this in detail. you can be in the single market without being in the eu. norway is an example. you can be in the customs union without being in the eu such as turkey does. the single market is a free trade area but more than that. it involves these famous freedoms, freedom of movement, of goods and services, capital and people. people obviously, the most important really in this debate because it means the freedom of movement that the government has sworn to bring to an end. a lot hinges on this. so could you be in the single market and restrict
freedom of movement, possibly. the eu has said there is no cherry picking, britain cannot have a special deal. could there be some reform of the freedom of movement rules for every country, and emergency brake of some kind. that isa emergency brake of some kind. that is a possibility. but these are the kinds of brexit you could have and they are suddenly all back into play because of this result. if you're in the single market, are you able to trade with the outside world as a separate entity? this is the customs union and that says if you are a member of the customs union, once something has passed through customs once then it can be shipped freely through every country in the customs union. which is a great advantage. but also if you're in the customs union you cannot make your own free trade deals around the world. you do it at eu level. and that is one of the great things theresa may said, we wa nt the great things theresa may said, we want to beat global britain and make all these free trade deal. never mind that some would be
difficult. you remember her speech about the eu during the election campaign and she had a long list of things that she wanted to achieve. one was controlling immigration and another to have a free trade deal with india. but of course india would want more business for its people to come here. so everything is interlinked. so much has yet to be determined in negotiations. this government should not be using threatening language like that. that the germans are anglophiles, many of them. let's talk about the french and let's face it, they stopped us joining the ec as it was then the first time around. 27 nations in effect to negotiate with, notjust germany and that is a huge problem. it isa germany and that is a huge problem. it is a problem but fans also needs to be careful not to appear to be working for a new franco german condominium. the rest of the eu would not fancy that. britain had a
useful role as moderator as it where of these intra— eat —— intra— eu problems. france has a stable government and will be strong and stable, but would be well advised to also take on the british position in an open attitude of mind. adversarial relations are in no 1's interest. europe is also interested in accommodating a good outcome. you askedif in accommodating a good outcome. you asked if this was a good thing for the eu that theresa may has emerged as weaker but if you're a manual macron you can afford to be a bit magnanimous having just the presidency. i would never hear strong and stable again so fast!“
you have a weak government is more difficult to make the kind of compromises that will be needed to reach some kind of meal. -- some kind of deal. we are in a very fraught situation at the moment. and so fraught situation at the moment. and so much to sort out within government here. we don't know how long theresa may could last until our speculations would then go awry a very short time. it is so difficult to predict. of course in the tory party europe has been a divisive issue for a generation. and all these divides are emerging again. gentlemen, thank you very much. we will see how it goes. one of the biggest surprises of theresa may's post—election reshuffle was the appointment of michael gove as environment secretary. it's just under a year since mrs may sacked the formerjustice secretary — and her rival for the conservative leadership — from the cabinet.
to combat climate change, as our environment analyst roger harrabin explains. the highlands of scotland, michael gove has sunk their praises. he has called himself a shy green. conservatives, he said, tend instinctively towards conservation. that instinct was tested in his own constituency. he said the eu's strict laws protecting places like this had forced up the cost of housing, so those laws should be relaxed. environmentalists oppose his appointment. this is a really concerning appointment for young people. michael gove tried to take climate change out of the national curriculum for schools. young people are really concerned about the environment. if this is an attempt to engage with the youth vote, it is a bad start. it was over climate change mr gove most enraged environmentalists, notjust by trying to wipe it off
the geography curriculum, but by trying to prevent a colleague from attending climate change talks. he has voted against amendments to reduce emissions. yet within weeks he will have to deliver a clean air strategy. it is a tremendous opportunity to do a job at the heart of government which will ensure we enhance one of our greatest assets, our countryside. i want to do everything i can to make sure we pass on the environment in a stronger condition to the next generation. he will face formidable challenges over the countryside and farming as the uk withdraws from the eu. farmers are hopeful. he is a big hitter. i am looking to michael to champion british food and british farming. we have got the brexit negotiations. the farming industry have got the most to lose through a bad deal. michael gove faces the unenviable task of negotiating britain's countryside, wildlife and farming, through the thicket of brexit. he seems to be doing it facing two directions at the same time.
on the one hand, in favour of conserving nature, on the other against laws which do exactly that. it will be an interesting path ahead. roger harrabin, bbc news. conservative mp alan mac is joining me. last june the british people voted to leave the eu and as democrats we respect that and will deliver that as party and government. we have some clear frameworks in the white paper about what we want to achieve. it is disappointing that we did not win a majority in the election but we are determined to get on with the job of government and deliver brexit. working with the dup to make sure we
have a strong government to deliver for the people. the difficulty is those negotiations with the dup are still underway and clearly will be much more difficult than people thought. the queen ‘s speech is now delayed and talks with the eu begin on monday. and everything is up in the airand appears on monday. and everything is up in the air and appears chaotic. we won the air and appears chaotic. we won the biggest number of seats, we're not that far from an overall majority which is why we have immediately started to get on with the business of government by speaking with the dup. i'm determined to make sure the government is going to get a good position and start negotiations in a strong position next week. but you're not in a strong position. we are doing the best we can in this situation. i think we are in a good position, we did not win the election but we got the most votes, the biggest share of the vote for a long time. and we have got on with the business of government. but there is no government going on, you have a prime minister who is holed below the water line, dead woman
walking access your former chancellor. thing not so clear cut as you might suggest. well we have appointed a strong and experienced tea m appointed a strong and experienced team ina appointed a strong and experienced team in a reshuffle, brought back people like michael gove, liam fox, damian green. so we have got on with the business of government and we're starting negotiations and hope to bring forward the queen ‘s speech in june of course. when theresa may walks into the cabinet meeting room behind, what kind of reception is she likely to get? we are keen to make sure we support the prime minister and get on with the business of government, reflect on the election and also govern in the national interest. the meeting is about making sure we learned the lessons but were determined to make sure we have a strong government we start ina sure we have a strong government we start in a strong position for the brexit negotiations. that sounds a bit like the prime minister who was talking in fact as if the election
had not been lost. you can say we are in the business of government but until you have the deal with the dup, we're not. we are disappointed not to get the majority we wanted and we must reflect on that as party. the prime ministers expressed sorrow for those colleagues that lost theirjobs sorrow for those colleagues that lost their jobs and sorrow for those colleagues that lost theirjobs and as a party we will look at what went wrong but we need to make sure that we govern in the national interest. the national interest is what matters now. we have pictures from inside the reshuffled cabinet, that has been meeting since two o'clock. michael gove and others. theresa may looking fairly relaxed. i just gove and others. theresa may looking fairly relaxed. ijust wonder whether you have all realised that if you do not give the prime minister the backing you could all be out of a job at the end of the year because there could be another election. ourjob is to make sure that we form a strong and stable government commitment sure we
deliver... are you really still saying that! ourjob is to provide certainty. i'm sorry to laugh. but we are in a country where if you speak to anyone, people are quite worried. three words you will not have heard are strong, stable uncertainties about three things we do not have. we have come through a tough election period was up but the objective now is to make sure we govern in the address of the whole country and put aside party interest. analyse where things went wrong but we need to get off to go start with brexit negotiations and govern in the national interest. we look forward to putting our best foot forward and get a good deal with the dup as well. it sounds like a speech you have all been given to read out, it sounds very formulaic and not bearing much relation to the atmosphere here in westminster which let's face it is the brow, chaotic, uncertain. we had the queen ‘s speech debate for the first time in history, this is not a period of
certainty and stability. -- queen 's speech delay. way to make sure conversations i've had with collea g u es conversations i've had with colleagues and the party, people are determined to put your best foot forward and got a good deal. and put the election to one side. what is important is the national interest and that is why we are pressing forward with negotiations with the dup and start brexit negotiations in a strong position. that is not the feeling out in the country. we have a conservative majority, absolutely. but not the majority where you can run things, you have a prime minister who as far as anyone can see is in difficulties. and you're talking about moving along, brexit talks happening, everything as it should be. this is not the money that you would have wished for last thursday. we need to be pragmatic and sensible and we have won the biggest share of the votes, the biggest share of the votes, the biggest number of seeds and we need
to bring together a government now that can govern in the interest of the whole country. that is why we have begun negotiations with the dup and will proceed with brexit negotiations to liver on the will of the people from the eu referendum. what are you prepared to offer the dup to make that happen? i'm not privy to the details but we have a strong white paper that we released last year about the framework will wa nt last year about the framework will want for the negotiations with the eu, we want the dup to be part of that. we have a long—standing and good relations with them, many of them are people with white with on a day—to—day basis in parliament. we're confident of getting a good deal but we need a good dealfor whole country. thank you very much. let's show you again those pictures from the cabinet room a short time ago. theresa may, herfirst cabinet meeting after reshuffle and after the disappointment of the general election results for many
conservatives last week. but they say getting on with business, the issue of brexit and that is being discussed right now. we will bring you more reaction to that through the afternoon. but now a weather update. good afternoon. divided fortunes through the next few days, was areas of the country seeing rain at times, not all the time of the worst further south mainly dry with some sunshine and some pretty humid weather to come. high pressure is never far away from the south but after the north—west, no pressure and frontal systems trying to bring in cloud and rain. today many areas started pretty cloudy including here in denbighshire. a lot of cloud also across scotland and northern ireland. showers continuing through the afternoon although tending to ease as the day goes on. further
south into wales and the midlands, south west england and into the south—east, the cloud breaking up quite nicely to give spells of sunshine. not as warm as it has been in the south—east but up to around 20 degrees in some spots. this evening it could turn quite chilly in eastern and southern areas but in the northwest the cloud thickening up. some outbreaks of rain, some of that potentially quite heavy through the early hours of tomorrow morning. into tomorrow it is northern areas but the cloud and outbreaks of rain. the rain breaking up into showers through the day. but some of those could be happy. further south more sunshine and particularly a sunny day across the english channel coast line. and temperatures climbing a little, 23 degrees across parts of the south—east. through tuesday night and wednesday, the low pressure out west begins to try to squash its way in but runs into the high pressured to the east and that
will force some warm and humid air in our direction. that moving into southern areas and with that a fair amount of sunshine across england and wales. strong sunshine and high pollen levels as well. temperatures towards the south and south—east up towards the south and south—east up to 26 degrees. and with that humidity there is a chance through wednesday night that we could have some thunderstorms in the far south—east. but for thursday things should turn pressure again. —— fresher. this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy live from westminster. these are the top stories at three. the bbc understands the queen's speech, in which the government sets out its plans, is to be put back by a few days. theresa may meets her newly reshuffled cabinet, ahead of a difficult meeting with conservative backbenchers the government says it is still confident of getting a good brexit deal and is sticking
to the two year timetable. what happens if we walk away? you have to plan for that. i'm reeta chakrabarti, the other top stories this afternoon. a lucky escape for passengers on this china eastern airlines plane it makes an emergency landing with a large hole in one of its engines. the duchess of cambridge visits kings college hospital to meet staff and patients affected by the london bridge attacks