tv Tuesday in Parliament BBC News September 6, 2017 2:30am-3:01am BST
in the atlantic. hurricane irma is now an extremely dangerous category five storm with winds of nearly 300kph. the storm is heading for puerto rico and cuba and is on track for florida. five men, including four members of the british army, have been arrested as part of an investigation into a proscribed far—right group. national action was banned by the government last december for promoting violence and acts of terrorism. the joint operation involved the police and the army. the united nations is warning of a humanitarian crisis in bangladesh after a dramatic increase in the number of rohingya muslims fleeing neighbouring myanmar. fighting in the state of rakhine has left hundreds dead. aid agencies say more than 35,000 refugees fled in a single day. now on bbc news, tuesday in parliament. hello there and welcome
to tuesday in parliament, as mps return to westminster for the first time since the start of their summer break. coming up... parliament may have been in recess, but the brexit talks haven't stopped. david davis updates mps on the ups and downs of the negotiations. nobody will pretend this would be simple or easy. i have always said that the glaciation will be tough. also on this programme... mps and peers express their concerns over north korea's nuclear tests and a foreign office ministerfaces criticism from his own side over the government's response to plight of the rohingya muslims in myanmar. which sounded deep close to doubling for the blame of this ethnic cleansing on the victim community. but first... just where has the uk got to in its negotiations over our exit from the eu? at a news conference
following the last round of talks both the uk and eu expressed frustration at the pace of the talks and continued disagreement over the size of the uk's "divorce bill". eu negotiator michel barnier said "no decisive progress" had been made on key issues. but the brexit secretary david davis said the uk had a "duty to our taxpayers" to "rigorously" examine the eu's demands. updating mps david davis wasjeered by the labour side as he gave an upbeat initial assessment. while at times do negotiations have been tough it is clear we have made concrete progress on many important issues. laughter he insisted progress had been made on citizens rights including in areas such as healthcare and recognition of qualifications. but he turned to the so—called divorce bill — the money the uk our discussions this week have demonstrated yet again
and exposed yet again that the uk approach is substantially more flexible and pragmatic than that of the eu, it did avoid unnecessary destruction for business and consumers. i have urged the eu to be more imaginative and flexible on the approach to this point. he turned to the money the uk will pay on leaving. in july the commission said of the eu position. we have a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate the position vigorously and that is what we did line by line. it may be a little bit of a shock to the commissioner but that is what we did line by line. in the august round we set out our analysis of the eu position and we also had in death discussions and even doesn't bank and other budget is. it is clear the two sides have very different legal stances but as we said in the article 50 d settlement should be in accordance with law and in the spirit of the uk continuing partnership with the eu. there were, he said,
significant differences to be bridged in this sector. labour saw other problems. although he will say at i am sure he is equally frustrated by an equally unhelpful to whistle comments and blackmail comments from some of his own colleagues. i am sure that colleagues and officials in his department are working hard in these difficult because stations and pay tribute to what they are doing behind the scenes. but the state of affairs and the slow process of progress are a real cause for concern. parties appear to be getting farther apart than closer together. there is now huge pressure on the negotiating round itself in september. the consequence is this, if phase two is pushed back there are very serious consequences for britain.
and no deal, which i had hoped had died a death since the election, could yet rise from the ashes. nobody would pretend that this would be simple or easy. i have always said the negotiation will be tough, complex... tough, complex and at times confrontational. keir starmer said it was time to drop some of the prime minister's "deeply flawed" red lines to create the flexibility necessary. we are all see reaching the stage of negotiations where fantasy meets brutal reality. the truth is that too many promises have been made about brexit which can't be kept. the secretary of state has just said that nobody was pretending it would be easy. laughter mr speaker, they were pretending it would be easy, the international trade secretary promised that negotiating a deal with the eu would be and i quote, one of the easiest deals in human history to negotiate.
can i urge my right honourable friend not to accept the advice of the opposition party that only six weeks ago was in favour of leaving the customs union and the single market and only today has now reversed that position, he should say steady on the course of the government. the eu has a very simple choice to make and they help it make its own but they will boldly mated later, they can either trade with this but no new tariff barriers because women are very generous offer with a conte boulez on wto rules which we know works fine for us because that is what's we do with the rest of the world. petulant references to the eu blackmailing the uk don't help our negotiating stand in fact they increased the risk of uk crashing out of the european union. in those circumstances does the secretary of state still agree with themselves on the need for a decision referendum which would allow people to vote on the terms of the deal or devote to stay in the european union? a point david davis didn't answer. a labour mp returned to the exit bill. 0n the matter of the financial
settlement does the secretary of state believed that the european union is blackmailing the uk? with the best will in the world i choose my own words and of course in the negotiation there are pressure points, but that is to be expected. david davis. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has brushed aside criticism of president trump's response to the north korea crisis. last week north korea fired a missile overjapan — and on sunday it said it had successfully tested a nuclear weapon that could be loaded on to a long—range missile. the secretive communist state said its sixth nuclear test was a "perfect success". pyongyang said it had tested a hydrogen bomb — a device many times more powerful than an atomic bomb. updating the commons on the situation, borisjohnson set
out the gravity of the situation and called for calm diplomacy. the house must be under no illusion that this latest test marks another perilous advance in north korea's nuclear ambitions. in a country blighted by decades of communist economic failure where in the 19905 hundreds of thousands of people died of starvation or reduced to eating grass and leaves to survive, the regime has squandered its resources on building an illegal armoury of nuclear bombs. he has will wish to join me in condemning the nuclear test that poses a grave threat to the security of every country in east asia and the wider world. will britain be a voice of calm reason on the world stage by will we allow ourselves with angela merkel, she told the gerry mullan today that they can only be a peaceful and problematic solution and if the answer is yes and that is the route the government takes they will have our full support. but if they pretend that military options, involving decapitation,
annihilation, fire and fury, long anywhere but in the bin, if they swear blind loyalty to donald trump, no matter what appears he drags us towards, then they will be risking a hell of a lot more thanjust losing our support. the uk government must use its much vaunted special relationship with the united states and influence as friend donald trump to drastically calm his rhetoric. if that relationship is organising, if the uk has any sort of influence, in the white house, they must use it now to walk president trump back from the unacceptable threat he has made and to bring some modicum of rationality to his dialogue. it is clear that he whole house hopes overwhelmingly for a diplomatic solution to this crisis but the foreign secretary also stared that we stand by our allies. so on that point may i ask how they received any request for potential military support in south korea, japan or indeed the united states? and if so what has been our response?
we have received no such request so far, madam deputy speaker, and our intention is to try and avoid the circumstances in which such a request should be made. i want quiet diplomacy but can i get the message across to the foreign secretary that that means working with all our alleys? yes, serious conversations with the united states, but is unavoidable, but also to all our friends and allies in europe, but agree the germans, french and others and particularly nato, that we have heard very little about nato over the recent days. when china is a voice of calm and even russia is more measured than the us, it speaks volumes about the state of global diplomacy. i disagree with the government cosying up to donald trump, but if there is to be any value in those actions surely the foreign secretary should use
and violence to make president donald trump use his phone for talking instead of sending involuntary tweets into what is a fragile and precarious situation. i really must disagree powerfully with the honourable lady's assertion that somehow this crisis has been whipped up by the americans for by the president by the white house when if you look at the history, notjust in the last year but over the last ten years, 30 years, this has been a movement towards the acquisition of thermonuclear weapons by a rogue state and we have now come to a point where we have to use all the diplomatic and peaceful at our disposable to freeze that nuclear programme and ensure a peaceful solution. peers were also quick to offer strong condemnation of north korea's nuclear tests and their possible consequences.
isn't the realistic lesson of the cold war that beyond usually assured destruction was a formidable campaigning to systematically encourage change from within? isn't the greatest current danger the law of unintended consequences where a rogue missile or ugly bellicosity could have devastating and lethal consequences for millions of innocent people? i think it is clear that the global community affected by the united nations and the united nations security council believes the correct approach to this is a mixture of diplomatic and economic measures. going back to play detected was some scepticism about the sanctions, i made courtroom at the uk permanent representative to the united nations matty rycroft said yesterday and he said it is clear the sanctions are having an effect and he said those who doubt this impact would only read the statements coming from the north korean regime, so these measures today are having an effect, the uk government
is currently in discussion with our global partners as to what further steps we might take. sanctions that are but to affect only the ordinary people of north korea have not chosen to eat grass, and the words of vladimir putin, actually a factor. what efforts has her majesty ‘s government undertaking to try and ensure that future sanctions actually target the leader and not the people of north korea? the noble lady is right to allude to a very natural concern, the plight of the people of north korea. there is every reason to imagine that their plight is very grave indeed. i share the noble lady's concern. the uk is doing whatever it can through diplomatic channels to exercise influence. the united nations says the number of rohingya refugees crossing from myanmar — also known as burma — into bangladesh has surged in recent days. the rohingya are a stateless,
mostly muslim, ethnic minority who have faced persecution in myanmar. more than 123,000 are now said to have fled violence in the country's rakhine state since 25th august. the conflict was triggered by an attack by rohingya militants on police posts. this sparked a military counter—offensive that has forced a flood of civilians from their villages. answering an urgent question the foreign office minister said he'd issued a statementjointly with the international development minister alistair burt after the initial outbreak of violence. condemning the attacks by rohingya militants on burmese security forces. at the same time, the uk also strongly urge the security forces in rakhine to show restraint and called for all parties to de—escalate the tensions. the mp who'd asked the urgent question was unimpressed.
i have to say, i'm a little bit disappointed by the response of the minister in the way he started by suggesting as if somehow the rohingya muslims and these people had caused this to occur. he must be aware that in the last number of years, there has been a semester matic rape and murder on burning and beheading of people of the rohingya community. this is one of the worst outbreaks of violence in decades. the international community is sidelined as they watch another one the envelope before our eyes is. does the minister agree that this situation requires urgent integration, and can he tell us what concrete action the government and prime minister had taken today to deal with this? very sorry to hear the honourable ladies are disappointed. we have miners of for some time and made it known through diplomatic sources are feelings.
if yours and congress that aung san suu kyi, so long such a beacon for human rights, has not stepped in in terms of the military crackdown meetings are many people that access to food. so what do we say about the struggles going on between the government and the burmese military? and what do we say to those who wish to uphold human rights to gain the upper hand? i thank the honourable lady for her worries and four —— for the british stance, we have very little knowledge
of burma, perhaps the only thing they know is ang sang suu kyi and perhaps they will be dismayed. there is various sectarian aspects within burma and a lack of democracy as we would know it's going back five decades. and disappointed with the tone of the minister, which sounded like dumping the blame for this ethnic cleansing on the muslim community. can he is a little more about our expectations of our sons the key is leading a government and associated with behaviour that is unacceptable by any standard of behaviour at all? i'm sorry that my honourable friend chooses to use the opportunity to grandstand the way that he does. i thought i had made it absolutely clear... jeering the house has voted on that matter, as we all know. we have made it clear that we do feel that aung san suu ki
and her government do need to rise to the plane. we are not in any way be getting our understanding of the violence that is going on and it's impact. mark field. over in the lords a bishop asked what the uk government was doing about the situation in myanmar. the united nations is reporting 35,000 people have crossed from myanmar into bangladesh in the past 2a hours alone. the two un camps for refugees are now full. what action does her majesty's government plan to take in response to this humanitarian crisis, and in particular, what representations are being made to the myanmar government entrance bonds to the blocking of humanity government to the blocking of humanitarian aid? the minister said the uk government was very concerned and the situation had been raised by the uk's ambassador in the country and at the un. but peers wanted her to say more about what was actually being done. has the government officially condemned the action that has been described as genocide, ethnic cleansing and the appalling
scenes that we are witnessing, both on social media and on our tv screens, of families, children, being driven out in the most horrible of circumstances and thousands of villages being burned down? i've heard her say saying that we're sensitive about the transition of military to democracy, but there's surely no excuse for this in that transition? i think the united kingdom is clearly on the record as making obvious to those involved our very profound unease of what is going on. we do condemn this violence and are trying, with other partners, look for ways to both assist burma and the plight of those directly affected. lady goldie. you're watching tuesday in parliament with me, alicia mccarthy. don't forget, you can find plenty more from westminster on our website bbc.co.uk/parliaments. 12 weeks after the grenfell tower
tragedy, the communities secretary sajid javid told mps that 196 households needed a new home. of those, 29 have moved into temporary accommodation, while two have moved into permanent homes. mrjavid also revealed that 165 tower blocks across the uk — clad with some form of aluminium composite material — had failed safety tests. several mps voiced concerns about the slow pace of the rehousing scheme, while others urged ministers to pay more attention to the psychological problems facing survivors. the number of people who have moved into temporary or permanent homes continues to rise, but i know that the overall total is still low. one reason for the low take—up of temporary home offers is that some residents simply don't want to move twice, and they have said that it is their preference to stay where they are until a permenant home becomes available. he said he didn't
want to rush anyone. meanwhile, residents who don't want to live in emergency accommodation for any longer than is necessary. nor do i want families forced to move or make snap decisions simply so i have better numbers to report at the dispatch box. the grenfell disaster prompted a testing regime on cladding used for tower blocks. mrjavid said four of the seven cladding systems had failed safety tests. the cladding systems that passed the test are in use on eight social housing towers. systems that failed are in use in 165. the owners of affected buildings have been given detailed advice, drawn up by our independent expert advisory panel. this covers steps to ensure the safety of residents, including, where necessary, the removal of cladding. but he had some positive news.
for me, the biggest sign that the people at kensington will not be beaten is the amazing results achieved by local children in their gcses and a—levels. i think particularly of remarkable young women, just 16 years old, her family lost their home in the fire, but she still received a string of top grades. mr speaker, on help and rehousing, we've been reminded today how vital this is by the reports of 20 grenfell fire survivors who have tried to commit suicide since the fire. 12 weeks on, how on earth can it be that only 29 households, out of 196 from grenfell tower and grenfell walk, have been rehoused ? what is the secretary of state doing to speed this up, and when will all the survivors be offered permanent rehousing? the school year began today, and students are shortly beginning university from inadequate accommodation in hotels with no
space to study. their grades will suffer. as will those of the young man who was also taking his gcses the morning of the fire, and arrived in his underwear at school, was given clothes to wear, who didn't have the fabulous good fortune of the young woman you spoke about, has had no consideration, and has lost his place at school. thejustice minister dominic raab has apologised for a policy requiring workers to fund the cost of taking legal action against employers. the government introduced fees for employment tribunals in 2013 in order to reduce the number of cases considered to be weak or malicious. the trade union, unison, challenged the fees, arguing that they were denying people justice. and, injuly, the supreme court ruled that the policy was unlawful. my constituents have highlighted the stress and financial burden placed on them in going
through an employment tribunal case which they ultimately won. can the minister ensure that those who are entitled to claim back employment tribunal fees are made aware of the process and are reunited with their money in a timely fashion? i thank the honourable member for that question. he's absolutely right that it can be quite an ordeal to go to the employment tribunal or any tribunal, which is why pay tribute to the work of acas and conciliation. we're going to set out the practical arrangements for the reimbursement of those fees, and we want to make sure all the points, particularly making people aware, are properly thought through before we do that. was the decision to introduce the fees in the first place a mistake? we certainly accept the supreme court ruling. we think we got the balance wrong. we've ended those fees and we're looking to make sure that, not only do we reimburse those that were affected, but we obviously learn lessons for the future. richard burgon wrote to justice secretary, david lidington, injuly asking for a "full and unequivocal apology
to working people". last week, i received this wholly inadequate reply, but will the minister apologise today for the suffering that this policy has caused to hundreds of thousands of working people? look, we've admitted and conceded we got the balance wrong. i'm very sorry, i am happy to say, for any frustration or deleterious impact it's had on anyone that's been affected by this. that's why we have moved so quickly both to end the charges but also to make sure there are practical arrangements for the reimbursement for anyone affected by those fees. dominic raab. finally, the start of a new parliament gives mps the chance to put forward their own bills that they'd like to see become law. well, two conservatives took full advantage of the system. veteran backbencher, christopher chope, put down nearly 50, covering everything from funding the nhs to voter registration,
and the classification of fruit and veg. his fellow conservative, peter bone, introduced nearly 30 bills he'd like to see become law. again, he had a wide agenda, with ambitions for child safety, regulating drones and oversight of the bbc. whilst a handful of the bills might make it to debate on a sitting friday, without government backing, none stand any chance of become law. and that's it from me for now, but do join me at the same time tomorrow when theresa may faces jeremy corbyn for the first prime minister's questions since the summer break. but for now from me, alicia mccarthy, goodbye. good morning. hot on the heals of
hurricane harvey comes irma, and this has the potential of be a catastrophic hurricane. already a category 5, we have sustained winds of 185mph, potentially gusting to 220mph. you can see quite clearly the eye of the storm, here on the satellite picture. it is notjust the strength of the winds and the volume of the rain, it's also a significant storm surge that's heading towards the leeward isles. the storm surge is where, underneath this area of low pressure, it literally lifts the surface of the sea by as much as 9—11 feet, descending across these caribbean islands. so certainly, we will need to keep you updated on developments of that storm. back closer to home, things are a little quieter. we have got more of a westerly direction to the source of our air now, that means so slightly fresher and it does mean that first thing in a morning we could actually see temperatures into single figures in more rural spots. so it will be a chilly start but potentially a dry one, with some sunshine coming through. there will be a scattering of showers into the far north—west with more of a significant breeze here.
but the rest of the sheltered south—eastern area should see some sunshine and, as a consequence, we should get some warmth as well. highest values possibly up to 20 degrees, as supposed to 1a to 17 further north and west. now, as we move out of wednesday, into thursday, the winds will strengthen again, and we will see more significant rain. an area of low pressure will move in from the atlantic. it is going to bring heavy rain to scotland and northern ireland, eventually moving through the borders into the north of england and north wales. further south of that, is a drier story, but it does mean a pretty disappointing day on thursday afternoon, in scotland, underneath the cloud, with wind and the rain — 13—15 degrees at the very best. some of the rain quite heavy close to the lake district, and stretching over the higher ground of wales. sheltered eastern areas should cling on to some sunshine and, if this happens, we could see 19—20 degrees perhaps, across the southeast through london. further west, wit hmore of a fresher westerly breeze, a little more cloud and a slightly fresher feel.
that low pressure, with its front, sweeps south and east, during thursday night, into friday. it takes a spell of significant rain with it as well. wrapped around that low, there will be some squally showers. so some rain to come for england and wales, for a time. some of the showers heavy, with some hail and some thunder into the far north—west. and temperatures, again, pretty disappointing. i can offer you something a little better as we move into the start of the weekend. drier through england and wales with a scattering of showers into the far north—west. take care. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers
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