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today at 5pm, the parliament of catalonia, all set for the presidential statement on independence. in a few minutes the president is due to make his long—awaited statement, in the wake of the disputed referendum held nine days ago. tensions are running high as pro—independence protestors and those advocating spanish unity, await the president's words. on outside the parliament with this beach could change the face of spain as we know it. we'll be live in barcelona to hear that speech — and we'll be asking what it could mean for spain and the rest of europe. the other main stories on bbc news at 5pm. britain's leading defence manufacturer, bae systems, announces plans to cut almost 2000 jobs. widespread inequalities in educational attainment, health, employment and treatment by police, the findings of an audit on racial disparity.
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nicola sturgeon criticises the uk government's handling of brexit, and hints taxes could rise in order to pay for public services. and in california, at least 11 dead in wildfires which have destroyed 1500 homes. our main story at five, the catalan president is about to address the region's parliament, to present his government's results of the disputed referendum on independence from spain. carles puigdemont has said on several occasions that he will declare independence, despite opposition across spain and criticism from european governments.
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madrid says the referendum was unlawful, and tensions are running high. security outside the parliament building is tight. these are the scenes live in barcelona where mr puigdemont is due to begin his address shortly. there are around 135 members in that parliament who will be listening carefully. let's cross straight to my colleague tim willcox who is outside the parliament building. iam i am outside the catalan parliament where in the next few minutes we expect ca rles where in the next few minutes we expect carles puigdemont to make that statement about political matters, as he coyly described the referendum of october the 1st. that referendum, according to his party and coalition, showed that 90% of the people that took part voted in favour of independence, of secession
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from spain on a turnout of 43%. this region is deeply divided at the moment, just a few days ago, hundreds of thousands of catalans and other spaniards came to the streets of barcelona saying they wa nted streets of barcelona saying they wanted to remain part of spain. mariano rajoy, the prime minister of spain, saying that it was against the constitution of 1978, this was an illegal referendum which has no basis in law. from the people we have been speaking to in the last few hours, we understand that carles puigdemont will declare some sort of independence, it is not clear the form of weight he will use. he wants to keep dialogue open, apparently. he wants to talk to other political parties and bring about some reconciliation with madrid, but
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according to mariano rajoy that is impossible. his deputy has been addressing members of the senate in madrid, urging catalans to conform to the spanish constitution and not to the spanish constitution and not to declare any form of independence. in her words, if they went ahead and did that the full force of law would be imposed and measures would be taken. if we look at this still half empty chamber, 135 member chamber in the catalan parliament, let's bring in someone who is very much pro—independence, the vice president of the catalan party who has been organising demonstrations in favour of independence. rather i'm usually iam of independence. rather i'm usually i am told these things can go to time, but there is a delay, so i'm not sure if that means there is disagreement. but is it your
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understanding that this announcement will take place in some form of another, and this is the start as far as the separatists are concerned, the start of catalan independence? i think today will be a very important today. for sure there will be an independence declaration, we don't know the exact form of it. i'm sure as the catalan government and parliament has always done, there will be space for dialogue and negotiation, because we have always been demanding association with the spanish state. the problem you have is that spain made very clear a time ago that this referendum would be illegal, it is outside the 1978 constitution. you have had france and the european council imploring ca rles council imploring carles puigdemont not to make a statement. some have
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said that they know what it's like to be at the end of the police pattern and import them. what you say to that? we don't feel like rebels, we are citizens and we are waiting for democracy. this is not written on the spanish constitution, it doesn't mean anything, it is not written in the union act as you know. the scottish people referendum was not written in the canada constitution but they also held a referendum. that didn't mean anything. what about all the people that are passionately against secession from spain? hundreds of thousands took to the streets on sunday, many of whom who we have heard did not take part in this referendum because it was illegal. where is their voice in this? many people want to be unionist and independent, and they think...|j
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independent, and they think... i am sorry to interrupted but i am just hearing that the speech has been delayed for one hour. what could that mean? i am not sure about it. i am not inside... but according to the talks you have been having?” have not been talking to members of that party, i guess maybe... i don't know... maybe there is some space for negotiations, i am not sure about what is happening. i cannot say. going back to your previous question, i think it is so legitimate to be independent and unionist and a spanish nationalists a catalan nationalists, the people that want to remain in spain have the right to demonstrate. many people in this demonstration were also asking for a referendum. i think that it's not very intelligent
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to count people in the demonstrations. stay with this one moment if you would. ijust want demonstrations. stay with this one moment if you would. i just want to go to madrid and speak to our correspondence there. damian, we know that the deputy prime minister has been talking to the senate i think today, maintaining, stressing that line that they've always had, that line that they've always had, that this is outside the constitution. this was an illegal referendum. now we have a delay, i usually rang anything there about what might be developing? all the people here are keenly watching that session where you are. this is the spanish parliament here, they have been having a session, the senate a little further away in madrid is also having a session today. although his deputy is here, waiting and hanging on what will be said by
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ca rles and hanging on what will be said by carles puigdemont, the catalan leader, in that address which is now delayed. it is not clear here at why that delay has happened, but some very clear opinions being expressed today from the deputy prime minister, as you were hearing in the senate, there were sharp exchanges there with a catalan member. but she was absolutely clear that the cata la n was absolutely clear that the catalan government was acting outside the law and that the spanish authorities would seek to act to ensure that whatever happens, actions in catalonia would remain within the law. i think that is an implied threat if you like, what the spanish government has said all along and what the prime minister said at the weekend, without any declaration of independence, a unilateral declaration from catalonia would be illegal. it had no legal effect and he would ensure it had no practical effect, that would mean like the intervening in some way that it made sure it didn't have that effect. lessjust speak
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some way that it made sure it didn't have that effect. less just speak to a constitutional expert. i havejust heard that carles puigdemont requested this delay for one hour. if he does announce some form of independence, what happens next? they are all talking about this article 155, talk is through that and how madrid might react? of course we don't know yet what will happen and what will happen next. but if we have to guess, the legal and official reply and reaction to a unilateral declaration of independence will lead to abide the law and reinforce the law in many ways. which would mean what? that could be the best way to just cancel any decision taken today. and if, as it's probably will happen, they will
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deny this reinforcement of law. probably police reinforcement, and i don't think it will be too strong, but probably some kind of retaliation. the local police, the cata la n retaliation. the local police, the catalan police, would they be sent home or would theyjust be under the orders of the national police? they would be put under the orders of central or national or state police. and madrid would impose direct rule over this area? so the regional government would be suspended until elections or what? this is an official threat to apply article 155 and suspend the council and catalan powers and autonomy, which could happen. the constitution prevents
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that, so it is perfectly lawful to do, so we will see the consequences of that if it happens. but according to the constitution and the law and political logic from the spanish government point of view, it could happen perfectly. regarding the police, just to point out, it would probablyjust be, they would not dismantle the catalan police. we don't foresee a clash between the catalan police and the state police because it is not a landscape we play with today. even if many people re call play with today. even if many people recall what happened 24 years ago. but we don't think it will happen and no one thinks... to stay reinforcement of the law and the neutralisation of catalan powers such as the police, and maybe the parliament itself. so they could
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call for new elections, probably not immediately because they will avoid the popular reaction about that. but this is a very strong possibility. not the more desirable for anyone, even for the spanish government. how significant is this constitutionally if he does declare independence?m 20 seconds, is the law. this is an illegal process clearly. we can talk about legitimate and strong people and will about that, but the constitution is the law. thank you both. that delay now of 45 minutes before ca rles both. that delay now of 45 minutes before carles puigdemont addresses the catalan parliament. we will be following every move, and indeed if he starts before that we will be straight back to you. but for now, back to the studio. if you are just
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joining us here, let me recap you what is on. we came on air at 5:00pm expecting to have within minutes that statement, a long—awaited and potentially very significant statement from the catalan president on independence, or the intentions around independence following that disputed referendum nine days ago. but have a look inside the chamber of the catalan parliament, and they have all left. they have all left because the president has said that he wants one hours delay. around six o'clock our time we're inspecting that statement that will take place. and then everyone will pile back in. but the fact that there is a delay has prompted questions around this process and what is going on. with me in the studio to talk about that is someone from the king's college london. i know we can all—stars
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discussing all types of possibilities around this delay, do you think there is something in this process that is in a state of chaos 01’ process that is in a state of chaos or crisis? it is uncertain. what we know is that there is a very major uncertainty. the prime ministerfrom catalonia is facing many different challenges from inside and outside. from inside he is in the middle of probably a strong political divide with his partner party who are very much in favour of declaring independence. from the outside, we have been seeing a lot of companies leaving the company. we have seen banks leaving the country and catalonia. we have the strong position of the central government and also from the eu, it could be interpreted in many different ways, but i would say that chaos and
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uncertainty are good words to describe. if you were really having to put your neck the block today, what you think the president is likely to come up with as a form of words which could possibly find a way through this? by giving some reassurance of his supporters who wa nt reassurance of his supporters who want independence, but yet again maybe recognising the economic reality that you have just mentioned. given this uncertainty, if you had asked me this question on friday, and we are talking only three orfour friday, and we are talking only three or four days friday, and we are talking only three orfour days ago, friday, and we are talking only three or four days ago, i would say that 90% he would unilaterally declare independence. but what happened this weekend with all these companies leaving the country, the marchers on sunday that took place in barcelona, i would say we are now in 850-50 in barcelona, i would say we are now in 850—50 position. this position may push the present to three clear
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scenarios. —— 50—50. one, declare independence and go with the consequences. two, independence and go with the consequences. two, don't declare independence. or three some tactical independence. or three some tactical independence. what does that mean? you declare independence and then immediately say that the conditions are not met and you have to give me some time to negotiate and convince the public opinion and get a new election, and we want national support. that would be a problematic one, so support. that would be a problematic one, so you support. that would be a problematic one, so you declare independence but say it is not taking place? yes. but we are in uncertain positions, he is facing pressure from different branches of his own government and this might be one way to escape, because it allows him to both keep an open dialogue with the government and at the same time give hope to
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his followers. do you detect any signs that among his own supporters there has been a change over the weekend? there has been a change over the weekend ? united there has been a change over the weekend? united that things happened over the weekend that could well have influenced, do you think independence within —— opinion within the independence movement has changed? the public point of view is that many people went to the streets on sunday, and that probably meant that the idea of a unified people behind the project is independence was not as clear is —— clear—cut as they thought. some people who went to the polling station voting for independent thinking they were all unified, updated their belief and realised perhaps we are not unified but quite polarised. from a political point of view, there have been some internal discussions,
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there have been some videos being shown in the spanish media where the vice president is facing some sort of discussion about whether they should declare or not independence. they are having a debate. they are thinking it is very difficult... indeed, and that should be coming up in about 40 minutes time. the question about the attitude of the spanish government. they have been accused of being very hard line. the prime minister being accused of being insensitive and not listening. the king himself accused of being insensitive. do you detect any change in that mood? do you think they have been prevailed upon possibly by the eu to modify that line at all? or add a simply sticking to the line that this was unlawful and they cannot recognise in any way? the message is very clear. i think the king was right when he said that the catalan decision to call for independence and the referendum law that was
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passed in parliament, that was unconstitutional. the king also told the central government, you are actually to restore constitutional order. i think the government at the moment are following the book, and the whole of the eu is quite unified. in one respect, in a well consolidated christie. a different question is whether the government has been open for dialogue, not now, which is today, but in the previous r; n 7 7 debate.
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e m for, that a will have profound implications for spain, catalonia and the eu for the yea rs spain, catalonia and the eu for the years to come. the chamber is still empty because within 40 minutes we are expecting it to be full again for the president's statement on independence following that disputed referendum nine days ago. we will have more on that innate few moments time. but in the meantime doctor, thank you for coming in. thank you for providing your expert analysis. i'm discounting move on to some of the other day ‘s news. bae systems has announced a cut almost 2000 jobs across england. 1400 of the posts are going from the militaryjet business in lancashire and east yorkshire especially badly hit. the eurofighter typhoon is facing a drop
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in demand, and the trade union unite has said the cuts devastatingly short—sighted. our report is from warton, one of the sites affected today. they had heard rumoursjobs were at risk but the numbers announced this morning were higher than expected. many were told not to speak about their jobs, but of course, there is concern. we have only found out today. we were kind of expecting it. the news knew before we did. just one of them things. it is what it is. you are always disappointed when jobs go. they are good jobs and they create value in the local economy and there may well be an impact on the supply chain as well. it is always disappointing but i do not think it is a great surprise. plenty of signals in the business planning processes indicating there were issues arising. see you tomorrow.
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the cafe across the road would be the first place to feel the impact. massive, massive. need to get theresa may down here to sort it out. is she coming down? it is notjust the north—west. more than 300 maritime jobs will be lost in portsmouth, another 400 aircraft workers will get redundancy in east yorkshire. with all the cuts across bae systems business, nearly 2000 jobs will go in the next few years. today ministers denied... so it can continue to be one about most efficient companies generating export orders across the world. bae systems is a major employer and these job cuts will have an impact in places like this. local companies in the supply chain will also be
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hit. there are questions to about the future for sites like this and the future for sites like this and the uk's ability to produce defence equipment. there are a lot of legs left in the typhoon. where we failed was not getting an order from typhoon. where we failed was not getting an orderfrom india or the uae, that is mainly due to the salesmanship rather than the product itself. another typhoon took to the skies this morning, but it is the fall in demand that has slowed production here and prompted this wider review of how bae systems operates. our reporter katy austin is at the bae site at brough in east yorkshire — where around 400 redundancies are planned. tell us what the position is there.
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as bae systems look to cut those 2000 jobs across the country, 400 are set to come from here in east yorkshire. it is a small town near hull. bae systems is a significant employer in this area. traditionally they have made the hawk training aircraft here, the kind of plane you would see the red arrows flying. in recent yea rs would see the red arrows flying. in recent years they have a ready been some changes. the entire aircraft is no longer made here, just part of it. and there has been a shift in focus to technologically driven jobs, design and testing software, thatis jobs, design and testing software, that is valuable to the local economy. they are highly skilled and well paid, a lot of them will be a big blow for this area. unite the union has condemned the prospect of job losses as short—sighted and has accused the government of spending too much of its defence budget overseas. but the government has insisted that the decision by bae systems is nothing to do with its
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spending decisions. if bae systems does have a hole in its order book, then places like this cannot be sustainable in the new future. in the last few minutes i have a statement from the local mp who happens to be brexit secretary david davis. he has said, this is important to note these are only proposed redundancies and the government will be working with the company and trade unions to mitigate the impact of this. he said he will be speaking with a minister about this matter later today. but at the moment people are expecting 400 jobs to be lost from this site in east yorkshire, a significant employer to the economy and people are hoping that everything can be done to support workers here, and minimise the impact on the supply chain wherever possible. thank you. our chief political correspondent vicki young is in westminster.
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we heard that david davis is already making some representations. how would you describe the government's response to this today? there is a lwa ys response to this today? there is always a blame game to some extent in the political world when these kind of announcements are made. there certainly was some of that today. although the minister was trying to take the politics out of all of this. there is always a question to about how far a government can go to intervene. we heard from the government about an industrial strategy. there are some in the labour party thinking that the government should go further. at least commit to building the next generation ofjets so those job losses don't happen. in the ministers today in the house of commons, it was sympathy today, talking about working closely with the company. maybe how pink with
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re—employment of people. of course this is a very highly skilled workforce. those skills aren't necessarily easily transferable. it didn't sound like there was likely to bea didn't sound like there was likely to be a huge cash injection or anything like that. but there was also a bit of a political spat about the decisions about defence contracts themselves, with labour saying that the government is spending far too much abroad so that it is benefiting american companies rather than british ones. the government counteracts that by saying that more than £3.5 billion a year goes to bae systems in government contracts. and also the minister couldn't really resist a swipe at labour saint, some of these future contracts will be coming from countries like qatar and saudi arabia, and labour spent a lot of its conference a couple of weeks ago saying that is not the right thing to do because of human rights abuses in countries like saudi arabia. at the moment it feels like the
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government is in damage limitation, but not too much more. thank you. the headlines in just the headlines injust a moment. time for a look at the weather. this is my favourite season. these beautiful autumn colours at this time of the year especially if the sunshine comes out. but u nfortu nately sunshine comes out. but unfortunately the cloud is gathering with some heavy rain at the moment in scotland. and that is set to dominate the story tonight and into tomorrow. somewhat weather through the night, quite mild because of the amount of cloud around. but g—force dusts exposed coast of some of the rain turning quite heavy. we could see up to four inches. dry in the
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south—east, thundershowers following on to the north—west. the quiet start to thursday, but chile. warm wet and windy weather arriving later on. this is bbc news — the headlines. the catalonian president will address the parliament of the region in halfan address the parliament of the region in half an hour and could declare independence from spain. britain's leading defence manufacturer bae systems is to cut almost 2,000 jobs after a drop in orders. theresa may warns public bodies there will be "nowhere to hide" if they treat people differently on the basis of their race. nicola sturgeon has criticised the uk government's handling of brexit and strongly
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hinted taxes could rise in order to pay for public services. she also announced the establishment ofa she also announced the establishment of a not for profit energy company. at least 11 people have been killed in wildfires sweeping across parts of northern california. a state of emergency has been declared. now the sports news with hugh woozencroft. good afternoon. liverpool have been dealt a big blow this afternoon. news that a key player sadio mane could be out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. the ford has scored three goals in five league appearances this season. he's set to miss games against manchester united and spurs and both champions group fixtures. he picked up the injury during his world cup qualifying win for his country last saturday. disappointment for wales.
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chris coleman said he would not be rushed into a decision about his future. he had previously indicated the campaign would be his last in charge but the preference to return to club football. i cannot say right now about my future because i'm not thinking about it for the i have a dressing room full of devastated players and staff. the nation will be mourning and disappointed. again the elusive world cup has passed us by this time. imagine a world cup without lionel messi and cristiano ronaldo. it will already miss gareth bale. the last of the european world cup qualifiers is tonight, and portugal, the european champions have to win against group b leaders switzerland to avoid the play—offs. cristiano ronaldo's side were favourites to progress automatically, but the swiss have been one of the form sides in qualifying with 9 wins out of 9.
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so it will take a big performance for ronaldo and his teammates to take them through without going into the play offs. lionel messi is in much more of a precarious position, argentina, world cup finalists in brazil in 2014, are outside both the play off places in south american qualifying. they have a really tricky match at altitude in quito in theirfinal match of qualifying and need messi to dig them out of a hole, not to mention aguero and dybala. a win will guarantee a play—off spot, and could be enough to qualify automatically if results elsewhere go their way. the syrian national team have fallen short in their bid to reach russia. they lost to australia have won their world cup play—off against syria. it was 1—all after the first leg and it was 1—all at fulltime in sydney. the winner coming in extra time for a 2—1win, 3—2 on aggregate. tim cahill scored both their goals. they now have to go through another play—off against either panama
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or honduras to qualify for russia. the barbarians are to form their first women's team. they have featured the greatest rugby players from the men's game over the years but they said this will help to take the women's game to a different level. players from each of the home nations as well as france and new zealand will play against munster in their first match next month. there was a good win for aljaz bedene at the shanghai masters, he beat the italina paolo lorenzi in straight sets to reach the second round. but a year after serving a ban for showing a lack of effort in shanghai, the australian nick kyrgios could be in more trouble. he retired after losing the first set of his match on a tie break against stevejohnson in an apparent protest at the officiating, he claims he had a stomach problem, but didn't indicate that he was unwell and was apparently heard to say that he would quit if he lost the first set. and indeed he did.
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that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. well the leader of the snp has told the government that they would set up the government that they would set upa the government that they would set up a not—for—profit energy company to sell energy to customers at as close to cost price as possible. she said that scotland should have the right to choose its future when the terms of brexit made clear. our political correspondent iain watson is in glasgow. you're still there, tell us about this today and what were the most significant elements of the speech? absolutely, they're just packing away now but she concluded this conference with a speech taking on her political opponents who had argued that yours not concentrating on the dayjob any longer and bus
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too obsessed by the independence issue. so strong speech on domestic agenda. doubling the budget for childcare, writing off council tax for young people leaving care and the announcement, and she got a standing ovation for this, setting up standing ovation for this, setting up this not—for—profit energy company competing with private companies. jeremy corbyn has a similar idea but it course she is in government here and would be able to achieve it. but what was really interesting about this speech, the hits of future announcements. so for example we expect in the scottish budget in december to see tax rises and today nicola sturgeon tried to create the way for for that and make the case for increased taxation to fund public services. she got some unexpected audience participation during a speech. of course a fair society must be paid for. decisions taken at westminster still determine our
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overall spending. revenue from income tax makes upjust one third of our budget. the prospect of more tory austerity and the impact of brexit those growing threats to our public services and the most vulnerable in our society. that means it is right to consider how out means it is right to consider how our limited tax powers might help us protect what we value most. and as we do so this question will be ce ntre we do so this question will be centre stage. what kind of country do we want to be. too often the debate... applause. i would only correct that slightly, we want to be fair, independent country. if you did not hear that tackle, the delegate was saying we want to be an
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independent country. but they lost one third of their westminster seats in the general election. a little hint of frustration that says that general election there is no specific timetable for a second independence referendum coming from nicola sturgeon. also some worry from some delegates as well about increasing taxation in the scottish budget and whether that would allow the scottish conservatives are powerful political weapon. but apart from that fairly upbeat, constricting again on domestic policies in scotland. thank you very much. theresa may has challenged public bodies to ‘explain or change' sweeping inequalities between different ethnic groups in areas such as education, housing and criminal justice. the government's racial equality audit, which was published this morning, shows that unemployment among black, asian and other ethnic minorities is almost double that of white british adults. but only a third of white british
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pupils on free school meals reached the expected standard at the end of primary school, worse than any other ethnic group. it also showed that the overwhelming majority of people of all ethnicities felt that they ‘belonged to britain'. our correspondent adina campbell has more details. in a society where it seems racial barriers are not what they used to be, today's new report paints a different picture. as expected, much of the data shows disadvantage for black and ethnic minority communities. i want to see more action... this youth worker in london has been stopped by police more than 100 times. 40 years, nothing seems to have moved on. that is the reason i believe we have the problem, the system is designed to push out the disparity, because it is based on race discrimination.
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some of the key findings in the government's race disparity audit found fewer black and bangladeshi people own their own homes, compared to white, indian and pakistani groups. black caribbean pupils were permanently excluded at three times the rate of white british pupils. and that ethnic minorities are underrepresented at senior levels across the public sector. this woman has been a science teacher for ten years and she says many ethnic minorities still face ongoing discrimination. the majority of people from bme communities are also affected by poverty, and working—class white boys in my school, they are disproportionately affected as well. and sexism. and as a teacher, we're not given the tools to challenge or to face these massive problems in our society. the government has announced a number of measures to tackle the differences outlined in this audit in hotspots such as coventry,
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bradford and east london, to help people from ethnic minorities getjobs, as well as traineeships for 16—24—year—olds. it is shining a light, looking at all public services, the outcome by ethnicity, and seeing what more can be done to tackle the injustices. but labour has accused the government of not taking enough action. the real question is, what will they do? how will we change this record that has been playing for generations? today's report is the first time differences between ethnic groups have been looked at on a widespread scale. the new website is full of thousands of statistics, giving a comprehensive view of how people from different backgrounds are treated in our public services. the audit was ordered by theresa may shortly after taking office last year. described by the prime minister
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as holding up a mirror to our society, many agree racial injustice is still an issue. if you do not have the right people around the table with the lived experience in order to influence that, you will get more of the same. today's data is now available online. adina campbell, bbc news. more than a dozen wildfires raging across california have killed at least ten people, and forced an estimated 20,000 people from their homes. the flames have spread quickly, fanned by strong winds. so far 1500 properties have been destroyed, and a state of emergency has been declared. our correspondent richard galpin has the latest. across parts of both north and south california, huge wildfires have been burning out of control since the weekend. with strong winds and dry conditions on the ground, the flames have been advancing rapidly. the flames came up, we came down
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here and you couldn't even see your hand in front of your face. the fire was coming up over the homes, probably 100—foot flames, spotted on both sides of the street. the flames have notjust been laying waste to the countryside. towns and cities have also been burning. this is santa rosa in northern california, ablaze. people in some areas here were already ordered to leave. all our pictures are gone, everything. everything's gone. we've got a fire pit. it's pretty awful. where homes and shops once stood, now there's little left in parts of santa rosa, napa and nevada city, in the heart of northern california's famous wine—growing region. i mean, this is like apocalyptic, it seems. this is so out of the norm. like, i'm from southern california, and everything is dry out there, and i'm used to fires, but i've never seen anything like this in an urban area.
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so far, its estimated at least 1,500 buildings have been destroyed across the state. every spark is going to ignite a fire and regardless of what that may be, the wind can have an impact, vehicles pulling off into dry grass, all those things have the potential and under these conditions the risk is extreme of new fires starting. even hospital patients are amongst the thousands of people who have now had to flee the flames. this is napa cou nty had to flee the flames. this is napa county north of san francisco. the best—known of the california wine regions. to the right of that is the
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hospital, the emergency room right behind that fire. but the wind has been dropping and have changed direction making it easierfor the firefighters to try to get the situation more under control. there is though no sign of any rain this week. richard galpin, bbc news. this is bbc news at 5pm — the headlines: catalonia's potential presidential address which could lead to independence declaration from spain will get underway in the next 15 minutes or so. bae systems plans to cut almost 2000 jobs after a drop in orders. theresa may warns public bodies there will be nowhere to hide if they treat people differently on the basis of their race. the jury in the case of an army sergeant —
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accused of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with a parachute — has been taken to the airfield where the flight took off. victoria cilliers suffered multiple injuries when both her main and reserve parachutes failed to open. emile cilliers denies the charges. duncan kennedy reports. this is the base at the centre of the trial. it is here that the jury, who can't be filmed for legal reasons, have been taken to see whether victoria cilliers made her jump. this detective, surrounded by the judge and legal teams, explained to them what would happen. you will have seen and heard me in the recordings walking around the hangar and demonstrating. today, my role is to act as a guide, pointing out particularly patients. the court has already heard that
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emile cilliers is accused of tampering with his wife's parachute in order to kill her. thejury were taken to the spot where victoria cilliers landed after her parachute failed to open. mrs cilliers survived albeit with series injuries. the prosecution and the jury injuries. the prosecution and the jury will get much more of an idea of what happened. they were taking to the men's toilets. it was here, the prosecution say, and meals are sabotaged his wife's parachute before she took off. and they were able to judge the available space in the toilet. the court has already been shown pictures of the home kitchen in
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amesbury where prosecution say emile cilliers tampered with this gas mixture ina cilliers tampered with this gas mixture in a separate attempt to kill his wife. mr cilliers denies a third charge of endangering life as well as two charges of attempted murder. the court will return tomorrow. inspectors are warning that the health and care system is "straining at the seams" to cope with unprecedented pressure caused by people living longer. the regulator — the care quality commission — says its annual report provides the first complete picture of what is happening across the sector. it is calling for urgent action to find a long term solution to funding. the department of health says the government is investing more in services and staff. princes william and harry have held a reception at st james's palace to celebrate the impact of their heads together campaign which raises awareness of mental health issues. this evening, they will host an event to mark world mental health day
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alongside the duchess of cambridge, who is hoping to make herfirst public appearance since it was revealed she is pregnant with her third child. more now on the main story, the address that we expect from the catalonian president today the regional parliament in barcelona. we expect that to happen within the next ten minutes or so. this is the parliament in catalonia. people starting to drift back into the chamber. it was pretty full an hour ago because it was expected at around five o'clock but then there was a delay and lots of speculation then about why the delay took place. what of the pressures on the president at this time. and who was trying to influence the decision that he's going to make. it is an immensely complex and tense situation. before i talk again to doctor rubin in the studio we can
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join tim wilcox for the latest in barcelona. not immediately clear why but we're getting reports that maybe ca rles but we're getting reports that maybe carles puigdemont has requested a delay may be for longer than just another ten minutes to talk to an international mediating commission. that is being reported by a couple of sources inside. it has not been confirmed by his coalition. we are also hearing from the newspaper you read that civil guards and also national police are being reinforced at airports, train stations and borders and nuclear power stations in the territory as well. it is not clear whether carles puigdemont is going to make this announcement in the next ten minutes, if indeed he is going to make an announcement tonight. so i think things are very much in limbo. just a thought before we come back to the studio on the dynamics of the situation now
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because clearly there is a huge amount of concern if the president does go ahead with some kind of unilateral declaration, and it is a big if, really it is the position about how many people will come onto the streets and what the outcome of that could be. precisely and also the response from mariano rajoy and his deputy has already been in the senate in madrid today saying that the rule of law will be maintained. soi the rule of law will be maintained. so i think that is another reason as well, you mentioned the eu and we had a letter, a statement from donald tusk from the european council writing to ca rles donald tusk from the european council writing to carles puigdemont earlier today and imploring him not to go ahead with this declaration of independence. a lot of pressure on ca rles independence. a lot of pressure on carles puigdemont, we heard he's still in these close meetings including with his predecessor here at the catalan parliament. we're not clear what is going to happen but it does seem that some sort of
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international mediation may be underway. i'm not quite sure for that involves. but that would explain perhaps the delay. thank you very much. back with you later, clearly. and of course it is tense because people fear the consequences would have read the announcement is. and doctor rubin is back with me from the department of political economy at kings college london. let's ta ke economy at kings college london. let's take a look at the seams in barcelona, just to explain what is going on because we have people clearly campaign for independence and also a big contingent of people campaigning for the continued unity of spain. so very strong forces at play here. do you think it is possible that we may not even get this statement this evening press it is possible. as i said before we do not know what is going on behind the scenes. we do not have information,
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just speculation. one scenario is that ca rles just speculation. one scenario is that carles puigdemont is sitting around the table with his partner, we've seen on social media one of the most significant partners, dup, pushing for declaring independence unilaterally. we do not know at the moment what they are declaring that they are very much in favour of independence. we do not know how the streets are moving, if this new issue of international mediation is a strategy to delay the declaration. it is all very uncertain. many viewers understandably will be slightly puzzled by this notion of international mediation, the eu was clear it did not want to interfere in the internal matters of one of its member states. so whether mediation would count as interference i do not know. but difficult to see at this point where this mediation might happen. what
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are your thoughts? well that type of mediation, external mediation, these type of mediation is normally are absurd when there is some kind of institutional answer to solve the problem. i do not think this is the case in spain, what we're seeing in spain is that there is a clear rules, politicians, so that would bring out a second type of mediation, internal mediation with someone mediation, internal mediation with someone from within the institutions that could bring the balance. obviously the most logical answer is the king. but the king made a speech last week and his message was mediation. he could be credible, he
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has the constitutional legitimacy to act. but it is whether the catalans would accept that. that is the question. we've seen parliamentarians gathering in barcelona, milling around, if you're just joining barcelona, milling around, if you're justjoining us here we were expecting an hour ago a statement by the catalan president on independence after that disputed referendum. we were told it would then, six o'clock our time and we're now told it may be delayed even further and my colleague suggested it might not even come this evening. so clearly it is tense and clearly confusing. but the stakes are very high it must be said, notjust for catalonia and spain but also for the european union. a very quick final sentence if i may, as we look at these images. just one sentence from you, do you think that this statement will come this evening and
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if so do you think it will be one where he is trying to be very pragmatic? i cannot anticipate this. i'm sorry to be... it is that uncertain? it is, we really do not know what is going on. well we will watch with interest and thank you very much forjoining us. in a moment we will be joining the six o'clock news, live coverage of the address in barcelona when it comes and if it comes. and the latest at ten o'clock from me. but now once again the weather with louise. good evening. i suspect there would be plenty of leaves falling from the trees tomorrow evening as the winds begins to strengthen. a beautiful afternoon in the lake district and
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all change here, we could see as much as four inches of rain tomorrow. the first signs of the rain arriving through scotland and into northern ireland, elsewhere we close out the date on a quiet story. but i suspect the wet and windy weather will take over overnight tonight across northern ireland and scotla nd tonight across northern ireland and scotland and eventually the north of england. a mild night to come, double digits for most of us first thing tomorrow morning but this no pressure is centred to the north and is the driving force behind that story. the rain fading in and gales on exposed coasts continuing. that will push slowly but surely south and east through the morning but for the morning rush hour i expect certain across the lake district we will see some torrential downpours. as much as 100 millimetres before that front clears through. that is four inches of rain, west allowing
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extra time for your journey. four inches of rain, west allowing extra time for yourjourney. down into oxfordshire and the south—east corner, largely dry and mild but behind that sunny spells and scattered showers, some of heavy and sundry forgot the clears through and a weaker band of rain pushing into the south—east which uses the way through wednesday night. and then heading into thursday we should see a slightly brighter day with sunny spells. more wet and windy weather arriving on friday but more warmth building and when the cloud breaks up building and when the cloud breaks up we could see the change. things are going to get much warmer and across europe we could see temperatures in spain a good eight or10 temperatures in spain a good eight or 10 degrees above the average for the time of year. some of that he is heading in our direction so across the south—east we could see 22 degrees. not so in the far north—west, low pressure keeping it
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cool and at times wet and windy. as we move into the weekend there is that north—south divide. this is bbc news with special coverage as catalan leaders decide whether to declare independence. this is the man who will decide if they impose direct rule if they split. i'm outside the parliament where rumours might say the delay is about an international... hello and welcome to this special coverage from bbc news. it is make your mind up time. catalan leaders
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