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tonight at ten... we're at westminster where the prime minister has suffered a second heavy defeat on her brexit deal, leading to further confusion on the way ahead. the ayes to the right, 242. the noes to the left, 391. by a big majority of 149 — mps rejected the prime minister's deal — which now opens the way for mps to make other key decisions in the days to come. i profoundly regret the decision this house has taken tonight. i continue to believe that by far the best outcome is that the united kingdom leaves the european union in an orderly
fashion with a deal. the government has been defeated again by an enormous majority. they must now accept their deal, their proposal, the one the prime minister has put is clearly dead and doesn't have the support of this house. with no sign of a resolution, mps will now get a vote on a no—deal brexit and on extending the brexit process. we'll be talking to people in leave—supporting luton, asking for their views on the latest events at westminster. for two years they have been arguing with each other, they cannot work together and they should have sorted this out by now. and we'll be asking our editors across the uk and in strasbourg for their thoughts on the next steps. and we'll be considering if an extension to the process is now inevitable, withjust 17 days to the set date of britain's departure. also tonight: the european union and india suspend "all flight operations" of the boeing 737 max — the model that's crashed twice in the past six months.
a third climber has died following an avalanche this morning on ben nevis — the highest mountain in the uk. in venezuela — water shortages and power cuts as the supreme court is asked to investigate the opposition leader for allegedly sabotaging the power supply. what a goal that is. and it's a great night for manchester city in the champions league. and coming up in the sport for you on bbc news, manchester city close in on a place in the quarterfinals of the european champions league. good evening from westminster, where the prime minister has once again suffered a heavy parliamentary
defeat on her brexit deal, throwing the government's strategy into further confusion. mps voted against the deal by 391 to 2a2 — a big majority of 149. they will now be asked to vote tomorrow on whether the uk should leave the eu without a deal on 29th march. if they vote against a no—deal brexit they will then vote on whether brexit should be delayed. labour'sjeremy corbyn said the only credible option was for the prime minister to call a general election. tonight we'll have the detail and reaction and we'll consider the options available, with just 17 days to go before the uk is set to leave the eu. our political editor laura kuenssberg has the story of the day. division, clear the lobby. this is
what a political disaster looks and sounds like. mps are piling through westminster‘s corridors walking through a lobby to say no. for a second time the prime minister has lost her deal, another chunk of authority and maybe her way. the ayes to the right, 342. the noes to the left, 391. the prime minister only just the left, 391. the prime minister onlyjust hanging the left, 391. the prime minister only just hanging onto the left, 391. the prime minister onlyjust hanging onto her voice and hanging on in office tonight. onlyjust hanging onto her voice and hanging on in office tonightlj onlyjust hanging onto her voice and hanging on in office tonight. i am disappointed in the decision this house has taken tonight. i believe the best outcome is for the uk to leave the european union in an orderly fashion and with the deal. the deal we have negotiated is the best and only deal available. exasperated, the prime minister will allow m ps exasperated, the prime minister will allow mps to vote tomorrow as they wish. on thursday, they could vote
to delay departure, but tonight it is the prime minister asking then what? this house will have to answer that question, does it wish to revoke article 50? does it wish to hold a second referendum? or, does it want to leave with a deal, but not this deal? these are unenviable choices but thanks to the decision the house has made this evening, they are choices that must now be faced. labour voted against and now, if it was down to them they would fight for a general election. the prime minister has run down the clock and the clock has run out on her. maybe it is time we had a general election and people can choose who the government should be. forget the next few weeks, what happens in the circus tomorrow when mps can happens in the circus tomorrow when m ps ca n vote happens in the circus tomorrow when mps can vote to say they won't let
us mps can vote to say they won't let us leave without a deal. if you take the possibility of walking away off the possibility of walking away off the table you end up in a counter—productive situation. just from appeal negotiating view, it wouldn't be a sensible thing to do. if parliament does dismantle the strategy makes her position very difficult it is a conversation the cabinet will want to have with the prime minister about how long she wants to go on for. i supported the government this evening, not because i thought the amended agreement was perfect, it was far from it, but it was a step in the right direction. the prime minister still doesn't want to junk her deal but the biggest problem was the cabinet‘s top lawyer didn't believe the new eu promises on the deal made an enormous difference. will the deal get over the line? the most controversial part, the backstop.
his raised eyebrow about whether it will get over the line. because his verdict emerged just as ministers we re verdict emerged just as ministers were leaving. but the attorney general said the new arrangements would reduce the risk of getting stuck in the backstop. he concluded the risk remains unchanged that ultimately there could be circumstances where there would be no internationally lawful means for the uk to lead the backstop on its own. in my view... the opposition, even laughing at some points is how he tried to present the deal as new. the question for the house is whether, in the light of these improvements, as a political judgment, the house should now enter into those arrangements. perhaps it would never have been enough for tory eurosceptics, who all along have had the power to block theresa may. could this deal for them? 5296 voted to leave but in the house of commons, 500 mps supported remain.
this disconnect is troubling for a politics because the house of commons is ignoring the majority of the british people. she has not been able to hold back the forces who resist her deal, but ministers say the despite the defeat, they think theresa may will try again. in a moment we'll speak to our europe editor katya adler in strasbourg. but first to laura kuenssberg. what do we make sense of what has happened today and to theresa may's own position? it is very bad and there is a long shopping list of reasons why this happened and why it matters. but the main one is considered, it is a second defeat on her reason for being, her brexit plan is the reason theresa may gets up plan is the reason theresa may gets up in the morning, it is the main
job she has had to try to do and she has failed spectacularly again to get parliament on her own party onside. the second problem she has burned through a lot of political capital here and with the european union evenjust capital here and with the european union even just to get this far. it is another big and important knock to her authority. the third reason the circumstances of this vote mattered because in the next couple of days it is feasible, and the prime minister's allies fear this, that the government will lose control of the process, a series of votes in parliament will mean mps are in charge and she is no longer really a ble are in charge and she is no longer really able to set the agenda. she is somehow a hostage to that place behind us. we will consider some of the options later. laura, thank you. our europe editor, katya adler, is in strasbourg. there is still viewing part of westminster the eu might be persuaded to move a little in this process , persuaded to move a little in this process, what is the perspective there? eu leaders are sounding very resolute. michelle barney pretty
much summed up the mood when he said, we in the eu have done everything we can. if there is going to bea everything we can. if there is going to be a solution to this impasse it has to come from the uk. there is no sense in the eu that leaders are blaming themselves for the fact the brexit deal was again rejected in parliament. in fact, brexit deal was again rejected in parliament. infact, leaders brexit deal was again rejected in parliament. in fact, leaders point the finger of blame at uk politics and the fact parliament wasn't asked at the beginning of the brexit process , at the beginning of the brexit process, what kind of brexit they could unite around. but the question is, what comes next? eu leaders look at the ongoing confusion in parliament and ask what can be achieved in a few weeks? if the prime minister asks for a short extension of the brexit process,
under eu law, all 27 leaders have to agree unanimously to that extension. they will probably say yes because they want to avoid a no—deal brexit. theresa may comes face—to—face with those leaders in brussels next week. will she push them for more and what will they reply? we cannot be 100% sure at this moment. the eu feels, ona sure at this moment. the eu feels, on a technical civil servant level, the negotiations have reached a dead end. any change from the eu perspective would have to be a political one, that can only be taken by the leaders of the 27 countries and they come up until now, have been clear. they want a brexit deal, but not at any price. thank you very much. voters around the uk were watching the result of tonight's vote. our deputy political editorjohn pienaar is in luton, which voted to leave in the refendum nearly three years ago, to sound out opinions there. talk to people about brexit and until recently you would find
impatience, frustration but also baffle m e nt impatience, frustration but also bafflement about what is going on. tonight, at this club, and no doubt in many other areas, it is easy to spot people with their clear views on what has gone wrong and where they believe the blame belongs. it is harder than it looks, but not as hard as brexit though. mrs may lost again, a big moment, big enough to distract players on a big night at the pool hall. the noes to the left, 391. it is all such a mess, just something else that has not been agreed. i am losing the will to live. losing the will to live? i am not surprised, i am happy for no deal. it is upheaval and confusion
and mess that doesn't need to happen. if we have no deal, we can set up new deals and i think that would be a lot easier. so a couple of years of disruption is a price worth paying? obviously, yes. the prime minister looked and sounded up against it. theresa may may be running out of time, what do you say to that? if it means decisions get made, so be it. he would be happy to see the back of theresa may? absolutely. i do feel sorry for theresa may, she has been put in a position where she didn't want to leave and now she has been made a laughing stock. you think theresa may has been made a laughing stock? a laughing stock, at her own cost. her own mps will not back her and thatis her own mps will not back her and that is what they need to do. brexit is no game, not if you are running a business. changing, adapting, evolving. all businesses must do that. like this family had to down the road. ask the boss, he is
another one feeling the strain of uncertainty. a keen brexiteer would say it is going to settle down. they have had us dangling on a wire for too long. let us know where we are going up the confidence from that will return. on the shop floor, janet is more upbeat, looking forward to her brexit in march the 29th, brexit day. it will ruin your birthday? if we stay in, yes. i am looking forward to celebrating my birthday and coming out of europe. it isa birthday and coming out of europe. it is a good, all—round hat. birthday and coming out of europe. it is a good, all-round hat. he would say that, choosing as hard and brexit choices just got harder. john pienaar, luton. as we've heard, the eu has said tonight's vote significantly increases the likelihood of a no—deal brexit. two parts of the uk which did not vote to leave at all are scotland and northern ireland, which would have a land border with the eu. in a moment we'll
speak to our scotland editor sarah smith, but first our ireland correspondent emma vardy in belfast. emma, we are talking once again about the issue of the backstop which is aimed at preventing a hard border in ireland. that easily, is still the most contentious sticking point, even after these votes today? yes for two two big reasons. one because the backstop has become a proxy for the big disagreement over the kind of relationship that the uk wa nts to the kind of relationship that the uk wants to have with the eu and here in northern ireland life exists with fragile peace between two communities and brexit has threatened to throw that up until air. tonight northern ireland is staring into the unknown and there will be real despairfor staring into the unknown and there will be real despair for those businesses who saw the withdrawal agreement as something that would safeguard the way they trade. and there is just as
safeguard the way they trade. and there isjust as much safeguard the way they trade. and there is just as much anxiety too south of the border in the republic of ireland, because in ireland there we re of ireland, because in ireland there were hopes that some of the extra reassu ra nces were hopes that some of the extra reassurances could have helped the deal over the line, but it wasn't to be and ireland could face a massive economic shock. tomorrow, the uk government will publish the details of how it will deal with the irish border and will contain information about the tariffs the uk could charge on imports. that is critical to many businesses and brexit will start to feel very real. sarah, what is the view in the scottish parliament? well the first minister and all scottish government ministers are furious tonight. they would rather not be leaving the eu, scotland voted to remain. but they're desperate to avoid leaving with no deal and nicola sturgeon is
about as angry as i have ever seen herand she is about as angry as i have ever seen her and she is using some strong language, saying the prime minister should be hanging her head in shame and we have a government that has ceased to operate and she accuses theresa may of pandering to extreme brexiteers instead of engaging with parties like the snp. the snp say they will support an extension of article 50, but only if it is in order to allow a second referendum on brexit. which they support. they say if parliament can't sort it, it must go to the people and all of this they say strengthens their case for why scotland should leave the uk and be an independent country. thank you. so what are the next steps for parliament at westminster over the coming days? tomorrow mps will vote on the option of leaving the eu with no deal. the prime minister has promised
conservative mp's a free vote where they can vote according to their own beliefs, rather than having to follow the party whip. in the unlikely event that no—deal is approved, the uk will leave the eu as planned on 29th march. but if it's rejected, there will be a further vote on thursday when mps will vote on whether to delay the brexit process. if that's passed the prime minster will then ask the eu for an extension to article 50. and if it's rejected, the uk would default to leaving the eu on the 29th of march with no deal. of course there would still be the option of revoking article 50 all together, or holding another meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement before the 29th of march. before the 29th of march. we'll have more on the options available to theresa may later in the programme.
let's turn to the day's other news. india and member states of the eu have become the latest to ban the boeing 737 max from flying over their airspace, joining a long list of countries. it comes after an ethiopian airlines plane crashed on sunday, claiming the lives of 157 people — the second fatal accident involving the 737 max 8 in less than five months. american officials insist the aircraft are still safe to fly. our transport correspondent tom burridge has the story. this plane was just allowed back into manchester this afternoon. but this ultramodern, boeing 737 max 8 arriving from marrakesh, has now been grounded. uk aviation regulators say none of this model can arrive or leave uk airports until they are convinced it is safe. mid—flight, there was an unusual announcement. we were told while we were in the air that they'd actually grounded it. i was apprehensive. really?
you are bound to be, aren't you? i was aware that it was involved in two fatal crashes, but that didn't sway my mind. but this flight made it most of the way to birmingham before being turned back, just like another flight into gatwick. sunday's crash was the second involving a bowing 737 max 8 injust five months. today, oliver vic, a un worker, described by his family as an inspirational man with a zest for life, now confirmed as one of at least nine british people on board. the uk's civil aviation regulator has now suspended all flights in and out of uk airports on the 737 max. boeing's latest short—haul model has a modified, automatic flight control system. it is supposed to dip the plane's nose if it is at risk of stalling. but in the case of the crash in october off indonesia, incorrect data, collected by a sensor on the aircraft, caused it to nosedive shortly after take—off.
america's aviation regulator says the plane is being modified to make the anti—stall system safer. the training and manuals for pilots will also be improved. but this british pilot who has trained on the 737 max says he would be confident flying one today. —— wouldn't be confident. we've changed his voice because he is not authorised by his airline to talk to us. i am somewhat apprehensive about the similarities between the lion air crash and the current ethiopian crash. i'd have my reservations and doubt in getting into and operating the 737 max today. boeing said it has full confidence in the safety of this plane, but now after european regulators followed the british decision, the aircraft has been grounded the world over. and aviation chiefs in america, the home of boeing, are under pressure to follow suit. tom burridge, bbc news. our north america business correspondent samira hussain is in chicago, the global headquarters of boeing.
what have boeing been saying today? here at the boeing headquarters in chicago, the company remains tight—lipped, but there is no doubt this is a company that is scrambling to avert a full blown crisis. for now, boeing has managed to avoid the trump administration aviation authorities from banning the plans from american skies. but it is unclear how long that will last as many us law makers are now growing concerned and want to follow the lead of other countries and ban these 737 max 8 planes from american skies. and there are signs that american fliers are thinking twice about getting on to those jets. the us president has in fact addressed this crisis by tweet. he did not
address boeing by name, but he said, planes are becoming much too complicated to fly. thank you. three climbers have died following an avalanche on ben nevis, the highest mountain in the united kingdom. one other has been injured. police scotland were alerted to the incidentjust before midday. our scotland correspondent james shaw reports. in driving rain and low visibility, a coastguard helicopter helped with efforts to find the climbers swept away by an avalanche on britain's highest mountain. they were in an area on the north face of the mountain called number 5 gully, which is known for avalanches. the bad weather meant the effort to rescue them was particularly challenging. it's been very difficult conditions that the mountain rescue teams have faced today and the coastguard helicopter faced difficulties in that regard as well, so it has taken longer to get them off the hill than perhaps other days
when the weather's more clement. an air ambulance helped get the casualties off ben nevis, but only one of the four people in the party has survived. that person was airlifted to hospital in glasgow. these are not the first people to die on ben nevis this winter. two young climbers died in separate accidents in december and january. this mountain attracts thousands of climbers and hill walkers every year, but there are dangers which can catch out even the most experienced. it is our understanding it was members of public that alerted the emergency services that there had been an avalanche. they are one of the most dangerous hazards in the scottish mountains, because they can lead to multiple casualties at the same time. so a very dangerous phenomenon in the scottish mountains. james, thank you.
the american actress, felicity huffman is among more than 40 people charged over an alleged fraud designed to help students cheat their way into top us universities. the actress starred in the hit tv series desperate housewives, and is married to actor william h macy. prosecutors claim the scheme targeted top—flight institutions including yale, stanford, and georgetown. our correspondent dan johnson is in los angeles. what can you tell us about this? yes, felicity huffman and her husband arrived here at court in los angeles in the last hour to answer an allegation she was part of a giant scheme to get children into america's top universities. she is accused of paying more than $111 thousand to help get people through exams and to get other children in
on athletic scholarships. this involves more than 30 parents, some rich people. there are more than 12 coaches on the list as well. this is a complex case that will take a long time. the court process has only just begun. thank you. in venezuela, the prosecutor—general says he's asked the supreme court to open an investigation into the opposition leader, juan guaido, for alleged involvement in the sabotage of the country's power grid. venezuela has been been suffering major power cuts since thursday last week. that's also led to water shortages across the country. our correspondent will grant is live in caracas. it has been another chaotic day in venuzuela, schools have been closed, there has been looting in other cities. and whether or not it was incompetence or sabotage that caused
it, most venezualans are furious at the president nicolas maduro for the blackout that is still affecting many public services. first no electricity. now no water. all in one of the most resource—rich countries in the world. after several days without power, many people are still coping with no water supply, forcing some of the poorest to drink from the polluted river that runs through karras cus. tensions are rising. translation: we need vital. they're offering a tanker, but that will only quench our first tanker, but that will only quench ourfirst for a moment. tanker, but that will only quench our first for a moment. when the tanker arrives, a government official says everything is fine. this revolution keeps its word to the people. the issue related to water supplies related to the blackouts, which was carried out by the opposition. this is another sporadic protest —
cutting off the main avenues of caracas. this time not over the lack of electricity, but the lack of water. it's just another sign of a city and a country in terminal decline. these people know all about venuzuela in decline. both are engineers who teach at the university, reduced to gathering rain water and run—off from the national park. in their cramped apartment, every available space is taken up with utensils for water. each drop is precious and conserved. the family of four hasn't been able to wash their clothes for days, so in the brief moments that water does return, it's all hands to the pump. translation: i'm frustrated, exhausted, angry sad. i feel impotent in the face of what is happening. when the electricity cut off on thursday, i felt total panic.
these are the families behind venuzuela's angry politics. so much of the country's vast oil wealth has gone down the drain in corruption and theft, with most venezualans left watching as their basic services crumble around them. the family of molly russell has now been granted legal aid, following an appeal. the legal aid agency initially refused to fund their legal costs. molly took her own life two years ago and herfather believes images of self—harm and suicide that she had viewed on instagram were partly to blame for her death. mr russell said he was delighted that the legal aid agency had reconsidered its decision. our correspondent angus crawford who brought us the story is at the ministry ofjustice tonight. what can we say about this change now? well, after we revealed their predicament yesterday, this has come
asa predicament yesterday, this has come as a huge relief to molly's family. why is it —— important to them. well there will be arguments about data and they have have to present content about self harm and suicide that was on her phone. and the tech companies can afford to buy in the most prestigious legal firms. but ian russell chose to speak out for the families of the 200 other children who take their lives each yearin children who take their lives each year in this country. they rarely get a ccess year in this country. they rarely get access to legal aid. the legal aid agency says it will grant funding in exceptional circumstances. thank you. police investigating historic abuse at medomsley detention centre in county durham in the 19705 and 805, believe more than 300 teenagers were sexually abused there. the shocking extent of abuse can now be revealed following a six—year