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hello and a very good evening to you. welcome to bbc news. it's been a night of chaos and confusion in the brexit process, with just 16 days to the set date for britain's departure from the eu. in a series of votes tonight, mps rejected any prospect of a no—deal brexit. those votes involved several ministers refusing to obey theresa may's instructions — this is bbc news. and theirfuture in government i'm shaun ley. is now in doubt. tonight at 11:00: no to no deal. the votes are not legally binding, mps reject leaving the but mps will now get a vote tomorrow on delaying the brexit process, european union without an agreement. although that would depend on two occasions, mps on the eu's approval. rejected a no—deal brexit. the prime minister warned the house those voting included several of commons that a delay was not ministers who defied theresa may's instructions. likely to be approved, unless mps backed a deal very soon. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg looks back on tonight's vote. it's another heavy setback for the prime minister, who warned mps that a delay to brexit is now highly likely — unless they back a deal. foal eagle default in uk and eu law there really was something worth watching for the small crowd outside means that the uk were leave the eu the commons tonight — a vote, a result, the prime minister without a deal unless... unless never wanted. it is a no to no deal. the country voted to leave. something else is agreed does make the legal default. earlier today in his spring statement, the chancellor
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urged a cross—party compromise on brexit — to lift the "cloud of uncertainty", hanging over the economy. in the event of a no—deal brexit, when you're stupid, you've given ministers say that tariffs would be cut on a range of imports and there'd be no new checks away your bargaining chips. at the irish border. the united states, the home a bit of squeaky bum time. of boeing, finally bows to pressure the ayes to the right, 321, and joins other countries grounding the noes to the left, 278. the boeing 737 max 8 — parliament won, mps clearly said the new variation of its best we should never leave the eu selling aeroplane which has crashed without a deal, but what now? twice in six months. the house has today provided a clear majority against leaving without a deal, however, i will repeat what i said before. can she really say nothing has changed? and at 11:30 we'll be taking the legal default in uk and eu law an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers polly mackenzie, remains that the uk will leave the eu without a deal unless... of the think tank demos, and the daily unless something else is agreed. telegraph's anna isaac. 00:01:37,820 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 stay with us on bbc news. struggling to be heard, notjust because of her failing voice. the house has to understand and accept that if it is not willing to support a deal in the coming days and as it is not willing to support leaving without a deal on the 29th of march, then it is suggesting there will need to be a much longer
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extension to article 50. the house needs to face up to the consequences of the decision it has taken. through the noise, understand, the prime minister's not ditching her deal. instead, she is warning mps, vote for it soon or brexit faces a long delay. in the last 2a hours, parliament has decisively rejected both her deal and no deal. while an extension of article 50 is now inevitable, the responsibility for that extension lies solely and squarely at the prime minister's door. parliament must now take control of the situation. let us, as a house of commons, work now to find a solution to deal with the crisis facing this country and the deep concerns that many people have. it is up to us as the house of commons to look for and find a solution to their concerns. that is what we were elected to do.
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the astonishing thing about tonight's defeat for number 10, it only happened because some ministers, who sat around the same table in there this morning, ignored the prime minister's instructions and abstained, a total breakdown in discipline. i am not resigning because i support the prime minister in her course of action. her course of action is to leave with a deal in an orderly brexit. but ijust... i'm very clear i don't support a no—deal brexit and i have made that clear on numerous occasions. he looks strained because this is not, repeat, just not normal. there is already an angry push back against ministers who did not vote with the government, even though their allies insist they were told they could. any minister who has defied the whip should consider their position. they should resign from government. ajunior minister quit the front bench to vote against the party line.
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within days, theresa may will ask mps to choose her deal or delay but could tonight's fiasco be for nothing? i'll tell the government now that when the third meaningful vote comes back, i will see to it that we are now what we owe to them, to keep voting this down, however many times it was brought back, whatever pressure we're put under and come what may, please don't do it, go back to the eu and say it won't pass. but for some time ministers have privately hoped the threat of slamming the brakes on brexit could push and shove parliament towards backing a deal they hate. parliament has done this to us. the weakness, frankly, of certain ministers has done this to us. the weakness of the labour party has done this to us. i, tonight, am angry and bewildered at having a gun to my head to vote for a wretched deal or not to leave. number 10 believes the eu when they say the deal as it stands really, really is it.
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the chief negotiator brandishing the treaty today, what he said it is the only one. within a few days, that deal, the prime minister's deal, will be back in front of parliament for another verdict. theresa may, pursuing a strategy by bizarre design or political accident? losing, then losing, and losing again, with the hope, finally, to win. laura kuenssberg with that report, and afterwards she gave her assessment on tonight's events and prime minister's authority. and the words of one cabinet source, it has been absolute pandemonium tonight. no doubt about that. cabinet ministers ignoring the obstruct —— instructions of the party line, abstaining instead of
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voting with theresa may, trying to prevent the idea of us ever leaving the european union without a formal arrangement in place. it has been a totally extraordinary night. but there are some very clear results out of it that we should underline. first off, parliament has made it clear, onlyjust, first off, parliament has made it clear, only just, but first off, parliament has made it clear, onlyjust, but clearthat they would not allow the uk to leave they would not allow the uk to leave the european union after decades and decades without there being a formal arrangement in place. they haven't changed the law, it still could happen as far as the legal default ‘s consent, but that is what parliament? willis. the second thing, the prime minister is now overtly wa nti ng thing, the prime minister is now overtly wanting her mps, you vote for may deal brexit will be delayed for may deal brexit will be delayed for a long time. she is also suggesting tonight mps will vote again on her deal that has been defeated so heavily twice within a few days. laura kuenssberg there. 0ur europe editor katya adler has been assessing the reaction from the eu on tonight's votes, and started by what eu leaders made of the result. their mood is a heady mixture of confused, bemused, irritated,
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frustrated. i mean, i keep getting phone calls and texts from a european contact ‘s asking me what is going on in the uk and if i can predict for them what is going to happen. 0f predict for them what is going to happen. of course, i'm not quite able to do that. as for tonight's boat, certainly european union leaders can see that what happened was phenomenally important politically, but that alone doesn't stop the clock. the eu says just voting against a no—deal brexit it doesn't stop it from happening. mps uniting around a deal, theresa may ‘s deal or some other realistic option, that is the way to a no—deal brexit. for now the eu has decided to ta ke brexit. for now the eu has decided to take a big step backwards. the european commission says its job to take a big step backwards. the european commission says itsjob is done. they were tasked by eu leaders to negotiate an exit to deal with theresa may and they did that. now, they say, it's up to parliament to decide what exactly is next. after that is though the commission said there are two ways to leave the eu, with a deal or without the deal, and
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the eu is prepared for both options. so which way is the uk going to jump? either way, says the eu, just asking to delay brexit doesn't put offa asking to delay brexit doesn't put off a no—deal brexit either. katya adler in brussels. we can speak to our political correspondent iain watson. what can we say with confidence as a result of what happened tonight? not much, actually. what we can see is the clear will of the house of commons is against leaving the european union without a deal. they had a very ambiguous motion but still kept the prospect of no deal there further down the line. and that was defeated, despite their attem pts that was defeated, despite their atte m pts to that was defeated, despite their attempts to get that motion withdrawn. so given that is the will of the house and given that so many government ministers, a dozen of them abstaining, and defying what theresa may wanted, then i think thatis theresa may wanted, then i think that is clear as far as it goes. the
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legal position is still that we live in march 29 without a deal unless an alternative deal has been agreed. what is also certain tomorrow is that the prime minister will put forward a motion on the extension of article 50, in other words delaying oui’ article 50, in other words delaying our departure from the eu. but it is not a conclusive motion. it is trying to concentrate mines in parliament, yes, you can have a short extension, a technical extension, until the end ofjune, in effect, if you back my deal, if you reconsider your opposition to my deal. 0therwise reconsider your opposition to my deal. otherwise it would be a very much longer extension. that is why we have a great deal of uncertainty. this strategy tonight was very clear from the prime minister. it was to scare some of the 75 conservative rebels and may be tentative mps into believing that they could have almost an open—ended delay in brexit u nless almost an open—ended delay in brexit unless they are willing to get back behind her deal. but because of the
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handling of tonight's votes, opinion among some of these long—standing live campaigners and brexiteers has hardened against. as different quite remarkably in some ways, because they believe that people who voted to remain in the referendum, and currently a re to remain in the referendum, and currently are in ministerialjobs just bite defying the prime minister, . .. just bite defying the prime minister,... despite the threats they will not vote for her rotten deal next week. to some extent they are deal next week. to some extent they a re less deal next week. to some extent they are less likely to do that. one source, the european research group, said to me that around 20 of his collea g u es said to me that around 20 of his colleagues were more likely to vote against her and any motion of no confidence than they were to back her deal if there were no radical revisions to it. that is the kind of mood, the bad blood from the backbenches this evening. that is why it is so difficult to say what
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is going to be happening in the two weeks or so until we are due to leave the european union. what is the explanation, if any, that downing street offers for not dismissing the cabinet ministers and ministers who attend cabinet and junior ministers, including a p pa re ntly junior ministers, including apparently a whip, who was supposed to be ordering people into division, for them abstaining, when in all normal circumstances that would be, if you did not resign you would be sacked? i think all normal circumstances have been suspended for quite some time, haven't they? don't forget, jeremy corbyn took no action against some of his shadow ministers for defying the labour whip... he is only the opposition. the prime minister, it is supposed to be the government. prezza does strange things in these parts. there is no credible expiration. i was in a downing street briefing immediately after the vote on us time and again with a take any action against ministers who abstained and their mantra was we will take action a taste of those who voted against the government. 0nly who voted against the government. only one of them did, maybe a junior
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ministerial leaders well, sarah newton, who resigned. there is no obvious exportation from them. but the truth is, if they are going to lose a dozen minister, mostly former remainers, the government would be desperately imbalanced, it would be even more difficult for theresa may to balance this difficult process and, quite frankly, who does she replace them with at the moment? there are a lot of practical considerations as much as anything else. it is the way that the whole thing was, frankly, mismanaged, so she got into the situation where no deal under no circumstances was false. if that was voted down and a lot of ministers felt that in effect they were voting for no deal under every circumstance, something they could not do. so had they been allowed to abstain some of them would have resigned anyway. from downing street's point of view, they have managed a suboptimal situation and emerged with the least damage possible. the least damage possible
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is still quite damaging and has alienated some of the very brexiteers she hoped to win over for a third attempt of getting a deal through parliament as early as next week. a suboptimal position, it sells like a great euphemism. despite tonight's vote rejecting the no—deal scenario, ministers are continuing to prepare for the possibility of a no deal brexit. the government has set out which tariffs or taxes would apply to goods imported to the uk in the event of no deal. the proposals have been widely criticised by business and farming groups. in a moment, we will be hearing what it means for northern ireland, from our correspondent emma vardy, but first here's our business editor simonjack. when it comes to world trade, the uk is a member of a club. club eu allows members to trade freely with each other. non—members have to pay for entry. they are charged agreed tariffs on many of the goods they bring in. if we leave the club without any agreement, we can charge whatever we want, but we have to make sure everyone in the world pays the same. today, the government set out what those charges would be. at the moment, we as members slap
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additional charges on a range of non—eu imports including oranges, jam, carpets and tvs. the government said it will reduce all of those to zero, and that will make those foreign imports cheaper, potentially driving down prices. but some industries are worried that foreign competition could damage domestic producers, particularly in agriculture. so the government's said it will keep the same charges on lamb imports to protect sheep farmers. it will also charge tariffs on beef. that could hurt irish farmers who export to the uk. and remember, uk farmers will have to pay to export into the eu. even though sectors like beef that you touch on where we will have some protection, that won't help us at all in terms of our exports. we don't yet know what on earth will happen in terms of export tariffs. and for me, that's why no deal is still catastrophic for the farming sector. remember, you have to apply the same rules to everyone. so some things we used to get
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tariff—free from the eu will get more expensive, like cars. 70% of all the cars bought in the uk last year were imported from the eu. if we leave with no deal, a new tariff charge of 10% will be added to the price. that's an average of around £1,500 per car. cars being exported from the uk to europe will face a tariff of over 10% when they land in europe. that's a big negative shock for the uk car industry. if the government was to unilaterally cut tariffs on imports, that would be a very uneven playing field and it would mean an even bigger shock for the uk car industry, so they will want to keep some degree of protection. but let's be clear. this will make cars in the uk more expensive and consumers will lose out. this is just what the uk is charging. the eu will have to charge the uk the same as it charges all other non—members, making uk exports more expensive for eu customers. that means more products could stay in the uk, pushing prices down,
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which could be good for consumers, but bad for producers. this new regime will run for a year's experiment, and only if there is no deal, something businesses and most of parliament still hope will never happen. but if it does, what will happen in northern ireland? farmers in northern ireland were told today if there is no deal, goods from the irish republic will be able to travel into northern ireland, duty free. but northern irish producers may have to face full eu charges going the other way. it would keep an open irish border with no checks or controls, but that's too one—sided, they say. there's something like 400,000 lambs from northern ireland who travel south every year and we would face a full tariff of £35 to £40 sterling per lamb, which isn't sustainable in the sheep industry.
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we couldn't handle that sort of tariff, so it is very disappointing that we are being treated as farmers in this way. there are also warnings that the special arrangements for the irish border could be exploited if irish producers decided to re—route their goods through northern ireland to be sold on elsewhere, to save a few quid on tariffs. quite quickly, you will see goods from ireland being redirected north and within a couple of weeks, goods from the whole of europe seeking to avoid the tariffs in the rest of the uk will go through northern ireland. not so fast, says the government. there will be intelligence to catch smugglers out. but keeping the border open isn't without risk. emma vardy, bbc news. the government has downgraded its prediction for economic growth this year, but says it expects borrowing to be lower. the details were announced in the chancellor's spring statement to mps. philip hammond said the predictions depended on an orderly brexit, and he highlighted what he called the "cloud of uncertainty hanging over the economy". he also made a number
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of announcements about housing, police funding and free sanitary products in english schools. 0ur economics correspondent dharshini david reports. at this cookery class in manchester, cuts to some public services have been hard to swallow. they are keenly aware of the way budgets have sometimes failed to keep up with the cost of living over the last decade. at the police saying, the fire, when not getting the services enough. for what we are paying. there are issues where you feel like you could do with things to make sure things are in charge in holidays. riots. dealing drugs. parents having to provide papers, pens, stuff like that, to help the schools to teach the kids, that'sjust not good. today, the chancellor revealed he has the funds to ease austerity. at the time of the autumn budget, this
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is how much the chancellor thought he would have to borrow to fund spending over the next few years but look at the yellow bars. today the government expects to borrow less thanks to higher tax receipts and wages and lower interest payments on government debt. so that means the chancellor has over £26 billion he could spend just over the next couple of years to restore public services without running into trouble but not yet. our economy is fundamentally robust but the uncertainty i hoped we would lift last night still hangs over it. we cannot allow that to continue. it is damaging our economy and it is damaging our economy and it is damaging our economy and it is damaging ourstanding damaging our economy and it is damaging our standing and reputation in the world. that is here at the treasury that it is here at the treasury that it is here at the treasury that it is here at the treasury that the chancellor decides what to spend so is he withholding funds to make a political point? perhaps not. he was expecting the
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economy to grow by 1.6% this year. bystolic that solid but not spectacular. now with brexit uncertainty, he expects growth of 1.296 uncertainty, he expects growth of 1.2% and that would be the weakest since the financial crisis. the survey evidence suggests we are not getting the new year off to a particularly strong start. it shows the global economy is doing less well than it looked like a few months ago and also additional effects from the uncertainty created by brexit. that forecast assumes a swifter deal otherwise growth could be weaker and the chancellor has implied he may need that money to support the economy but that shallow —— but the shadow chancellor disagrees. why has money been found for tax cuts for big corporations while vital public services have been deprived. posterity was never as necessity. it was always a political choice. these budding chefs will be pleased that an extra
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£100 million is being earmarked that earmarked to fight knife crime. if brexit is settled by the summer, there may be more cash able to be assigned. what he kills that what he calls a deal diffident. —— what he calls. and you can get more on the spring statement, and all the main measures, on the bbc news website. police investigating the death ofjodie chesney in east london earlier this month have charged a third person with her murder. 17—year—old jodie was stabbed while listening to music with friends in a park in havering. 18—year—old svenson 0ngakwie from romford is expected to appear at barkingside magistrates court tomorrow. earlier this evening, president trump issued an emergency order to ground all boeing 737 max 8 aircraft following the crash of an ethiopian airlines jet last weekend. the federal aviation administration had previously resisted, while dozens of countries banned the aircraft, from flying over their airspace.
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boeing has said it will suspend the entire fleet of 737 max 8 planes. the crash on sunday claimed the lives of 157 people. 0ur north america correspondent nick bryant reports. today the crash site in ethiopia became a place of multinational mourning. passengers and crew from 35 countries were killed when the plane plunged into this field on sunday, just six minutes after take—off. north america had been one of the few places the boeing 737 max was still allowed to fly. the aviation authority here had resisted demands to follow safety regulators in more than a0 countries by grounding the plane. but tonight at the white house, donald trump announced a change of mind. we are going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 max eight, and the 737 max nine.
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the safety of the american people, and all people, is our paramount concern. another boeing 737 max crashed in similar circumstances last october off indonesia, killing 189 people. canada said there was new evidence suggesting a possible link between the two crashes as it announced its own grounding. this is new information that we received and analysed this morning, it comes from validated satellite tracking data suggesting a possible — although unproven — similarity in the flight profile of the lion air aircraft. it was after analysing new evidence collected at the crash site today that the us federal aviation administration made its decision. it found very close similarities between the two crashes. the groundings have affected david and his daughter maddie, who were supposed to fly from new york to edinburgh tonight. i think that it's definitely a smart
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decision to ground the planes. it's better safe than sorry when it comes to changes in the air. but i do think they should notify their customers when their flights are being cancelled, and helping them reschedule for another time. as this 737 max landed in the american capital tonight, boeing said it continues to have full confidence in the safety of the plane, but out of an abundance of caution is recommending a temporary grounding of the entire global feat. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. a school has collapsed in nigeria's biggest city, lagos, killing at least eight people, some of them children. rescuers have spent the day searching the remains of the structure for survivors. dozens of people have been pulled alive from the rubble but it's thought many more remain trapped inside. local officials say the building was unsafe and an order to demolish it had been ignored.
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and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers anna isaac, economics and trade correspondent from the daily telegraph and polly mackenzie, who's chief executive of the cross party think tank demos.— that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for the weather with susan powell. thank you forjoining us me for this look at the longer term weather outlook. storm gareth may be storming off to scandinavia but in the next few days, the weather picture will remain mobile with perhaps another named storm for the early pa rt perhaps another named storm for the early part of the weekend. thursday, another low lot knocking on the door, sweeping rain. the front finally trying to exit through the south of the uk on thursday morning. brighter spells but blustery showers coming in. the winds gusty across england and wales, arguably gusty.
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40-50 england and wales, arguably gusty. 40—50 mph. the front fails to com pletely 40—50 mph. the front fails to completely pull away through the course of the day. thursday into friday. here we go again. another area of low pressure developing out in the atlantic. again a spell of wet and windy weather for almost all parts at some stage on friday. the winds again possibly gusting up to 50 mph in exposure. the windy day widely across the uk. the snow is there and maybe even down to lower levels for a time. colder air generally running across the northern half of the uk. pretty mild. in the south. this looks like it could be the deepest of the three lows in the next three days. potential for it to be another named storm. widespread gales yet again, heavy rain for england and wales and
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potentially disruptive snow across the northern half of the uk as that low meets up with colder air. looking at the contrast in temperatures. five or six in scottish cities and still 13 ahead of the weather front across the south—east of england and we may see a bit of brightness but the low will bring windy weather to all areas of the first half of the weekend. the low, again, off to scandinavia, but on sunday we are left with a keen northerly old north—westerly wind. the biggest change will be the way that feels. much, much chillier. could even be as far south as the peak district. around average values for this time of year, it will feel colder with the northerly wind. finally on into the new week. very few in the way of wind arrows behind me and a lot of pretty quiet weather. the story has changed and thatis weather. the story has changed and that is our longer term outlook as we go further ahead. monday, a quieter day. average temperatures,
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light winds and some sunshine. what's the difference? it is down to the jetstream. at the what's the difference? it is down to thejetstream. at the moment, we have a powerful one slamming into the uk but further ahead it will bomb its way further north. allowing milderair bomb its way further north. allowing milder air but also allowing high pressure to build in the south of the uk so quieter weather in the 0utlook. the uk so quieter weather in the outlook. the jetstream still close to the south of the uk. we could stay —— c quieter weather by the time we get into next week. maybe some return of early morning frosts. —— see quieter weather.
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