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tonight at ten — the house of commons prepares to take control of the brexit process, exploring new options for the way ahead. the cabinet met today, as speculation intensified, about the future of mrs may's deal, and herfuture as prime minister. the commons will begin voting tomorrow, on alternative plans, in a process that's likely to continue into next week. we'll have the latest on the prospects for agreement, and on signs that some leading brexiteers are planning to back mrs may's deal, after all. also tonight — after uefa lays disciplinary charges against montenegro, for racist abuse at last night's match, some england players speak out. i think the punishment should be, whatever nation it is that, you know, your fans are chanting racist abuse, it should be the whole stadium that nobody can come and watch you. in georgia, a british man convicted
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of the manslaughter of a woman, on the river thames in 2015, is to be extradited to the uk. and, how pollinating insects are disappearing, posing a future threat to agriculture, and the food supply. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news. kyle edmund is distracted by crowd noise as he's knocked out of the miami open by american john isner. good evening. the house of commons is preparing to embark tomorrow, on a series of votes, to explore other ways forward in the brexit process. some 16 options have been tabled by mps. the process could last several days. last night, the house of commons
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voted to take control of the next phase of the brexit process, but ministers say they can't guarantee that any outcome will be binding on the government. some leading conservative brexit supporters have suggested that they could now support mrs may's withdrawal agreement, to prevent the risk, they say, of a long delay in the brexit process, as our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. parliament's shown its power. we know who's in control, and the answer's no—one. mps are getting ready to talk and vote their way through their ideas for brexit, but then what? brexiteer ministers, especially, insist mps taking control won't work. it's a negotiation between ourselves and the european union, and if parliament expresses a view, it may be entirely undeliverable. but the cabinet's split. there's amber rudd, she's backing mrs may's deal but wants freedom for tories to vote as they choose. some junior ministers are saying privately they'll rebel and resign if they have to. today, mrs may kept
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them all guessing. one, who quit the government and voted to give mps a choice between brexit plans, stood by his decision. i think brexit should happen in the right way, which is leaving but leaving on good terms, with the best possible opportunity of a good future with the eu. so, what will be the choices when mps fill this chamber tomorrow? there's the pm's deal, twice defeated already. or a brexit deal closer to eu customs and market rules than mrs may's, maybe comparable to norway's. a fresh referendum's another option. and a brexit with no deal — mps insist there'll never support mps insist they'll never support that, but it still seems possible. all of these proposals will be put forward. the speaker will select them. they will then be put on a ballot paper, and that will be handed to mps and we'll be asked to indicate yes or no to each one of them, and mps can vote for as many of the ideas as they're prepared to support. still, the battle over mrs may's deal goes on.
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some rebels have backed away, but not enough. the chances of the prime minister getting her brexit plan approved by parliament at the third time of asking looks slim. talk to any tory mp or a minister and her own chances of surviving long after this crisis, whether her plan goes through or not, look even smaller. boris johnson wants her job but would he support her deal? earlier, he kept us guessing. tonight, though, people queued to hear a hint of a grudging shift towards mrs may's plan, if there's a change of brexit policy. and did he also mean a change of prime minister? what i want to hear is that if this withdrawal agreement is to make any sense at all, then there's got to be a massive change in the uk's negotiating approach. another potential candidate is reluctantly backing her plan. well, it's not a good deal, but the alternative is a complete cascade of chaos. it's what i said a week ago, and now you're seeing it. you're seeing proposals being put up which are all
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worse than her proposal. and do you think, with your help, theresa may might get this deal over the line? she's got to get the dup onside, and i have some sympathy with them, because i want northern ireland to be protected inside the united kingdom. but i think she's got a decent chance. but today, the democratic unionists were sounding tough as ever. is there any chance of us changing our minds on it? unless there are significant changes to the agreement itself — no. here tonight, no—one‘s predicting the future of brexit or mrs may's with any confidence. no—one can. and in brussels, the eu's chief negotiator spoke today for many. all eyes on the british parliament. unusually for any comment on brexit, no—one‘s disagreeing with that tonight. huw, theresa may bosman day—to—day tactics have often seemed to be all over the place but she's clearly been hoping for months that tory brexit rebels would in the end see her plan as the only clear route to
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brexit. so, every convert, however grudging, however reluctant, maybe gives downing streetjust a glimmer of hope. she still needs more support and many tories believe she can get support if she'd only promise to stand down as leader soon. she is addressing a mass meeting of her mps at westminster here tomorrow. will she make that promise? she is playing her cards very closely and she always does, even when she seems to have no strong cards left in her hand to play. john pienaar with the latest at westminster. we are going live to brussels to our europe editor katya adler. is there any sense of optimism that this process over the next few days will bring any clarity there? well, huw, from the beginning of this brexit process in the eu has cajoled, pleaded, even threatened the uk not tojust cajoled, pleaded, even threatened the uk not to just say what it doesn't want from brexit but what it doesn't want from brexit but what it does want. but the eu is not holding its breath, even though we heard there from its chief negotiator that
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all eyes are now on westminster. but now eu leaders are pretty well—versed in all the comings and goings in the house of commons and they know that those indicative votes may throw up no more clarity at all on the brexit landscape, and even before the votes take place i'm told thatjean—claude juncker, the european commission chief, will stand up in front of the european parliament tomorrow and say again that for the eu the negotiator here is her majesty's government led by theresa may and not parliament. for all of these reasons there is still all of these reasons there is still a lot of uncertainty ahead. the eu's preference is to avoid a no—deal brexit, if possible, to get the negotiated brexit deal passed sooner rather than later, and on the other side after brexit to have as close a relationship as possible with the the eu sees calling off brexit rather unlikely, they call it the nuclear option here, and they worry that a second referendum could prove indecisive. in order to help theresa may get her brexit deal passed, in
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order to help mps find a clear way forward , order to help mps find a clear way forward, the eu is thinking of two options. one, having a longer extension to brexit conditional on the uk taking part in european parliamentary elections. or, length and an unconditional brexit delay from the 12th of april until the 22nd of may. katya adler, thank you. katya adler, our europe editor with the latest in brussels. uefa, the governing body of european football, has charged montenegro with racist behaviour, following the abuse suffered by england players in their euro 2020 qualifier last night. england won 5—1, but the match was overshadowed by racist chanting from some home fans, directed at several england players. uefa said disciplinary proceedings had been opened against montenegro, as our sports editor dan roan reports. commentator: he's got raheem sterling in here. he may have just scored england's fifth goal in an impressive win, but raheem sterling wanted to make a point in podgorica. this gesture his response
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to what the fa today called "abhorrent racist cha nting" towards some of the players. it's a shame we're talking about this, to be honest with you. it's 2019, and i think the punishment should be, whatever nation it is that, you know, your fans are chanting racist abuse, it should be the whole stadium that nobody can come and watch it. danny rose seems to have been subjected to the worst abuse, but it wasn't confined to the spurs defender. it's not right, it's unacceptable and hopefully uefa deal with it properly, because obviously when i was over there, me and rosey heard it. they were saying "oh—ah—ah", monkey stuff. we have to keep our heads, keep a strong mentality. if referees become aware of racist abuse, they have the power to halt or even abandon matches. manager gareth southgate said he did hear it and may ask his players if they want to walk off the field in future, but he admits english football is not immune from the issue. we have to make sure that the education is right, for everybody. in our country — the same. i've said this before, i'm not sitting herejust criticising what's happened tonight, because in our country, we have the same issue, we are not free of it.
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uefa today charged montenegro with racist behaviour, so if found guilty, what could be their punishment? in 2012, the serbian fa was fined £65,000 after england players were racially abused during an under 21s match. the fa said that uefa had been too soft. last year, croatia was made to play its match against england behind closed doors after a series of offences, but anti—discrimination campaigners now say the time has come for football to get tougher. is closing a stadium for a game that's not going to be against england worthy? or is expulsion or worthy? or is expulsion more worthy? i'm saying now that if we're going to really show that we are challenging, and i say "we" because i'm part of the football industry. so if the governing bodies are really going to show their challenging and tackling this situation, i'm all for the enough‘s enough. you can't play in this tournament until you sort yourself out. uefa's president tonight described the incident as "a disaster"
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and european football's governing body is under mounting pressure to send a message of zero tolerance. dan roan, bbc news. a man convicted of the manslaughter of charlotte brown, following a speedboat crash on the river thames in 2015, is to be extradited to the uk. jack shepherd fled to georgia before the end of his trial last year. after months in hiding, he handed himself in to police. from the georgian capital tbilisi, our correspondent steve rosenberg sent this report. for ten months, he'd been on the run 2,500 miles away in georgia, hiding from british justice. today, finally, jack shepherd was ordered back to britain. at the tbilisi city courthouse, thejudge ruled that shepherd should be extradited to the uk and be taken into custody there. last year at the old bailey, jack shepherd had been convicted in his
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absence of the manslaughter of charlotte brown. they'd been out on a date on his speedboat when he had on his speedboat when it had crashed on the river thames. charlotte was killed. shepherd charged with manslaughter by gross negligence. but ahead of his trial he'd fled to georgia. when he was eventually tracked down injanuary he handed himself in to georgian police. shepherd told the court he had already decided to return home for an appeal hearing in the manslaughter case. of course, jack shepherd believes that he is innocent and there is not a single evidence in the case. why did he run away? it was a big mistake for him to run away and that's why he made this
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decision to surrender to the police, to do his best to help the judges find out the truth. through his defence team today, jack shepherd made an unusual request. claiming to fearfor his safety in a british jail, back in the uk shepherd wants a cell all to himself, he wants 24—hour video surveillance, and he wants the media to be allowed into his cell to see him. the georgian judge said that's not a decision he could take. with jack shepherd set to return to the uk, tonight charlotte brown's family urged him to drop the appeal against his conviction, to accept responsibility and to atone for his actions. steve rosenberg, bbc news, tbilisi. the european parliament has passed a controversial new law, designed to protect copyright on the internet. its supporters say the legislation will guarantee fair payment for artists, musicians and writers, whose work is shared on networks such as google or facebook.
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but opponents argue the law will stifle internet freedom. our media editor amol rajan has been investigating. recognise that tune? well, no wonder, this is probably the most watched video in human history with a mere 6 billion views on youtube. great marketing, but who picked up the bill? not youtube, that digital narnia containing millions of videos, most of them free to view. as host platforms, companies like youtube don't generally pay artists 01’ youtube don't generally pay artists or publishers for their work. today's ruling could change all that and return cash to the creators or owners of the content. it's based on two clauses within the eu copyright directive. article 11 says search engines and news aggregators will have to pay to use links from news websites. article 13 says large tech
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companies will be responsible for content they use without copyright. they will have to apply filters to content before it is uploaded. this potentially changes their very nature of the web. many artists and publishers have campaigned strongly for the changes demanding payment for the changes demanding payment for ideas and content which they created. but campaigners for the open web and tech giants themselves who spend huge sums lobbying against the changes say this is a dark day for civil society across the globe and they add that these rules could be unworkable. there are important caveats here. the reforms have already been deleted and they remain short on vital detail. if approved by eu member states, each country will have two years to make the changes and of course britain's future relationship with the eu is still unclear. this is really about competing visions of the world wide web. the internet model we have in the west today is dominated by a few mostly californian giants. the coming iteration of the internet will probably be more regulated and less literally of a free for all while stopping short of the walled
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garden occupied in places like china. whether it is on competition rules, new data protection is or now copyright, it is europe that is clipping the wings of big tech. the future of silicon valley is being reimagined in brussels and the laws governing our global digital community are about to get a whole lot tougher. amol rajan, bbc news. last week, kurdish led forces took the last piece of territory in syria occupied by the islamic state group. it brought to a formal end to the self—proclaimed caliphate, declared in 2014. but amid the celebrations, kurdish authorities say they're struggling to cope with the thousands of captured men and women from the ranks of is, and are calling for an international court to be set up to deal with them. our correspondent aleem maqbool has been given rare access to one of the camps in northern syria, where many of them are being held. what should be done with the captured men and women of the islamic state group?
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it's one of the most urgent issues now the last enclave has been won back from is. hundreds of women who joined the group from around a0 countries are in this camp in northern syria. they include ilham from the netherlands who admits to having joined is, but as yet has no idea where she might face trial. we are asking the government to take us back but i'm still here waiting. if you did go back to holland, what do you think would happen? i'd go to prison. my children, i hope, to my family. that's what's going to happen. and you could accept that? yeah. because, i know i made a mistake. well, you'll understand there are people around the world who will be watching this and they will say, leave her there. if she wanted to go, leave her there. yeah, but it's no matter what people are thinking about me. with few countries taking back their is group nationals, dealing with them has been left to the ill—equipped
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kurdish administration. this isn't a prison. it is, as you can see, a camp in a war zone. the longer it goes on, the more there is a risk that something could go wrong. there could be instability in the region again. unless a plan is put in place soon, this really is a ticking time bomb. people in the kurdish region of syria have already suffered living under is, then losing so many lives fighting is, and here, countries like britain revoking the nationality of citizens who joined the group has gone down badly. the kurdish head of foreign relations abdul karim omar says it's created a huge problem. "unfortunately, the international community has disappointed us," he says. "we can't hold and try these people alone. if the world doesn't help us, there will be a problem
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again and the islamic state group will once again be a danger for all of us." after the final offensive to wipe the so—called islamic state from the map, we saw trucks that carted away, we were told, hundreds of is families. an ignominious end for the militants, but a reminder that children had been caught up in it all too. the administration here is urging countries to at least do something to help rehabilitate these young, foreign victims, to try to stop the ideology into which they were born re—emerging through them in the future. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in north—eastern syria. a us pharmaceuticalfirm, owned by the billionaire sackler family, has agreed to pay nearly $275 million to settle a law suit brought by the state of oklahoma, claiming it helped fuel the opioid crisis in the country. it's one of several firms named in the claim, which alleged they used deceptive practises, to sell opioids. the companies deny the claims.
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our north america editor jon sopel is in washington. how significant could this prove to be, do you think? well i think this isa be, do you think? well i think this is a landmark settlement and may well prove to be the tip of the arrow, as many other drugs companies face potential legal action. oxycontin came to the market in 1996 and was seen as a major breakthrough in chronic pain management. it was massively overprescribed, but its addictiveness was underestimated, it is alleged. and nowadays, drug opioid is accounting for 150 deaths a day. 50,000 a year, and in the richest country in the world, astonishingly, the death rate, the life expectancy rate is actually falling because so many people are dying from opioids. purdue pharma, which denies any wrongdoing, is
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owned by the sackler family. they are saying this settlement, they are letting it be known this settlement is not acceptance of responsibility for the opioid crisis in the united states. until today, the sackler family were best known as major benefactors of the arts, where once museums and galleries held out their arms for contributions. today, they're giving them the cold shoulder. many thanks, jon sopel with the latest for us in washington. for centuries, one of hinduism's holiest sites, the sabrimala temple in india's southern state of kerala has banned women between the ages of ten and 50, from entering its grounds. when the country's supreme court ruled that the custom was illegal, it sparked violent protests by conservative hindu groups across the region. nonetheless, two women did enter, but one of them, kanaka durga, suffered an immense personal cost. our correspondent sangita myska has been to her home town. symbolising the fight for equal rights in india.
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kanaka durga, who broke with nearly 1000 years of religious tradition, and who hindu extremists are now threatening to kill. she lives under 24—hour police protection. and this is why. this is kanaka and a friend entering the sa barimala temple. weeks earlier, india's supreme court had ruled that a ban on women between the ages of 10—50 going inside was illegal. kanaka is a2. outside, conservative religious groups erupted in protest. priests conducted so—called cleansing rituals at the site because women like kanaka, of menstruating age, are considered impure. when i met her, this local government worker and mother of two was defiant. i'm not afraid of all these threats. i have not committed a crime to be punished this way. but for rahul easwar,
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who helped organise the protests, this fight is personal. generations of his family have been involved in the temple. his grandfather was once high priest at sabarimala. he denies accusations that in defending the ban he and others like him have stirred the hatred now directed at kanaka durga. we condemn the violence. we are partially responsible for it. we have owned it up and we apologise for that violence. nevertheless, he insists it's devotees like him that have been wronged. so we were saying that our human rights were being taken away. our right to pray were being taken away. in the shadow of a general election, sabarimala is a potent political issue. india's ruling party, the hindu nationalist bjp, led by prime minister narendra modi, claims that enforcing the supreme court's decision is an attack on the nation's biggest religion. india's relationship with religion is as complex as it is deep.
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but as this country rapidly modernises, deciding how far personal beliefs should be curtailed by secular laws is turning into a painful and protracted process. when we met, kanaka hadn't seen her children for months. she claimed she was barred from the family home after her mother—in—law accused her of shaving —— shaming the family and beat her badly. the police were at the house. i could see my children but i couldn't speak to them. they were crying and really scared. we decided to go and meet kanaka's family, who deny her version of events. when we arrived, we found kanaka's mother—in—law outside the house, sobbing. she says reuniting the family is impossible. i asked her when kanaka could see her children again and why she felt ashamed of her daughter—in—law, but she told us she didn't want to talk about it. since filming this report, kanaka has been allowed
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to see her children once a week. she's now fighting for custody. translation: i really miss my kids. starting a revolution is lonely, but, eventually, people will realise that all this was necessary to bring about progress for women in india. but until this country chooses to unite and define itself by that progress, it's women like kanaka who will pay the heaviest price. sangita myska, bbc news, kerala, india. pollinating wild bees, and hoverflies, are disappearing from areas of great britain, posing a potential future threat to agriculture, according to new research. experts studied more than 350 species of the insects between 1980 and 2013. they found that a third of the species were present in fewer areas than before. but measures taken by farmers have led to a 12% increase,
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in the prevalence of some insects known as key crop pollinators. scientists say the overall decline shows we can't take the well—being of the environment, or the food supply, for granted, as our environment correspondent claire marshall explains. it's springtime and honey bees across the country are out foraging. these bees have a safe home here, but today's landmark report reveals their wild cousins, along with dozens of other key pollinating insects, such as hoverflies, are struggling to survive. they've vanished from a quarter of the places they used to live. the reason — a complex mix of climate change, habitat loss and intensive farming. this isn'tjust about insects, it's about our food security, what we put on our plates. many farmers do all they can to help nature. julian gold is one of them. agriculture's got to learn how to live in harmony with nature. it's all very well producing food, but we don't want to destroy the food factory at the same time. also at stake is the colour palette of the english landscape. all these wild flowers that people like seeing when they go
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out in the countryside, most of them depend on pollinators. if you don't have those pollinators available, then you're going to see a decrease in their ability to maintain in the wider environment. there are fears that familiar visitors to our gardens, and to the wider countryside, will have less to eat. there's all sorts of different birds, from flycatchers to sparrows, which are all dependent on this rich, vibrant life of flying life out there, that this report tells us is declining across the uk. some good news did come out of the study. these bee species help to pollinate flowering crops and their numbers are increasing. there are also key steps that can be taken. instead ofjust big prairies of wheat fields, you've got grass strips, flower margins, strips through the middle of fields, just trying to increase the biodiversity in the field. pesticides that can damage wild bee populations are still being approved. so, we need to put in place the right tests, that make our pesticides
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safer for wildlife. so, if you're talking about somebody in their garden, for example, having a patch of earth, of their garden where they let wild plants develop, those can be really important for helping maintain those pollinators. so, we can do our bit in our gardens, as long as the policymakers do their bit too. claire marshall, bbc news, oxfordshire. that's it. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. hello, and welcome to sportsday. i'm sarah mulkerrins. your headlines tonight: uefa have moved quickly after england players were racially abused in montenegro, but can any punishment really work? controversy for kyle edmund in miami as he crashes out of the miami open to defending championjohn isner.
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england's cricketers continue their winning run to take the t20 series against sri lanka. and conor mcgregor calls time on his mixed martial arts career, but he's said that before. hello, and welcome along. well, it's 2a hours after england's win in montengro, but all the talk since that euro 2020 qualifer has been about yet another case of racial abuse directed at players. uefa say disciplinary proceedings have been opened and the case will be dealt with in may, before the next round of matches.
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but many within the sport are wondering if the current sanctions and fines go far enough. earlier, i spoke to our sports correspondent about the frequency of these incidents. it is with depressing regularity this seems to happen in football and it isa this seems to happen in football and it is a sad fact that many of the england players that we saw out there on the page against montagnais rep had been the victims of racist views in the past. danny rose was targeted and another 21 game in serbia back in 2012. in that instance, the serbian fa were fine at £55,000 and they're under 20 once had to play again behind closed doors. and also the 18—year—old who was making his first offer england against montenegrin just on tuesday, us also announced the are investigating an alleged case of it racist abuse against him when he was in the europa league in march also this happens a lot and is part of the reason why there has been such an intense debate about this in a
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