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but sometimes those arguments, those rows, are talked up by either side. president trump says the us is right during these 20 years we have had more powers going to holyrood where it "wants to be with china" and we have also had some very big with regard to tariffs. constitutional events. we had the 201a scottish but his economic adviser independence referendum, the fault line if you like, larry kudlow admitted that it of scottish politics. more recently the brexit referendum. will be american businesses scotland voted to stay and people that will pay. within the european union president trump claims the us and the snp government at holyrood is making tens of billions is opposed in principle and practice of dollars from china. to brexit, would dearly love to see it stopped. but for all the critics filipinos are going of devolution prior to 1999, i think very few people now to the polls to vote would want to go back 21 years in congressional mid—term elections before the scottish parliament came into being. — largely being seen as a referendum david porter. on the president duterte‘s controversial policies, including his war on drugs. and what of northern ireland? without a government for the last two years. the key battle is for control from stormont, here's jayne mccormack. of the senate, where mr duterte devolution has brought with it currently doesn't have a majority. all sorts of twists and turns cardinal pietro parolin — here in northern ireland. the success of the good friday the secretary of state for the vatican city — agreement in 1998 paved the way for stormont, but it has had a rocky has defended a deal struck between the catholic church existence ever since. the nature of power—sharing means and beijing over the control that unionists and nationalists have to share power together, of the church in china, and we have seen the assembly saying that some criticism collapse a number of times. in 2010 the powers ofjustice from catholics is "prejudiced" and policing were devolved and aimed at preserving for the first time. old geopolitical balances. a sign perhaps that things were stabilising. butjust six years later and financial scandal tore through the institutions and collapsed of the dup—sinn fein executive.
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it's 2:30 am. since then we have had talks after talks, even a snap election, now on bbc news: but so far this place remains dormant. the british and irish governments the week in parliament. say their focus is on restoring devolution so that decisions on health and education can be taken again. the murder of lyra mckee the journalist last month changed the dynamic once again and we saw talks begin this week in a bid to try and kick—start the assembly once more. hello and welcome to but so far there has been no sign the week in parliament, of progress and there is a long your indispensable guide way to go. to the world of westminster and beyond, with all the dull stuff surgically removed. theresa may's still here — and her mps aren't happy. isn't it time to step aside and let someone jayne mccormack. new lead our party, our country, a change of pace now — what's been happening in the wider and the negotiations? world of politics? but the prime minister says ryan brown has our countdown. she's not the problem. at five, red faces down under if it were an issue about me and how after a bank note featuring australia's first woman mp i vote, we would already have was found to have a typo. left the european union. the reserve bank said that responsibility will be spelt correctly in the future print runs. and you're not imagining it — it really is the longest parliamentary session since the war.
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at four the wife of conservative mp it reminds me of a very andrew bridgen launches the lifestyle blog you didn't need. old groucho marx film hashtag the wives of westminster. in which he is chairing a group at three, meanwhile the mums of westminster of academics and before they can have a new favourite channel. say anything, he said, "i don't care what you say, whatever it is, i'm against it." all that and more to come. she watches this chamber. for some reason she is a keen follower of the bbc parliament channel. i am sure there is lots of other people who will be watching but first — the parliament channel also. the rumblings about her future continue and the race to succeed her is under way. but theresa may is still in downing street, despite the efforts at two, continuing our family theme, of conservative mps to get her out. there is a new baby in town. and we're still in the eu, snp‘s ian blackford doesn't quite know who it belongs to. despite her efforts to get us out. can i also congratulate the duke her critics are many, but it's the brexiteers who seem and duchess of wessex and... sussex. keenest to challenge the prime minister directly, armed with ammunition from the local election results in england. can i say to my right honourable friend the prime minister, at one, the pm is still the queen bee and conservative mp she has tried her best, hugh merriman calls for a parliamentary beehive. nobody could fault or doubt her we would all get a tremendous buzz if we see parliament commitment and sense as a hive of activity. ryan brown creating of duty but she has failed. his own buzz there. before we go, there's just she has failed to deliver time for a quick look
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on her promises, we have lost 1,300 at the newspaper headlines. and the guardian reports ha rd—working councillors. and sadly the public no longer trust her to run that the prime minister of bhutan the brexit negotiations. isn't it time for her to step aside and let someone new lead our party, our country, spends his weekends working as a surgeon. the paper tells its readers that and the negotiations? first of all, first of all, may i say to my dr lotay tshering was a highly honourable friend that i am regarded doctor before sorry that we saw so many good he entered politics. conservative councillors which is re—assuring to know. lose their seats last week, very often through no fault of their own. i've been a councillor, i know the hard work but perhaps we should be and dedication that it takes. relieved our leaders i've also been a councillor who has spend their weekends stood in an election hill—walking or making jam. thank you for watching the week in parliament. against a difficult national background and under mandy baker will be here on monday a conservative government. so i know what that night at eleven o'clock on bbc feels like as well. parliament with the latest from the and i thank all those commons and the lords. councillors for their hard work but from me, david and i congratulate those conservative councillors who won their seats for the first cornock, bye for now. time across the country as well. can i also say to my honourable friend, actually this is... wait for it, wait for it.
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actually, this is not an issue about me and it is not an issue about her. hello there, good morning. if it were an issue about me and how it was 18 degrees again on sunday, i vote, we would already have but for many of us it's going to get warmer over the next few days. left the european union. the weather this week looks very different but we haven't. from what we had last week. deadlines have come and gone. this was a typical weather pattern — jetstream to the south. and the government's we were in the colder air. confirmed the european that brought showers elections are going ahead. and longer spells of rain, as much as an inch of rain in whitehall, the politicians in some places last week. are still talking, senior figures but at least for the next few days, from labour and the government the jetstream is deflected well to the north of the uk. trying to break the deadlock. in the commons, at prime minister's questions, we're in the warmer air. and we've got high pressure that's the two major leaders preferred to talk about other things, although both drew their own dominating and keeping it dry conclusions from football and the champions league results. just about everywhere. having said that, though, there is this cloud that's spilling in view of the amazing performance over the top of it. of liverpool last night, that's pushing its way perhaps the prime minister into scotland, and it's not as cold here as it has been could take some tips during recent nights. pretty chilly elsewhere, mind you. from jurgen klopp on how to get and maybe a pinch of frost here and there, especially towards east anglia. the cloud across northern scotland a good result in europe. is going to produce a little rain and drizzle. that's going to be affecting i actually think that when we look shetland first thing in the morning. tail end of a weather front — at the liverpool win over that moves through and we're left barcelona last night, with some thin, high cloud. what it shows is that when everyone
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says it's all over, it means the sunshine could be that your european opposition have a little hazy at times. not going to spoil the day. got you beat, the clock is ticking plenty of sunshine. light winds for most of us. down, it is time to concede defeat, actually we can still secure success and temperatures continuing to rise. if everyone comes together. may be 20 degrees were parts of northern ireland and around although, of course, liverpool are still in europe. the moray firth as well. the snp — excluded from the cross—party talks — were still keen to talk brexit. scotland doesn't want a labour tory brexit stitch—up. as we head through tuesday and wednesday, still looks pretty scotland voted to remain and once good across some southern again with no scottish representation in the talks, and eastern parts of the uk. our nation is being ignored. temperatures are going to be around 17—18 degrees. does the prime minister warm in the sunshine. think this is good enough but there will be an easterly breeze. temperatures, though, for a supposed union of equals? will be higher further west and north, north wales, the prime minister must confirm north—west england, today that any deal would be put northern ireland, and scotland, with 23 degrees or so perhaps back to the people for a final say. in scotland on wednesday. that's probably can i say to the right the peak of the heat. honourable gentleman, and that's because after that the position of the high, as he knows i have had talks the centre, is going to shift further north, with him in the past up towards scandinavia. on the issue of the brexit deal, i have also discussed the matter with the first minister for scotland. it has been made clear that any discussions on these matters should be with the first minister for scotland. in relation to the question
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of a second referendum, i remain absolutely of the view, as i have always been and i'm not going to change my answer to him, it opens the door to this easterly that we should be delivering airflow and this lower pressure on the result of the first across the continent, that could eventually bring cloud referendum that took place. as in patchy rain our way. change uk wouldn't still dry, though, i think on thursday, take no for an answer. and some sunshine around. we'll see a bit more cloud coming people are fed up with the prime minister and the leader in off the north sea, and we'll have this of the opposition blaming each other easterly breeze as well. and only caring that's going to be felt certainly around those north sea coasts. about a brexit that suits them. but even further west, temperatures will not be quite as high on thursday as they will be on tuesday and wednesday. meanwhile, in enfield 3a,000 and as we move into friday, children live below the poverty line still a lot of uncertainty and face a brexit future that about the details, but we are seeing more cloud. offers them nothing. parliament is gridlocked. we're seeing some showers or some longer spells of rain. now it's a little bit further south. when will the prime minister what is more certain do the right thing, is that the temperatures will continue to drop away go back to the country in those easterly winds, with the people's vote? and with more cloud, can i say to the honourable lady, we're back to around 1a—16 degrees, i have answered the question so that's nearer normal for this time of year. about a second referendum earlier, but ahead of that, for the next few and my view hasn't changed in the few minutes since days, a lot of warmth, a lot of sunshine, dry weather too. i answered that question. the weather starts to change, though, during thursday by thursday, mps were trying to find and into friday. out when they'll get a fourth meaningful vote
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on the prime minister's deal, or even get to see the withdrawal agreement bill to put it into law. is the government going to bring back the withdrawal agreement bill next week? we need that certainty welcome to bbc news, because you will have broadcasting to viewers seen the research from in north america the incorporated society and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. of musicians, the ism, our top stories: which shows that the uncertainty paying the price — over brexit is continuing to cause a top trump adviser says us real damage to a very important part consumers will face an economic hit of the music industry, for tariffs on china contradicting which is a very important part of ourgdp. the us president. they have concerns about future work, mobility and visas, millions head to the polls transportation of instruments in the philippines in crucial and equipment and health and social security. midterm elections that could cement rodrigo duterte's presidency. 63 respondents cited difficulty in securing future work in the eu 27 the united nations kicks off a major ea countries as the biggest issue push for climate change, they face is due to brexit. and more than one in ten saying "the political respondents reported that offers of work have been withdrawn or cancelled with brexit given as a reason. will to tackle it is fading." could we have more berlin commemorates a key certainty for that sector? moment of the cold war — she asks when the withdrawal
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agreement bill will be introduced. obviously, it is subject to the talks with the opposition benches so i'm sure she'll be able to get an update from her own side. it is the government's intention to seek cross—party agreement to get a bill that the whole house can support. it is absolutely essential that we leave the european union and three years on it is utterly unacceptable that we haven't done so yet. and what i can say to all honourable members who are concerned about the impact on businesses and on people going about their everyday lives is that if they would support the withdrawal agreement bill, then we can put these issue is to rest and get on with a very important that our constituents are concerned about. —— the very important matters that our. mr speaker, we didn't get an answer
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to the meaningful vote withdrawal agreement but i think the house deserves one because the rumour is that the government are going to bring it back next week, the first being the suggested date. so, what are the government's plans for the meaningful vote? when are they going to bring it back? in what form will it be? because this purgatory cannot go on any longer. nothing is being done, important bills need to be brought back to this house and we need to get back to work. we rose early on two days this week and this place is quickly becoming an international laughing stock. the problem, the fundamental problem we have is that his party don't believe in abiding by the result of referenda whereas this party does. we had a referendum in 2016 and are determined to deliver on the results of the referendum to leave the eu. they had a referendum in 2014 and regardless of whether they have another referendum, the only time they will abide by that is if they get the results they want. andrea leadsom — one of several cabinet ministers seriously considering throwing her hat into the ring to replace theresa may. two years ago next month the queen opened parliament, setting out the government's legislative agenda. doesn't time fly? you may remember the state opening had "reduced ceremonial elements"
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due to, as parliament's website delicately puts it, "the unique circumstances of the general election". and that session is still going on. on thursday it became the longest parliamentary session since world war two. dr alice lilley from the institute for government and professor vernon bogdanor from king's college london can explain why this matters. alice, first of all, why does this matter? this session could go on forever, couldn't it? there is certainly nothing to stop the government from doing that, it is perfectly within its rights to keep this session going. i think the big question, though, for parliament, is what does keeping this session going actually change? firstly, does it get us any closer towards breaking the brexit deadlock in the house of commons? and secondly the fundamental reality of this session remains, which is that the government is in minority. legislating as a minority is difficult enough. doing so when you have an issue
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as divisive as brexit makes it even more complicated. and already in this session, party discipline within the government has broken down even further, so it can keep the session going but those fundamental problems are still there. vernon, it is rather unusual, isn't it? parliamentary sessions are used to last a year or about that. it's completely unprecedented, i think. you've got not only the brexit deadlock but both parties deeply internally divided. so we've got the very peculiar, indeed unprecedented, situation of a government which can't get either its brexit policies through or any other controversial policies through but also parliament won't get rid of it because they decided to vote in january not to support a motion of no confidence. so you've got a government which is hobbling along without any legislative support in parliament and not able to achieve anything. and that is a remarkable situation. alice, mps can still legislate, though, can't they?
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they're very busy at the moment. some days. yes, absolutely. and actually if you look at the quantity of legislation the government has passed in this session, it is actually very comparable with what you would usually expect from a government. what is different, though, is the content of that legislation. the government has really chosen to focus a lot of its energies on its brexit bills. outside of that, it has not really want to do anything very contentious so that it can really its political energy on these divisive issues. what we're seeing now, though, is the sort of non—contentious bills the government is introducing, so things to do with circus animals, leases in kew gardens, they are really now essentially distracting us from the fact that there hasn't been much progress on brexit and there is still this impasse in the commons. so, yes, the government is legislating, mps are getting through plenty of things but when you consider that this is a government in the first session of the new parliament, outside of brexit it is not really passing the kinds of big set piece
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legislation we would expect. vernon, is there a way out of this deadlock? we are still some way, of course, from the long parliament of 1640 which, ithink, went on for 20 years? there are three ways out of the deadlock. either parliament passes the deal, which is non—negotiable, or at least the withdrawal agreement part of it is non—negotiable. either that happens or it votes no confidence in the government and we have either another government or a general election, or it decides upon a referendum. they are the three alternatives. they've been there for some time. they were well summed up by theresa may. either the deal or we leave with no deal or no brexit. and it is up to mps to make up their minds. and, really, they've had a long time to do so because the irish backstop was agreed in december 2017. if mps were so strongly opposed to it, why didn't they say that a bit earlier, a little before the brexit date loomed so large on the horizon?
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the behaviour of the mps, it reminds me of a very old groucho marx film in which he chairs a group of academics and before they can say anything, he said, "i don't care what you say, whatever it is i'm against it." and that is the attitude of mps on brexit, as far as i can say. so, alice, would a new queen's speech change anything? or is this going to go on forever? how will it end? the million—dollar question. certainly, a new queen's speech would offer the government to perhaps reset some of its priorities, to offer a bit of a shop window as to what its legislation would be. you would still have to get it passed, though. it would still have to get it passed. it would face a debate and vote on the queen's speech, historically, that is something that has been treated as a matter of confidence. under the fixed—term parliaments act. it is a little bit less clear what the formal effect of the government losing the vote on the queen's speech would be but politically it would be enormously damaging and it
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would make it very difficult for them to continue. vernon, how will it end for you? i wish i knew the answer to that question. if i did, i would be rich man. but i think what may be worth pointing out is the rather poignant fact that in her first speech as prime minister, theresa may laid out a large agenda for dealing with the problems of provincial england and those struggling to manage, and hardly any of that agenda will go on to the statute book because parliament has been deadlocked for so long. time for a look in brief that what has been going on in westminster. a rare outbreak of cross—party consensus as a law to ban animals and travelling circuses cleared its first parliamentary hurdle. continuing to allow wild animals to perform unnecessary behaviours for oui’ perform unnecessary behaviours for our amusement in travelling circumstances goes against this
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government's efforts and this house's interest to raise awareness and respect for animals. circuses are no place for wild animals. this isa are no place for wild animals. this is a view not only shared by animal welfare organisations and animal love rs, welfare organisations and animal lovers, but the vast majority of people across our country. and i'm very glad to see my members on both sides of this place is. electric car are growing in popularity. in the laws, peers working to login and go green. there were obstacles, such as the lack ofjudging points. would not be good idea for parliament to give an example to the rest of the country. we have got a87 parking spaces between this house and the other place and i am told there are two charging points in the house of commons and there are three more promised for royal court. how can we expect the country to take us seriously if we can't put our own house in order? i completely agree with my noble friend that we need
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more judging points within house. i certainly used to drive, i do not longer, use public transport and i encourage all noble lords to do the same. the education secretary said schools in england will be held responsible for the exam results of excluded pupils. damian hinds was looking into off rolling, with weak oi’ looking into off rolling, with weak or disruptive pupils removed from the school register to improve —— improve league table results. we will work with off start to define and tackle the practice of off rolling. where children are removed from school rolls without following a formal exclusion procedures in ways that are in the interests of the school rather than the pupil. does he not accept that pupils are at greater risk of exclusion when support staff have been lost. as we implement early intervention when the very services that provided have been said way? and mps and the rest
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of us got a glimpse at their temporary future with the release applies for three commons chamber to host debates while they the builders move in. the costings we have date back to 2012, 201a. it has got to be reviewed, looked at again. and, of course, what has happened since those original costings is that things like security has to be enhanced following the attacks on westminster. we will get that clarity. but we are not yet at that stage in relation to the wider restoration and renewal costs. the chamber will be built at richmond house, former home of the department of health. not everyone is happy.“ my right honourable friend aware of the growing concern at the demolition of the award—winning listed richmond house to make way for a permanent replica house of commons where mps could be parked
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for many years, given it may now be delayed for 2028. the government ensure that for reasons of safety we get on with the work as quickly as possible and when a decaf becomes necessary it is for as short a time as possible into a temporary cost—effective chamber? as possible into a temporary cost-effective chamber? my right honourable friend has raised an important issue, because obviously this palace of westminster is recognised over the world as a symbol of democracy. and, obviously, the decision that was taken by parliament to approve the restoration and renewal programme was a huge step towards its protection. he says we will be introducing the bill today. the decision to move to richmond house was a matter for parliament. i understand that although richmond house will be substantially redeveloped proposals will retain richmond terrace and the whitehall facade. and i'm sure as was indicated by my right honourable
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friend at the end of his question, that he will agree with me that it is imperative that parliament gives the total bill as low as possible. that the cans, as it is not, is due to ta ke that the cans, as it is not, is due to take place in the mid 2020s. what are the odds on the first debate of the new chamber being on the latest brexit development? now, 20 years ago scotland, wales and northern ireland gained a greater say over their own affairs when tony blair's government began devolving powers from westminster. we asked bbc experts to assess what impact devolution has had. in wales, it got off to a shaky start after voters only narrowly backed the idea of a national assembly. daniel davies reports from cardiff bay. if i had been standing here 20 years ago i'd be standing in a car park. this building, the senedd, the home of the assembly, didn't exist. in the early days they met around the corner and had very limited lawmaking powers. what's more, the institution could only spend money, it could not raise it through taxes. that and much else besides has changed. last month it acquired the ability to raise or lower income taxes. now there are plans to change
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its name to the senedd or parliament, meant as a sign of the assembly's growing maturity as a legislature. but in other ways things have stayed the same. despite the growing workload there are still 60 assembly members. is that enough? it's a topic of ongoing debate. and labour has retained its grip on power. there have been four labour first ministers who have led the institution since the beginning. turnout at elections has been low. never higher than a6%. and some surveys suggest that a lot of people still don't realise it is this place, not westminster, that is responsible for the public services they rely on. daniel davies. the scottish referendum result in favour of devolution — and a more powerful parliament
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was far more emphatic. here's david porter. there was huge optimism in 1999. perhaps too much optimism when the parliament came into being albeit in a temporary home. they moved into their new home a few years later which was hugely over budget. but what i think it did, it gave parliament the institution confidence to say physically, we now have a building in the centre of edinburgh which is making laws which affect the lives of ordinary scots on health, in education and transport. there of course have been spats with westminster. there have been turf wars. more so when you have had a nationalist administration in holyrood and a unionist administration down 00:22:27,949 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 here in westminster.
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