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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 11:003m... david cameron accuses borisjohnson of only backing leave in order to further his own political career. the home secretary priti patel says there's no point dwelling on the past, and that the prime minister is committed to getting a brexit deal. obviously, you know, the referendum has happened, we've all moved on and the fact of the matter is we're now working to deliver that referendum mandate. that is so important, there is no point going over the past. the liberal democrat leader jo swinson reiterates her belief that "there is no good brexit deal" as party members consider a conference motion to revoke article 50 if the lib dems win a general election. iran dismisses accusations made by the us, that it was responsible for two drone attacks, that have crippled saudi oil production.
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the former international rugby star gareth thomas reveals he is hiv positive — saying he wants to help reduce the stigma around the condition. clashes have broken out in hong kong between police and protesters at the latest pro—democracy rally in the territory. tyson fury survives a brutal cut to remain undefeated. the british heavyweight beats otto wallin on points in las vegas. and, foreign correspondents based in the uk give their analysis on the latest developments in the brexit process in dateline london. that's in half an hour on bbc news. the former prime minister david cameron has accused borisjohnson of only backing brexit to further his career,
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in the latest released extracts from his memoirs. mr cameron also criticises michael gove, who he brands as "disloyal". he says that during the referendum campaign, both mrjohnson and mr gove became "ambassadors for the expert—trashing, truth—twisting age of populism". our political correspondent peter saull is with me now... this is pretty strong. there was mild criticism yesterday but he really goes for the jugular today. david cameron has been pretty much silent since resigning rather acrimoniously the morning after the eu referendum, and this book which i dare say will be on a lot of politics watchers' christmas lists and a couple of months' time were getting the first extracts from it now in the sunday times. some of the key q u otes. now in the sunday times. some of the key quotes. he talks about trying to persuade borisjohnson to back remain during the eu referendum but he says he came to the conclusion
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that boris johnson he says he came to the conclusion that borisjohnson risked an outcome he didn't believe in because it would help his political career. a lot of people have suggested in the past that boris johnson's motivations for brexit perhaps are not as strong as he might suggest now. that is certainly the feeling of david cameron, anyway. while he is disappointed with borisjohnson, he seems angry with michael gove, according to the extracts. he saw michael gove has a close friend and felt perhaps betrayed by him coming out to campaign the way he did during the referendum. he said in this extract... this is in particular reference to some of the more dubious claims, as david cameron saw them during the referendum, that the uk would be swamped with migrants from turkey, a country that is yet to join and distill to the european union. he
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goes on in these extracts... certainly not mincing his words. he says the person he was most shocked by was the then employment minister and now home secretary priti patel. she has been addressing some of those allegations this morning on the andrew marr programme. i was a minister in david cameron's government and it was a privilege to serve in that government and i enjoyed working with him. and many of my colleagues. the referendum has happened, we have all moved on and we are now working to deliver that referendum mandate. that is so important, there is no point going over the past. he says you left the truth at home during that campaign, it is a very serious thing to say. if we talk about the issues we are now speaking about in terms of delivering brexit, many of those issues went to the heart of
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the vote to leave in 2016. whether it was taking back control of our borders, our laws, our money, those issues are still prevalent to the debates and discussion today. i suppose it's a mark of how the politics have changed, priti patel, then employment minister, now home secretary, one of the four top jobs in government. this is a government that will stand or fall on the honouring of its big promise to get britain out of the eu before october 31, deal or no deal. that now seems to be increasing the pressure on them to come up with a deal. boris johnson maintains do or die the country will leave the eu on 31st october. one way to do that is to leave with a deal that can be passed through the houses of parliament. the other is to potential leave with a no—deal brexit but parliament has now passed legislation meaning if he doesn't have a deal in place by 19th october he has to go back to brussels to ask for more time. there are potential ways around this,
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downing street believes, and we could see some serious shenanigans towards the end of october when parliament returns from its prorogation, its suspension, that very controversial thing the prime minister has done. for the meantime they will carry on with talks with they will carry on with talks with the european union, tomorrow boris johnson will have his first face meeting since becoming prime minister with european commission presidentjean—claude juncker. a lot of cabinet ministers are talking about a landing zone coming into view. but the view on this side of the channel is more positive than on the channel is more positive than on the other, but there is talk of a solution coming forward to potentially deal with the very thorny issue of the northern irish backstop, the insurance policy to avoid a return to border checks on the island of ireland. apparently oui’ the island of ireland. apparently our government is looking at a solution that would only apply to the island of ireland and not to the rest of the uk, a major obstacle in getting that through would be the democratic unionists. it will be
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interesting to see whatjean—claude juncker has to say when he and boris johnson meet in mrjuncker‘s home patch of luxembourg, where he was himself prime minister in the past. joining me now is the labour activist will straw, who was the executive director of the britain stronger in campaign. good morning and thank you for being with us. the most obvious place to start is with the liberal democrats today. they are promoting this policy that they hope will get through their conference that would effectively abandon their previous commitment to a further referendum on the brexit arrangements and opening up the possibility of people voting to remain in after all, and instead opting for a position of revoking article 50. what do you make of that shift? i think what the referendum showed three years ago and what we have seen since is the country is deeply divided. on the one hand you have a government that
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is pursuing a form of brexit that was never really discussed during the referendum, and on the other you have a party now saying they want to cancel the whole thing. i think on both sides that's quite dangerous. having been through a referendum, i am no great fan of them, but i think we have to now resolve this through another referendum that would take whatever leave option comes back from brussels against remain and seek to resolve it that way rather than try to ram through an outcome that doesn't have the consent of the british people. it is very timely, the publication of david cameron's men was because it brings us back to where the debate started in terms of the campaign for the referendum and his criticism of the operation is pretty deep. —— david cameron's memoirs. he is also scathing about jeremy corbyn, saying he made some
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unconvincing speeches on remain and then went off on holiday, and it implied he wasn't committed to the cause and he was a long—standing sceptic in the labour party. but the tories are having a major issue because they are in government. what do you think of what david cameron has to say? the tone of it is actually pretty critical of his former colleagues. absolutely, and he is right to be. michael gove and borisjohnson, particularly michael gove, seen as serious politicians, and during the campaign they wrapped themselves up in lies and mystery and haven't really stopped. david cameron is talking about the lies related to 350 million on the bus or about turkeyjoining related to 350 million on the bus or about turkey joining the related to 350 million on the bus or about turkeyjoining the eu. recently boris johnson about turkeyjoining the eu. recently borisjohnson has carried this on... these are allegations. the scottish court said it wasn't convinced by the reasons that had
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been presented to the court, we are not sure of what exactly he said to the queen. the supreme court will rule on that this week so we should probably leave that aside for now. but a lot of things said in the campaign were true and they were criticisms of the way the eu operated at the time, and on issues where, for example, immigration, a policy of free movement, that exists asa policy of free movement, that exists as a policy that we had signed up to, and that was a reason why some people who voted leave apparently wa nted people who voted leave apparently wanted to get out. but free movement did mean brits could work and study abroad. people from the eu living in this country were told their rights would be defended but many are now having the right to citizenship turned down. free movement is part of the package of being in the eu meaning we also have free trade, which is now under threat from no deal. you can return to those debates. i think the important thing now, moving forward, what boris johnson is setting out is a very dangerous path for the uk and his
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government have been very misleading and what the risks of no deal were. when the sunday times got the league a few weeks ago they said it was an old document and now they have been forced to publish it and we can see what the awful impact would be on medical supplies, delays at the border, the impact on supermarkets. this is a very serious path we are heading towards and i think that's why it is important we return back to the british people and ask, is this what you want it when you voted to leave, or having now learnt about what leave means and having seen how difficult it is, and having had the mistruths and uncovered over the last three years, would you actually prefer last three years, would you actually p refer to last three years, would you actually prefer to remain in the eu. i hope very much that will happen and will have an outcome to stay in the eu and put this crisis behind us. what you make of a report in the sunday mirror today then that suggests labour might be looking at a situation where it forces boris
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johnson, or tries to force him out through a vote of no confidence and if it succeeds it makes the case for a minority labour government to push through another referendum and then after that have a general election. soa after that have a general election. so a general election delayed by six months. i do think there is a lot of sense in that. the problem with a general election is we could end up with another hung parliament and no real means of resolving this issue. general elections are supposed to be across a range of issues as well. at the moment the only issue in british politics is brexit. i think having a referendum, which i suspect would enjoy the support of a majority of mps now. everyday have a new conservative mp coming out in support of it. the labour party, the snp, the lib dems and the greens are behind it. there is a majority in parliament for it. although i am no great fan of referendums, we would be taking a path that would help to
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resolve this issue as quickly as possible and then we could get on, the government of the day could get on with governing the country and the rest of us could get on with our lives. wanted to be difficult to convince the public that they should have a prime minister and government ofa have a prime minister and government of a different party for six months without there having been any kind of election to get that to situation? —— won't it be difficult? we just have had a unelected situation? —— won't it be difficult? wejust have had a unelected prime minister... that does happen, when you change leaders of parties. it happened with gordon brown the. we have mps acting in the party interest, not the national interest, and they are acting as a small sect of what was a national party so i think they are rapidly losing their legitimacy to govern and taking us ona legitimacy to govern and taking us on a very dangerous course legitimacy to govern and taking us on a very dangerous course out legitimacy to govern and taking us on a very dangerous course out of the eu. i think we have to look for
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extraordinary measures, and that could well be having jeremy corbyn asa could well be having jeremy corbyn as a temporary prime minister supported by the other parties to get a brexit referendum through and then hold a general election once that has been resolved. i think that is now looking like the most sensible and perhaps most likely option for what has been a nightmare over the last three and a half yea rs. over the last three and a half years. and surely a few more months to go yet! thank you very much. the liberal democrat leaderjo swinson has reitterated her belief that "there is no good brexit deal". she was speaking to the bbc as delegates at the party's annual conference in bournemouth prepare to consider a motion to revoke article 50 if the lib dems win a general election. let's go live to our political correspondent jonathan blake who's at the conference.) by by the seaside, jonathan. good morning. it has been hard for people to keep across all the different elements on brexit but now parties are changing their policies on brexit, arguably all three of the uk wide party is shifting from where
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they were at the start of this year on this all—important question. and now the lib dems, who we thought we re now the lib dems, who we thought were solidly behind the idea of a further referendum, because they think the result would be different from the one in 2016, they seem to be giving up on the idea. can you explain that? they are not quite giving up on the idea of a second referendum, but as you say, that has until this point been the lib dems' policy. we know they want to stop brexit. the question up for discussion in bournemouth is how. while the party say they are still in favour of holding a second referendum in the hope of overturning the one from 2016, they wa nt to overturning the one from 2016, they want to go further and leaderjo swinson is arguing that in a general election campaign the lib dems should have a policy of, if they we re should have a policy of, if they were to win a majority and get into government, they would revoke article 50 and cancel brexit without holding another public vote. the
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justification for that is that if people are voting for the lib dems on that basis then day as a government would have a mandate to do that. jo swinson set out the policy this morning in an interview with andrew marr. the policy that we are debating at conference today is very clear — if the liberal democrats at the next election win a majority, if people put into government as a majority government — the stop—brexit party then stopping brexit is exactly what people will get. yes, we will revoke article 50. a clear message from the liberal democrats, that's about as far as they can go in hardening their position as an anti brexit party. jo swinson says they should be unequivocal in their message. it will likely go down very well with the party faithful here in bournemouth this weekend, who are in good spirits after the defection of conservative mp sam gyimah last night but it's not without risk because there will be those who say
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that for a party with the word democrat in its name, overturning the result of a referendum without holding another referendum isn't necessarily the most democratic thing to do. although the eye committee gets that from jo swinson and others would likely be that they had won a mandate on the basis of their policy to revoke article 50. and with this shift in policy, even though the overall aim is the same of stopping brexit, it might risk confusing voters in a general election campaign in terms of knowing exactly what they were voting for. but party members will vote on adopting that policy later this morning. unlike the other main parties, the members who come here from all over the country for their conference from all over the country for their co nfe re nce every from all over the country for their conference every year do actually have a say in what policies are adopted and which ones are not. it will be interesting to see the debate in the hall in an hour or so's time and the results of that vote later. thank you to jonathan blake in bournemouth. we will talk to you later. just to say, jo
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swinson is taking questions and a nswe rs swinson is taking questions and answers from party members and we will have that live on the bbc news channel from around ten past 2pm. the headlines on bbc news... david cameron accuses borisjohnson of only backing leave in order to further his own political career. the liberal democrat leader jo swinson reiterates her belief that "there is no good brexit deal" as party members consider a conference motion to revoke article 50 if the lib dems win a general election. iran dismisses accusations made by the us, that it was responsible for two drone attacks, that have crippled saudi oil production. sport now, full round up, from the bbc sport centre. we have the final test in the ashes taking place although we already know the ashes are going back to
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australia but still worth a fight. england will tell you at great length that levelling the series would be a great fillet. —— a great fillip. england now all out on 329. jack leach was the final wicket to fall meaning australia require 399 to win the final test match. pat cummins got the wicket ofjofra archer in his first over of the day. jack leach has just holed out from nathan lyon. 398 is the difference. inafew nathan lyon. 398 is the difference. in a few moments, australia, to attempt to win the third victory for them in this ashes series, need 399 to win. 5 live sports extra has commentary from the oval.
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europe and the usa haven't been separated by more than a point after any session of the solheim cup so far and they go into the singles today level at 8—all. with all to play for let's head to gleneagles now and speak to sarah mulkerrins. welcome to the practice driving range with the players warming up. the teams tied at 8—8 going into the singles matches. the usa to retain the trophy need to get to 14. europe to regain need to get to get 14.5. a very simple equation. lots of fans here on a very cold morning at gleneagles. let's chat to a couple of them. we have karin from france. celine routier has been playing spectacularly this weekend. you used to coach her. she was part of the french national team and that's
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where we met. what makes her so special in this format? yesterday she played well with georgia. they get along well together, very complimentary and i think she is in good shape and can win a point today. she will be going out against any park. what do you expect from that match? it will be a good match but very tight. is she going to win question blue sure. and you think europe will win by the end of the day? definitely. and we have the opponent beside us, lisa, all decked out, the american fans always bring brilliant colours. and it's all over the course. i have seen it all over the course. i have seen it all over the place. who will you follow today? the whole usa team, but we will keep an eye on the coaching staff and make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing.
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we have come from phoenix, arizona. in the shorts and everything. you are not feeling the cold? it's a little chilly but we are good. and the usa are going to win, we will keep it. you have won the last two editions. europe have work to do but it is all square as we start. the battles will be all over the course today this sunday. 12 singles matches. 14.5 is the magic number for europe, 14 for the usa and we will keep you updated through the day. thank you to sarah from gleneagles. tyson fury has been having micro surgery in a las vegas hospital after suffering a serious cut in his win over swedish heavyweight otto wallin on a unanimous points decision. fury entered the ring ahead of the fight in a sombrero and poncho to celebrate mexico's independence day. the early exchanges that followed led to fury suffering a deep cut over his eye in the third round which threatened to ruin
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his unbeaten record. several times the referee had to ask the british fighter to cover it up, while also asking the doctor to check it. but fury eventually prevailed. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. definitely worth getting those updates but you can also follow the cricket on radio 5 live and also online. the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has blamed iran for the drone strikes that set fire to two major oil facilities in saudi arabia. houthi rebels in yemen said they carried out the attacks, but in a tweet pompeo said there was "no evidence" the drones came from yemen — describing the attack as "an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply". saudi arabia's energy minister said half of the country's oil production had been temporarily stopped. foreign media reports say they could have a significant impact on world oil prices. earlier, our business correspondent katie prescott explained the significance of the attacks.
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we are talking about to make major facilities of the world's biggest oil producer. aramco is responsible for around 10% of the world's oil supply and these two facilities, one of them refines 7% of the world's oil. the oilfield in question produces 1% of the world's oil so anything to damage them at all would be hugely significant and now we have learnt over the last... over last night, that it has knocked off—line, so we are now not producing 5% of the world's oil as a result, and it seems like it could ta ke result, and it seems like it could take weeks to get this back to capacity. having said all that, given the size of aramco, it looks like they may well be able to cover off some of the disruption just because of the stockpiles of oil they have themselves. what's really interesting about this is that it's not just a interesting about this is that it's notjust a major interesting about this is that it's not just a major attack interesting about this is that it's notjust a major attack but interesting about this is that it's not just a major attack but also interesting about this is that it's notjust a major attack but also the risks to the region that is so critical to our energy and infrastructure. that's a really important point about the potential
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for disruption. we talked in the past about how you can disrupt oil supplies by sea, by blocking the strait of hormuz, which iran could potentially do if it wanted to. this is another way in which iran, or evenif is another way in which iran, or even if it is not iran, it could be benefiting those who are hostile to the saudi regime and having a big impact on that country's economy and supplies to the rest of the world. and using a drone as well, and the fa ct and using a drone as well, and the fact they could have succeeded not only against the world's biggest oil company but against one of the world's richest countries is really worrying and that is worrying investors over the weekend, looking ahead to when oil markets open on monday, it will be interesting to see what happens to the price of oil and we expect a spike on monday morning because of all of this. people are really concerned about the facilities and also more broadly about what can happen going forward. katie prescott. the former wales rugby captain
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gareth thomas has revealed he is living with hiv. he says he wants to break the stigma surrounding the condition and has talked about the shame and fear of keeping it secret. daniel davies reports. i've got hiv, and it's ok, like. that is what i want to learn more than anything. it is a secret he has tried to keep to himself and those closest to him. but now gareth thomas is telling the world and embarking on a new challenge. he has trained for an ultra endurance ironman triathlon to show he isn't limited by his condition. a bbc documentary shows him preparing for the event and preparing to reveal that for some time he has lived with hiv. a huge hero in our family. he talks of the shame he says he felt, and of the worry of what people would think of him if they knew. one of my fears is that...that will kind of go and all of a sudden who i was prior to people knowing
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i have hiv might be forgotten and that will potentially deter people from wanting to be associated or be around me. thomas, 45, says he wants to help overcome the stigma surrounding hiv. he has compared the experience of making this announcement to coming out as gay, which he did ten years ago. i want to empower so many other people who are in exactly the same position as me, and probably ten times worse, to be able to feel free as well. a murder investigation has been launched after a fatal stabbing in nottingham city centre. nottinghamshire police were called just after 7.40pm to union road, where it was reported that a man in his twenties had sustained stab wounds.
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police and ambulance crews provided medical treatment to the man, who was pronounced dead a short time later. the clear—up operation is continuing after parts of southern spain experienced some of the heaviest rainfall on record. six people have lost their lives. the spanish prime minister, on a visit to the area, promised to do everything he could to help those affected. simonjones reports. this is the dramatic moment a baby is rescued after the child's home became cut off by the rising water. others clung on for safety as emergency workers navigated the flooding. the force of the water can be seen here in alicante, cars simply swept away as the river burst its banks. the spanish prime minister flew over some of the affected areas. when he touched down, he promised support. translation: first of all, i want to express the support of the spanish government and, i would add, the whole
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of the spanish people, to those affected in valencia and murcia and other areas of spain. secondly, i want to express on behalf of the government our condolences to the families of those victims who unfortunately lost their lives in the past few days. thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. when they returned to survey the damage it was all too much for some. translation: the force of the rain slowly became heavier. more of the running water came down and at one point it started rising to the level of the garden and up to the house. and, of course, there was a point where we decided to go up to the attic because we saw it was getting quite serious and we thought it would be best. the water levels remain dangerously high. for holiday—makers flying in, hoping for some spanish sunshine, at the airport there was chaos and confusion. because of the storms we got diverted to valencia and we were in valencia for what, how long? four hours.
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so we are now stuck here for another four hours so it's going to be eight hours in total. we don't how we're going to get to our apartment. but many here are relieved they escaped with their lives. the forecast may be improving but the clean—up operation won't be quick. simon jones, bbc news. extraordinary weather in southern spain. those going off for some late summer sunshine should have stayed here. absolutely. this has been affecting other parts of the mediterranean in recent days. at a time for us, the outlook is a quiet one in contrast. for the week ahead, high pressure is building. you can still pick up some rainfor building. you can still pick up some rain for the south across spain. this high will develop across the
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