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we have. the state of alabama. in the country the way we. realize when the vote is this close that it's not over this year it's been the rule of law all we've been. put in no whole. part of the problem with this campaign is we've been painted in an unfavorable in on. by full like this entire race has been. dignity and respect.
also coming up britain is leaving the european union in two thousand and nineteen but the reason may just lost a key vote in her parliament so will the brakes that negotiations end up being just a rehearsal. brix it at some point in the future may need to be refilled. again. or we begin the day with the biggest trump over trump that the world have seen voters in the u.s. state of alabama last night elected a democrat as their new u.s. senator his name is doug jones now this was a political earthquake alabama is a republican stronghold and it hasn't sent a democrat to the u.s. senate in twenty five years voters rejected the republican candidate roy moore who was accused of sexually molesting teenage girls decades ago most republicans in congress had joined democrats in denouncing moore's candidacy but not us president donald trump he gave
a full throated endorsement of moore and his advisors steve bannon went to alabama and declared the election another clash of the people against the establishment it didn't work the stunning loss plus trump's recent double entendre tweet attacking a female u.s. senator kiersten gillibrand prompted the editors at usa today to publish what has to be the most damning and disturbing commentary about the us president they write it is a shock that only six democratic senators are calling for our unstable president to resign a president who would call a senator or a whore is unfit to clean toilets in obama's presidential library or to shine george w. bush's shoot our first report takes us tonight to the deep south of the us. and all the states in which the democratic
fight should take shape alabama was an unlikely starting point the poxy has not won a senate seat here in a quarter of a century. we really have just around the state of alabama though we have shown the country the way the real of was. the celebrations here or much to the control vis a surrounding his opponent barely or in the day the republican crusader roy moore had hoped his horse named sassy would carry him to victory. it was the final bed to cast him as a thorough bred conservative in a campaign marred by multiple allegations from women claiming he had molested them decades ago when they were teenagers even for high ranking republicans moore's actions and policies were beyond the pale. he believes homosexuality should be
illegal and that moved them shouldn't serve in congress. for donald trump the only thing that mattered was moore's loyalty to his vision the president has congratulated doug jones on a hard fought victory but said votes cast for a third candidate harmed the right ten votes played a very big factor he tweeted bought a win is a win not so. he has refused to concede. but the votes are still coming in and we're looking at that by god bless you as you go on a given play fury and thank you for coming tonight we not over it's going to take some time. but it is democrats who are smiling having narrowed the republicans majority in the senate to just one day say as they say a sign of success is to come in crucial elections next year. so
here is what the election in alabama means inside the u.s. senate in washington now up until yesterday republicans held aide to vote lead with fifty two seats compared to forty eight seats for the democrats will the victory of doug jones last night changes that the republican majority in the senate now shrinks from two votes to as you see right there fifty one to forty nine just one vote so how much of a blow is this for the republican party and for their planned legislation i put that to our washington correspondent kirsten fanaa it will get more complicated for them they can only lose one votes now even on those issues where they need only a simple majority and in many cases they can't even agree among themselves what they want plus there are a number of senators that have been deeply alienated by it on the trump people like
john mccain jeff flake susan collins and they might vote against it on the gender at any given time and do this all over the question here are democrats celebrating their comeback i mean did they win this election or did the republicans choose a flawed candidate. i think it's mostly due to roy moore who has very extreme political views even for alabama standards and clearly the republican establishment in washington didn't want him in the first place he was forced on them by the populist nationalist wing of the sea and has been this civil war within the republican party going on and that continues to weaken the republican party and president what about this victory for the democrats mean what does it mean and i'm thinking about you know next year's congressional midterm elections. clearly the democrats have some
reason for hope now because their base not only was energized but actually turned out to vote even many independents voted for the democratic party in alabama so they have hope now that they can actually win both chambers of congress next year having said that for that they still have to work oh it's their own issues there's also a battle within the democratic party for the right way forward and they need a positive message just saying we are against trump will not be enough or at a corresponding course in phenomenon the story for us tonight in washington carson thank you very much well today i also called up with julie is funded laurie a political consultant who was part of the winning campaigns of barack obama in two thousand and eight in two thousand and twelve and i asked why the election in alabama compared to the election of the first african-american president saw more minorities voting. judy as you were with the obama campaigns and you saw
the way obama was able to get people to come vote for him yesterday in alabama we had more women more minorities more african-americans vote for the democrat doug jones then we had vote for obama how do you explain that to me so twenty twelve historic election the first african president is reelected and this time around more african-americans turn out that back then i think there are couple reasons one the extreme polarization there are some things that roy moore said during the campaign where he talked about the old times even though they were slavery that certainly mobilized african-american voters because of actually outlandish and if you're eating so i think that was a big point there were a couple of things of course the national climate played a huge role some of the racist things that are trying to set certainly mobilize the base but also democrats over the course of the last thirteen months ever since trump took office i think have also looked at the streets and started mobilizing
this wasn't just about this wasn't just the south where people went out this is where national democrats from all over the place came in late into the race knocked on doors donated so literally a lot of resources the resources that a democratic candidate in alabama would certainly not have to put in and i think. it was a close race but the day to the democrat when do you think the democrats in alabama were able to pull a trump in with i mean trump when he was elected he took traditionally democratic states turned republican and you got the democrats taking a deep south red state alabama and turning it democrat and they flipped it fundamentally from one alabama just thirteen months ago with twenty percent over hillary clinton so this is significant and the democrats haven't won alabama in the senate seat since one thousand nine hundred two so of course they managed to flip it but i think it speaks of course one to the turnout on the democratic side which is completely unusual for a. off year election but also for the candidate selection on the republican side
there was just so many scandals there's so many outlandish things said so we're certainly most of us and it's troops tribal politics are we seeing the beginning of the end of that is this just a lot more in that i mean you and i have talked about this for a long time on air and we we said you know is this a new culture is this just trouble are the republicans going to stick with it there are actually some republicans who either stayed home written in another candidate right in there actually they moved over to the democratic side and actually voted for doug jones so it is not just politics anymore and i think this is finally the point where trump and people like roy moore went too far and they can just lie their way out of it prediction for the midterm we're going to see the democrats take control of either chamber of the u.s. house and the world is wanting to me that's what we're looking for are the democrats going to be able to take that back while they're twenty five democratic senate seats every election they have to defend those in their eight or to
republican seats or for reelection so i'm out of the prediction business i think we all should be at least so much a time out but i think democrats have the momentum on their side and last point that will make the republicans one into their stories defending a child molester i think this is also a branding problem for the whole republican party and women are critical to his when they look thank you very much. well now to that tug of war over jerusalem more than fifty muslim countries have agreed to recognize east jerusalem as the capital of palestine and it came at an emergency summit of the organization of islamic cooperation in istanbul last week u.s. president outraged many in the middle east when he recognized jerusalem as israel's capital. the aim to present a united front against the decision that's roiled muslims worldwide. here in istanbul donald trump's move to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital has been
condemned. turkish president recha tired at one host of the summit. as islamic countries we will never give up on our demand of a sovereign and independent palestine with jerusalem as its capital. jerusalem status is that the core of the decades long as really palestinian conflict israel sees the eastern half of the city in the one nine hundred sixty seven war it controlled the city's west before that palestinians hope east jerusalem will be the capital of their future state now the summit has backed by a stance donald trump pair on a visit to the city in may has been seen as siding with the israelis and the conflict through his recognition of jerusalem as their capital. palestinian president mahmoud abbas has vowed to take the matter to the u.n.
security council to try and block washington's decision. but israeli leaders believe they too have international backing. all of these declarations do not impress us in the end the truth will prevail and many countries will recognize drusilla as the capital of israel and move their embassies there to . meanwhile violent clashes continued between palestinians and israeli troops and the west bank protests and turning the second week with no end in sight. a british prime minister to resign may have lost a key breaks that vote in the british parliament a group of her own conservative m.p.'s rebel delivering a blow for the prime minister on the eve of a crucial summit of european leaders the ice to the right three hundred nine
the news to the left three hundred five. lawmakers voted narrowly in favor of an amendment to the government's e.u. withdrawal bill the amendment promises impedes that they will have a vote on the final break that deal signed with brussels. all right that's a big development there in london let's go to london our correspondent bigger mosses on the story for us good evening to you here good so what does this mean for breaks it talks. well this is first of all something that's in tunnel in the u.k. this is a bill that regulates how e.u. law is going to be transferred into a u.k. law it's fairly legal istic however the parliament has dealt a blow to to reason me because the british parliament basically has said that they want to have a say in how the brics it process is shaped so it's something that's internal in the u.k. and where the parliament basically makes
a stand and where so-called rebels people who are opting for a softer break within parliament have won it's nothing that has concrete and direct implications for for example the council and brussels but for the for all the power play within the u.k. and that of course you know as as a second step also has consequences regarding the negotiations with brussels exactly i mean when theresa may when she travels you know again to meet with leaders of the european union is her hand now weaker because you know what she promises and what she says she can deliver in these talks you know that has to be carried out by the people back home can she can she promise more or less because of this vote. well for the e.u. negotiators they obviously want to have a strong prime minister they want to know that what is it greed in brussels will be
carried through in london and this is definitely a dent into reason may's armor when it comes to everything that she is battling out at home because there is a huge fight over breakfast she has been quite determined to say that britain will leave the single market will leave the customs union but there are many within parliament who don't believe that this is the right way forward and who are now trying to influence it and there they want to have a say they want to have a vote before britain leaves the e.u. meaningful very discuss what it is about and of course for for for brussels that means that to reserve may's hand is weakened her hand is weakened and of course comes the question what about her government is already on shaky footing and one of our birds didn't sell for many years a second referendum now more likely. well breaks it itself it's something that is on people's minds who are following
politics i think many people on the street really don't want to deal with it on a daily basis so there is a huge divide in the country is second referendum would probably be the only way for some you know the bricks of process to be halted or to be very soft rexx it and different from what reason may is saying now it's not yet on the cards however this is what many m.p.'s are hoping for it could be a first step in this direction it's not yet a given fact that there be many more fights here in london over the direction of brett said hard bricks and soft greg said second referendum yes or no all right our correspondent in london bigger boss bigger thank you very much. there is not much trust to go around it seems when you're talking about briggs it neither in london nor in the european union the european parliament today debated
whether or not to make its recent breaks agreement with britain legally binding one of the key points of discord is the irish border and her recent deal with the e.u. theresa may problem is that there would be no hard border between northern ireland which is part of the u.k. and the republic of ireland which is a member of the european union or promises like that don't mean very much according to one of the leading brics it two years nigel for raj today in the european parliament he predicted there will be a second rexin it's the same story across the whole of the west the aspirations of the people and the aspirations of all political leaders and klaus in a very very different place are the result of her eyes there i'm joined now by tony connelly he is the brussels bureau chief for irish public television r.t.e. he is also the author of the critically acclaimed book brecht sit in ireland the
dangers the opportunities and the inside story of the irish response he has been called the experts expert when it comes to breaks in ireland tony it's good to have you on the show what about that prediction good evening from nigel for raj are we going to see a repeat of bracks in. well for the moment everyone is trying to simply get over this particular hurdle that we've had in the past few months about moving from the first phase of the negotiations into the second phase which will look more specifically the future trading relationship between the u.k. and the e.u. and of course one of the three key hurdles that trees a maze government had to get over was the question of the irish border and how to avoid a hard border in the future in ireland so for the moment the whole question has been about whether she could sign up to something that would meet the aspirations
on the concerns of the average government about preserving the peace process in ireland making sure there isn't a tough customs border along the island along the middle the north northeast of the island and i think that's really where the focus is at the moment but critically i think the the nature of the agreement that was reached last week between the british government and the european commission on how to avoid a border has somewhat narrow the room for maneuver for treason may because they will have to there will have to be regulatory alignments between northern ireland and the republic of ireland and between northern ireland in the u.k. so it kind of binds the u.k. closer to the european model of regulation this is somewhat complicated but i think this is where the focus is at the moment and when i want to pick up on the issue of the ireland the irish border just a moment but i want to get your take on what we saw tonight in london in parliament
in this vote basically a slap in the face to theresa may is her hand now significantly weakened when she returns to the negotiating table with the e.u. . i mean on the surface you would think so but she has been through so many crises in the past few months and she has so far survived those those upheavals on those difficulties so i think the feeling in brussels is that she is safe for the moment because there isn't within the conservative party an obvious replacement because there is still a civil war within the tory cabinet to the direction of travel with break that so she's kind of in place because there's no alternative and i think even with tonight's vote the prevailing wisdom in brussels would be that she still will be there for some time on the significance of that vote i mean it if you think this through if the e.u. and the u.k. go through another twelve sixteen months of negotiation and they reach
a difficult hard fought treaty withdrawal treaty between them what happens if the house of commons rejects the treaty i don't think it's possible that the e.u. will suddenly say well we have to go back to the to square one i think the crisis then would simply fall onto the shoulders of trees in may on the conservative party that would probably be an election but it's inconceivable that the e.u. would simply say right we have to go back to the drawing board. i want to pull up the tweet that you sent out last week that really put the brakes it cat among the pigeons if you will you tweeted that the u.k. will concede no regulatory divergence on the island of ireland on the single market and customs union that draft was an updated with the phrase continued regulatory alignment but both phrases were enough to calls a lot of trouble for a reason may be for our viewers around the world we don't want to get into the
specifics of the border issue but is the irish border issue is it now solved in terms of bracks it. well to make things simple for people at the moment the irish border is virtually invisible because on both sides of the border both northern ireland and the republic of ireland are members of the european union so they all abide by the same regulations on a whole range of things they're both in the single market they're both in the customs union so there is no need for a border once britain leaves the european union of course that poses the immediate problem of customs checks of checks for food products checks for regulatory standards and before you know it you could have a restoration of a hard border in the island of ireland both countries in the e.u. have been trying to figure this out since the break that referendum and ultimately the irish government came to the conclusion that the only way really to avoid the border was for britain as
a whole to stay in the customs union and sing the markets or failing that at least northern ireland would remain in the customs union and single market so what happened with the negotiations last week was that they were trying to find a way in which britain would guarantee no hard border on by doing that they would they would say northern stays aligned if you like in regulations what happened was i got side of the the draft text on monday morning and i could see that concession was there that it would either be no regulatory divergence in other words things would stay the same or things would be continuing the way they where and then of the see the who support treason as government were not able to stomach that all right unfortunately we're out of time tony but fascinating talking with you please come back again to the day because i have a feeling there will be more reason to analyze these bricks and talks tony connelly the brussels bureau chief with irish public television r.t.e.
tony thank you thank you very much. well the day is nearly done but as always the conversation continues online you'll find us on twitter either at u.w. news or you can write directly to me off t.v. don't forget to use that hash tag today and remember no matter what happens between now and then tomorrow is another day to see that everybody.
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