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will repeal bill passes, it will transfer a whole slew, thousands of eu regulations, from eu statute books onto british statute books already nets of brexit. —— in readiness of brexit in march 2019. it is midnight. you're watching bbc news. i am clive myrie. our top stories: hurricane irma has hammered florida's coast, causing flooding and leaving millions without electricity. sheer devastation wherever you look. the parking lot is still flooded. there are cars everywhere. ahead of the key parliamentary vote on brexit, big and has asked for support of an orderly departure from the eu. the un says the 300,000 range of muslims who have now fled myanmar art
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victims of ethnic cleansing. —— rohingya muslims. hello. you are watching bbc news. we have reached the end of the debate in the commons on the great repeal bill and the vote will be coming up in the next few minutes or so. these are live pictures of the various mps heading to the division lobbies to cast their votes. let's go to our political correspondence alex forsyth. alex, we had at the end of that debate, david lidington, the justice secretary, focusing on the importance of the great repeal bill and why it needed to go through in
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order to, in his words, and and why it needed to go through in orderto, in his words, and in and why it needed to go through in order to, in his words, and in the words of david davis, the brexit secretary, and the rest of the government, to have an orderly brexit process. but also focusing on the concerns of some conservative mps. we heard from dominic greene, the former attorney general, about these extra power is written into these extra power is written into the bill. but the government believes it needs in order to have a timely brexit process. yes. the cupboard has really been tried to offer reassurance that the powers will not be abused. those powers effectively give the ministers he writes to make changes to the eu law brought into the uk, without having to ta ke brought into the uk, without having to take everything through the whole parliamentary process. the fear, as you say, among some conservative mps, as was many labour mps, is that gives too many unchecked powers to the government. we have an david lidington, who was saying that this will be used for minor things only.
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we are happy to look at ways we can build on some safeguards to offer reassurance that we are not trying to undertake a power grab, here. the question is whether or not they will be enough to persuade mps to back this bill. as you say, the voting is taking place right now. i think it is highly likely that this bill will pass on to the next stage, because, in part, maybe the potential rebellious conservative mps are keeping their powder dry for now. because of this bill passes now, and get approval as we speak, that does not mean it is the end of the process. what comes next is a very detailed examination of this bill. and because of their chairs to make changes and amended. there are some mps, piccadilly on the conservative ventures, it that see that as a real opportunity to get the assurances they want from government written into the legislation. so they are not going to try and block it at this stage. that does not mean that evenif this stage. that does not mean that even if it does pass tonight in the vote on to the next stage that the
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rest of this process in getting a final sign off is going to be plain sailing. there are signs that some labour mps sailing. there are signs that some labourmps are going sailing. there are signs that some labour mps are going to defy the leadership and actually vote for this bill? yes. to keep things have come out. some labour mps recognise that blocking this bill would frustrate the present process, or be seen as doing so in select constituencies. —— labour. many labour supporters want to leave the european union. 0n the site, you have many conservative say that they wa nted have many conservative say that they wanted to stay in the eu. it didn't happen, and they will respect the results. but even among those backing the bill, there are concerns about safeguards. so that is why i think we are still to see lots of discussion about the finer detail, particularly when it comes to those powers. worth noting, though, that the government, and it supporters, many of whom are brexiteers kaymer who in the past have traditionally
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been governed rebels are now find themselves defending the government's position. —— brexiteers, who have in the past been, traditionally, governed rebels —— government rebels. this is the way they see of keeping the country function in. i think it is thought that overriding reason that you are likely to see mps support the passage of the bill to night. thank you, alex. let's talk to our parliamentary correspondent, sean curran, who has watched the whole debate today. first of all, the labour benches, will there be much ofa labour benches, will there be much of a rebellion do you think, from what you have heard, the debate so far? —— labour. what you have heard, the debate so far? -- labour. ithink some of what you have heard, the debate so far? -- labour. i think some of the eurosceptics will support the bill
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because they want to demonstrate that they are on the side of the people that they had campaigned with, and on the side of people that voted out. some, i think, with, and on the side of people that voted out. some, ithink, will likely tow the labour line tonight. they could be some difficulty later on. “— they could be some difficulty later on. —— labour. we had caroline flint, who campaigned for the uk to stay in the european union, but in her constituency, there was a majority for leave. she was a misleading that she was going to d efy misleading that she was going to defy the whip and abstain, said in the vote out, because she is that would be impractical for the vote out, because she is that would be impracticalfor labour to oppose the bill. she also raised the prospect that at this early stage, when mps are just saying that they just agree with the basic principles of the bill, that it was defeated, it could have all sorts of constitutional and parliament to consequences. it will, it assuming
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that it consequences. it will, it assuming thatitis consequences. it will, it assuming that it is positive, progress through parliament. then mps will get to debate the bill and a few other technical issues to do with the bill. but to get through to night and go through to those other stages, that is when it could get particularly sticky for the government, isn't it? it is interesting that we had interventions at the very end, they are, from effectively to lawyers, dominic grieve, and kenneth clarke. they tried to pass the meaning, literally, of these potential landmarks in the henry at the to get out of assurances that this is not what the labour party says it is, a power grab. —— henry viii clauses to get out of. indeed. mps will go on
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to debate this bill practically line by line and get the opportunity to put forward their own changes. the night, when the voting finishes, there will be a big rush towards the officials at the table, where mps will want to start putting down amendments straightaway, so that when they get to debate the details about a month's time. we've had a long debate on the first debate on this bill. we had all day thursday and we have had all day today, with and we have had all day today, with a specially extended day. the government is proposing eight more days, and it is guaranteeing eight hours a debate on each of those days. so we are facing 64 hours of battery debate where they will be going through this, line by line, and arguing, possibly in a very legal, lawyer like way, about what
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particular lines in the building. that will be a big opportunity for keir starmer, dominic grieve, and ken clarke, to put big and under pressure. you have been listening to the debate all day. let for that reflect on what has been said. in this important —— what has been said in this important debate on the grey repelled all. to vote against this isa sin. repelled all. to vote against this is a sin. it is not one that our constituents as he will accept. in re ce nt constituents as he will accept. in recent days, i have heard a number of people, including the foreign secretary, saying that a vote against this bill would be a vote to obstruct the will of the people. that is nonsense. the majority of those who voted, 52%, that voted to
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leave the european union, they expect us to see through leaving the european union, even if he and i don't agree with it. i am not prepared to cede major decisions on our country's future to the prime minister, the three musketeers, and whoever comes after them. sean, the government's argument is that if they don't get the great repeal bill, this could slow down the whole process. as michel barnier said if you weeks ago, the clock is ticking. yes. that was repeated 80 two minutes ago by david lidington, the justice secretary, when he said to mps that there was a deadline that we we re mps that there was a deadline that we were working towards. —— we are working towards. this repeals we were working towards. —— we are working towards. this repeats the i972 working towards. this repeats the 1972 act of parliament that took the uk into what was then called the common market. that is why originally was called the great repeal bill. it also ends the
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supremacy of eu law in the uk, and it does that by basically cutting and pasting all of the eu law and dragging it into british law. the government's argument all along has been that there could be 800 to 1000 changes that would need to be made to the legal system, and notjust in england and wales, but also in scotland, through statutory instruments. they say that ministers in devolved assemblies will also have the powers to make the changes. because it is notjust one legal system within the uk. they want to get the bill through, because once they have completed that, they will then see more big acts of parliament that need to be passed, to deal with the consequences of leaving the european union. so it is a tight timetable. it all needs to be done at the vote by march 200019. one of
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the complaints we have heard in the last few days is that some of the powers in this bill give ministers the opportunity to actually named the opportunity to actually named the date of brexit. so could possibly change that. so possibly a legal point. basically, they have a political deadline of march 200019. it is not just political deadline of march 200019. it is notjust this bill. they need to get things done as well. in all of this, we should not forget the house of lords. 0nce mps have finished their long debate on this, it will start all over again in the house of lords, where it is a lot more difficult for the government. they don't necessarily have the ability to control the length of the debate. of course, they don't always have a majority when it comes to the vote. a very important point about the house of lords. we are seeing the house of lords. we are seeing the chamber filling again. the house of lords. we are seeing the chamberfilling again. it the house of lords. we are seeing the chamber filling again. it was empty at about 30 or 40 seconds ago. now it is completely full as the mps return after having cast their vote. we will get a result fairly shortly. the debate, as well, sean, it is
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obviously the referendum on whether or not britain should leave the eu, split the country. we are seeing those divisions within the ruling establishment, as it were. all those men and women in the commons, there. we got a flavour of the divisions within the conservative party. the visions within the labour party. this is a very divisive process. yes, and we should not forget that a lot of the senior figures that we have seen debating of the last few days were people who have been on one side of the argument or the other. david lidington, he was david cameron's europe minister for quite a long time. he made the case in parliament many times for britain's membership of the european union. now he is a senior member of the cabinet arguing for mps to back the eu withdrawal bill. and we have known that there have been different views on labour as well. so it has not been a straightforward debate.
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it has been a debate that has required some politician to say look, this is not what i want, and we will now get the result on the first vote on labour's amendment. order! the ayes to the right, 296. the nos to the left, 318. thank you. the nos to the left, 318. thank you. the ayes to the right, 296. the nos to the left, 318. so have it on the nose have it. —— so the nos have it. clear the lobby. ok. that was the
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labour amendment. we were not expect me to go through, were we? know. very often you have that one vote where it should have a second reading. labour put down a recent amendment, setting out the reasons in black and white why the opposition does not want the bill to go through. as we saw there, the government actually one that so pretty comfortably, for a government which technically does not have a majority in the house of commons. now we are going on to the second reading, the second vote of the night. we should get that result in about 15 minutes. but if this first result is any indication, then, yes, the bill will get a second reading, which clears it the way for it to begin its journey through parliament. ok. we will leave it there for the next few minutes. thank you forjoining us, sean. we willjoin you again when we get that all—important willjoin you again when we get that all—importa nt second vote willjoin you again when we get that all—important second vote on the great repeal bill. we move on now.
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this is our brexit clock. this is ticking towards march 2019. there have been three rounds of face—to—face negotiations and as yet, no decisions. the extra bill, the irish border and theirfuture rights of citizens. all i hear, says michel barnier, if the tick of the clock and the frustrations on both sides are simmering. it is clear that the uk, how can we build trust and start discussing the future
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relationship? lim i think it is fair to say we have seen some concrete progress. --i think it is fair to say. the uk's approach is more pragmatic as it involves less disruption for business. which, all in all, leaves us with a big question mark. has any progress being made? the only thing that has shifted slightly is the —— there is no direction shift. it is all about sorting out article 50 and the quicker we do that, the quicker we talk about trade. they want an agreement with the eu by october.
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nothing happens the ages and at the 11th hour, everyone panics. when we get to the end of september and 0ctober, get to the end of september and october, we will see things start to move. david davis will be hoping thatis move. david davis will be hoping that is the case. there are things to get through, though. let's look at some of the key milestones in the months ahead. the next face—to—face meeting is next week on the 18th of september which has become even more important after a summer of slow progress. david davis is pushing for rolling weekly meetings. we might get more clarity when the crucial german election is out of the way. there are two big leader summits before the end of the year and we can expect a showdown at this one in 0ctober can expect a showdown at this one in october and then there is another one in december will stop if the timetable slips. before this, the final brexit meeting of the year, eu ambassadors meeting on the 20th of
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december. remember, as time ticks by, business leaders here on the uk are waiting on the sidelines, delaying crucial thing is the coming yea rs. delaying crucial thing is the coming years. how long can they wait? the next three months will be critical in shaping future brexit deal and if it any point in this process, we may well be back to square one. 0h, it any point in this process, we may well be back to square one. oh, and from our starting point here to the final meeting on the 20th of december, it is exactly 100 days. christian fraser there. bringing you up christian fraser there. bringing you up to date for the rest of the day's news. in florida and in parts of the caribbean government and aid agencies are preparing for one of the biggest relief operations the region has ever seen. hurricane irma has now been down—graded to a storm but as it travelled across the caribbean to florida it killed at least 30 people and caused widespread destruction. in florida itself, up to six million homes have suffered power cuts.
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the foreign secretary borisjohnson has said the uk will continue to ramp up the humanitarian efforts to help those affected by hurricane irma in the british 0verseas territories across the caribbean. we always have preparations for the hurricane season in the caribbean and we had the are s a in net whole time. the british response has been very good and what we are trying to do now is get those islands back up on their feet. they have had a terrible time. don't forget, we have another hurricane going through. we can't bring in supplies and kit and bring in planes when the huge winds are building up again. this evening — british troops have
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arrived to help the relief operation in the turks and caicos islands — a british overseas territory. 0ur correspondent nick bryant is one of the first journalists to get to the islands after the hurricane — and he's just sent this report. the turks and caicos islands are amongst the most idyllic in the entire caribbean. the country's motto is ‘beautiful by nature' but those words now sound like a cruel taunt. in the wake of hurricane irma and the aftermath of the 160 mile—per—hour winds that wrecked so much of this country. that is a bedroom and that's another bedroom... that was the bathroom and another bedroom over there. homes and possessions that took a lifetime to accumulate, scattered to the winds in a matter of seconds. daphne williams had lived here the 27 years, it was the home to five adults and four children. people say seeing is believing and i see it but i cannot believe it. now her family is homeless and she doesn't know what the next few months will bring. i have no idea but i still trust
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in god, believe in him that whatever happen, he will take us through. this is a british 0verseas territory. they sing the anthem god save the queen and people have british passports so there has been anger on this island about the absence of a uk—led aid effort. people feel not so much like british citizens but castaways. jackie grew up being told by her mother that the british would be there to help, that the royal navy was just over the horizon. she feels badly let down. my message is to step up to the plate, come now and help us, send relief. we don't want no more speeches, we don't want no more lip service, or pack your bags and leave because if you are not helping you are hurting the turks and caicos islands. only in the last few hours, a contingent of marines have arrived.
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up until now, local people have had to be self—sufficient. inhabitants in what for now is a grim place, trying to restore its beauty, trying to rebuild their lives. the united nations security council has unanimously stepped up sanctions against north korea, following the country's sixth and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month. the council have imposed a ban on the country's textile exports and capping imports of crude oil. it was the ninth sanctions resolution unanimously adopted by the 15—member council since 2006 over north korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes. the us ambassador to the un said that they were done trying to prod the regime into doing the right thing. the images from space of north—east asia show brightness and prosperity, and a dark lonely space that is north korea. the images is a good
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illustration of where the north korean regime is today. alone, dark and getting darker. north korea's trading partners and neighbours and the entire international community are united against its illegal actions. today's resolution builds on what were already the deepest cutting sanctions ever levelled against north korea. we have been down this road before. the security council has expressed its condemnation. we have levelled sanctions. but, today is different. we are acting in response to a dangerous new development. north korea's september three test of acclaimed hydrogen bomb. today, we are seeing the world will never accept a nuclear armed north korea and today, the security council as saying that if the north korean regime does not halt its nuclear programme, we will act to stop it ourselves. nikki haley there.
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what's happening to the rohingya muslims in myanmar seems to be ‘a textbook example of ethnic cleansing', that's according to the top human rights official for the united nations. but the government of myanmar, the mainly buddhist country formerly known as burma, says it's been provoked into using military force. the violence began over a fortnight ago after rohingya militants were accused of attacking police stations. after a military response, more than 300 thousand rohingya fled to neighbouring bangladesh. for the first time, energy from offshore wind power in the uk is now cheaper than electricity from new nuclear power stations. it's down to it requiring less government subsidy. environmental groups said it shows that ministers should prioritise investing in the growing offshore industry. nuclear firms said the uk still needs a mix of low carbon energy, especially when wind power is not available. two british soldiers, and a third man will appear before westminster magistrates in the morning charged under terror laws.
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they face a number of charges in connection with accusations they were members of a banned neo—nazi group. a lorry driver has appeared in court charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving. david wagstaff, seen here on the left, also faces four counts of causing serious injury. it follows a crash on the m1 motorway last month. all of those killed were travelling in a minibus. he'll re—appear in court next month. the labour leader of birmingham city council has resigned after weeks of industrial action over bins. in a statement posted on twitter, john clancy said that "frenzied media speculation" about the dispute was harming the council. badger culling has been given approval in 11 new areas of england to tackle tuberculosis in cattle. badgers are carriers of tb and culling will now take place across devon, dorset, somerset, wiltshire and cheshire. a badger vaccination programme is also being restarted. we are waiting for the vote on the
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great repeal bill. we saw the mps go out to the division lobbies. they are now back and so we should be expecting that result in the next couple of minutes or so. 0ur parliamentary correspondent is standing by. sean, from the debate, desert seem to you that there will be potentially enough conservative rebels to upset the government's plans? i think it will all depend on who comes up with proposals to tackle this controversy about these powers that ministers will be given to change the law without having to have a lot of parliamentary scrutiny. they think it is definitely the case that some
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conservatives in the past have been very concerned about what is known as delegated legislation and the ability of governments to change the law without having to have full parliamentary debates and votes or without having to have acts of parliament so that, i think, could be one of the pressure points but i think the government will be looking to get over this first hurdle and then you could say it has got the bill on its way and then it will be up bill on its way and then it will be up to ministers to make the case during these lengthy debates on the details. but of course they will be looking to make the arguments we have heard a bit today. that this is tidying up powers. it is not their intention to make dramatic changes and if ministers do not have this power, the government argues, then you are going to need hours and hours more of parliamentary time and they just simply won't be able
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hours more of parliamentary time and theyjust simply won't be able to get everything done in the normal timeframe, let alone in this increased timeframe and we have this deadline where everything must be done by march 2019. it was interesting, we had one mp this evening, and ump, basically saying, well, maybe we should be looking at cutting down the amount of time parliament is on recess. —— a new mp. that is the sort of thing that is being talked about in the background at some point, that somehow they would need to find more parliamentary time to deal with these brexit proposals. in recent yea rs, these brexit proposals. in recent years, government business has not been discussed. government legislation has not been discussed on thursday. now comes the crucial vote. the ayes to the right, 326, the nays
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to the left 290. so the ayes have it. the ayes have it. unlock. programme motion to be moved formally will stop thank you. the question is as on the order paper. all those in favour say aye. contrary, said nos. the measure! clear the lobby. that is vote number three that is taking place, and that is on the details and how many hours will be set aside for mps to debate

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