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this is bbc news, i'm clive myrie live at westminster. the headlines at 8pm. the eyes to the right: 324. nose brought the micro —— the noes to the left: 298. the government avoids a major defeat on its brexit bill after a late concession to rebel mps. i now have confidence and trust in the prime minister that we will have a detailed discussion about what needs to be put into the bill when it goes back to the lords. they will get put back in the lords, and then come back to the commons. it's actually absolutely essential that the decision was taken by the people is a sovereign act of parliament. that gave the people the right to leave, they've done it, and this is a great victory for the government. this is the scene live in the commons where more votes are taking place on the eu withdrawal bill. i'm ben brown, the other main stories on bbc news at 8pm. making history with a handshake, us president donald trump
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and north korea's kimjong—un meet in singapore. thank you very much, it's fantastic. the leaders signed a document pledged by mr kim that would rid north korea of its nuclear weapons. we have developed a very special bond, so people will be very impressed and very happy, and we will take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world. translation: we had an historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind. we are about to sign an historic document. a man alleged to be a member of a banned neo—nazi group admits planning to murder the labour mp rosie cooper. the leading brexiteer arron banks tells mps there's "no evidence" he was involved in a conspiracy with russian officials. and the england world cup team arrive in st petersburg,
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ahead of their opening group g match against tunisia, on monday good evening and welcome to bbc news live from westminster. the government has averted what would have been a deeply damaging defeat for its brexit strategy. by a majority of 26 votes, mps rejected a lords amendment to the eu withdrawal bill, which would have given parliament extensive powers over the rest of the brexit process. for much of the afternoon, ministers appeared to be in danger of losing, until they offered conservative rebels a greater say for the commons on any final deal agreed with the eu. our political editor, laura kuenssberg reports. the ayes to the right: 324.
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the noes to the left: 298. they got there. the government avoided defeat on an attempt to give parliament more power over brexit. 324! but it wasn't pretty. the day hadn't started well. why are we watching shaky footage of an obscure political event first thing in the morning? i am very sad to announce that i feel i must resign. because that government minister just quit over brexit on a day where every vote counts. i will be issuing a statement. a hero, to others, a villain. today's push and pull is over the so—called meaningful vote. the lord said parliament needed more power to tell ministers what to do if the final brexit deal is rejected.
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but ministers think that is a dangerous trap, and spent the day twisting arms to stop it happening. they want to result —— reversed the result of the referendum. and nothing we do will be organised to allow reversal in the result of the referendum. none of the lordship amendments in any way seek to frustrate the brexit process or allow... 0r allow this house to overturn the referendum result. there was no holding back for the now ex—minister. i urge my parliamentary colleagues to follow my lead and vote to give our great institution, this house of commons, our constituents, and our country the powers it needs to leave our children a legacy of which we can all be proud. there were nerves in lots of mps offices as the debate began. stephen hammond's one of the key tory remain rebels making life difficult for the government.
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it's not clear yet how it will finish, but i'm hopeful that the government realises what real concern there is, and also hope that the government will listen to what has been said. right now, it's one of those increasingly common days in westminster where no one can be sure quite where things will end up. tory mp andrea jenkins campaigned the other way, to leave the european union. you don't believe in democracy! she's proudly probably still making the case and give up her governmentjob to do so. what i find incredibly frustrating is... the house of commons is the elected house, and i feel it the amendments that at the house of lords is trying to bring in are literally trying to stop exit. —— brexit. but watch, this came close. very close. the man sidling up the steps
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on the left to sit down is the government's chief whip, the man in charge of making sure the government never loses. having a casual chat with some possible rebels. a promise made that the government would after all budge, the three behind mp standing discuss what to do, stick or twist. i and the government are looking very carefully at amendments which might be tabled in the other place. and that will be the product of any discussion that i have with the right honourable gentleman. translation: a promise for ministers, they will consider giving parliament more powers. the government chose to bend rather than break. no surprise though. the tory party's having to strain so much to put on a show when the cabinet itself is divided. their backbenchers perhaps teaching the government what it really means to strike a deal. with me is the conservative mp, andrew bridgen. it's good to see you, thanks for
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joining us. what do you make of this idea that the government has put forward this concession to those tory mps who are willing to rebel today, to convince them that it was worth not signing up to that lords amendment on mps having a meaningful vote 7 amendment on mps having a meaningful vote? let's be clear, that lords amendment i9 vote? let's be clear, that lords amendment 19 was a wrecking amendment 19 was a wrecking amendment that would have potentially destroyed any prospect of brexit, and also destroyed any prospect of getting a good deal out of the eu. it has been defeated, and what we've seen today is all the lords amendments that have been defeated whereby healthy majorities. we have another debate tomorrow, and there'll be some debate over what concessions have actually been given by the government, and that will come back and haunt us tomorrow and later on in the week. the lords will disagree with everything you've just said about there are amendments being wrecking amendments... being wrecking they said about there are amendments being wrecking they admitted themselves that they were wrecking amendments, they said it would stop
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brexit. having said all that, the concession was made, and it was strongly enough put to convince some backbench tory mps that parliament will have a meaningful say at some point during this whole process. if that doesn't happen, then the government has effectively lied. there is some disagreement, i've spoken to ministers tonight about what concessions have been made. i've only heard second—hand about what the potential rebels think they've got. we just heard the solicitor general making clear that he would be willing to put down a motion in the house of lords. let's see what that motion will say, this is all to pay for the future. at the end of the day, if we're going to have a veto of the deal in the house of commons, that will encourage the european union to make it much harderfor european union to make it much harder for the european union to make it much harderfor the prime european union to make it much harder for the prime minister and negotiators to make a deal that will
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be acceptable. it's really undermining our negotiating position, and i don't think i can happen. we have an unelected house of lords seeking to overthrow the decisions that the democratic will of the people, which was decided by 6-1 of the people, which was decided by 6—1 in the house of commons. we gave the people the vote, and they voted to leave the eu. that would be very damaging for democracy and every member of parliament if we don't come through for the people on this. what you think the in brussels and those who will lead that side of the negotiations, what will they think? we would like more unity in the house. all of these votes undercut —— undermine our negotiating and make it harder, they will encourage the eu to stick out for a very hard deal. thank you forjoining us. our political correspondent, chris mason, has been at the houses of parliament today and hejoins me now. confusion this evening as to just
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how watertight this concession actually is that was put forward by the government whips and the government itself to those backbenchers to stop them potentially voting for that lords amendment? absolutely. when both sides on a day like this claim victory, confusion is the only thing you can conclude. we know the government has barred its way through another day, after what seemed like a high likelihood of defeat on this whole question of the meaningful vote. but the essence of the question tonight is precisely, what is it the government has offered to those remain conservative mps who were threatening to rebel today? because you speak to some in government who say that they immediately agreed to talk, and you speak to some who were tempted to
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rebel and say it's much more concrete than that, they're much we re concrete than that, they're much were confident the government is willing to move somewhere to empower parliament to a greater extent at the point of that vote and after it thenit the point of that vote and after it then it was before, even if it's not willing to have —— have all the power to the mps if it's defeated on its final brexit deal. robert butland, the government minister who was publicly negotiating with his colleague during some of the discussions in the comments this afternoon... we may get a little bit more of an insight from him there about precisely what compromise they're willing to table on this. but what we can certainly say is the government has made itself through another day, but there are still big moments to come, both on this question, the mechanics of delivering brexit, as well as the flavour of brexit and those rows about customs which might have been
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found, but certainly haven't gone away entirely. thank you very much. joining me now to discuss today's events in the house of commons i'm joined by katy balls, political correspondent for the the spectator and george eaton, political editor of the new statesman. thank you both forjoining. this whole idea of a compromise, this concession the government has put forward , concession the government has put forward, this confusion as to whether or not they've done that, but it was certainly enough earlier in the day to convince the backbench mps who were thinking of rebelling not to rebel? i think anyone who says they know exactly what's going on is probably sitting right now. —— telling a fib. tory mps, labour mps, brexit mps all have different ideas. but what is clear is that... rebels decide not to do that because they have something. but now the
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government tends to row back or there was a misunderstanding. right now it's not clear, maybe it will be clear on monday when we start to see the wording. that the interesting thing, george. this potential motion that will be put forward by the assistant general on behalf of the government in the lords. what does i have to say to keep those rebels on side of the tory party? what ultimately has to say is that whatever the dates, they will get a meaningful vote on the government's deal, essentially meaning that they get to direct the government's response to mps voting down the agreement, rather than the response to mps voting down the agreement, ratherthan the ukjust crashing out with no deal. dominic greene, one of the lever mainers, has said he is comfortable they will get a meaningful vote, and notjust forced to choose between a bad deal and no deal, they will get the chance to improve the deal and extend negotiations. that's the kind of concession i think the government will have to make. katie, if that's the case and brussels is seeing all that play out, that is their
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interpretation, does that mean we're heading for a brexit? if that's the case, in theory it moves any incentive to offer a deal that the uk current government is looking for. why do that if they are... they just hang on and >> doug:? just hang on and >> doug: ? that's just hang on and >> doug:? that's why just hang on and >> doug: ? that's why it's so true today for what meaningful means. the government is giving us fudge, and on monday we will probably see a very small concession. we've already heard official government statements saying they will not do everything that will bind their hands in the negotiations. it's hard to see how doing what george suggests would be ok with them. the likes of you and in —— and your bridge in and ian duncan smith, any suggestion or motion coming from —— that might lead the parliament having a meaningful say does bind her hand, doesn't it? yes, at the moment, you have what is an unresolved conflict.
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ultimately one side or the other will have to back down, the better —— battle will have to back down, the better — — battle has will have to back down, the better —— battle has been affirmed rather than resolved. but even when you strip out what mps are up to, print has been edging towards a softer brexit for a while, and that's because the irish border question has not been answered in a way that the eu accepts. many believe that britain will ultimately have to remain ina britain will ultimately have to remain in a customs union to avoid a ha rd remain in a customs union to avoid a hard irish border, and also to retain elements of the single market, which could ultimately, if brussels insist there can't be cherry picking, all of the uk has to stay in the single market. that's the greatest challenge the brexiteers face. we've talked a lot about the problems within the conservative party, but what about labour? tamara, a customs union, the eea, that will cause problems for the labour party, because we know the labour party, because we know the front bench thinks one thing and the front bench thinks one thing and the backbenchers think another thing ona the backbenchers think another thing on a customs union. labour has
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probably a clearer divide and the conservatives, but that's because the labour party leadership is not content with just a customs union type brexit, they want to bring the single market into that, and i think tomorrow the vote will highlight how much pressurejeremy corbyn is in. but given his or her rotation as a rebel and his strong mind, i don't even “— rebel and his strong mind, i don't even —— think a heavy rebellion will change his mind on this. thank you both forjoining. votes are continuing this evening, there was no vote on the northern ireland amendment, the lords amendment on that. the government has one on the devolution lords amendment. it's been a pretty good day for theresa may so far, one would suggest. but tomorrow could be completely different, we will see what happens. it's back to you, then. it was an extraordinary moment at an unprecedented summit.
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president trump and kim jong—un walked towards each other in front of the world's media, and then shook hands in front of north korean and american flags. it's the first time in history that a sitting us president has met a north korean leader. after a face—to—face meeting, they signed an agreement to work to rid the korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. president trump later announced that america would suspend its military exercises in the region. but critics are already saying that the summit lacked substance. our north america editorjon sopel reports from singapore. it was carefully choreographed, dramatically staged, and yet still somehow utterly unbelievable. both men walking stiffly with nervous smiles. the handshake lasted 12 seconds, the president saying "it was an honour to meet kim
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jong—un". has north korea ever been given a platform like this? nine months ago, donald trump was calling him "little rocket man". and little rocket man was calling him a "mentally deranged dotard". now they're walking together and sharing a laugh. i feel really great, we will have a great discussion. i think it's been a tremendous success, we've been tremendously successful. from kimjong—un, a rather different rhetorical style. "it hadn't been easier to get here, he" said. "the past had act as fetters on our limbs, and old prejudices worked as obstacles, but we overcame all of them". the pair met with just their translators initially, and were then joined by officials.
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the talks lasted most of the morning. detractors have said this meeting would be nothing more than a glorified photo op. it's much more than that, but there were enough pictures to fill an album. there was the balcony scene. the walk in the gardens. and the boys—and—their—toys moment, when chairman kim wanted to see inside the beast, the president's famous limo. but then came the important moment, the signing of a document apparently committing north korea to complete denuclearization, even if it was rather longer on intent and concrete steps to get there. would you like to say something to the press? translation: we had an historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind. the document contained four key points. agreeing to establish new relations, joining together to build a lasting and sta ble together to build a lasting and stable peace, working towards the com plete stable peace, working towards the complete denuclearization of the
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korean peninsula, and recovering the remains of prisoners of war. korean peninsula, and recovering the remains of prisoners of wari billion people and planet earth... the journalists were shown a propaganda style video produced by the americans, extolling the great deed colourised future ahead. two men, two leaders, one destiny. but missing from it, any agreement with two key us demands, that the process must be irreversible and verifiable, and that look like a victory for the north koreans. and that was a repeated question for donald trump. the north koreans had reneged on promises before. so why would this time be different with jell—o promises before. so why would this time be different withjell—o you have a different administration, different president. you have a different president. you have a different secretary of state. you have people that are, it's very important to them, and we get it done. the other groups, it maybe wasn't a priority. i don't think they could've done it if it was a
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priority. and other victory for the north koreans seem to be this declaration from the us president, a pledge that of south korea by surprise. we will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money. but u nless we tremendous amount of money. but unless we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should, we will be sending a terminus amount of money. plus, i think it's very pretty —— provocative. of money. plus, i think it's very pretty -- provocative. the president lavished praise on kimjong—un, but this brought this question. the man you met today, kimjong—un, as this brought this question. the man you met today, kim jong—un, as you know, has killed family members, start his own people. why are you so comfortable calling him very talented? he is very talented, anyone that takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough, i would say... i don't say anything about it, and very few people at that age, you can take one out of
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10,008 could do a. and then donald trump, the former property developer, set up the good —— economic opportunities for north korea and peace with its neighbours. they have great beaches. you see that whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean. i said, wouldn't that make a great condo? and i explained, saying instead of doing that, you could have the best hotels in the world right there. from this remarkable meeting ground where the flags fly side by side, donald trump now sees a future where the us and north korea are working together. the word historic is often overused, but todayit historic is often overused, but today it was justified. extraordinary strides have been taken to get to this point. but it's what happens next that is really crucial. how do you ensure that north korea keeps its word on denuclearization? to that question, donald trump said that you'll have to trust him. my colleague christian fraser is in singapore. great optics and theatre. but at the
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end of the day, what has actually been achieved? the us said all along that they wanted denuclearization to be verifiable and irreversible, but there were no concrete indications as to how that would happen? you're quite right, behind all the pageantry, what else do we have it in this 1—page document? quite simply, if you put alongside the agreement signed in 2005 during the six party talks, or alongside the 1992 agreement, all the way back with kim jong—un's father, they look pretty much the same. this is all about process, and i think what disappoints the academic community who are here in force this week, is that the administration themselves, who increased the expectation, people saying, isn't there a back channel, is there something we don't
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know here? they‘ re channel, is there something we don't know here? they're saying things are going quicker than they might have expected, and yet it looks exactly the same. so what they will need in the same. so what they will need in the weeks and months to come is some commitment from the north korean side for verification. what do they have, where is it, and how much of it is there? could they be readmitted to the nonproliferation treaty? if you pull down the north korean nuclear programme, what about the experts in technology that they have a north korea? what's to stop it going elsewhere into other nefarious comp —— countries? it's an enormously, gated process dude do you colourised north korea, and what was particularly surreal is that the comments on the beach or this economic utopia for north korea. we are nowhere near that, we are months and years away from the final goal. what does it say about donald trump that he seems to find easier talking toa that he seems to find easier talking to a dictator than he does to his supposed friends like the canadian prime minister at the g7? he like
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strongman, and we've seen it before, he warms to vladimir putin, to xi jinping, and to kimjong—un. he doesn't particularly want to micro warrant to justin trudeau. allies will strike that —— scratch that heads, particularly south korea, because the one thing not in this document was this commitment he made to stopping the military games on the korean pullets were —— peninsula. we now found out that the chinese knew about it before they even got together today. either he was lead by the north koreans, or it was lead by the north koreans, or it was agreed in the party talk yesterday, and no one thought to advise the south koreans what was going on. but hejust sort advise the south koreans what was going on. but he just sort of speaks of the attitude that donald trump has towards traditional allies. he's talked this week about nato and the fa ct talked this week about nato and the fact that they spend more than the germans. he's talked aboutjustin trudeau being a backstab her. he's not informed the south koreans about
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the war games, which they see as paramount as a conventional deterrent. and yet here he is backslapping kim jong—un, handshakes, it leaves people scratching their heads. thank you for being with us. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the broadcaster and labour peer, dame joan bakewell, and the former pensions minister, baroness ros altmann. a 23—year—old man from lancashire has pleaded guilty to plotting to murder his mp. jack renshaw admitted buying a machete with the intention of killing labour's rosie cooper and threatening to kill a police officer. he's one of six men who deny being members of the banned neo—nazi group, national action. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports.
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jack renshaw, 23 years old, a man accused of being a neo—nazi, who today dramatically admitted planning to kill a labour mp and threatening to kill a police officer. who was investigating him for grooming children for sex. the prosecution say he'd already bought a machete, a kind described by its manufacturers as "19 inches of unprecedented piercing and slashing power. " and christopher lythgoe is the man accused of being the secret leader of the group, who encouraged him to carry out the murder. we should've been fighting the communists! this man was banned for being purely racist and celebrating the murder ofjo cox, mp. along with four other men, they are charged with being members of national action, a group banned by the home secretary duncan akin said and explained that
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lastjuly, jack renshaw was planning to kill an lastjuly, jack renshaw was planning to killan mp lastjuly, jack renshaw was planning to kill an mp himself. he laid out his idea to some of his group at this table upstairs in a pub in warrington. the prosecution say that jack renshaw told the group that his plan was to murder his local mp, rosie cooper, take some hostages and then kill a female detective who had been investigating him. before himself being shot by armed police. the plan to kill rosie cooper was uncovered because the antiracism organisation hope not hate had a mole in the group, robbie mullen, who was also there at the pub that night. according to robbie mullen, jack renshaw wanted to carry out the murder in the name of national action, and that night christopher lythgoe gave his approval. christopher lythgoe denies that and all six men deny being members of national action after it was banned. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the old bailey. tomas has the weather.
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the weather today was hit and miss. some of us were stuck underneath the clouds, others had clear group —— clear blue skies. tomorrow, a few light showers in the forecast, but the bulk of the day on wednesday is looking absolutely fine. this is the forecast for the next few hours, clear skies across many parts of the uk, we will talk about this weather system in a second. but it is quieter tonight and into tomorrow morning, temperatures in towns and cities will be around the 10 degrees mark. during the daytime on wednesday, the weather is looking mostly fine across england and wales, with sunny spells, a couple of light showers, but then later in the day, the weather will go downhill in the northwest of the country. after sunset, we will see those winds picking up in northern ireland and western parts of
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scotland. the forecast is that heavy rain and gaels will be sweeping across northern parts of the british isles into thursday. soap battened down for tomorrow night. this is bbc news, our latest headlines: the government has headed off a damaging defeat in the commons over its brexit policy.
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mps have rejected a series of lords amendments to the eu withdrawal bill. making history with a handshake. president trump hails his talks with kim jong un as ‘tremendous'. the leaders signed an agreement committing themselves to de—nuclearisation on the korean peninsula. an alleged member of the banned neo—nazi group national action, has admitted plotting to murder the west lancashire mp rosie cooper. 23—year—old jack renshaw also admitted threatening to kill a police officer. the businessman arron banks, who donated millions of pounds to the leave the eu, campaign has told a committee of mps there's no evidence of any conspiracy with russia. and wage growth in the first part of this year has fallen unexpectedly, despite unemployment dropping to a record low. let's get more now on today's historic summit between president trump and kim jong un.
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it certainly is an extraordinary turn of events with donald trump now saying he's formed a special bond with the north korean leader. so what impact could that have? this report from our seoul correspondent, laura bicker, contains flashing images from the start. it was a stunning moment for south koreans in singapore. they told me their hearts were racing as they watched. full of hope but also relief that these two leaders are talking instead of declaring war. this woman could not wait to phone her mum, who was born in pyongyang. "after seeing this, i suddenly thought how i wanted to go back to north korea before i die," she says. "mum, i want your dream to come true.
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i want you to step back on north korean land." in seoul, moonjae—in admitted he had had a sleepless night but looked jubilant at the meeting, which was partly the result of his careful diplomacy. but donald trump had a surprise for him. he pledged to end what he described as war games, joint military exercises between south korea and the us. they have always angered the north. this will worry neighbouring japan, as will mr trump's suggestion to remove troops from the peninsula in the future. it's a mistake to cancel alljoint us—south korean military exercises. the united states needs to maintain a sufficient level of readiness
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and preparedness on the peninsular because the north korean threat is still there. kimjong—un has now signed two agreements to denuclearise, the first was in april but both lack detail. he has destroyed his main nuclear test site and has promised to dismantle another. but he could be hiding up to 60 nuclear weapons and it is not clear he is letting inspectors in to find them. that is why many will find today's announcement disappointing. kim jong—un is now leaving the island of sentosa, having gained the summit and the status he has longed for. he says the world will change, the problem is, we're not sure what that change may mean. kim jong—un has promised to avoid the mistakes of the past.
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failed policies in the 19905 led to a famine which killed thousands. his father and grandfather built weapons while people went hungry. the missile launches have stopped for now and china appears eager to help, already pushing for sanctions to be lifted. today, north korea took its first tentative steps out of the shadows. butjust how far it is prepared to go is still uncertain. laura bicker, bbc news, singapore. with me is michael clarke, former director of the royal united services institute. a long—time observer of north korea. what did you make of this so—called agreement and this extraordinary summit, whatever you think about it, it was extraordinary. amazing to see these two men together on the world
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stage. but in concrete terms, what has actually been achieved? concrete terms, very little. the north koreans have offered what they offered twice before. 1992 and 2005. and kimjong—un offered twice before. 1992 and 2005. and kim jong—un offer all this offered twice before. 1992 and 2005. and kimjong—un offer all this last month on the 27th of april. with this talks with the south korean leader. nothing from the north korean side. commitment to that. his father and grandfather always that but he opposite on the basis of having nuclear capabilities now. he's a stronger position now. we shouldn't be too jealous about those. this is pure hollywood at dinner. did there sometimes matter in politics. if it is the case that kimjong—un has in politics. if it is the case that kim jong—un has been in politics. if it is the case that kimjong—un has been given this international status, may want to play after that status and show that north korea has changed, maybe there isa north korea has changed, maybe there is a process that can work into something. but it is impossible to believe really that he would
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willingly give up north korea's the leader capabilities without something very concrete in terms. —— nuclear capabilities. in talking about a process, is talking about verifying the new garage nation. sending hundreds of their buyers and observers nuclear experts into north korea. that is right. on a continuing basis. so when verification has taken place in the past like in iraq inspectors coming go and do spot inspections and it is deeply wanting to a nation sense of sovereignty to have international inspectors come in to say i want to look at this. i know noses. —— on no notice. the only organisation that can do that is the iaea. the united nations international atomic energy agency or do. that might be a good thing. it will require literally hundreds of the vectors because this nuclear programme the north koreans haveis nuclear programme the north koreans have is far more complex than that which iraq had and involves more than just weapons, the fabrication
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process and a restaurant process. and of course the weaponization. there are literally hundreds of sites, many of them hidden deep underground and it would be a major undertaking and the north koreans, evenif undertaking and the north koreans, even if they agree to an outcome i'm sure would be pushing back against it in six months‘ time when inspectors arrive. the only real surprise concession if you like a from donald trump. when he said we will suspend military exercises, with south korea. war games. that ta ke with south korea. war games. that take everybody by surprise including some of his own us military commanders. the people who didn't ta ke commanders. the people who didn't take by surprise with the chinese. information this evening that the foreign minister seem to imply that the chinese knew about this yesterday. and the americans may be had this as a possible concession and getting use it in then trump mentioned it. i hide away, it is a very strange thing because it wea ke ns very strange thing because it weakens the military relationship between america and south america. that will go down well stal. —— will
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not go down well and seoul orjapan. here we are again with allies feeling he is going to a cake and where america adversaries and some of the biggest dictators spin they can of the biggest dictators spin they ca n cosy of the biggest dictators spin they can cosy up them. not a very healthy situation. thank you michael. thus continue the discussion. we can get the dots of abraham, director of the age of programme. —— we can get the age of programme. —— we can get the dots. —— asia programme. and debbie tanner said the for east asia under the obama administration. thank you for being with us. —— deputy secretary. some allies will say president obama never got something like this done. and when i went summit with kim jong—un. maybe donald trump added to something today. that is true. president obama did not meet with kimjong—un. the challenge of course is that meeting with kim jong—un conveyed to have a terminus amount of legitimacy. he
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can now show his people that he is among recognised as one of the top leaders in the world of the north korean flag sat next to an equal to the american flag. an guy kim jong—un disrespected by the worlds most powerful. —— is suspected. they gave away really very little to nothing in order to get that legitimacy. of course, the meeting was a star but whether or not it achieved a denuclearization, or something substantial, something worthy up a large concession, very much remains to be seen. what is your hunch? do you think? without no concrete steps in terms of pathway to denuclearization, we didn‘t hear anything about verification, but could this be the first step along that path or is thatjust being too optimistic? i have very sceptical
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personally. north korea has been pursuing nuclear weapons for decades. kim jong—un actually accelerated north korea‘s pursuit of these weapons and testing of those weapons and ballistic missiles. in his new year‘s address just a few months ago, he continued to impress nuclear weapons as essential to preserving north korea‘s sovereignty. that is not going to get rolled back into 15 minute meeting. it still remains to be seen. meeting. it still remains to be seen. he did agree to complete denuclearization of the korean peninsula. it is worth to have a diplomatic process to fill it out, but i am personally very sceptical that north korea is actually interested in denuclearization. and as writer looking to engage with the world and engaged as a normal country in a nuclear power similar to how india and pakistan in other countries have done. some people have said that donald trump look
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more comfortable with kim jong—un the north korea dictator, than he did with it the g7 allies and canada. but maybe, just maybe it ta kes a canada. but maybe, just maybe it takes a man like donald trump to do a deal, a meaningful weapons to, denuclearization deal with the north koreans. i think he definitely understands the optics. believe very firmly that the importance of a personal relationship. at least was with himself and the north korea leader. he very much focused on that personal relationship. what are not that has any consequence remains to be seen but i think it is important to remember who we are doing with. kimjong—un to remember who we are doing with. kim jong—un does not like any other world leader. he has directly caused the death of thousands of his fellow countrymen. including members of his own family. imprison thousands more. responsible for the death of dozens of south koreans. and he has accorded to the demonstration the
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leader of a country that is a state sponsor of terrorism. this is a person that is very different from any other leader. —— according to the trump administration. i do not believe that a personal relationship will have much of an effect, rather thanit will have much of an effect, rather than it will be dependent on how kim jong—un identifies his interest in the interest of his country and how that tries to nuclear weapons and weapons and missiles and to his belief in the need for economic element. thank you for talking with us. you are watching bbc news. let‘s go back to westminster where the government has headed off a damaging defeat in the commons over its brexit policy.my colleague over its brexit policy. my colleague clive myrie is there. good evening. one of the reasons the government was able to have half
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that potentially damaging defeat was because 15 so rebel tory mps who we re because 15 so rebel tory mps who were going to vote with that lords amendment that would give mps more ofa amendment that would give mps more of a say in how the brexit situation unfolds, more control perhaps even some i argued above that brexit negotiation. they decided not to rebel. they decided to vote with the government. at one of those mps is believed joins me now. joining me now is the conservative mp antionette sandbach. what were you told by the government that commits to do but with the government and not rebel? one of the big... the role of mps is to improve legislation. one of the most important pieces of legislation going to our parliament and many generations. what was missing from it was a process that would deal with the situation where there would be no deal or parliament would vote
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to reject a deal. and what the government agreed with us today was to accept a cce pt two accept two amendments that have been tabled by dominic grieve that point and place parts of that process. making sure that the government and that set in the legislation, so if there is no deal it will be a very difficult time for the uk and there will probably be a great deal of constitutional uncertainty. and to set that process out now, when it is calm, will wickedly get rice and a little and carefully come it was a really important thing to do. to be clear, if ministers come back from brussels with no deal, has to our future relationship with the european gig them, that mps should have a say now? —— with the eu. theresa may has agreed to that today. within if parliament votes for no deal, within five days, the government will come to parliament,
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make a statement, and mps would get an opportunity to approve the course of action that the government was proposing. there was a second amendment that looked at the date at the end of november, the prime minister is hoping to do with this all in october. is stated by the enemy november that that process that the political agreement with the eu has not been achieved, that again, the government would come back to parliament and been outlined to mps what the next steps of the government would be. the great thing about those amendments was that they don‘t find or shake with no steps might be but they give us an opportunity to have an implant in a vote on it. and to discuss it and parliament. the third item was the date in february, 2019, and that was the point, the amendment is being looked at and our discussion about a couple go on before the bill goes back to the lords. and see what will
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happen in february next year it is of the husband rhys. that is the process. “— of the husband rhys. that is the process. —— if no deal has been reached. we will see what the government is proposing. you trust the government on this, not renege on that, because there are brexiteers around here who are saying there is no concession, no concession was made. just kicking the can down the road and actually no deal has limited all.|j the can down the road and actually no deal has limited all. i tested prime minister and it was the prime minister i sat in front of this afternoon in who we spoke to him who gave us those afternoon in who we spoke to him who gave us those assurances. afternoon in who we spoke to him who gave us those assurances. she toted to yourface? gave us those assurances. she toted to your face? she did. she told all of us. i don‘t know if he covered the debate but a number of us were caught out of the chambers and we went in to see her. —— she told you to yourface. she went in to see her. —— she told you to your face. she agreed the first two points that we have to continue discussions on the third point because we want to get it right. and i think that is fair enough.
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amendments tabled last night, sensible. this is the role of parliamentarians. we are there to scrutinise government and dare to improve legislation. it was a good day for parliament today. and a good day for parliament today. and a good day for parliament today. and a good day for parliamentary sovereignty today. how does that not buying theresa may‘s has ended negotiations, because before brussels sees all this, they say parliament are going to have a final say on any deal, as a result we can then push the negotiations away from then push the negotiations away from the kind of hard brexit that perhaps the kind of hard brexit that perhaps the government was looking to get originally? we were always going to have a final say back in december we bolted to have a meaningful vote and the government accepted that. —— we bolted to have. that hasn‘t tied the way that theresa may negotiates. what it puts in place as a structure for what happens if things don‘t go as planned. and i think that is a very sensible structure to have in
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place. it basically allows us to have input, it doesn‘t force the way —— she is negotiating with the options that she has, until february 200019. if we have in store for something out by then, were going to be in something out by then, were going to beina something out by then, were going to be in a big political mess anyway. indeed potentially. are we heading towards a softer brexit? as above so, what lovely out there in the country that will feel cheated that the vote has potentially not been fulfilled? the vote has potentially not been fulfilled ? —— the vote has potentially not been fulfilled? —— there will be some people out there. no. no doubt we are leaving eu. we are leaving european court of justice are leaving eu. we are leaving european court ofjustice of the political institutions of the eu. but we need to look at now is our future relationship. theresa may has a lwa ys future relationship. theresa may has always said and i‘ve always argued for closer economic ties with europe. they are big strategic allies of us and we have a vast majority of our trade, 44% of my
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trade is with europe, and we need to make sure that whilst we are leaving the political institutions, there we re the political institutions, there were no longer take place in the european parliament and that we maintain those close links. i would say it is a sign of a much pragmatic brexit and a brexit that tries to deliver, leaving the institutions while keeping jobs and economic ties and keeping those close relationships that we have with our european neighbours. the deliver there. thank you, antoinette. —— we leave there. that concession made by the government today to mps that meant that they avoided that what would have been a damaging defeat with that vote here at the comments, concerning a meaningful vote for mps in the event of a menace is coming back. —— here as comments. the government has survived today.
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but there are more votes tomorrow. concerning the customs union in the future relationship that the uk would have with europe on that. and also whether or not according to one load to mimic the uk should become a member of the european economic area. —— 21 lords. war game for westminster tomorrow but with that, back to you. —— more for westminster. thank you. at 10:40pm this evening, we will review tomorrow morning newspapers with venture will have an lot of coverage of that. —— will be reviewing. and the kimjong—un and trump summit in singapore. tune in for that. you are watching bbc news. small businesses based under railways arches across the country today called on the transport secretary to step in and stop the sale of their premises. network rail wants to raise up to a billion pounds by selling thousands of them. but campaigners fear rents will rise and their livelihoods will be at risk.
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helen mulroy reports. for 13 years, alinney and her husband marcus have been running their bike workshop out of this railway arch. but they fear for the future with network rail trying to sell thousands of their archway premises this summer. network rail owns more than 5000 railway arches across the country. hundreds of which are here in london like these behind me. ahead of this potential sale, as the value of this property was assessed, many businesses within the arches were hit with rent rises. some of the steepest of which were here in london. our rent was to be reviewed at the end of march, and network rail threatened to increase our rent from £5,760 per year to £21,000 a year. effectively immediately. we are in negotiations with network rail. that has reduced, however, it is still not at a figure that is sustainable for us
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in the long term. a little further down the overground line in hackney, ben runs a bakery and cafe out of these arches. he is concerned about the impact this sale could have on the communities that these archway businesses support. over the past eight years the bakery has been here. we‘ve been supported by stainless steel fabricators making our tables, carpenters, amazing trades. these arches are an incredible resource. selling them off overnight will raise some capital but in the long—term these are fantastic assets. a number of tenants from hackney founded the guardians of the arches group, they now have members from tenants across the country and this evening they are presenting a bulletin to the transport secretary chris grayling to try and halt the sale of the network rail is proposing. network rail believes selling these assets provides the best value for money for taxpayers and transport users.
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we are a public company and the rewards are publicly funded. we will use the proceeds of the sale of these private businesses to plough back into your and my railway. for those whose livelihoods depend on these premises, if it goes ahead, they fear it could spell the end of small businesses under the arches. the 2018 world cup kicks off in russia in just two days‘ time. this afternoon the england team flew into st petersburg, before heading to their training camp where they‘ll prepare for theirfirst game on monday against tunisia. from russia, here‘s our sports correspondent natalie pirks. they may be the youngest of any team here, they may be the least experienced but, if prizes were handed out for enthusiasm, england would be front of the queue. the world cup is the biggest tournament in football. so, this is what it is all about. this is what you work hard for as a kid. spend all them hours training. this is the stage you want to be
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under, the biggest stage in the world. this is finally a squad england fans feel connected to, thanks to some steady leadership. i think people can see there is a humility about the group and there is absolutely no reason why there should not be, by the way. so, that is important for us, it is important for the way that we work. we have got to keep wanting to improve and we are representing our country in the greatest sporting tournament there is. they flew into st petersburg, home to the beautiful winter palace, site of the russian revolution. but, if england plans to stage its own, it will be a quiet one. 30 kilometres away, lies repino, the sleepy resort town on the shores of the gulf of finland, where england will call home. their forest hotel is heavily guarded, with police and security taking no chances. locals though are waiting for a glimpse of their new neighbours. translation: we found out that the england team will be
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staying here by accident and now we‘re walking round here and we really want to meet them. by the training ground, fences have gone up to keep prying eyes out. but, it is not all bad for the locals, social houses in the area have received makeovers. this woman came home to find her house being painted a month ago. she also got a new roof and drainpipes. keeping up appearances is important here. as you can imagine, with only around 2500 inhabitants, there‘s really not much to do here bar the beach and a few restaurants. now, gareth southgate dismissed the notion of boredom as a nonsense but, with the buzz of st petersburg quite a way in the distance, he needs to hope he got this one right. but cabin fever cannot be blamed, says a former captain. you get given games, you get given books. whatever you want is provided on a plate for you. you are here to play football for a month of your life, that‘s not too much to ask.
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what is a big ask is for england to win. it‘s been 52 years after all but at least fans can now see the green shoots of progress. natalie pirks, bbc news, repino. good luck to england. lets join tomas for the forecast. good luck with the weather. are you expecting something to go wrong? laughter sometimes it does. it does. the weather would not be so great this time tomorrow. we have some very unseasonable weather on the way. some stormy conditions out of the west. we will have a look at that. and the short term the weather is quiet out there. we had a fine day. a little cloudy at times for the admin and tomorrow we have some sun on the way but there will be a
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showers around. this is what it looks like this evening. a lot of clear weather out there, buy me even see the clouds and rain gathering. the stormy weather at the stage is way off the screen. quiet on wednesday morning, many of us will be greeted by some sunshine and the day is looking fine apart from a few showers breaking down. but later in the afternoon we will see those when strengthening across the west of the country, then get out of the the low— pressure country, then get out of the the low—pressure swinging at. we think it will sway the very strong winds and swoop across northern and sweep across northern ireland and england. we could see gales up to 60 miles an hour. this time of the year that is not good news. think about all of those trees with the leaves. it can even see the odd trade down. be prepared for some disruption. —— odd tree down. you are up—to—date.
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hello, i‘m ros atkins, this is outside source. for the first time ever, a sitting us president and a north korean leader shake hands. and it seems they got on. we have developed a very special bond, so people will be very impressed and very happy, and we will take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world. the north korean leader was less effusive, but still positive. translation: we overcame our prejudices, and we are here today. mr kim got a freeze in these us—south korea military drills. mr trump got a reaffirmation of north korea‘s commitment to denuclearisation. we‘ll unpack every aspect of the summit for you with our
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