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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11pm: theresa may's cabinet is in disarray as borisjohnson becomes the second senior minister to resign in the space of under 2a hours. in his resignation letter, he says, "the brexit dream is dying, suffocated by needless self—doubt," and said the uk is heading for a deal that will give it the status of an eu colony. and in a move to shore up her cabinet, theresa may appoints jeremy hunt as the new foreign secretary, with matt hancock taking over as health secretary. but the prime minister tells mps in the commons she is prepared to fight to keep herjob, and still believes in the government's vision for brexit. good evening, welcome to bbc news.
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theresa may has been fighting to maintain support for her brexit strategy following the resignation of boris johnson as foreign secretary. he was the second senior minister to leave the government in the space of a few hours after david davis resigned overnight at brexit secretary. a short while ago, mrjohnson rounded on the prime minister's leadership, accusing mrs may of drawing up plans which would reduce the united kingdom to the status of a colony. his replacement as foreign secretary isjeremy hunt and the new health secretary is matt hancock. amid a deepening political crisis, downing street said the prime minister would fight any attempt to remove her as conservative leader. our politicial editor, laura kuenssberg, has the latest on a day of turbulence at westminster. have you ever seen brexit‘s biggest cheerleader so down at heart? not unusualfor borisjohnson to look a little untucked. rare to look so battered. but the now former foreign secretary quit. his vision of a dramatic break
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with the eu out of government and favour. for borisjohnson, the prime minister's plan stays too close to the eu. he said: the brexiteer in chief's drivers had prepared to leave three times in the day, but then stood down. it was not actually a removal van this afternoon. but at 3pm, the drivers left without him, boris johnson following david davis out of government, the second senior figure to leave the government over brexit in less than 2a hours. only minutes after that, the prime minister made her own exit on the way to the commons. just on friday, she had trumpeted his brexit compromise. were they cheering orjeering her? mr speaker, on friday at chequers the cabinet agreed a proposal, that provides a responsible and credible basis for negotiations with the eu towards a new relationship after we leave on 29th march next year.
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in the two years since the referendum, we have had a spirited national debate. with robust views around the cabinet table as they have on breakfast tables up and down the country. a brief moment where she let the tension show. a wink of support for a brexiteer still in cabinet. for labour, a time to make the prime minister squirm. for the good of this country and its people, the government needs to get its act together and do it quickly. if it can't, make way for those who can. more pressing than intense pressure from the opposition on the two sides of the debate. i don't care what you think. rear guard action from the tory benches. brexiteers furious with the prime
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minister's chequers compromise. this week, the activists were so disappointed about what had happened at chequers. they were betrayed. they said they were betrayed and they asked why... they asked why do we go out each and every saturday to support the conservative party, get mps elected, and serve for the first time in over ten years, that group refused to go outand campaign. what would the prime minister say to them? this is not a betrayal. i believe that is what people voted for when they voted to leave and we will deliver in faith with the people. it already feels like weeks ago, but after a late—night call where he quit too, david davis
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explained today the route of theresa may's problem, many brexiteers think her compromise doesn't mean brexit at all. the policies are that we are now proposing to use the same rule book, or the same laws, as the eu. not equivalent. not similar. but the same. i'm worried that what the eu will do is take what we have offered and ask for more. if we carry on with this plan and leave on those terms, is that really leaving at all? i don't think so. but i hope she is right and i'm wrong. it will be down to the fine detail that's the thing. many of our viewers may think the tory party has been arguing about this for two years and hang on the man who was meant to be in charge had walked away. doesn't it look self indulgent? i don't think. i have been making compromises for two years. that is the point. which is fine. that is as it should be. but there is a point where the compromise is too far. that is where i am at now for me.
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is the balance in the tory party tonight, with loyalists like jeremy hunt, who is the new foreign secretary, or with brexiteers staying on? with ambitions of their own like the new brexit secretary. or rebels with little interest in accepting downing street's compromise and no intention of playing nice. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. our political correspondent, alex forsyth is at westminster, now the dust is settling on an extraordinary 2a hours, allowing for the prime minister who received a polite reception from her colleagues on the 22 committee of backbenchers, where does this leave her? number 10 went swiftly to fill the vacancies of borisjohnson went swiftly to fill the vacancies of boris johnson and went swiftly to fill the vacancies of borisjohnson and david davis, and in doing that they will hope
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they can quickly shut the door on what's been quite a damaging and difficult day for theresa may, with all the turmoil that's gone on. beyond that what this does is entrenched the divisions that were already in the conservative party of the brexit, she might have resolved her immediate cabinet vacancies budget hasn't resolved how to bring her party together with different views. some of the supporters of theresa may have said today that this could do her a favour, saying that she won't tolerate dissent in the cabinet any more, urging her to stick to the chequers plan. on the other side, you have brexit supporting conservatives who say these resignations have emboldened them and they will push the prime minister to change her brexit policy —— conservatives. you have hardened positions on both sides, that's the difficulty. theresa may did get a warm reception when she met her mps elliot, that is worth noting, but by no means coogee and the rest make
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the feeling in the party. there was a private meeting —— should she underestimate. they are not talking about a leadership challenge at this stage, they want to change the policy, not the person at the top of the pops the. that's the difficulty, they could spend months working out who should lead them, but if the outcome is the same, it could be what's the point? —— at the top of the party. they could get it out in the party. they could get it out in the open, and everything is fine afterwards, butjohn major and possibly iain duncan smith and william hague and others might suggest that's not the case if history is anything is to suggest anything. if theresa may carries on, is she in more of a position tonight now those two are out of the way to impose her will on the party before the process in september, october, when the real deadline is reached in terms of an agreement with the
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european union? some say this has lanced the boil. she hasn't removed, she has lost from her cabinet, two of the most vocal critics of the brexit approach and the other ones who have been out today, not least andrea leadsom, the leader of the house of commons, who was on newsnight saying despite the fact she is a brexiteer, she supports the prime minister's version of the plan. looking at the senior cabinet jobs, the home secretary, chancellor, foreign secretary and prime minister, they all supported remain during the referendum, although some, like the home secretary, sajid javid, has come round to more of a brexit supporting perspective. you could imagine theresa may might have a more unified cabinet but what she hasn't done, in fact quite the opposite, is resolve the tensions on the backbenches in the party, because that's where there's a huge amount of concern about the prime minister's approach and talk tonight of not just minister's approach and talk tonight of notjust ousting the prime minister, but on how they can pile on the pressure to get her to change
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policy, weather tactically through votes in the house of commons, all with other resignations. —— whether tactically. we haven't seen the end of this drama but for tonight at least it looks like theresa may is pretty safe. as peter bone was alluding to in laura's piece, activists feeling, we know that the activist base of the party tends to be more eurosceptic band the mps, then there's the wider section of the population, those 52% that voted leave —— ban the. if borisjohnson is that voted leave —— ban the. if boris johnson is right that voted leave —— ban the. if borisjohnson is right and this leaves us as only you colony, that's a different vibe among the conservatives? —— lambie. a different vibe among the conservatives? -- lambie. it's all about tapping into public opinion and explaining why the chequers deal is bad and doesn't delay deliver on the brexit promised in the referendum —— than the. if they can
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change the public view, and number 10 are seeing that the public aren't happy with this approach, then they will change their position. be ongoing to revisit the chequers arrangement. despite the fact theresa may got through this day of turmoil, in some ways what it has done is entrenched those divisions in the party —— be ongoing. that won't be easy to resolve. —— the ongoing. a couple of points on the leadership challenge. one is pragmatic, brexit backing tories realise the clock is ticking and to have a three—month long leadership contest might throw the whole thing into jeopardy. if theresa contest might throw the whole thing intojeopardy. if theresa may contest might throw the whole thing into jeopardy. if theresa may one that, she would be strengthened rather than anything else, and in the tory rules, you can only have one go every 12 months. if she saw off the challenge than they wouldn't be able to do it again for some time so be able to do it again for some time so she would be safe. there's
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strategy in the house of commons, as you might expect when you have something of this complexity and seriousness. alex forsyth in westminster, thank you. our europe editor, katya adler, is in brussels and has been looking at the perspective there, to the fast moving events here at westminster. eu leaders are intentionally not commenting on the politicalfurore in london. they say it's a domestic issue and they insist that eu negotiators remain available 24/7 to resume brexit talks as soon as the uk is ready. but sank the eu is not. brussels wants to have a deal with the uk and is worried as to where all this could lead —— sanguine. they are concerned about what's going to happen with the theresa may government because they brexit deal they believe is in the uk's interest as much as the eu's interest, so they are watching these negotiations and the developing day very closely indeed. katya adler in brussels.
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our diplomatic correspondent, james landale, explains the tasks thatjeremy hunt will be facing in his new role as foreign secretary. well, officials here seejeremy hunt very much as a clean slate, a phrase they've been using, has much less historical baggage than boris johnson did when he came in less than two years ago. but the problems remain the same, namely that we are ata remain the same, namely that we are at a hugely sensitive moment for british foreign policy. we've got the nato summit this week, where donald trump will urge the british to spend more on their defence. we then got donald trump coming here to then got donald trump coming here to the uk at a time where there are tensions between both countries. mr trump trying to impose tariffs on eu steel, challenging and threatening sanctions on british firms doing business in iran. then mr trump goes on to meet mr putin in helsinki at a time where a few days after a british national died on the streets of britain from a suspected russian nerve agent attack. it would be an
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understatement to say mr hunt doesn't face substantial new challenges when he enters this office tomorrow. however, perhaps his biggest challenge is this, britain has this foreign policy, it's called global britain, it's designed to suggest britain is not pushing its head in the sand of the brexit but mrjohnson has struggled to define what that means and that's the big challenge for mr hunt, to say what is britain's attitude to america, europe, the rise of china and the threat of migration from north africa, all of these huge, huge issues that we still don't know the answers to. so i think that will bea the answers to. so i think that will be a very, very fat inbox for mr hunt to chew over when he starts tomorrow. james hunt. the other ministerial changes announced tonight following boris johnson's resignation and jeremy hunt moving to the foreign office, matt hancock, the culture secretary, has moved to health secretary, has moved to health secretary, his role was taken by
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jeremy wright, he was the attorney general and joining government from the backbenches is the new attorney general attending cabinet is jeremy cox. borisjohnson becomes the second senior minister to resign from theresa may's cabinet in the space of under 24 hours, borisjohnson becomes the second senior minister to resign saying the brexit dream is dying due to unnecessary self doubt. and in a move to shore up her cabinet, theresa may appoints jeremy hunt as the new foreign secretary, with matt hancock taking over as health secretary. the prime minister tells mps in the commons she is prepared to fight to keep herjob, if there's a vote of no confidence in her leadership. sport now, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's chris mitchell. business as usual hard to find today but not at wimbledon. football in just a second. veteran djokovic,
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nadal and williams or winning with little trouble. the big names show no signs of stopping. in pursuit of greatness is wimbledon's slogan. on centre court today, three players with 60 grand slam singles title between them. is that great enough? as a further incentive, the trophy itself was watching, with its shopping. take your eyes off roger federer and you could miss a set. the first one took him 16 minutes to win today. adrian mannarino improved, but at times federer does seem to toy with his opponents. through in straight sets, again, and so the next great, please. well, after all her years at wimbledon, for serena williams today, there was a novelty. she faced a new opponent in her fourth—round match. evgeniya rodina was playing in the second week of a grand slam for the first time, a fine run, but she was serena'd.
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6—2, 6—2 here. with the top 10 women seeds all out, serena williams may be unstoppable. both these players combined tennis with parenthood. it is empowering to be a working mum, serena says. meanwhile, here's novak djokovic playing ball boy to his 3—year—old son. what's! wonder if he stayed up to watch dad. rafael nadal was pursuing greatness. it is —— rafael nadal was pursuing greatness. it is -- if rafael nadal was pursuing greatness. it is —— if it is nadal versus that on sunday, it might even rival the world cup final. tomorrow will know one of the
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finalists. john bennett is in st petersburg. i think it's notjust the players and the staff, it's the stuff behind the scenes as well, making it feel like you are at home, things that are there to do in the hotel, and if i think you said to any player, a lot has been talked about, being bored, but it's not felt like that, it felt like a good holiday we have been on and we've enjoyed any moment of it. it clearly was not john bennett. talking about the england semi—final on wednesday night with croatia. we will know one of the finalists by now. belgium or france orjohn bennett this time? this isn't just a orjohn bennett this time? this isn'tjust a local derby in a geographical sense, this is a game full of stars who know each other very well. both squads are packed with english premier league talent,
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13 players started combined for france and belgium. interestingly all the biggest stars didn't train on the eve of the match. mbape not with the france squad but the french boss says all 23 of his players are fully fit. we are expecting goals. belgium have scored 14 goals during this tournament. france has scored nine already. this could be a world cup classic. britain's geraint thomas is up to third overall at the tour de france after the team time trial on day three. he guided reigning champion chris froome and team sky to second place on the 22 mile stage round the town of cholet. belgium's greg van avermaet now leads the race, with thomas three seconds behind and froomejust under a minute back in 18th. that's all the sport for now. thanks, chris. divers in northern thailand have confirmed they have rescued four more boys from a flooded cave network. it means that 8 out of the group
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of 13 have now been brought out after four were guided out to safety yesterday. all are now hospital in nearby chiang rai. rescuers will go back for the four remaining boys and their coach tomorrow. our correspondent, lucy williamson, reports from the scene. police helicopters over chiang rai have come to signal hope. inside this one, a fifth boy, pulled from deep inside the mountain and flown to join his team—mates in hospital. his identity kept private, even as his arrival here makes global news. a week ago this mission was seen as almost impossibly risky, but with every success, confidence in the team here has grown. as the monsoon rains have so far largely held off. ivan was one of the rescuers in the cave that first day. stationed near one of the route's most difficult parts, to replace the divers' empty tanks, helped guide the boys through and deal with problems. i was very scared because when i saw the diver and the kid on the horizon, we can't see that
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far, maybe 50 metres, i still didn't know if it was a casualty. so, i was very scared. it didn't feel good. but when i saw that he was alive and breathing and seemed to be all right, it felt very good. it felt very good. what did you learn from that first day? one of the difficult things in the cave is communication. if you are more than five metres away, the echo and the water, it's incredibly hard to understand. misunderstandings and the high complexity leads to very bad situations. we need to plan for that. we need to keep ticking indication very simple. one of the difficult things was walking inside the cave.
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the echo and the water. it was hard, misunderstandings resulting in the high complexities that lead to very bad situations. we need, and we planned for that, to keep the communication very simple. thai children are warned about this mountain by their grandparents, that it swallows people and does not let them out. so far, this operation has proved that adage wrong. eight children have been counted out of its caves, four more waiting with their coach for rescuers to return tomorrow. the battle with this mountain is being won through careful planning and tight control, but it's also relying on a sense of unity among the country, the divers and the boys themselves. the rescue efforts at the cave system have continued to capture the attention of thailand and the world. fergus walsh looks now at why the operation to bring the boys to safety is so complex and challenging. the operation to rescue the remaining boys and their coach from deep beneath this mountain has been risky, complex and daring. they have been stranded about two and a half miles from the entrance of the cave system.
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getting them out one by one involves the walking, wading, crawling and, for long periods, diving through murky, muddy water. there are narrow passages, sharp inclines and descents. two divers accompany each boy. the youngsters, aged 11 to 16, are given full face masks and air tanks so they can breathe normally. there's a guide rope to help them through tunnel and replacement air tanks at key points. now, where the tunnels are flooded, the escape method involves the boys being attached to a diver, hugged underneath their body. but there are pinch points. one hole narrows to around 15 inches. so they have to squeeze through on their own, with their air tank being carried on ahead. one diver in front, the other behind. it's a perilous operation. just how dangerous was underlined last week, when this former
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thai navy seal died from lack of air while travelling through the flooded chambers. but the thai authorities say the threat of monsoon rain causing further flooding made this rescue essential. the whole exhausting journey takes several hours. once the boys emerge, they're given a rapid physical check, and there are fears though that some may have dangerous lung infections. longer term, it's the psychological impact which is a key concern. helping these children, some not yet teenagers, to come to terms with the trauma of their terrifying ordeal. police say it's shocking and utterly appalling that a woman has died after being exposed to a nerve agent in wiltshire. dawn sturgess was contaminated not far from where a former russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in march. her partner, charlie rowley, remains critically ill. officers say the couple must have received a high dose of novichok when they handled a vessel containing the substance. our home affairs correspondent, june kelly, is in amesbury for us.
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dawn sturgess was a mother of two grown—up sons and a daughter of 11. today, they and her parents are mourning her. she and her partner, charlie rowley, fell ill after being exposed to what's being described as a high dose of novichok nerve agent. it's understood the couple each had it on one their hands. this was dawn sturgess in a local shop the day before she collapsed. with her death, a murder investigation has been launched by scotland yard. it is both shocking and utterly appalling that a british citizen has died having been exposed to a novichok nerve agent. but make no mistake, we are determined to find out how dawn and her partner,
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charlie rowley, came into contact with such a deadly substance. and we will do everything we possibly can to bring those responsible to justice. the couple's last journey together was on a bus from salisbury to amesbury. tonight, the police said there were no traces of novichok on the bus they took. it's understood charlie rowley‘s flat in amesbury is regarded as the key location, police searching for a container which was the nerve agent's source. the work of the teams in their specialist heavy suits is being made harder by the heat. it was novichok which was used in the attempted murder of sergei and yulia skripal four months ago. here in salisbury, the hostel which was dawn sturgess‘ last home has been closed, and is now one of the decontamination sites. people in this area believed the novichok crisis had passed. dawn sturgess, no doubt, thought the same. at the cordon by the hostel, flowers have been left with a message — "dawn, you were the innocent one in this." in a tragic twist, dawn sturgess has become the unintended victim of an international murder plot. the hunt is now on for her killers.
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june kelly, bbc news, salisbury. the leaders of ethiopia and eritrea have declared an official end to a state of war that has existed between them for nearly two decades. eritrea, formerly a province of ethiopia, seceded in 1993. a subsequent war between them led to the deaths of around 800,000 people. the car maker nissan has admitted that it falsified data on car exhaust emissions at several of its factories injapan. the company has not revealed how many cars were involved, but has pledged to carry out a full investigation to ensure it won't happen again. at least 100 people in western japan are now thought to have died due to flooding and landslides caused by record rainfall. dozens of people are also reported to be missing as the region received three times the amount of usual rainfall for the whole ofjuly since thursday. two million people have been ordered to evacuate. after almost seventy yea rs
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as the uk's leading rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen and women, headley court in surrey is to close its doors. originally set up to care for raf pilots injured during the second world war, its recently provided care for as many as 20 thousand patients every year. a new state—of—the—art centre will replace it, as our defence correspondent, jonathan beale, reports. headley court has been a lifeline for thousands of british service personnel. my leg went over the wall. there was a gentleman stood right behind me. he got covered in my claret. most recently, those injured in iraq and afghanistan. men like archie gemmill. in 2013, while serving in helmand, he was severely wounded when he's set off a roadside bomb. headley court has helped him walk again. i was wheeled in, in a bit. i couldn't sit up straight. i couldn't feed myself properly.
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i couldn't use my hands properly. by the end of the three years of rehab that i have been here, i was running, walking, cycling, swimming, living a normal life. archive commentary: in the gymnasium some of the boys with the undercarriage trouble are loosening up stiff landing gear. headley court treated its first patients, wounded raf pilots, from the battle of britain. but it's been at its busiest since iraq and afghanistan, and is still treating 150 patients a week. its world leading prosthetics department has been at the cutting edge of science, giving many new hope. it has also helped heal the invisible scars caused by combat. set in an old manor house in leafy sorry, it is a world away from the bombs and bullets of the front line. hogwarts for the injured. headley court is a place where science meets magic. you've got these staff who i think are like magicians. they really work with the patient and they want to always work that extra mile. then you've got the grounds and history. the end of headley court does not mean an end to this rehabilitation. over the next few months, some of the staff and the thousands
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of patients treated here each year, will be moving to a new £300 million purpose—built facility at stanford hall in the east midlands, where they will continue their often long and difficult road to recovery. headley court is now up for sale. but you can't put a price on what it's meant for


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