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theresa may says brexit should not be about her leadership — but about what's best for britain. one of the things i need to talk to him about is the level of detail in the relationship. she says she's working towards a deal that'll be good for the whole country. this is where i get a little bit irritated. this is not — this debate is not about my future. this debate is about the future of the people of the uk and the future of the united kingdom. today her chequers plan was described by one cabinet minister as the right one ‘for now‘. also tonight: typhoon mangkut reaches the chinese mainland — after killing dozens in the philippines. emergency services are called to a restaurant in salisbury after two people are reportedly taken ill. the scottish conservative leader ruth davidson reveals her past struggles with depression and self harm. and simon yates wins the vuelta, which makes it three grand tours for british cyclists this year. good evening.
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theresa may has insisted her chequers proposals are a workable plan for brexit, saying she gets irritated when the debate focuses on her leadership rather than the future of the country. the prime minister made the comments in a bbc interview to mark six months to go till we leave the eu. this morning, the environment secretary michael gove said the chequers plan for brexit was the right one "for now" — but could be altered by a future prime minister. our political correspondent chris mason reports. thank you. on-hold music plays the brexit negotiations as you've never seen them before. hello, jean—claude.
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the prime minister talking to the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker. panorama given a glimpse of the behind—the—scenes arm—twisting going on at a crucial stage. yes, i realise it's been a busy period for you... then, perhaps inevitably, this happened. some of her mps want her to ditch her brexit plan, others want to ditch her. this is where i get a little bit irritated. this is not — this debate is not about my future. this debate is about the future of the people of the uk and the future of the united kingdom. that's what i am focused on and that's what i think we should all be focused on. it's ensuring that we get that good dealfrom the european union which is good for people in the uk. some brexit supporters say her plans involve too close a relationship with the eu. others, like michael gove, acknowledge they have compromised, but he says those compromises needn't last forever.
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a future prime minister could always choose to alter the relationship between britain and the european union, but the chequers approach is the right one for now because we've got to make sure that we respect that vote and take advantage of the opportunities of being outside the european union. but this former conservative leader and a good number of his colleagues don't buy mr gove‘s argument. i think that's a bit of a copout, really, to explain away what is essentiallyjam tomorrow and we can prophesy what the future is. we can't. we only have what is now, what the public voted for, which is brexit. with so many arguments still swirling around, who makes the final call? the labour mayor of london thinks it should be us, voters, in a referendum. the question should be a choice between the deal done by this government or staying in the european union, and the deal done by this government, we can now see what actually the consequences would be. labour's leadership remains to be convinced on another referendum.
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the prime minister insists it won't happen. and, she says, she will fight for her plan. you know what some people say? they rather liked it when you joked about being that bloody difficult woman. they liked that, and they sometimes say, "where's she gone? we want her back." she's still there. but i think there's a difference between those who think you can only be bloody difficult in public, and those of us who think actually you bide your time and you're bloody difficult when the time is right, and when it really matters. that resolve will certainly be tested in the coming months. chris mason, whojoins chris mason, who joins us live from downing street now. lots to happen in the coming months but a big week ahead for the prime minister? that's right, there is a summit in salzburg in austria on thursday eu heads of state and government and they know
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as she does there are people here in the uk who think her brexit plan is a dud and there are those in europe who think the same as well even if their language has been a little warmer in recent weeks. from downing street, the push is to talk to four audiences, the eu to mps, to conservative grassroots and to voters, to sell the chequers plan. there will be a push on social media from the prime minister tomorrow. there is an awareness that these negotiations are tough, in the words of one source, it's never as bad as some people say, it's never as good as some people hope. thank you. typhoon mangkhut has begun to batter mainland china as it continues its deadly path through east asia. dozens of people are known to have been killed as winds of up to 125 miles an hour brought heavy rain and ripped buildings apart. the typhoon hit the northern tip of the philippines, but the greatest damage was further south, where landslides killed at least 30 miners and their families. as it glanced past hong kong, eight hundred flights were cancelled, as high winds shook skyscrapers and water levels surged. it has now hit guangdong —
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china's most populated province — where a red alert has been issued and thousands evacuated. our south east asia correspondent jonathan head's report begins in the philippines. after the deluge. the shrieking wind was bad enough, but heavy rain brought landslides to the northern philippines, burying vehicles, houses and people. the rivers are also dangerously swollen. here, rescuers managed to pull a mother and child to safety from theirflooded home. the storm has passed on, but everywhere its left a trail of destruction. people are returning from evacuation shelters to find their homes in ruins. or, as for this man and his family, swept away completely.
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there's nothing they can do but to pick up their possessions. "we don't know where we're going to live," he told me. "our house is gone, and we'lljust have to go anywhere we can." you've only got to look at the state of this school roof to see just how powerfully destructive this storm was. all this damage is a really heavy blow for communities which have got very few resources, and where government help is sparing and slow at best. as we left his town, a good part of the population was where we'd first seen them — waiting in the hope of government assistance or private donations. typhoon mangkhut has now moved west. winds of up to 110 mph hammered hong kong, showing that even this modern and well—built city is no
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match for its power. some of the skyscrapers swayed. others lost windows, shed scaffolding, and here, even a crane. waves crashed onto the deserted city streets, flooding some shops and restaurants. in places, the water rose more than three and a half metres above its normal level, terrifying residents. more than 200 people were injured. chinese media have called it the king of storms. this is how its arrival on the chinese mainland was seen from a hotel in shenzhen. after travelling thousands of miles, it was still wreaking havoc. this time, in china's most heavily populated province. nearly 2.5 million people have been evacuated, and the authorities put on high
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alert for further damage. here, the wind heaved the sea up and right through a restaurant window. the cost of all this is incalculable, and the typhoon season in asia isn't over yet. jonathan head, bbc news, northern philippines. meanwhile, storm florence is now known to have killed at least 14 people in the us states of north and south carolina. with further flooding expected, some of those who evacuated their homes are being urged not to return our north america correspondent chris buckler is in wilmington, north carolina now. chris? believe it or not, this is a neighbourhood in north carolina. somewhere underneath all this there isa somewhere underneath all this there is a straight and steep down in there, it's pretty deep i have to say, our gardens. this is why people
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are so concerned , say, our gardens. this is why people are so concerned, they are told to stay away from their homes because the rain is continuing to fall and it's only adding to all this flooding you can see. there is also particular concern in as rivers start to overflow and dams are being put under pressure. as i say, ucd postboxes here, you can see some of the grass but in reality, what you see most of all is water. on that sign it says florence pugh gone, the truth if this —— it says florence egon. it is likely to continue to rain here however, and that is the worry. police have closed streets in salisbury as a "precautionary measure" after two people were taken ill from a restaurant. it comes amid heightened tensions after the novichok poisoning of sergei skripal and his daughter yulia in march. our correspondent duncan kennedy is there. duncan — what do we know? the police are not saying very much
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tonight. what we do know is ambulances were called to the presto restau ra nt, ambulances were called to the presto restaurant, the black and white restau ra nt restaurant, the black and white restaurant over my shoulder, at about quarter to six tonight, then followed by the police shortly after. about five or six police cars turned up with a similar number of ambulances, also some men wearing those white hazmat chemical protective suits we have seen a lot of in salisbury. they went inside the restaurant as well. we understand it involves a man and woman who became ill. eyewitnesses told the bbc she was in the restau ra nt told the bbc she was in the restaurant at the time and she saw the woman become hysterical, in her words, the woman started sanding up then sitting down. the eyewitness did not see the man in question so she does not know what happened to them. the police are describing this asa them. the police are describing this as a medical incident, no more detail than that. they say they have sealed off the roads around here as what they call a precautionary measure. public health england say they have been informed of this incident, they are aware of it but there is no suggestion from anybody so far that this is connected to be
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novichok incident which began here backin novichok incident which began here back in march. the scottish tory leader ruth davidson has said she never wants to be prime minister, because she values her "mental health too much". in an interview with the sunday times, she's revealed struggling with self—harm, suicidal thoughts and depression in the past. steven godden has more. ruth davidson doesn't fit the traditional conservative mould. never one to avoid a camera, her upbeat, energetic persona helped restore what some thought was lost forever, success with scottish voters. today, she took an unusual step for a politician, revealing her private struggles with her mental health. in a sunday times interview, she describes going into a tailspin as a teenager. "i started hurting myself, punching walls, cutting my stomach and arms with blades or broken glass, drinking far, far too much." diagnosed with clinical depression, she was given medication which led to "desperate, dark, terrible dreams". i think it's very brave
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for any politician, leader, to come out and speak about their own struggles with a mental health problem, because the reality is that, especially in politics, mental health is still seen by many as a weakness. in ruth davidson's edinburgh constituency, these students we spoke to agree that everyone, regardless of who they are, should be involved in the conversation about mental health. it's definitely something that lots of young people are going through, and having someone like her talk about it, it can only be a good thing. if everybody's open about it, it will help other people that are struggling come out. ruth davidson says she values her mental health too much to ever want to become prime minister, a role some have tipped herfor. on friday, she again offered her well rehearsed answer about moving to westminster. myjob's here in scotland. i want to retain my seat in edinburgh central in 2021. i want to be the next first minister of scotland.
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the first conservative first minister of scotland. that's always been my aim. her other big job, she says, is becoming a mother later in the year. ultimately, voters will decide if she achieved her goal of becoming scotland's first minister. her political ambitions, we've now learned, shaped in part by her own personal struggles. steven godden, bbc news, edinburgh. if you have been affected by any of the issues raised by that report, you can find more information and support at bbc.co.uk/actionline. let's take a look at some of the other news stories today. a five—year study has found that there's no tangible benefit to healthy elderly people in taking aspirin as a preventative measure. it says adults aged over 70 who are in good health do not benefit from taking low doses of the drug, and could increase their risk of potentially fatal internal bleeding or cancer. labour has called on the government to condemn the hungarian prime minister, viktor orban, who's been accused of anti—semitism,
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islamophobia and of undermining media freedoms as well as the rule of law. it comes as conservative members of the european parliament are criticised for refusing to support a censure motion against hungary last week. with all the sport now, here's karthi gna nasegaram at the bbc sport centre. great britain's cyclists have completed an unprecedented clean sweep of grand tour titles following simon yates victory in the vuelta a espana. yates's win is the first time three different cyclists from the same country have won the sport's biggest races in one season. david ornstein was in madrid to witness the moment. it wasn't long ago that britain had no pedigree, barely even a presence in the league road cycling, now they are the dominant force. here in spain, it was the tone of simon
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yates to celebrate and seal an historic achievement. the crowning glory for ryder and nation. simon yates with the biggest win of his career. great britain now the kings of road cycling. unbelievable day. even coming onto the circuit today i was nervous, anything can happen. a stupid crash ora anything can happen. a stupid crash or a punch anything can happen. a stupid crash ora punch in anything can happen. a stupid crash or a punch in the final, you never know. —— or a punch in the final, you never know. — — a or a punch in the final, you never know. —— a puncture in the final. relieved i'm just an unbelievable day. after three gruelling weeks, yates could enjoy the processional final stage knowing victory was all but guaranteed, he simply needed to finish and the red jersey would be his to keep. this is the glittering culmination ofan this is the glittering culmination of an achievement that will mean so much to simon yates and to british cycling. following chris froome's triumph at the italian race and geraint thomas conquering the tour de france, yates completes a british
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clea n swee p de france, yates completes a british clean sweep of the grand tours, never previously had the three races in one by three different riders representing the same country in the same year. simon and his twin brother adam learned their trade at the very clarion club before progressing through the national system, their potential obvious from an early age. these two young lads, absolutely nothing, turned up for a clu b absolutely nothing, turned up for a club ride with their dad, you wondered how they would keep up with us wondered how they would keep up with us adults but things soon changed and it was the other way around and we we re and it was the other way around and we were trying to keep up with them. early on you could tell what they had, a lot of talent. the ride has not always been smooth, in 2016 yates served a four—month ban for a failed drugs test, something his tea m failed drugs test, something his team put down to an administrative error. then at this year ‘s euro, he fell apart while leading with just three stages left. there were no such problems here. yates supported by his sibling savoured success.
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lewis hamilton won the singapore grand prix but described it as the "longest race of his life". the mercedes driver had started on pole and finished the night race top of the podium with max verstappen in second and title rival, sebastian vettel, in third. hamilton now leads the world championship by a0 points. the marathon world record has been broken in spectacular style by kenya's eliod kipchoge. the olympic champion took over one minute off the previous best, as he won the marathon in berlin for the third time. kipchoge also has three london marathon titles. match of the day two follows this programme with action from today's premier league games, and the bbc sport website has all of the weekend's football results. across bbc news this week — we're marking six months to go until the uk leaves the european union in march next year, by answering some of the most common questions asked about brexit. the departure date will come nearly three years after the referendum took place, so why has brexit proved to be a long and complex road?
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for the first in the series, nick robinson reports from chesterfield, in derbyshire. how will trade work after brexit? what will brexit mean for the union? will it definitely happen? why haven't we left yet? "why haven't we left yet?" "why is brexit taking so long?" come to a place like this where 60% voted to leave and you get asked that all the time. so, let's see if i can explain. no country has ever left the eu before, there is no manual telling you how to do it, which means that we — or our government — and they — the governments of the 27 other eu countries — are really having to make it up as they go along. those working on brexit say it's the most complex challenge any government has faced since the second world war. here is why: over 45 years in the european club, britain has agreed to a huge collection of things as a result of its membership. it reminds me a bit of one of these boxes you get on the street that contain the phone wires.
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look inside, there's all those wires, all those colours, all those interconnections. the difference is, when it comes to brexit, no plan exists for how to rewire it. that relationship is about much more than trade with europe. trade with the rest of the world is covered by, you guessed it, agreements made through the eu. the eu of course is about much more than trade, so that is hundreds of agreements, thousands of laws and rules and regulations that have to be rewritten or re—made. now, you may have thought the man from number ten who called the referendum would have had a plan, but no, david cameron stopped civil servants from planning for defeat. but what about the other side — those who campaigned to leave, like boris johnson? surely, they would have had a plan. well, no again. they were worried that if they did have a plan, they might scare off potential supporters.
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the truth is, there is no political agreement about what brexit does mean, could mean or even should mean. theresa may has got no majority in parliament, her party is deeply divided, and so are the labour party. if getting agreement at home has proved mighty hard, it's made getting a deal in europe much harder. thank you. now, there are people who do business deals who say, "why doesn't the prime minister do it like i would? talk tough and threaten to walk out of the negotiations if she doesn't get what she wants. why doesn't she behave a bit more like donald trump?" there is an answer to that. there aren't a lot of business deals in which you are having to negotiate with 27 other leaders at the same time as your board, your shareholders and your customers are all having a row in public about what you're doing, and at the same time as those 27 other leaders are having to persuade their cabinet, their parliaments, their parties
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that they are doing the right thing. all of which goes to explain why we haven't left yet, and why the only thing that's certain when it comes to brexit is yet more uncertainty. nick robinson, bbc news, chesterfield. more key brexit questions coming up throughout this week including who'll still be able to come and live in the uk — and whether we'll be richer or poorer after we leave. that's all from us, here on bbc one it's time for the news where you are. goodbye. hello. this is bbc news with maxine croxall. the fiancee of an ex soldier sentenced to seven and a half years in a turkishjail for joining a kurdish armed group has called on the foreign secretary to intervene. joe robinson who is from leeds was given the jail sentence after volunteering with the ypg, a group which is regarded as a terrorist organisation by turkey. mr robinson's fiancee was also
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arrested whilst the pair were on holiday in turkey last year but was given a suspended sentence for ‘terrorism propaganda'. the foreign office says it has raised mr robinson's case with turkish authorities. well i spoke tojoe robinson and asked him what support he has actually received from the british government. i mean, i've seen a statement saying they are now raising my case with the turkish authorities, but why has it taken 11; months for them to start doing something? me personally, i've not seen them doing anything. we kept in touch with the foreign office and whistle them about the release ten months ago, and when we are pushing them to say what have you been doing and have you had discussions on a higher level in government or with diplomatic officials, when it comes down to it, they haven't done any of that. but it will be interesting to see what happens now that i've actually received the sentence
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and whether the foreign office will actually get more involved, which i'm hoping they do. what might the foreign office here learn from the consular support your fiancee got from her authorities in bulgaria? yeah, the support from the bulgarian foreign office and the bulgarian consul was fantastic. they sent a diplomatic official to every single court hearing we have had in support of her and had discussions on a higher level in government with diplomatic officials, with the turkish authorities and they've done everything and been fantastic, but in regards to the british government and the british foreign office we haven't seen any of that. glasgow's mackintosh building will definitely be rebuilt, according to the chair of the school's board, muriel gray. the building was gutted by fire injune and many neighbouring
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businesses say they still don't know when, or if, they'll be able to re open. here's nina macleod. following the second fire to hit the site in four years, the future of the gsa has a speculation that it could be demolished or turned into a museum. but muriel gray, a former student at the school, told bbc radio scotland it would be rebuilt as a working at school, and that was non—negotiable. it's not up for debate any more. what's up for debate now is how we fit in to the whole tragedy that has happened to the entire garnethill community and the sauchiehall street refurbishing, and how we do that as a working art school. but since the art school was engulfed by the huge blaze onjune the 15th, this part of glasgow has remained closed to both local businesses and, until recently, residents. francis mckee, director of the centre for contemporary arts, says they've been left in limbo. it's very indefinite, and i think sometimes the decisions
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coming with that aren't helpful, so when they said, you know, cca is closed indefinitely, that's a disastrous thing to say to a business and to everyone that works with that business. so there could have been more thought about how these things are communicated, or made public, rather than declarations that they can just remain closed indefinitely. that just doesn't feel like we're being taken seriously. a spokesman for glasgow city council said the impact on people and businesses has been exceptionally difficult, and agreed there was a need to work together quickly and start looking at the future of sauchiehall street, which they've already started doing. nina macleod, reporting scotland, glasgow. it's time for a look at the weather with helen willetts. last week felt like water because we had chilly mornings and mist and fog but this week we turn our attention to autumnal gales and rain. we had
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rain meandering south through the weekend but we are turning our attention to the cloud in the atla ntic attention to the cloud in the atlantic which is ex—hurricane helan. it has tropical air mixed amongst the low—pressure system and it will give us autumnal gales through monday and tuesday but interestingly it will also give a small warm in the south with temperatures returning to the mid—20s, especially across england and wales. not only will it warm up, it will be humid by day and night. it does look as if the south in the next few days will see the driest and warmest weather but as we saw with the low—pressure around there will be heavy rain and at times autumnal gales. by friday very windy in the north and west and we could have severe gales. back to the here and now on the week weather front continues south to give misty and damp conditions and the north that it clears, but there will be mist and fog at low levels and a chilly night compared with what is coming
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but we have rain building across the south and west of ireland and through monday it will push north across northern ireland, into much of central and northern scotland whilst england and wales, despite misty on a damp weather and even fog, it looks as it will brighten up with hazy sunshine and it will warm up with hazy sunshine and it will warm up even where we have more cloud we are into the high teens but across southern and eastern areas we could have a mid—20s easily, especially with the sunshine. as the sun goes down we find wind escalating further across the west of the country with gales through the irish sea affecting parts of northern england, wales, the south west and maybe southern scotland and look at the temperatures are remarkably mild night with temperatures akin to what they should be during the day. slight easing of the wins on tuesday but it will be a windy day across the board and a wet one in northern and western areas and rain will affect england and wales but as i mentioned, more stormy weather this
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week and no sooner do we say goodbye to that low—pressure this area could bring windy weather, particularly further north. goodbye.
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